Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick Review & Swatches

Of all Charlotte Tilbury makeup that I have my eyes on, the one item that stood out to me the most was actually the lipstick in shade Bitch Perfect. It is true when they said this is the perfect nude color for a variety of skin tones but what about the formula? Is it any good? I have the review for you!

Did you know that the full name of the lipstick line is actually Kissing Fallen From The Lipstick Tree? And before you go out looking for this tree, this is actually a “secret” ingredient that supposedly contains an antioxidant to protect your lips from harmful UV rays and help fight oxidative stress.

The Lipstick Tree originates from a tropical plant from America. The plump yet prickly red fruits appear like pouting lips that blow kisses at you as you walk by.

Kissing Fallen From The Lipstick Tree, hence the name! :D

Now, let’s move on to the beautiful packaging! The lipstick is housed in a glamorous rose gold ribbed casing. The brand’s initial “CT” is stamped on top of the lid and the full brand’s name “Charlotte Tilbury” is also present on the inner casing. The bullet doesn’t feel as heavy as I thought but at least I’m glad it isn’t a fingerprint magnet! :) The lipstick has a faint vanilla scent that vanishes very quickly upon application.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick

Online, Bitch Perfect may look like a nice pinky nude but in person, the true color actually has strong peachy-coral undertones. So depending on the lighting, you may see a pinky nude or peachy nude on your lips. It has lots and lots of shimmer, too, but it isn’t very noticeable once applied on the lips. The shimmer helps make my lips appear smooth and full which I really like. I absolutely love Bitch Perfect on me. It is pale but not enough to wash me out. It pairs well with a variety of makeup looks, be it everyday neutral or dramatic night out! :)

Bitch Perfect is pigment-heavy! Having a medium-to-full coverage, it almost covers my natural lip color in one pass. It becomes fully opaque just after a few applications. The finish it leaves is slightly glossy — not as glossy as a true lip gloss but definitely more glossy than most lipsticks.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick; one pass (L) and layered (R)
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick; one pass (L) and layered (R)

Formula-wise, I’m a little hesitant to give it a perfect 10. It has a slight grainy feeling due to the high shimmer content. The texture is creamy but rather thick. In my experience, it doesn’t particularly “glide” on the lips. It doesn’t drag or anything but it doesn’t go on as smoothly as my other high-end lipsticks. It also highlights dry spots so I make sure to prep my lips to the most perfect condition they can be prior to application. It is not the most moisturizing lipstick out there but at least it doesn’t dry out my lips when the color wears off and only the shimmer is left behind.

It also has a very slight “waxy” and “heavy” feel in the first hour of wear but after that it feels just like another lightweight (but not weightless) lipstick. The grainy feeling will also eventually subside. Basically, you may not like the initial feeling of the lipstick when you first apply but it will become more and more comfortable on the lips as the day wears on.

Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick

What I can give a perfect 10 to, though, is the staying power! Bitch Perfect lasts really well on my lips! I am able to wear it for up to 4 hours with very minimal fading — and this is just over a lip balm, not lip liner/primer. Quite impressive for a nude color! When the color finally starts to fade, it fades softly and evenly, no patchiness in sight. I suppose it isn’t so bad that the formula isn’t the most moisturizing. If it means I’ll get a better staying power out of it, I can certainly live with! :)

Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick
Wearing Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Kissing Lipstick

So, how do you like Bitch Perfect? (I feel funny every time saying the name out loud, haha.) Do you think it’s too pale? Too peachy? Do you see yourself wearing it? Do you see yourself telling people what you’re wearing on your lips? ;D

Extra: For review and swatches of Penelope Pink and So Marilyn, click here!


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  1. says: Anastasia

    Fell better soon, Jaa! I bought this lipstick color as well, and I’m in love with it, too. I agree with you, the bullet really doesn’t feel as heavy as it looks it should.

  2. says: Audrey

    Your photographs are beyond stunning, Jaa. I almost forgot that I was looking at a lipstick review, for a moment. I like the level of shimmer that is in this lipstick–not too much, but enough to add a bit more dimension. I wish there was a CT counter near me so I could play with all of lovely products that you’ve been reviewing.

    1. says: Jaa

      Hey Audrey! Oh thank you so much! I try! ^_^

      I like the amount of shimmer in this lipstick, too. Just like you said, enough to make a difference but not too over the top that it looks frosty.

      Where are you located? Can you order them online? Nordstrom has super awesome return policy just in case you don’t like the product! :)

  3. says: Carolyn

    Oh no, I’m sorry to hear you’re not feeling well, Jaa! :( Do you have a cold? Hope you take extra good care of yourself and rest up! The CT description of the lipstick tree made me laugh, haha. The color looks really complementary on you! I don’t think it’s pale on you at all. That’s pretty cool that the lipstick feels more comfortable as the hours go on, but I don’t think my dry lips would like the formula unfortunately! NARS Raquel actually lasts a long time on me and doesn’t feel drying — you might really like it, too (although I know I mentioned this before, sorry to repeat myself!). Hugs — feel better soon!!

