Before it sells out.

By Kaitlyn Yarborough
August 18, 2020
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Charlotte Tilbury
| Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

There are a handful of times in a woman’s life when she finds a beauty product that she immediately likes so much that she knows nothing else will ever compare. No dupes or newbies could change her mind, even if she does stray every once in a while. Of course, the idea can apply to all sorts of things like wardrobe pieces, recipes, hobbies, or even a book; but for any beauty obsessive like myself, a lipstick more than qualifies. Like love at first sight, but in this particular case for me, it was love at first swipe. 

When Charlotte Tilbury created the cult-favorite Pillow Talk shade of her classic matte long-wear lipstick, there is no way she could have known that eventually three tubes would sell every minute, a stat now boasted by the brand. One of those tubes accidentally landed in my shopping cart one day—hate how that happens—but I was still skeptical if it would actually live up to the hype. Upon my first time trying it (in the car immediately after purchasing), I knew it was the forever kind of love. Now I can’t leave the house without either the lipstick or lip gloss in tow. Seriously. 

The Pillow Talk shade itself can best be described as a nude-pink that sort of shifts and changes when applied to different skin tones, appearing more mauve-y on some and more classically pink on others. There is now even a Pillow Talk Medium and Pillow Talk Intense to suit darker complexions. It’s like the ultimate neutral that doesn’t feel like a neutral at all, which is the sweet spot for those less inclined to swipe on a red lipstick on just any ‘ole day. Or lipstick at all, for that matter. 

Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

That’s where the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale waltzes into the picture. Starting the morning of August 19, 2020, shoppers can score a three-piece lip set that serves as both a starter kit for those who’ve never tried the iconic shade, as well as a pretty little ode to the perfect neutral that's worth the splurge even before a discount. It comes complete with the brand’s Matte Revolution Lipstick (the product that started the whole Pillow Talk craze), Lip Cheat Lip Liner, and the new Collagen Lip Bath, all full-size and in the original Pillow Talk shade. For $68, you can get the equivalent of the same products for the discounted price of two. Together, I’d venture to say all three could make anyone feel like a total powerhouse. 

For me, it was the Collagen Lip Bath that convinced me to make a move. I use the lipstick and lip liner already and can always use a backup of both to grab when my current ones run out. But the new Collagen Lip Bath offers the same blush nude shade, but in a lip gloss formula packed with firming marine collagen that aims to make your lips look plumper, more defined, and deliciously shiny simultaneously. I’m treating myself and my best friend whose birthday is rounding the corner in an effort to keep spreading the Pillow Talk love. Nordstrom shoppers can do the same. (SHOP THE LIP KIT: $68; nordstrom.com)

When in doubt, your purse can always use an extra neutral lippie to reach for in the most dire of moments, like when you forget you had dinner with the girls. 

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