Viva la Vergara from the Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 line is one of those lipsticks that I ordered blindly. And this is the rare case when I probably would not have bought it if I had the opportunity to wear it earlier.
That’s because I already had her “analogue”, Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade of Bond Girl.
Viva la Vergara and Bond Girl are very similar and, in theory, have the same formula, so it was reckless for me to purchase both, even though I generally like these shades and these specific lipsticks.
Of course, they are not identical, and I will discuss this below, but I will not try to pass off their differences as excuses.
If you look for the causes of confusion, then in the advertising of Charlotte Tilbury itself.
Looking at the marketing photos, you absolutely do not suspect that the colors will turn out to be similar: Bond Girl is plum brown on them, and Viva la Vergara – muted red.
For me, this and that is far from the truth, but I won’t be surprised if they look like this on someone else.
In my opinion, the color of these shades is very similar, and it is closer to light lingonberry than to what Charlotte Tilbury photo editors came to.
Viva la Vergara is a little warmer, but in the general make-up this difference is not noticeable. You can consider the differences with macro photography, but even so they do not seem significant.
In close-up photographs of the lips, I see the difference in color temperature, however, I would still describe these shades the same way, if I had to look at them separately.
Finally, about everything except shades.
Viva la Vergara has a drier formula, although due to this it gives a more matte finish.
The lipstick is usually quite comfortable, but this winter I have super-dry lips, and I hardly wear it. She tightens her lips a little, and without the nourishing balm under her, I quickly want to erase her.
Viva la Vergara decently holds around 5-6 hours with drinks, but without a hearty dinner.
Oddly enough, the Bond Girl lasts longer, up to 8 hours, although it has a creamier and more comfortable texture.
Nevertheless, I would not call her caring, and on pre-moistened lips she lies better.
Other differences include appearance. Matte Revolution in a gold case is noticeably more compact and simpler in design than lipsticks from the Hot Lips 2 line. The cases of the latter are larger and differ in design.
In addition, Hot Lips 2 lipsticks provide for replacing a stick with lipstick in the same case. Which, on the one hand, is a great idea that provides savings in production and potentially less waste.
However, as usually happens, it is implemented blindly, and it is impossible to buy these same refills in affordable stores.
I’ll round off by saying that the post is not about how to buy an expensive suite 10 times cheaper, the difference in price for these lipsticks is $ 3 ($ 34 before discounts for Matte Revolution and $ 37 for Hot Lips 2).
All this is more about thinking about whether you need a second if you have one of them. I am quite sensitive to the shades of everything in the world, but I confuse these two on myself.
I consider both Bond Girl and Viva la Vergara to be good products, and I will continue to use both lipsticks.
But if I would rate the first by ten, then the second would give, for reasons of comfort, about seven points out of ten.