October 8, 2019

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set Review & Swatches

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4 stars out of 5

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Hot Lips Charms Set ($25) is a new, limited edition Holiday 2019 Gift Set featuring three teeny, tiny shades of Hot Lips 2 Lipstick. Hot Lips 2 Lipstick launched early this past Summer and if you haven’t already tried them you might want to check them out in the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set.

There a massive warning that comes along with buying this set though! These are tiny! Really tiny! They remind me of Avon Lipstick samples! Ok, so maybe not that small but pretty darn small. For reference, the recent Creamy Color 4-Piece Mini Amuse Bouche Supercharged Lipstick Set from Bite Beauty holds four shades that are 0.05 oz each and that set is $21 where as each of the Hot Lips 2 in this set are 0.04 oz each. You’re not only getting more shades but also, more product for less than the Charlotte Tilbury Set! However, you are paying for a luxury brand so that’s something to take into consideration if you are indulging in this set. Another point of reference for comparison would be the Pat Mcgrath Mini MatteTrance Lipstick Trio Set that’s also $25 in price and holds three shades which are a little tiny bit bigger at 0.042 oz.

If you break it down the value is actually here it’s just the actual product lacks packaging. Let me explain! A regular size Hot Lips 2 Lipstick is $37 and 0.12 oz. You’re literally getting a full-size lipstick in this set for $25. The problem is the lipsticks are physically really tiny. Some minis have a bit more packing to them but these are just really teeny tiny. If you don’t mind that, this might be a great way to try the Hot Lips 2 formula before indulging in a full-size!

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set arrives in a cute little box with a ribbon handle. As a kid, I loved Barnum’s Animal Crackers (note that new PC packaging) and I’d always cry when the little string would snap on the box because I felt so fancy toting around the box by the string. I gotta admit the packaging on the lipsticks just somehow brought those good memories back. The box looks like a little purse that I would have loved toting around as a child.

Inside you’ll find the little lipsticks wrapped in burgundy tissue paper. Each of the lipsticks are housed in rose gold with a leopard print barrel. I was little concerned the smaller size would mean the lipsticks would break or I would struggle applying them but I had absolutely no issues and I felt like the formula was perfectly on par with the full-size lipsticks in terms of texture, formula, and wear.

I didn’t know if I needed the set because I have two of the three shades in the set but I wanted to have travel-friendly options plus I was just curious to see how the formulas performed in mini sizes. I’m actually glad I got it as I wanted to try JK Magic but didn’t want to get a full-size without trying it first and this set enabled me to try it out and now I know I’d love a full-size of it.

The Hot Lips 2 Lipstick formula have a semi-matte finish that’s part satin, part lightweight matte in my opinion. The texture it thin, lightweight, and applies easily without dragging however, they aren’t really super creamy and have the lighter consistency of a stain in the way they hug lips in color. The formula isn’t hydrating but it isn’t drying either and the wear is about four hours without feathering or migration. I detected no flavor nor fragrance. The formula wears really comfortably. It barely feels like I have lipstick on at all.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set Swatches (Amazing Amal, JK Magic, Viva La Vergara)

Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Amal Hot Lips 2

Charlotte Tilbury JK Magic Hot Lips 2

Charlotte Tilbury Viva La Vergara Hot Lips 2

Yes, they are small but if you break it down the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set enables you to try the Hot Lips 2 Lipstick formula without shelling out a ton of cash. This is a cute little gift set and a fun way to experience luxury without breaking the back too much!

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set is available now.

Where to buy

Sephora Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set is a new, limited edition set that includes three shades of Hot Lips 2 Lipstick in the shades Amazing Amal, Viva La Vergara, and JK Magic. The set us $25 and 0.04 oz in size. Although, very, very tiny in size these are actually equivalent to purchasing one full-size Hot Lips 2 Lipstick which is 0.12 oz for $37. It’s a nice way to try out for formula before making a full-size commitment. The formulas on these are pigmented, light, thin, and apply easily without dragging. They wear very close to the lips giving them a stain-like feel that’s lightweight and barely noticeable. They have no flavor nor fragrance and wear for about four hours with a satiny semi-matte finish that didn’t feather nor migrate.


  • A nice way to try out the Hot Lips 2 formula without splurging on a full-size at $37.
  • Nice shade range.
  • Cute packaging and gift box.


  • Lipsticks are very small physically compared to other minis.


Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Mini Lip Set is a great little set to indulge it for those that don’t normally buy luxury makeup!

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

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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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    • Isabella Muse

      Thank you! Review coming! It’s the new colourpop whatever palette!

  • Dee

    I’m glad I read your review! I have had a few in my cart for awhile and thought they would make nice stocking stuffers. But not if they are that small for that price!

  • Cindy

    I ordered this today with an F&F code. Don’t know if the colors are bold enough for me but I wanted to see what the brouhaha was about CT lipsticks lol.

  • Kimmwc03

    I got this set and like it. Yes, it’s tiny but still usable and I didn’t have these three shades yet (I only have Glowing Jen). I wish I could have closed my box up after I opened it but I couldn’t figure it out. πŸ™

    • Isabella Muse

      Oh I know it’s a little tricky! You have to make sure that the ends are tucked inside and it’ll close tightly ;-D Just make sure they tuck into the box!