5 lipstick dupes that could pass for Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
If a new bullet of the real thing isn't in the budget
Editor / May 23 2023
Ask any celebrity, beauty editor, or hell, human which lipstick they have in the highest rotation and their reply would probably be "Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in 'Pillow Talk' ($49 at Charlotte Tilbury)".
And we get why. The perfect shade of pinky-nude that happens to flatter an impressively universal amount of people, it’s practically the travelling pants (you know, the jeans that fit everybody) of the lipstick world.
But with such status comes high demand. So it’s not unlikely that you’ll sometimes find the stocks a little low, whether on Tilbury’s site or at your local MECCA.
And while, yes, the real thing is always going to be our favourite, we do like knowing there are a few backups on the market if a new bullet isn’t available/in the budget this month.
So if you want to swipe on something as similar to the cult-status shade as possible (but can’t swing the real thing right now), here are the alternative lipstick dupes that can pass for the almighty 'Pillow Talk'…
Nude by Nature Creamy Matte Lipstick in ‘Blush Nude’
Boasting a twin-status creamy-but-still-matte texture, this formula toes the line between rosy and peachy in a stunningly similar way to the OG. Seriously, we're not sure we could pick 'Pillow Talk' out of a lipstick lineup with this also in the mix. With a velvety feel (that can be credited to its hyaluronic acid-packed formula), it's the kind of everyday neutral that'll genuinely last the entire day, too.
$12.75 at Chemist Warehouse
Maybelline New York SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick in 'On The Grind'
Before you hit us with the 'but that's a liner' argument, let us set your mind at ease: this spice-inspired shade is actually a lip crayon, and it goes on every bit as velvety matte as the real deal. The tapered shape scores extra points in the precision column, and it comes with a sharpener to keep it lip-ready at all times. It's the subtlest smidge pinker in colour, but all in all, it's a bargain-priced dead ringer.
$21 at Big W
Makeup Revolution Powder Matte Lipstick in 'Teddy'
Makeup Revolution have always taken the art of delivering dupes seriously, and this creamy, longwear lip shade is one of their biggest success stories. Its name seems to be an homage to one iconic lipstick shade (anyone heard of a niche little colour called Velvet Teddy?), but its formula was evidently crafted to replicate the exact finish and colour of another (spoiler alert: it's Pillow Talk).
$10.86 at Care To Beauty
Revlon Colorstay Suede Ink Lipstick in 'Hot Girl'
Pillow Talk somehow manages to look slightly different on every person (yet another reason why it takes the top spot in lipstick land), and this dupe seems to have run with the original's slightly brickier undertones. We'd describe it as 'Pillow Talk for those who wish Pillow Talk was just a tiny bit less pink'. As for the finish, you're getting the same silky matte formula for less than $15; a steal.
$14.97 at Chemist Warehouse
Stila Stay All Day Matte Lip Color in 'Sunkissed'
Ringing in at only $8 or $9 less than the real thing (depending on which stockist you shop), this is more of a 'what if a Pillow Talk world shortage occurred' rather than a 'I can't pay 40-something dollars for a lipstick' type of dupe. And while we pray that said scenario never, ever occurs, it's comforting to know that this bullet houses a rosy, hazy matte that could easily be mistaken for Tilbury's true shade.
$40 at MECCA
Delaney Loane is BEAUTYcrew's Editor (and resident cateye connoisseur). An expert in everything from sensitive skin solutions to lip oil options that won't leave your hair permanently attached to your face, her words have also appeared across mastheads such as ELLE and marie claire.