90s makeup is having a moment, and we are on board. Whether it’s the youthful placement of blush and kohl, choppy face-framing layers or rich brown undertones in everything from lipstick to eyeshadow, the trend is a welcome excuse to bring back everyday glam.
But just to get this straight – we’re turning back the clock on trends, not technology. Channeling a young Kate Moss or Cindy Crawford is one thing, but having to deal with sticky lipgloss, flaky mascara and forever-fading shadow is not an option. As for matte lipsticks, any experience that draws a parallel with the cinnamon challenge should be left firmly in the past.
That’s where Charlotte Tilbury’s new Matte Revolution Super Nudes, £24 each, come in. Three flattering, neutral tones, inspired by the trademark lip looks of those 90s supermodels, with modern-day formulas that focus on comfort and staying power.
Rebecca Baio, Freelance writer
I’m blessed with the sallow, slightly yellow skin tone of a half-Italian girl, forced to live in a sun-free climate. Any colour products are introduced with the sole purpose of bringing my complexion back to life, but this is a very delicate process. The wrong shade of bronzer makes me look instantly muddy, 99% of blush stands out like a sore thumb (however skilled and feathery the application), and lipstick either has to be punchy or almost invisible. Nudes are always approached with caution.
So, here’s the thing. I tried a few Charlotte Tilbury matte lipsticks when they first launched, and honestly? I was unimpressed. The product did nothing to address the natural gradient of lip texture, clung to dry patches and was completely repelled from areas with moisture, resulting in an unattractive line of product build-up. But that was then, and this is now. Everyone deserves a second chance – plus, I’m pretty into these new 90s shades.
The ‘Super’ nudes come in three options: Super Sexy – a deep, rich, pinky nude, Super Nineties – a gorgeous warm, chocolatey nude, and Super Model, which sits somewhere in the middle. I went for Super Model (and secretly prayed it would turn me into one).