Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick swatches, review, photos


The product: Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick

The formula: The Matte Revolution formula (which I’ll describe the wear of shortly) is a “luminous modern matte” that promises long-lasting, hydrating, buildable colour with lipstick tree and orchid flower extract. It’s available in 10 shades, and it definitely holds up to its claims: it’s easy to build, and it wears very well for a matte lipstick.

These lipsticks also feature a square tip to mimic the shape of a lip brush, which I thought was really cool. (And hey, it works well, too!)



The shade: The Queen, inspired by Her Majesty, Elizabeth II, is a “rich and rosy crown-jewel pink.” It’s a deep fuchsia pink with blue undertones that practically glows, and it’s obscenely beautiful in a matte finish.

Of course, my favourite thing about Charlotte Tilbury is that they simulate their swatches on a wide variety of different skintones–none of that “three skintones covers everyone” business. These are shown on ten models of different skintones, ages, and ethnicities, and the result (which I’ve collaged above) is both helpful and gorgeous!


Wearing The Queen (and otherwise looking a mess)


Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick swatched in indirect sunlight


Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick swatched in indirect sunlight

The wear: The Matte Revolution lipsticks are very pigmented, and they have an even, forgiving matte finish. Though they look like soft mattes, they feel as hydrating as an opaque cream lipstick. I get 3-6 hours of wear with these lipsticks, depending on how much eating I do; today, The Queen held up through an entire coconut milk smoothie with only very minimal fading and was still going strong by dinner.

Optimally, I’d recommend reapplying every 3-4 hours with this formula for comfort, but if you leave it on undisturbed, the vivid colour will hold up for longer.


The verdict?

I really like the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula, which is as hydrating and comfortable to wear as a great creme-finish lipstick. I was also totally smitten with The Queen, which is a flattering, eye-catching opaque fuchsia pink.

If you’re looking for a comfortable holiday lipstick, this range is definitely one to check out!

Availability: $32 USD/$38 CAD exclusive to Charlotte Tilbury online.


Charlotte Tilbury packages are always such a treat to open!


“The Queen” up close

The Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick ingredients:

Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Dimethicone, Cera Microcristallina/Cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Polybutene, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dicalcium Phosphate, Ethyl Vanillin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopherol, Safflower Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Papaya Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Extract, Bht, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tin Oxide.

(+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 191140), Carmine (CI 75470).

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  • ciannaw

    Gorgeous shade! I thought it was a bit more muted according to the swatches on the official website, but the brighter colour is pretty too!

    • I really wanted a more muted shade, too – but I have to admit, I do love it as it is!

    (Also, you look goddamn gorgeous.)
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  • esharp1978

    I've been considering getting this myself. I think it might be my spring go to.
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  • This lipstick is gorgeous. I love the color and the fact that that color basically looks good on all the models and you. the bullet shape is so smart. I'm not that into fuchsia because I think it looks terrible on me but! that being said I'd be willing to give this a shot!
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    • This is a great shade to get you outside of your comfort zone for sure! It's really flattering for a fuchsia.

  • shireenplatt

    It looks rosy on the models but on you it's bright red! This is so my kind of shade, do I need another lipstick? No but it's so pretty!!!
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  • Oh, this colour is gorgeous (in general and on you too). I love the CT Matte Revolution formula and have been fantasizing about buying another since I got my first one two years ago. This may have to be the shade!
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  • Lily @ChloeAsh

    It's so bright on you and you wear it beautifully. I wonder if the swatches on those models are true to color though. I would prefer the muted rose… and the square tip? After using the lipstick for a while, I doubt it would maintain the shape eh? LOL!
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    • Thank you, Lily! I think the swatches are pretty close, but maybe a bit more muted than they ought to be.

      I've always found that my lipstick tips maintain pretty well! It'll obviously end up as a slanted tip once you get past the first bit, but it helps to have a good original shape to go off of. I totally brutalize things that start with awkward tips – like, if the bullet is pointed, I'm basically just screwed. It starts out poorly and never gets better >.<

  • I also find it interesting that the shade looks a lot different on you and the models – I would have assumed from the brand's swatches that the color is a lot more muted. But it looks gorgeous on you either way :) The formula sounds like a winner!

    • I think I'm about as pale as their first model, so I more or less saw the results that I was expecting! The lighter the skintone, the brighter the lip – I can't even begin to tell you how many mauve lipsticks I've been excited for, only to find out that they wear really brightly on me.

  • It's so interesting how different it looks on different skin tones, like a bright pink to almost a MLBB! Ugh I hate CT b/c every lipstick she makes is just so damn gorgeous and now I want this one too!
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    • Right?? I love looking at how lipsticks wear on different skintones!

  • Jen

    Ah, such a gorgeous shade on you! So up my alley and I love that it's so universally flattering. Can't go wrong with a Matte Revolution lippie :)

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