It is near impossible to find a good nude lipstick as an Indian girl... most of the choices are just too pale or pink to suit my skin tone.
I did come pretty close when I discovered the Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (which I wore on my graduation day, click here to read the post), but the staying power left little to be desired, and I'd pretty much finished the entire tube within a month through me constantly having to re-apply it.
So it was back on the hunt for the perfect long-lasting, brown-pink hued everyday lipstick... and I think I might just have found it. You guys know the drill when it comes to me and the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line, but just as a quick reminder to those of you new to this joint... I am completely obsessed.
I spotted the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose online a fair while ago, and when I was passing the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges Birmingham, I just couldn't help giving it a little swatch.
Of course, as always, swatching led to buying... and I walked out a very happy customer with my Tilbury treat.
Being a Charlotte Tilbury product, the packaging it beyond heavenly... just look at how pretty and chic it looks - I am nothing but a sucker for anything rose gold.
I didn't bother with the matching lipliner (I tend to save lipliner for 'event' makeup rather than every single day), and the lipstick glides on to the lips smoothly without it, with no bleeding or feathering at the lip edges. The colour payoff is great, with the first swipe usually being enough for me to cover my naturally pigmented lips. The formula is really hydrating, and made up of waxes, light diffusing pigments (to create a luminous finish) along with the top secret ingredient of the Lipstick Tree (#2 of things I am a sucker for: fancy-sounding secret ingredients). The Lipstick Tree contains anti-oxidant properties providing the lips with UV protection, leaving them soft and nourished.
The finish has a satisfying, light sheen to it, and I get a wear of around 3 hours before having to top up my colour.
Stoned Rose manages that perfect balance of brown, pink and peach to create the 'my lips but better' look down to a tee. On paler skin tones, it may not look quite as natural as it does on darker ones, but that's not to say it won't make an awesome lipstick for fair skins too.
The lipstick works with all makeup - I've been favouring an autumnal plum-hued smokey eye of late, but it looks just as great when paired up with a gold-bronze or more cool-toned eyeshadow look, too.
One to add to the list of holy grail makeup items... along with every other Charlotte Tilbury product I own.
The Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick is priced at £23.00, and available from Selfridges and the Charlotte Tilbury website.