Statement lipsticks have always scared me. And I mean always—like, for as long as I’ve been wearing makeup. When I was in seventh grade, for instance, I begged my mom to let me get a tube of frosted Lip Smacker lip gloss during our weekly Target run. I was so excited about it; the year was 2001, and frosted lip gloss was the trend du jour, after all. But, after ripping open the packaging, applying, and gazing at my reflection in the passenger’s seat mirror, I immediately felt awkward. My lips felt too highlighted and exposed, and suddenly I felt silly for even attempting a statement anything. I don’t think I wore that lip gloss much after that day, which is a shame, because I’ve recently discovered just how fun statement makeup looks can be.
Now that I’m 28, though, I’ve upgraded from frosted lip gloss. In fact, with winter approaching, I’ve been wearing a much darker, berry lipstick: Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry ($34). And it’s perfect. I’m convinced it checks every box for the ultimate dark winter statement lipstick.
Its texture isn’t going to rob your lips of all moisture (like so many other mattes do)—this lipstick is more of a velvet-matte. It goes on creamy and then sets without drying out your lips. I thought I hated matte lipsticks when the trend came back around a few years ago, those lipsticks all made my lips feel entirely parched—but, as it turns out, I just wasn’t using the right one. Even better: Your lips still look a little dewy and glowy while the lipstick is on, but not glossy. it’s just enough so that the lipstick catches the light as you move around.
I’m convinced it checks every box for the ultimate dark winter statement lipstick.
The bullet itself is designed with a square tip, as opposed to a pointed one, so you can apply the lipstick to the corners of your lip as you would a liner (and you can even outline your lips before putting on the lipstick itself). Tilbury herself mentions she shaped it like a lip brush so you can get better apply the color straight from the tube.
Lastly, the color. The color. It’s a true berry, so it’s all cool tones and deep purple. But, as someone who has warm undertones, I can vouch it still works for me. Besides, beauty "rules" are made to be broken.
Here's the thing: Statement looks can be a little scary when you’re first trying them out. It took me years to move on from that frosted lip moment in seventh grade. But, as I slowly began trying more and more options, I realized makeup is about fun and experimentation. And finding this perfect lipstick is a product of that.