January 22, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher Review & Swatches

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4 stars out of 5

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher ($40) is probably one of thee most perfect blush shades for people like me that tend to overdue their blush or apply with too heavy a hand. When I first purchased this many months ago I remember being pretty disappointed as I expected a brown-based pink but in the pan this shade looks like mud! It’s really misrepresented in promo images and the shade is a heck of a lot darker than it appears in those photos!

After trying it I changed my mind!

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Eyeshadow the Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher has been in and out of stock a few times. I never reviewed it because of this but thankfully enough it seems to be stocking around now! I guess everyone has it already haha….!

This blush arrives in oval palette that holds 0.28 oz of blush. Charlotte’s packaging is pretty basic yet elegant as the inside has lovely rose gold accents with her signature star etching and a generously sized mirror. The blush has an outer blush shade with a core that acts as a highlighter. You can swirl your brush in both shades and apply to the apples of your cheeks or you can easily use the shades individually by swirling your brush around the blush shade and apply and dipping into the highlighter to finish your look! I thought doing this would be awkward but it’s actually not! I did however, find it easier just to swirl both shades together and apply as I’m not a master at highlighter placement.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher Swatches (Blush, Highlighter, Two Shades Swirled Together)

The brand advertises this shade as a pink and champagne blush shade but I honestly fail to see the pink in it until I actually apply it on my face. In the pan it seems like a warm muddy rose brown blush with a soft beige highlighter center. I’m admit the color terrified me. I felt like it was too brown and it would look very muddy on my cheeks. It actually turned out really well for me! Maybe it’s the lighter highlighter when swirled together with the blush but I get a very natural warm pink on my cheeks when I’m using this. It accents but doesn’t overpower not to mention I find it really hard to overdue since the blush is packed well and I don’t get a lot of kickback which results in softer, sheerer application that builds easily. The texture is quite silky but not powdery nor dry and just dense enough that I pick up just the right amount of color to apply. It also wears crazy well for me without fading until I remove it at the end of the day!

As someone with a heavier hand I’d say the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher is a keeper!

Where to buy

Nordstrom Charlotte Tilbury Sephora

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher is 0.28 oz in size and $40. This a blush slash highlighter that can be swirled together to create a luminous glow on cheeks and face or you can use the shades individually should you like. The color is a warm rosy brown with a champagne beige center. In the pan, the color is a bit intimidating and looks muddy but it applies very naturally and gives my cheeks a warm rosy glow!


  • A dense texture yet silky that allows for a more natural look if you tend to apply blush with a heavy hand.
  • Wears very long without fading.


  • Looks rather unappetizing in the pan!


Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Cheek to Chic Blusher is an ideal pick for anyone who has a heavy hand when apply blush. The color applies very naturally and proves impossible to over apply no matter how much you apply!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    i jumped on this re-stock so quick! i receive mine in the mail today, and i cannot wait to tear open the package to try this beauty out! thank you for the review, it looks MARVELOUS on you!

      • courtney

        i have been using it and LOVING It. i do wish it was a smidge deeper in tone. right now, i am light-medium to medium tan complexion so this blush doesnt really ‘show’ on me unless i really pack it on. However, it is a great color for a no-makeup-makeup-type face or look. i really love the softness of this powder as well. i use my CT hi-lighter brush for to apply this and its really HEAVEN. Charlotte Tilbury is one of those brands that can really do no wrong; her products are just glorious! i do love this blush, even though its just a tad too light for me and i am glad i own it b/c i still will be wearing it.

  • kjh

    I got the Sex on Fire, and have to admit, it ain’t great. I prefer CP aphrodisiac. Also have the l/s from the S set. Overall, CT runs way too warm and corally for my taste. Not really a fan of CT, but this looks lovely on you and in swatches. Wish I could see it IRL.

    • Isabella Muse

      sephora has CT stocked now maybe they’ll get pillow talk so you can have a look see! ;-D thanks <3!

  • Jane

    I got this (I think you were the one to alert “me” it was available!) and I like it very much. It can look a trifle heavy on me, but I’m dang pale and practically do my makeup with one eye open, so I don’t knock the product. My sister kept complimenting my makeup when I wore this, which she never does LOL.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha prob was me ;-D If you are a fair this is probably much nicer and more pronounced on your skin tone!

  • Rochelle Simon

    I have this too and love it. Most powder blushes dry me out but this one doesn’t. I find myself reaching for it more and more.