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Thursday, 30 July 2015

BEAUTY || I Want To Be 'Miss. Kensington'.

I appreciate nothing more than a good lipstick. Except maybe a good coffee - but even that gets pushed to the sideline when a new lipstick comes my way. I can only apologise to my family and friends who had to put up with me lusting over the latest Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson 'Miss. Kensington' lipstick. I saw Alix of I Covet Thee wearing it in a video back in February - yep, a whole five months ago - and it became my life mission to own it. Queue numerous waiting lists, competitions, and a failed trip to Fenwicks in Bond Street and I finally managed to get my hands on it through an online exclusive.
Colour wise, it's not the most exciting of purchases which is always the danger when you buy online. I'm usually one to reach for a bold lipstick - because is there anything prettier than a bright pink shade looking back at you from behind the beauty counter? But 'Miss. Kensington' is a much more muted, peachy pink shade, less like me. I'm going to fulfil the blogger stereotype here by saying it's a 'your-lips-but-better' kind of shade. It's the lipstick I always reach for when I'm playing up my eyes with either a cat-eye flick or a daring eyeshadow. Or for days like today, when I'm just trying to put a quick make-up look together.

As part of the Matte Revolution range (read my 'Amazing Grace' here), 'Miss Kensington' is of such great quality - as you'd expect as it's not exactly the cheapest option out there. Although, I would query whether it is what you would call 'matte' - the NARS lip pencil alternatives are like nothing I've ever tried in their mattifying longevity. But I have to say, I do love the creaminess of the Charlotte Tilbury offerings - they glide onto the lips, stay put, all the while remaining seriously moisturising.
And while this is all well and lovely and I've been using nearly everyday since it arrived on my doorstep, there was one small issue early on. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to finally have my hands on this limited shade and I went to work the next day feeling pretty damn trendy. Until disaster struck and the bullet somehow fell out of the packaging and onto the shop floor. I had to play it so cool in front of customers but inside I was crying. I'm not exactly sure why it happened and for a while I couldn't get it to reattach but after a few hours it somehow sorted itself out. Phew. Now I make sure to be extra careful with it. Disaster averted.

I know I say this about most products I review but I'm just in love with it. I can wear it for a more everyday 'I just whipped this lipstick on' look and also in the evenings paired with a bold cat-eye flick. Totally worth the wait and all the hassle. Let's just say, you know you love a product when you're scared of using it up too quickly. If only 'Miss. Kensington' wasn't limited edition. Sigh, it just means I'll have to stock up! I'm waiting for payday to try more of the Norman Parkinson collaboration because if this lipstick is anything to go by, the rest will be just as good. Plus, this lipstick makes me feel straight out of 1960s London, so surely that's a win?

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