A drugstore dupe for Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick?

Hi friends!

I’ve spoken a few times on here about my love & obsession with the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk from Charlotte Tilbury. It’s a beautiful lipstick with luxe, fluted rose gold packaging that to me embodies what is often referred to as a “modern matte” texture. It’s a velvety matte that is so cushy & comfy, but at the same time clings to your lips for longer than a cream lipstick generally would. This is an extremely popular shade from the brand, with 1 sold every 2 minutes in 2017 according to their website.

But Charlotte Tilbury is quite a premium brand so this formula comes at the hefty price tag of $34.00. I personally think it’s worth the money, but others may not think so. Or perhaps you like the idea of the “modern matte” texture, but can’t fathom spending $30+ on one makeup item. I hear you, and I got you. A few months ago I picked up one of the Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo’s from Flower Beauty in the shade Honey Nude for a mere $10.00, and I tell you it’s just as beautiful & comfy as Pillow Talk! According to Flower Beauty’s website, this product is also a best-seller for them.

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From L to R: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, Flower Beauty Mix N’ Matte Lip Duo in Honey Nude
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A closer look at the lipstick bullets. Top is Pillow Talk, which has a square-shaped bullet that makes application super simple. Bottom is Honey Nude, which has a traditional slanted bullet shape.

I’m going to compare these lipsticks on 3 elements: color, texture & longevity. At the end I’ll give you my verdict on if these are dupes or not. So let’s get into it!

COLOR

Pillow Talk is described on the Charlotte Tilbury website as a “nude pink matte lipstick,” and I couldn’t agree more. It’s definitely a lot more on the pink side of nude than Honey Nude is. Honey Nude pulls a bit more brown & dark. Hopefully you can see the difference in the swatch photo below; there are also post-application photos towards the end of the post.

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Top swatch is Pillow Talk. Bottom swatch is Honey Nude.

TEXTURE

I’d say the textures on both these lipsticks are quite similar. They both apply extremely smoothly & very opaquely with minimal tugging. Both are lightweight and almost “set” onto your lips. When you rub your lips together, there’s a definite feeling of moisture and a bit of give there. A few subtle differences: Pillow Talk feels a bit more velvety or almost powdery (but not in a bad way), while Honey Nude feels more creamyHoney Nude is also a bit thicker than Pillow Talk to be honest, but not by much. At no point during the day do my lips feel dry with either of these lipsticks on, even after eating or drinking.

LONGEVITY

While both lipsticks do last quite well on the lips throughout the day, you will have to touch up after a big meal with both formulas. These are not liquid lipsticks that shrink-wrap onto your lips; you kinda know that going in. That being said, both formulas have lasted on me about 6 to 7 hours without major fading. Actually Honey Nude has lasted a little bit longer since the formula is slightly thicker than Pillow Talk.

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Honey Nude matte lipstick on left. Honey Nude pearlized gloss on right.
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Honey Nude swatches from left to right: matte lipstick alone, pearlized gloss alone, & pearlized gloss layered on top of matte lipstick.

If you’re chomping at the bit now to get your hands on Honey Nude from Flower Beauty, you should also know that you get 2 products in 1! (It ain’t called a Lip Duo for nothing!) On the opposite side of the matte lipstick, you get a pearlized gloss that you can wear on its own or layered on top of the lipstick. Honestly, I’ve only worn the gloss once on its own so I really can’t say much about it. But it’s cool that you get 2 products for only $10.00! You can check out more info on Flower Beauty’s website.

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Honey Nude applied on the lips. On the left, I have the matte lipstick on alone. On the right, I have the pearlized gloss layered on top the matte lipstick.
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Pillow Talk applied on the lips. If you’re curious, I also have the NYX Grind Machinist Palette on my eyes!

So, do I think Honey Nude from Flower Beauty is a dupe for Pillow Talk from Charlotte Tilbury? After analyzing both formulas, I would have to say they are not dupes. However they are quite similar to each other, so I would call Honey Nude a great drugstore alternative to the more expensive Pillow Talk. In fact, for less than one-third of the price you get 2 products that feel & last just as well as (if not slightly better than) Pillow Talk. A total steal, I’d say!

*Shop for Pillow Talk @ Sephora.

*Shop for Honey Nude @ Ulta.

