Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl | Review and Swatches

As soon as I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was coming out with matte lipsticks, I wrote it down my wants list even when I didn’t know which shades would be in the collection.

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl Label

Initially, I wanted to get Glastonberry. But I already own enough plum-berry lipsticks so I bought Bond Girl instead — which, to be honest, I kind of regret.

Bare Lips
Bare Lips

Bond Girl has one of the more unique matte lipstick formulas I tried. There doesn’t seem to be any other matte lipstick line quite like it. Most people describe it as creamy but I’m not sure if that’s the spot-on word to describe it. That said, if creamy means that the lipstick doesn’t tug, well then, it is creamy.

Most non-tuggy creamy matte lipsticks usually feel silicone-y. Bond Girl doesn’t have a silicone-feel which is surprising because it doesn’t feel waxy or oily either. As I said, it’s unique. Maybe the oils, waxes, and silicone in it are so perfectly balanced that none of them is overpowering the others.

One layer feels lightweight and comfortable but it doesn’t have the level of pigmentation that I prefer in my matte lipsticks. Here’s one layer on my lips. It looks like a stain that a matte red lipstick would leave after eating. You can see my lips underneath.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Bond Girl
Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl – One-Layer Swatch

I would describe Bond Girl as a muted medium brown/cinnamon red. In the Charlotte Tilbury website, it is described as —

“a chic natural berry for sultry and alluring beauties from Halle Berry and Barbara Bach to Olga Kurylenko.”

I can’t see the berry, though.

I’m not sure if it’s just how the color registers against my skin tone, but I feel underwhelmed. I was expecting a color that is more like that on the untouched part of the lipstick bullet (see photo below) — a little bit deeper, and slightly more vibrant.

I guess this is better suited for those who are currently into the 90’s brown/ brown-red lip that’s on trend right now. I can also see this type of color being more appreciated by those who want to ease into red lipsticks.

On me, it’s more of a safe color to wear when I don’t want to look pale.

Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl - Two Layers
Charlotte Tilbury Bond Girl – Two-Layer Swatch

Bond Girl can be built to full opacity, but since the color is muted, it wouldn’t look significantly different from the lip swatches above. But I noticed that the more I layer it on, the fuller my lips look without adding shine (in a good way!).

You can literally apply as many layers as you like to make your lips look plumper. It’s hard to describe, but watch Lisa Eldridge’s Marilyn Monroe Makeup tutorial to understand what I mean. In the video, she layered gloss and lipstick alternately (and several times) on the model’s lips. The actual volume of the packed-on lip product made the lips look volumized (literally).

Anyway, I can still see myself trying out other shades. I feel like this type of matte lip formula would be awesome for lighter shades because it doesn’t settle between creases or emphasize the cracks. I might try Very Victoria, but not soon.

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Charlotte Tilbury products are not readily available in the Philippines, but Cult Beauty (my preferred) and Nordstrom offers international shipping.

My pimple is asking to be popped, but I’m letting it be.

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16 Comments »

  1. Hi Rae,
    Ive been scanning on this bond girl lipstick and im glad to have found a fellow filipina post:))) I do see nga na medyo may pagka muted siya. Have you tried it on again when you’re less tan maybe? If yes, medyo na compliment ba ng konti yung skin tone mo?

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  2. I have the same skintone as you. I tried a lot of nudes before but none worked because my skin is so yellow. Thanks for this review I think this really flatters our complexion. I’m using nude nuance but it seems a lil too brown.

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  3. It’s so prettyyyyyy. I actually do see the berry, but very lightly; like a slight touch of berry. I want a few of their lipsticks but ugh, that price point isn’t very wallet-friendly~

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  4. This looks good on you, but I agree, the berry shade is somewhat lost. I love how you can distinguish the silicon-ey from the wax-y feeling in lipsticks — I can’t, or maybe I’m not that uh, detail oriented.

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  5. It looks good on you and the shade is pretty but I totally understand why it feels underwhelming. I might check out this line bec of u huhuhu jk 🙂 I miss reading your posts, I visit everyday to check if you updated!

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  6. I have yet to get my hands on Charlotte Tilbury products but, this is for sure on my list! The colour looks around the range of Craving from MAC ( which is one of my favourite lipsticks)

    Take care*

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  7. Uy, I love this color! Since the weather became gloomy, I’ve been choosing plum and brown-ish lipsticks. Can you tell me more about silicony-feel lippies? haha! Take care, Rae!

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  8. The color is more fig than berry. I think it’s a nice everyday shade, but for a lipstick connoisseur, I can understand how it would be too bland for you. I feel like I’m learning all this new stuff about lipstick such as the formula feeling more wax or silicone. Wha? Or layering lipstick and lip gloss to get plumper lips. That is totally against my instinct, but now I have to check out that Lisa Eldridge video to see!!

    And I love that you owned your pimple. That’s why I keep coming to your blog. Because you’re a REAL PERSON! And not fake face mannequin 😀 😀

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