REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick

flat matt lipstick can be tricky to pull off for older women when ageing, and loss of collagen reduces volume and thins our lips. I firmly believe we need a slick of shine to create the illusion of a little youth-enhancing plumpness.

Full lips can take any formulation and I understand why so many women have fillers. If there was a needle-free way to plump lips, then I would be first in line.

I’m a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pillow Talk * lip pencil. It’s smooth and easy to apply, but more importantly, the clever shade allows you to pencil over your natural lip line and ‘cheat’ your way to a fuller-looking mouth. Now Charlotte’s produced a lipstick in the same shade which works in a similar way.


On fair skin tones it comes across as a rosy, pinkish-nude, on medium skin it gives that ‘your-lips-but-better’ finish, and on darker skin tones it’s a dreamy, paired-back, neutral pink.

  • Lipstick Tree & Orchid extract softens, protects and hydrates lips for younger-looking, healthy lips
  • 3D glowing pigments create the illusion of lit-from-within lips that appear wider and fuller
  • Triglycerides mixed with a perfect blend of oils and waxes glides long-lasting colour onto the lips
  • Revolutionary, square, angled tip mimics the shape of a lip brush for precision application.

I have very few matte lipsticks, I can always ‘feel’ them sitting on my lips and the formulas are usually very drying. I’d rather put up with consistently re-applying my glossy lips (and I do), than have that cloying feel.

I think a lot of the Charlotte Tilbury range is expensive – it’s a luxury brand after all, but there are a handful of stand out products I’ve been won over by i.e. Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eye Cheat eyeliner (review here), Bitch Perfect lipstick (review) Champagne Diamonds eyeshadow pencil (review) and lip pencils. This lipstick is one of them and certainly worth the money.

The formula is smooth and creamy, it doesn’t feel like a matt lipstick at all and on my fair skin, applied with the matching Pillow Talk lip liner, I can get away with applying it just outside my natural lip line.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick swatch

I understand what the description means by ‘3D glowing pigments’ it does hit the light as you move your lips, but not in a shimmery way.

The ‘revolutionary’ shape of the bullet means nothing to me as I always apply with a lip brush.

As creamy as it is, I still have to apply a glossy lipstick on top. I’m still pleased to use Pillow Talk as my lipstick ‘base coat’ though. This is because if you experience any lipstick bleed – I recently slicked on gloss without any lip liner, or any lipstick underneath, and to my horror, it seeped into vertical lip lines I never knew I had. I need these two Pillow Talk products to lock in the colour along the lip line and halt that bleed.

I’ve been using this lipstick for about 3 weeks and the pigment’s so rich, it’s barely made a dent in the bullet.


Pillow Talk lipstick £24.00 – Lip shape changer and vertical lip line insurance!


A few years ago I was clearing out some old makeup – like most of us, I hold onto cosmetics far longer than I should. I wouldn’t use them, but then, I don’t want to throw them away either. Eek! Is this hoarding?

Anyway, I found a transparent makeup pencil. It wasn’t waxy enough for eyebrows, and when I tried it out as an eyeliner there was, of course, no colour, just a clear, invisible line. I chucked it, thinking why on earth would I buy a pencil with no colour?

NOW, of course, I know it was a lip liner designed to stop lipstick bleed. I’m sure these pencils are still on the market and if you don’t want to splurge on the Charlotte Tilbury products, then this could be a cheaper alternative. I’m going to hunt some down!

Pillow Talk On offer (27/3/21) at John Lewis * for £21.25 down from £25.00

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  1. April 11, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    This is one of the hyped up lip shade among her collections and I really love their corresponding pillow talk lip pencil too

  2. April 13, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    They’re a good pair.

    I only trust reviews from bloggers I follow, so I try to hold back if a product is hyped up too much.
    She has a lot of good products, although I’ve ben warned off the lip glosses as I was told they’re ‘nothing special’ for the price.

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