Do you ever try a lipstick on its own and think. "Mmmmm," but then pair it with the perfect liner and gloss and think "WOW"? Welcome to my experience with Charlotte Tilbury's new K.I.S.S.I.N.G. lipstick in Valentine, a rose petal shade named by Charlotte's Instagram users.
I've been warming up to the classy, sophisticated look of nude lip colours lately. My preferences run cool-toned—I almost always prefer a pink over a peach. Valentine is an exception, though, and when I use the right liner and gloss to coax it to be a wee bit pinker, I LOVE it. This is one of my new favourite lip combinations, and, of course, I sported it on Valentine's Day earlier this week.
Here's the breakdown:
1) Marc Jacobs Beauty's (Pout)liner Longwear Lip Pencil in (Prim)rose ($30)
If you haven't tried Marc Jacobs' (Pout)liner, you really need to. In terms of formula, it absolutely rivals the legendary Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat. It's soft and smooth—almost gel-like. It's also not at all drying like some lip liners, and it defines the lips beautifully. Sephora.ca describes (Prim)rose as cocoa spice, but I'd describe it as a brownish dusty rose. Colour-wise, it's very similar to Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk, but ever so slightly cooler and darker. For me, the packaging is what pushes (Pout)liner over the edge: It's twist-up, meaning I never waste any product in the sharpener. I'm not a fan of twist-up liners for the eyes because I like working with a sharp tip. With lip liners, though, the rounded tip of a twist-up lip liner is just about perfect.
2) Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Valentine ($39)
Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick is in my top three favourite lipstick formulas of all time. It's so comfortable, so pigmented, and so beautiful. Whenever she comes out with a new shade, I'm interested. Period. Valentine, a warm, pink rose petal, was no exception. When Wayne Goss said he liked Valentine even better than Pillow Talk, I was sold.
3) Marc Jacobs' Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in Pink Steam ($35)
It took me a long time to come around to this product because $35 for a lip gloss just seems so ridiculous. I waited and picked Marc Jacobs' Pink Steam, an iridescent lavender, up during a VIB sale, and even with the discount, the price tag hurt. But let me tell you—it's worth it. The formula is thick, but not too thick or sticky, it has a beautiful sparkle and shine, and it's gorgeous. It also smells yummy without being overpowering. I love it on its own or layered over a number of my favourite lipsticks.
Here are some swatches:
And here's the look!
What did you think? It's lighter than I usually go for, but I loved it.
Have you tried Valentine or any other lipsticks by Charlotte Tilbury? Did you come up with any great looks for Valentine's Day? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.