When I first saw the images online for the Film Noir Nights gift set from Charlotte Tilbury for the festive season, I knew that it would be very hard for me to resist picking it up. As many of you know I am a huge fan of Charlotte Tilbury and her makeup line as her products are so incredibly beautiful and are of fantastic quality; to date I have yet to try anything which did not impress me. Therefore, it goes without saying that the Film Noir Nights Makeup set had high standards to meet.
The Film Noir Nights Makeup set is themed around the classic smokey eye and bold red lip which is simply perfect for this time of year. Included within the set is the Rock'n'Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black and the limited edition Matte Revolution Lipstick in Opium Noir. One would like to say that I thought long and hard about this purchase, however upon noticing that my friend was wearing this when we went to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them a couple of weeks ago I knew immediately that I would be purchasing said lipstick come the next day.
Retailing at £35, which is a saving of £7 you personally in my eyes do get a good deal here. We all know that Charlotte Tilbury is not a budget friendly brand, however a deal like this does make it that little bit easier on the old chestnut that is the bank balance.
Housed in a beautifully presented gift box this really is a truly gorgeous present for anybody this Christmas, or if you are like me and simply cannot wait that long then why not treat yourself. Upon opening the box there are little LED lights which light up as if to imitate the stage or star studded mirror, hence the theme of film. To be honest if I had to be really picky I would argue that the lights used should be warm toned as I think that would have looked a lot better compared to the ones that were chosen. The lights which have been used are bright white and almost have that blue cold look to them which I think is quite harsh on the eye. Despite this one niggle I do think that on a whole it is a very well thought out gift which will be loved by many this Christmas.
Having being writing about beauty now for nearly five years (I feel old) I have, in that time, tried a fair few of lipsticks and the various formulas that come with the territory. In my personal opinion Charlotte Tilbury has the best matte formula of all, particularly in terms of how the lipstick feels on the lips as I can wear this with no problems at all. Pigmentation is of course fantastic as one would expect when paying £23 per lipstick, longevity is also very good, however so many brands in my experience, even high end ones often fail to make a matte lipstick which is comfortable to wear and one which does not dry your lips out.
This is my second Matte Revolution Lipstick and it certainly will not be the last due to the quality and confidence that I have in the product. It is not often that I would say you are getting your money's worth for a lipstick that costs this price as you can pick up so many fantastic options from the high street, yet where a matte formula is concerned I do find no other competitor.
Opium Noir is a very deep red, which looks incredibly dark in the bullet depending on the lighting you have. From numerous reviews online that I have seen it does appear brighter on various skin tones so it is one to perhaps research on if you're thinking of picking it up as I think it could be a little misleading if you were to judge it on pictures alone. As I am quite fair this really does look quite dark on me, however I personally love that look for the winter. From what I understand this lipstick is only available online as it is an exclusive deal (I may be wrong on this), which naturally would make it a little bit difficult for people to try it before they purchased it. I do find this a little bit odd and always have done where makeup is concerned, however what do I know.
Of course I can't not mention the Rock'n'Kohl Eyeliner in Bedroom Black. A black eyeliner is so often a staple product for so many people, you can do so much with it and easily update a day look to night within minutes. The eyeliners in general from Charlotte Tilbury are super soft and easy to work with, they blend beautifully and do not tug at the skin when being used. To be fair this is simply a black eyeliner, it is however a very good one although perhaps slightly over priced. For me though it works very well with the gift set as it compliments Opium Noir wonderfully.
Have you tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury?