How amaaazing is Charlotte Tilbury?! Literally the most beautiful packaging known to man and the lipsticks are no exception. Hailed as the nude that suits everyone, the modern-matte Pillow Talk is part of their Matte Revolution range and is the ‘ultimate lip colour…for naturally fuller, wider lips’. I’m completely in love with it; it absolutely makes my lips look fuller and the colour is so flattering. I must admit, it’s a little darker than it looks on the photos – it’s more of a darker nude than a flesh-coloured nude – but I still think it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s matte without being drying and it manages to stay on my lips much better than any of my MAC lippies did.
I’ve been a fan of CT for little over a year now and think Charlotte’s makeup is exceptional but recently I’ve also been trying to make a move to solely cruelty-free brands. I’ve become increasingly aware of the fact that some brands still actively condone animal testing and even more aware of the ones that say they are cruelty-free yet still sell in China. For those of you that don’t know, if you sell in China it’s mandatory that the products are tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold. This, quite frankly, makes me sick and I’ve realised I can’t support companies that claim they care about animals yet are willing to sacrifice their welfare for profit. I get it, in a sense, I really do: China is a huge market and huge chunk of their profits but for me, personally, I can’t put my vanity over animals’ comfort. I’ve been a fan of MAC since I first started to wear makeup and although it pains me that I’ll never have another Honey Love lippie or Melon pigment (it’s insane as a highlighter and that makes me super sad), I’m happy to look at alternatives to stock my makeup bag with.
Charlotte Tilbury don’t test any of their products on animals and, perhaps more importantly, they state on their website their suppliers don’t either. I think it’s really important to look into a company’s cruelty-free stance, if this is something that’s important to you, and really dissect the language they use. I’ve found many have been clever with how they word things, implying they don’t ask their suppliers to test on animals or that they can’t guarantee that all ingredients are cruelty-free. For me, this isn’t good enough and is skirting around the truth – if Charlotte Tilbury can confidently say their suppliers don’t, then other brands should be able to too.
Although it seems like a minefield researching which brands are cruelty free and which sell in China, it’s really not as hard as it feels and there’s lots of great resources available, like Peta, to help you make an educated purchase. With more and more brands wising up to the fact that consumers are more conscious of this matter, I’m finding more than ever that the ones committed to cruelty-free cosmetics tend to shout about it.
Are cruelty-free cosmetics important to you? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @jacintadawn.