Have you tried either lipsticks from this post before? If so, what did you think? Do you know any drugstore dupes or alternatives to Pillow Talk? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

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Did I find a drugstore dupe for Pillow Talk Lipstick? Read this to find out!

Review: Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer.

I’ve never been a bronzer girl, primarily because I have such pale, cool-toned skin. I’ve always been so frightened it would turn my complexion orange or yellow. But anyone who knows makeup knows that not every bronzer is created equal. Some are cool, some are warm, some are matte, while others are sparkling. In 2018 when there’s so much variation and choice in beauty, I had a feeling deep down that despite my fear of being a walking & talking Cheeto, I could find at least one bronzer that worked for my skin tone.

It’s not that I’ve never experimented with bronzer before. I remember my mother giving me her Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer to try years and years ago, but to be honest I barely used it. I just didn’t know how to apply it properly. I’d been hearing the hype surrounding the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer for ages, but not really listening. Remember, I’m not a bronzer person by nature. But when I found myself in Ulta a few weeks ago (as you do), I passed the Physician’s Formula section and the Butter Bronzer was staring back at me. I remembered reading that it was particularly good for those with lighter skin, so in that moment I decided to snatch it and see if I could make it work.

So like with my other product reviews, let’s get into the product description and benefits. Unfortunately I don’t have any other powder bronzer to compare this to in my collection. But I have been trying out some cream bronzers this year, particularly the one that’s packaged in the duo called Bronzed Pink Beige from e.l.f. (I spoke about the blush in the duo in my top 5 cream blush post here), and the NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer.

(Source: all quoted text is from Physician’s Formula official website.)

Product description

Available in 4 shades; $14.95 for 0.38 oz. of product

Hypoallergenic; paraben-free; cruelty-free; oil-free; non-comedogenic; dermatologist-approved.

Ultra-luxurious bronzer, infused with Murumuru Butter, delivers a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Incredibly creamy and soft texture combines the best features of a powder and cream bronzer, to deliver a lit-from-within tropical glow unlike any other.

Infused with a powerful blend of Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter, from the lush and nutrient-rich Amazon.

Product benefits

Packed with essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, condition and moisturize skin, leaving it silky soft. Ultra-rich bronzer formula instantly melts into skin, sealing-in moisture to deliver instant and lasting hydration. Features ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone and deliver a gorgeous bronze finish.

How to officially use the product 

Mirror & applicator included. May be worn alone or over makeup. Using sponge applicator, glide over face and neck for a natural-looking tan glow. To accentuate and contour, apply more over cheekbones.

How I use the product

I use my MUA Pro Stippling 015 duo-fiber brush (which might have been discontinued?) to apply this across my cheekbones, around my hairline & chin, and a little across my nose; all the obvious places for bronzing. I also used this as a soft brown wash on my eyelids one day.

My thoughts on…

Packaging/scent: It’s pretty standard Physician’s Formula packaging in that the product acts as the first layer when you open the compact. You then click up the product layer to reveal the mirror and applicator underneath. The applicator is made out of a very strange foam or rubber-like material. It seems completely useless to be honest; I’d say just forget it altogether. The mirror could be useful for on-the-go application. There’s a definite vacation/holiday theme with this product. There are palm leaves on the outside of the packaging, plus it has this textured appearance that I assume is supposed to mimic sand on a beach. It also has this intoxicating scent that’s a cross between coconut & SPF. I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t call the scent particularly strong or offensive and you really can’t smell it once it’s on your face.

Rating: 4.5/5 ⭐️ (due to the applicator misfire)

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Colors/texture: As mentioned earlier in the post, there are 4 shades available in this bronzer collection. The shades are Light Bronzer, Bronzer, Sunkissed Bronzer & Deep Bronzer. I bought the Bronzer shade which I’d describe as definitely more cool-toned than the Sunkissed Bronzer shade, and much lighter in tone than Deep Bronzer. It doesn’t pull orange at all on my skin, so it’s really perfect for someone with my complexion. I didn’t see the Light Bronzer shade at Ulta, so perhaps they were out of stock. Considering the second shade up in the collection is quite light & natural on me, I can’t imagine the color range goes deep enough for darker-toned complexions.