    1. says: Jaa

      I think so. :( When the weather changes so suddenly from super hot to super cold and rainy, I get sick easily. I’m feeling much better now, though! Thanks! :)

      I giggled a bit at the Kissing Lipstick Tree thing! Whatever makes you unique I guess! ;D Still have not tried Raquel!!! Soon soon I hope! :D

    1. says: Jaa

      For sure! I think this type of shade goes well with any occasion. I’m still posting on a daily basis even when I’m not feeling well! :)

  4. says: Sunny

    Hey Jaa, so sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well! I hope things will pick up soon enough!

    I do really like this shade on you, but I’m not sure about grainy, waxy, or heavy… I don’t think these are traits a lipstick in this price range should have! Buuuut again, the color is perfection!

    1. says: Jaa

      Thanks, Sunny! I’m actually feeling much better now! :)

      I know right? For the price I expect nothing short of amazing from the get-go. But the color is so beautiful I’m willing to overlook the cons. ;D

  5. says: Natasja

    I really want your camera.. those pictures! I am so curious about this lipstick now.. and would love to try it myself. The shade looks amazing!

    1. says: Jaa

      Haha thanks, Natasja! Here here take my camera, lol! I hope you get a chance to try Bitch Perfect! The color in person is really pretty! :)

  6. says: Dee

    No Its not too pale and no its not too peachy. It’s b*tchin perfect like the name lol. LOVE this colour …definitely one of my new favs from all the lipsticks that have been recently released! Aww poor Jaa I hope you feel better soon ( blows kisses from the kissing tree bahah) . BTW…how did you have the heart to place the tip of that spankin new lipstick head down like that for the first photo. aaaaa . GREAT shot !!

    1. says: Jaa

      LOL @ b*tchin perfect!!! Don’t you just LOVE the name? Haha. Thanks for the kisses, I feel much better now. ;D

      I’m happy it turned out to be a great shot but yeah, I wasn’t real happy to see the back of the bullet all scratched up. T___T

      So much sacrifice! LOL!

  7. says: Sylirael

    It looks Perfect, Bitch! ;-D {Jaa} But you only get a small spiky hug, because you’re not feeling well, and you need:


    I hope I didn’t squeeze too hard. Please don’t throw up on me or something, LOL!

    Seriously, I really want this lipstick. The surface you photographed it on is awesome too – the photos are gorgeous as always! What is on your lower lash lines?! Please don’t tell me it’s MAC :-P Whatever it is, it’s stunning.

    1. says: Jaa

      LOLOLOL Thanks, Syl! No, it was a perfect hug — not too tight at all!! ;D

      It’s actually UD Woodstock and top with a purple shadow from one of the UD palettes that I don’t remember anymore which one. ;D

  8. says: Lily

    Get well soon Jaa! This shade looks like the perfect nude, but too bad on the texture. I prefer something that goes on perfectly at first swipe. Life is too short for something less :-P

  9. says: Erin

    I love the look of this on you! I’m not sure I could rock it as it’s a bit warm. Feel better!

    I will certainly swatch it if I can find it!

  10. This one is definitely on my wish list! Even though you are sick, you still look lovely in your portrait photo! In love with that gorgeous purple pop under your eyes! I’m sick now too – no fun at all. Sending you well wishes, love!

    1. says: Jaa

      Oh no! Feel better SOON, Kristen!! HUGS!!!! Is it a cold? Mine was just a weird cold. Luckily it went away quickly!

  11. says: Alice

    Jaa, you’ve done it again. Blowing me away with your amazing photographing skills. Only you can do this on a regular basis – no joke.

    I almost bought this lipstick, almost. Lipstick is one of the rare things I don’t like to buy online because I’m way too picky. Am I glad I skipped it? Maybe, I’m slightly disappointed that they don’t apply smoothly and feel heavy. It looks gorgeous on you though, the colour seems to be flattering on everyone.

    Hope you’re feeling better by now! <3

    1. says: Jaa

      Aww thanks, Alice!! ❤❤ Once you get a hang of it, it’s pretty quick to take these photos! The hard part is figuring out the angles. :)

      Yeah, the (good) weird thing about Bitch Perfect is it seems to flatter any skin tones! The “off” feeling only lasts for an hour or so. Once it sets, it becomes much much more comfortable to wear. :)

  12. says: Helene

    Oh, I thought I wouldn’t want this lipstick! You changed my mind and now it goes to the long wish-list. It looks lovely on you, really beautiful. I also like your eyemakeup, that purple liner is unexpected and just makes your eyes shine.

    1. says: Jaa

      Hi Helene! So glad to see you commenting here more often! I love hearing your thoughts! :)

      You can’t say no to Bitch Perfect! It’s one of those lipsticks you *just* have to try or at least swatch. Everyone seems to rave about it and there’s a reason why! :)

      Thanks so much for the compliment. Adding the purple accent was a spur-of-the-moment decision. I’m glad I did, though, otherwise the overall look would have been too plain! :D

  13. says: Liz

    Everyone’s been talking about this lipstick but the shade is too pale for me. But I like the sound of it! I hope you’re feeling much better now. Your eyes totally distracted me from whatever under the weather feels you were projecting. Amazing look!

    1. says: Jaa

      Awww thanks so much, Liz! ❤ I feel fine now. It was a small cold, nothing major. :D I wasn’t sure about the purple liner but am glad people seem to like the look! :)

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