My perfect "nude" lip colour has always eluded me. They're always either too dark or too light, too warm or too bright, or just not quite right. (Sorry. I had to.) I can't say that I've found it in the combination of Charlotte Tilbury's Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace, but it's a very, very good start.
Beauty bloggers the world over (well, mostly in the UK, but it feels like it) have been singing Pillowtalk's praises. I, however, don't really get on with it when worn by itself. The colour is basically perfect for me, but it's far too waxy and drying, and doesn't apply well when going over the entire lip (which I like to do, as opposed to just outlining the lips). I find that I have to just use it to outline the lip and feather slightly inwards, rather than covering the whole lip. Luckily this is a light colour, but I feel like that technique doesn't work so well with the dark colours if you're wearing lipstick that may or may not wear off unevenly.
Put this purchase down to a super helpful salesperson who was generous with advice. She asked me if I find a lot of lipsticks darken on me -- yes! All the time! I always just figured it was a quirk of my body chemistry and never put much thought into it, but she pointed out that I have quite pigmented lips which go quite blue-ish purple towards the corners. I have used concealer in the past to cancel out this base colour, but it's just too weird for me to do this on a regular basis.
She also made me over with one of the quads (beautiful, but a tad too shimmery) and the Brow Lift (which I loved and will probably be my next CT purchase, after my Clinique brow pencil is used up). I then had a play with the Matte Revolution lipsticks, which were a stand out. I ended up purchasing Amazing Grace online (thanks, work discount scheme!) and am stoked with it. It's a dusty neutral pink, and the texture is beautiful -- smooth to apply, moisturising, and wears evenly. I also really like the squared-off shape of the bullet.
I'm sorry I don't have lip swatches or a full face shot. I have a mad case of seemingly intractable angular cheilitis which is only starting to come right, but I'd still rather not subject you guys to a close-up. You'll have to make do with an arm swatch instead
I'll probably always have a soft spot for this combination, regardless of performance, because it was what I was wearing when we got engaged.
This selfie was taken shortly before we went up the Eiffel Tower. I'll spare you the details, but basically -- freezing cold, a bit of swearing, champagne. No ring yet, we're looking.