The texture is very smooth to the touch just as Physician’s Formula claims. I’m not sure if it’s necessarily adding or sealing in any hydration on my skin though, but it’s certainly not a dry-feeling powder in the slightest. I can detect very fine bits of shimmer which must be “the ultra-refined pearl”, but you really can’t see them once the product is applied to the skin. You may be able to see the teeny flecks in the photo below.

Rating: 4/5 ⭐️

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Application: When I swirl my brush into the product, it creates a lot of fall-out in the pan so just be careful to tap your brush out well before applying to your face. It definitely applies very smoothly and evenly. I didn’t notice any skipping or patchiness. Believe it or not, the first time I used it I actually went so light-handed that I could barely see it! So it definitely needs building, which I like since I need to be careful with bronzer.

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Longevity: When I look at my face at the end of the day after wearing the bronzer for several hours, I can barely detect much color left. So this is really a product that needs refreshing throughout the day to maintain that golden bronze look. I find cream bronzers stick around for much longer than this product. The NARS Laguna Liquid Bronzer (which you can see here) is probably the best I’ve tried so far in terms of longevity.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

Price: For $14.95 this is not the most inexpensive bronzer at the drugstore. You can tell it’s a solid quality product for sure, but I just wish it was a few bucks cheaper for what it is. Perhaps if Physician’s Formula redid the packaging they could recover a little on the cost and pass the savings onto us. For example, dump the useless applicator and perhaps even the mirror; the product is light and goof-proof enough that you don’t really need a mirror to apply it. Just for perspective, the cream bronzer from e.l.f.’s Bronzed Pink Beige duo, which is effectively $3.00 since the duo is $6.00, goes on like a dream and keeps its color for longer at a much cheaper price than the Butter Bronzer. That all being said, the great thing about the drugstore is that makeup goes on offer quite frequently, so you may be able to get this for cheaper if your timing is right.

Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️

Final thoughts 

I am very happy I finally found a powder bronzer that suits my very pale complexion so I applaud Physician’s Formula for that. I will definitely continue to use it as both a traditional bronzer and perhaps as an eyeshadow at times. I would recommend it to those like me who have very light to light complexions who are looking for a relatively affordable powder bronzer. I’m really not sure about those with tanned or deeper skin tones using this product. However, I do think I ultimately prefer my cream bronzers to the Butter Bronzer. I just tend to lean more towards creams over powders since I enjoy the finish on my skin much more. So I’m unsure right now if I’d repurchase it.

Are you a fan of the Butter Bronzer or do you think it’s overhyped? I’d love to know!

xo, Erica

Review: Pat McGrath Labs Limited Edition Bronze Ambition Palette

Pat McGrath Labs (referred to in this post as “PMGL”) is a relatively new makeup brand created by world-renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath. If you’re up on beauty news or are connected to any major influencers on IG or YouTube, you’ll know that this brand carries a lot of clout and prestige in the beauty world. You’ll also be aware that all of the products from Pat’s line are incredibly luxurious and expensive. Her 10-pan Mothership Eyeshadow Palettes, the most iconic products thus far from the line, retail for $125 alone just to give you a sense of the elevated price.

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How to apply eye shadow, plus 3 beginner-friendly looks

And we’re back to the Makeup Beginner’s series! Let’s talk about one of my favorite subjects in makeup, eyeshadow. As I’ve said in earlier posts, I wear some kind of shadow on my eyes every day whether it be a cream or powder texture. Most days though it’s a light to moderate wash of one color or perhaps two. I’m usually not wearing ‘big shadow’ looks unless going out at night or to an event (and even then my looks are never that dramatic). But I have a few easy, go-to looks that can be either dialed down for daytime or dialed up for nighttime depending on the colors you use or the amount of shadow(s) you apply. This post will focus specifically on tools and application tips that you can utilize to also achieve some beginner-friendly looks that only require a small amount of skill.

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My high/low lip combo of the moment

I absolutely love a nude-colored lip. It’s my usual go-to now when I want to look a little more done up. (Most days I wear nothing at all on my lips, which I guess is a true nude lip!) Even a few years ago I was a little more adventurous with lip colors; I was partial to bright pinks and berries primarily. But these days, it’s nudes, nudes, nudes, particularly either brownish or pinky nudes, like MAC’s Twig or Flower Beauty’s Honey Nude. I think the shift happened when I started dying my hair red in 2012. True pinks just seemed to clash with the warmth of my hair color.

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