Lipstick,  Swatches

Nars VS Charlotte Tilbury – Lipstick Swatches

Nars and Charlotte Tilbury are two of my favorite high end lipstick brands. They each have lovely formulas for matte and satin/creamy. In this post, I’m swatching my Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and comparing them to the Nars lip product that I own (mostly Velvet Matte Lip pencils).

Nars currently carries 29 shades of their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil on their website. They retail for $27 for 2.4 grams of product. The mini size has 1.8 grams of product. Sephora sells a few sets of mini’s with two mini lip pencils for $20, and Nars will often bundle a mini lip pencil with other products. I also like the Nars bullet lipsticks which come in a variety of finishes from Matte, Satin, and Sheer. I really like the Satin formula and have two of those in my collection – I’d love to see the range of Satin shades expanded.

Charlotte Tilbury carries a staggering number of lipstick shades – I don’t think I can even count them all in a reasonable amount of time. Also keep an eye out for mini-sets and sales! Full price is $34-$37 for 3.5 grams. The minis are 1.1 grams. Charlotte Tilbury recently has had Black Friday and Summer sales with bundles up to 40% off – so keep an eye out for those sales! I noticed that the newest shades aren’t typically included in the available sale bundles. Charlotte also does some excellent gift with purchases, so keep an eye out for those also.

Swatch Pictures

The Nars products are swatched on the left column. All are Velvet Matte Lip Pencils except Rosecliff and Tolede which are their satin bullet lipstick formula. Rosecliff and Bad Girl are everyday favorites of mine. Bettina and Bahama get quite a bit of wear also.

The Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are swatched on the right column. These shades are a mix of the Matte Revolution formula and the KISSING formula. You can see I have a lot more light nudes in the Charlotte Tilbury formula.

Swatches of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils compared to Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks Matte Revolution and Kissing - shades Penelope Pink, Angel Alessandra, Cat Walking, JK Magic, Very Victoria, Pillow Talk, Wedding Belles, In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Pillow Talk Medium, Gracefully Pink, Walk of No Shame, MI Kiss - Bond Girl, Red Carpet Red. Bettina, Rosecliff, Bad Girl, Tolede Walkyrie, Bahama, Dolce Vita, Damned, Do Me Baby, Cruella, Dance Fever on fair/light/pale skin

Charlotte Tilbury shades swatched:

  • Penelope Pink (Kissing Formula)
  • Angel Alessandra (Kissing Formula, from Hot Lips 2 collection)
  • Cat Walking (Matte Revolution, from The Super Nudes collection)
  • JK Magic (Kissing Formula, from Hot Lips 2 collection)
  • Very Victoria (Matte Revolution)
  • Pillow Talk (original) (Matte Revolution)
  • Wedding Belles (Matte Revolution, from Look of Love collection)
  • In Love With Olivia (Kissing Formula, from Hot Lips 2 collection)
  • Glowing Jen (Kissing Formula, from Hot Lips 2 collection, has slight micro shimmer)
  • Pillow Talk (medium) (Matte Revolution)
  • Gracefully Pink (Matte Revolution)
  • Walk of No Shame (Matte Revolution)
  • MI Kiss (previously called Bond Girl)
  • Red Carpet Red (Matte Revolution)

Nars shades swatched: (shades are Velvet Matte Lip Pencil unless otherwise noted)

  • Bettina – has a slight pearl finish
  • Rosecliff (satin bullet lipstick)
  • Bad Girl
  • Tolede (satin bullet lipstick)
  • Walkyrie
  • Bahama
  • Dolce Vita
  • Damned
  • Do Me Baby
  • Cruella
  • Dance Fever
Swatches of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils compared to Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks Matte Revolution and Kissing - lighter nude shades Penelope Pink, Angel Alessandra, Cat Walking, JK Magic, Very Victoria, Pillow Talk, Wedding Belles, In Love With Olivia. Bettina, Rosecliff, Bad Girl, Tolede  on fair/light/pale skin
Closer up view of the lighter shades
Swatches of Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils compared to Charlotte Tilbury Lipsticks Matte Revolution and Kissing - pink and red shades In Love With Olivia, Glowing Jen, Pillow Talk Medium, Gracefully Pink, Walk of No Shame, MI Kiss - Bond Girl, Red Carpet Red. Walkyrie, Bahama, Dolce Vita, Damned, Do Me Baby, Cruella, Dance Fever on fair/light/pale skin
Closer up view of the deeper shades

Matte Revolution vs Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Both of these matte formulas are fantastic. Both are super comfortable and have super flattering colors in their shade range. I’d say that the Nars formula is a bit longer lasting and is a thinner consistency whereas the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution formula has a bit more of a silicone slip feel to it and is maybe slightly less opaque on the lips.

I tend to prefer the Matte Revolution for deeper or more intense shades from Charlotte Tilbury and the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula is glossy and goes nicely with lighter shades.

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