The $10 Lipstick That Is a Near-Perfect Dupe for a Cult Favourite
Every brand has a cult product that comes to mind the moment someone mentions the name. For example, let's play a quick round of word-association: You say NARS, we say Orgasm. You say, Chanel, we say No.5 — you get the general idea.
In this instance, we're talking about a brand synonymous with cult products, Charlotte Tilbury. But, if we did have to narrow it down to just one, I'd be willing to put money on Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk lipstick.
The cult shade first came onto the scene in lip liner form, after Charlotte had created the shade mixing backstage to use on celebrities and models alike. The lip liner, not surprisingly, went on to be a best-seller, leading Charlotte to finally launch a lipstick under the same name.
The reason so many people love this colour (myself included), is that it lands the perfect balance between pink and brown, looks great on a wide range of skin tones and creates that ideal "your lips but kinda better" affect that most of us are ultimately going for.
But, for those whose budget can't stretch to meet the $49 price point, thanks to a Reddit post, we've found a near-perfect dupe that will only set you back $10. Enter: Flower Beauty's Spiced Petal (Yes, that is Drew Barrymore's beauty brand).
At first glance, I wasn't entirely convinced, but once swatched, apart from the finish, I honestly found it difficult to tell the difference between the two.
It must be noted that on my light to medium skin tone, Pillow Talk tends to read more brown and Spiced Petal looks more pinkish. Charlotte's formula is a natural-matte finish, whereas the Flower Beauty is a true cream formula, so that one will come down to personal preference. As far as I'm concerned, I've got room for both in my makeup bag and have actually found myself wearing Pillow Talk all over, with Spiced Petal layered in the centre of my lips — however, I'm aware not everyone will have the luxury of having both in their collection.
As for wear time, I found both formulas to be comparable, with Charlotte's slightly outlasting Flower Beauty, but that's to be expected given the matte versus cream formula.
Keep scrolling to shop both lipsticks below.