Milani Cosmetics makes some of my favorite drugstore lipstick formulas. So naturally I have purchased a whole bunch of lipsticks from their line. And I’ve also recently been adding quite a few Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to my makeup arsenal (the obsession is real!). It dawned on me that it would be super fun and super helpful to swatch the two lipstick ranges side by side to see where the similarities and differences are! Let’s see if we can find any dupes.
Very Victoria (Charlotte Tilbury) and Matte Naked (Milani) – this is a spot-on dupe. I’ve heard lots of other beauty experts cite Matte Naked as a dupe, and I completely agree. I wear both of these lipsticks very frequently, and I love them both. Links: Very Victoria, $34 and Matte Naked, $5.99.
MI Kiss (Bond Girl) and Passion (Milani) – so close! I’ll have to do more testing on this pair. Links: M.I. Kiss, $34 and Passion, #440 from the Color Fetish Nude line, $8.99
Pillow Talk (Charlotte Tilbury) and I Am Smart (Milani) – super close! I Am Smart is just a hair darker. Links: Pillow Talk, $34 and I Am Smart, from Bold Color Statement Matte line, $6.99
Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks come in two formulas: Matte Revolution and K.I.S.S.I.N.G. (She also has a few sheer/balm/gloss type formulas, but we’re just discussing her standard bullet lipsticks here). Note that the very last two Charlotte swatches shown are other formulas – Everlasting Kiss is the Superstar Lips formula which is sheer and Supersize Me is a lip liner (“Lip Cheat”).
Milani offers a few formulas as well: Color Fetish Nude (newest, bumpy color packaging to match shade), Color Statement Lipstick (gold packaging), Bold Color Statement Matte (black packaging), and Color Statement Matte (gold packaging).
I find Milani’s Matte formula (especially the Color Statement Matte) to be very close to Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution.
The Milani NON-matte formulas are not as glossy as Charlotte’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula which is VERY glossy/shiny. Still worth comparing the shades though! I find these to be a very nice, comfortable formula as well.
Milani Cosmetics is a brand widely available in the United States that can be found in person at stores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Ulta. I’ve also purchased directly from the Milani website and had good experiences, they will do sales and promotions that can definitely be worth participating in!
Charlotte Tilbury is a higher end luxury brand that is available in person at Sephora and Nordstrom in the United States. You can also purchase directly from their website, and they will also have exclusive products, sales, and promotions that are available only on their website.
I have a few other posts on Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks that you can check out:
I hope this post is super helpful! I’m super excited to do more brand range comparison swatches like this, so let me know in the comments what brands you’d like to see compared!