I wrote it down on my wants list as soon as I heard that Charlotte Tilbury was coming out with matte lipsticks — even when I still didn’t know what shades would be in the collection, I was sure I was going to get at least one.
Initially, I wanted to get Glastonberry. But I already own a sort-of HG plum-berry lipstick, so I bought Bond Girl instead — which, to be honest, I kind of regret.
Bond Girl has one of the more unique matte lipstick formulas I’ve tried. There doesn’t seem to be any other matte lipstick line that is quite like it. Most people describe it as creamy but I’m not sure if that’s the most spot-on adjective for it. That said, if creamy means that the lipstick doesn’t tug, well then, it is creamy.
Most of these non-tuggy-creamy matte lipsticks usually feel siliconey. Bond Girl doesn’t have that silicone-feel, which is surprising because it doesn’t feel predominantly waxy either. As I said — unique. Maybe the oils, waxes, and silicone in it are so perfectly balanced that not one 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 leaves after eating a meal. You can still see my lips underneath.
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 looks 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 — a little bit deeper, and the color slightly more vibrant. I guess this is better suited for those who are 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.
Bond Girl can be built up 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 the shine. You can literally build layers of lipstick making the lips look plumper. It’s hard to describe, but if you’ve watched Lisa Eldridge’s Marilyn Monroe Makeup tutorial, you’ll get what I mean (in the video, she alternately layered-and-layered-and-layered gloss and lipstick on the model’s lips. The actual volume of the packed-on lip products makes the lips look volumized).
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 maybe, not soon.
Charlotte Tilbury products are not readily available in the Philippines.
The converted Nordstrom price is Php 1,601.49.
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