I just KNEW I would love this Charlotte Tilbury lip pencil in the Crazy in Love shade when I saw it online. But, knowing how ropey and misleading the swatches are on the official CT website, I also knew that I’d have to see it for myself before actually parting with £16.00.
This Lip Cheat Lip Liner is described as:
A chic, natural rose shade that’s perfect for medium skin tones that need a lift. The water-resistant formula means that your lipstick will stay in place – it has a wax and oil rich texture that glides on the skin without transferring or feathering and lasts for 6 hours.
I don’t agree with the first part of this statement at all to be honest. For a start, it’s a dark rose, not a ‘natural’ one, that’s a huge difference! Even though it’s not the shade I saw online, the real life one couldn’t be more perfect.
This is my swatch, which I think is spot on and more indicative of the true shade.
Put it side by side with the official swatch which on the right, and the two shades aren’t even closely related.
- ALSO – My skin is fair and it suits it beautifully.
- PLUS – It would look gorgeous on darker skin tones, especially if you fill in the lip.
- AND – It doesn’t last 6 hours, more like 3.
- BUT – It’s absolutely stunning and I LOVE IT!
I bang on about Charlotte Tilbury products being too expensive and how there’s not always that much product for the price, but Crazy in Love is an exception.
The pencil ‘lead’ is harder than my other Lip Cheat pencils, Pillowtalk and Iconic Nude, which means it doesn’t need to be sharpened often. The formula isn’t dry and doesn’t drag the lips when applied. There’s just enough softness for it to glide along the lip line.
Beware of straying too far over your natural lip line though, the colour is very strong and it’s hard to rub off if you draw on a wonky line. My preference is to outline my lips first in a neutral shade, using either of the two Charlotte Tilbury pencils mentioned above, or good old Mac Spice, and then use the line as a guide for Crazy in Love.
One other thing to be aware of, is that you should gently blur the line inwards, because of the meaty pigment, there’s a small chance that you’ll be left with a faint ‘tide mark’ outline once your lipstick, especially if it’s a gloss based one, wears off.
This shade really packs a punch of strong colour and is as close to a ‘red’ as my fair skin colouring will allow.
The deep pinkness never veers into magenta territory, although it is a perfect mate to the Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss in shade Berry in Love 283. This combination screams full on glamour.
The suggested ‘matching’ lipstick is Charlotte’s Matte Revolution lipstick in Amazing Grace. I’ve swatched it in store and on me, it seems lighter than Crazy in Love.
However, if your lips are well moisturised, there’s nothing to stop you from lining your lips in pencil and using a clean lip brush to fill in the colour. There, that’s £23.00 I’ve just saved you, you’re welcome.
I WILL PROBABLY BUY IT ANYWAY!
The colour doesn’t change during the day, and, for such a strong pigment, it doesn’t stray i.e. feathe, into the vertical lip lines many of us older women and smokers have.
Top Tip – Don’t use drinking straws, the puckering motion is the same as if you were dragging on a cigarette and could create premature vertical lines above your upper lip.
PS Have a look at the divine new lipsticks in Charlotte’s ‘Hot Lips’ range, the shades are inspired by her celebrity friends. ‘Electric Poppy’ is my favourite, although given that it’s named after Poppy Delevingne, perhaps it should have been called Tantrum Pink instead? Meouw!
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner – Crazy in Love £16.00 Charlotte Tilbury