Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W. Hot Lips Lipstick

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You know how sometimes you just want to treat yourself? Well, this was one of those types of purchases. I don’t typically enjoy spending this money on luxury lipsticks because there are usually cheaper options with equal quality, but after seeing this EVERYWHERE I finally gave in! I’m glad I did, since this has quickly become one of my favorite nudes. If you want more details, please keep reading!

The Hot Lips Lipsticks from Charlotte Tilbury are permanent products (as far as I know) and can be purchased from, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, and Beautylish. This lipstick sells for $34 and contains 3.5g / 0.12 oz of product. That price is on par with YSL’s lipsticks which contain nearly the exact same amount of product and cost only $3 more than Charlotte Tilbury’s lipsticks do. One thing I do love about this lipstick, and brand, is that they do not test on animals, nor do their suppliers, which is honestly rare for luxury brands these days… So major points to Charlotte Tilbury for being kind to our furry friends! ❤

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Obviously this lipstick was named after the ultimate glam goddess herself, Kim Kardashian West, who is known for wearing a nude lip. My favorite thing about this lipstick is that I can see it being wearable by all skin tones and since it’s not too light, too pink, too brown, or too anything else really, it works well with pretty much any makeup you’re wearing that day! Whether you’re rocking a bronzed summery glow, a dramatic smokey eye, or barely-there makeup, this lipstick will work for you.

Here are the brand’s claims on this product, taken from the Charlotte Tilbury website:

  • Light-diffusing pigments give lips a brilliant, luminous, multi-dimensional finish – capturing light and reflecting it back out for a full-bodied effect
  • The antioxidant Lipstick tree derivative helps protect from UV damage and tackles oxidative stress – the colour from its seeds was originally used by indigenous American people to paint and protect their lips
  • A special blend of waxes means this lipstick is a dream to use and glides over the contours of your lips
  • Ideal for a buildable, colour-rich luminous finish that doesn’t bleed outside the lip line

It definitely has a satiny sheen to it and never feels dry or sticky, so I would say that it is indeed both luminous and nourishing. It also applied well and didn’t seem to show the lines in my lips even when layered, but did bring attention to the dry, chapped area on my bottom lip. As far as it bleeding or feathering, I do recommend a liner just because ANY lipstick is going to move around eventually and a liner also helps to give definition with a nude lip.


The box is a beautiful, rich brown with metallic gold writing on it. It kind of has a lot going on, but the attention to detail is a nice touch. There is an ingredients list clearly printed on the side of the box, which is pictured below. The product packaging itself is absolutely stunning, being eye-catching but not overdone. It’s a classic looking lipstick tube made from a beautiful rose gold metal with the “CT” Charlotte Tilbury logo on the top of the lid. It’s a bit heavy, but I appreciate that when buying a luxury product because it just FEELS good and well, expensive, not to mention the fact that it’s very sturdy so it’s not going to pop open or break in your makeup bag. Another pretty little detail is the lip print that’s embossed on the lipstick bullet… TBH I’m going to feel awful when I use it enough to mess that up… It’s just THAT cute! The lipstick bullet also has a great, flat angle to it so application is super precise.

For more details about the actual lipstick, keep scrolling past the pics below!








Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Lipstick switched on NC20 skin.
Photo taken using natural light
Photo taken using a ring light

Kim K.W. is a light, pinky-nude with warm undertones and a somewhat glossy, satin finish. The texture of this lipstick is very buttery, so it glides on easily. Since everyone has some natural pigmentation to their lips, this lipstick can appear more or less pink, or lighter or darker depending on the color of your own lips. I like that, though, because it’s almost like this nude becomes a color that’s personalized to flatter your very own skin tone. Coverage is definitely not full without some layering, which is clearly mentioned in the product description, so full opacity is not something I expected to begin with. It doesn’t get thick or sticky when layered, so you’re able to get however much color and coverage that you desire. I did have some problems really getting this to stick in the center of my lip, as you can tell in photos above. The trick is making sure your lips are completely dry and layering it quite a bit! Wear time with this lipstick was between 4 and 5 hours before I noticed it fading, most of which happens in the center of the lip at first.

Liners:   You can use whatever you like, honestly! Since it’s a pinky-nude, you can use something more neutral, such as MAC’s Lip Pencils in Subculture, Boldly Bare, Spice, Hover, or Chestnut if you want it to remain a true nude. If you’d like to add more pinky tones, you could go with Whirl, Soar, or even Half-Red. Using a liner with a pink hue may require some blending, but that’s easily done with a brush or you finger!

Dupes:   I honestly couldn’t find a great dupe with my MAC lipsticks, which are half the price, but the texture is very similar to MAC’s Cremesheen formula. TO me, this color fell right in between my YSL lipsticks in color 01 from the Rouge Pur Couture line (a little darker, but a very similar formula and finish) and color 1 from the Rouge Volupte line (slightly more pink). I’ll pull my other MAC lipsticks out of my kit later this weekend and see if I find anything in there!

Overall Rating:   4.3 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5


*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased this out of pocket and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review ***


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