Ever had one of those moments when you have something new, use it for months on end and then think “You know what? I really want to tell someone about this!”? No? Just me then! LOL!
That’s how I feel about the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color lipsticks that dropped on us some time last year. You might remember seeing the shiny gold packaging everywhere, a sharp contrast to Bobbi’s regular black offering. They made for some pretty pictures!
I received 2 in shades that were remarkably well-chosen for me (red and RED! 😀 ) and I only just realised last week that despite keeping one of them in my daily makeup pouch and rotation, I hadn’t yet blogged about them! Oops! 😛
The Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color is a permanent range of lipsticks that, true to their name, have a more luxurious packaging of gold metal, with a black band. The boast of this range is to deliver bold, opaque and vibrant lip colours in one swipe on your lips without drying it out. By jove, they did it! 😀
True to their word, I do find that the Bobbi Brown Luxe lip colours swipe on like butter, without tugging and leaves an opaque layer of colour on your lips with just 1 swipe. I didn’t quite believe it myself, but I had to, the minute I swiped it on.
However, unlike many creamy or emollient lipsticks, these BB Luxe Lips aren’t shiny or glossy on the lips. Unlike many bold, longlasting lip colours, they aren’t matte either. I find that they have a satin finish, that stays on me like they’ve been painted on. I mean that in a good way! I’m not a fan of matte lipsticks in general, so these suit me fine.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour L-R: Russian Doll, Retro Red
The texture is so light that I don’t feel them when I’m wearing them, yet they look and remain so amazingly opaque on, even though I’ve greedily devoured lunch and drank cups of water and coffee in between. Sure, it marks my mugs, but it doesn’t seem to fade very much.
I’m not the biggest fan of long-lasting, creamy finishes, as they tend to dry out the lips, but I didn’t experience any drying from this range of lipsticks. Dare I say that these Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colors are very close to taking the place now occupied by my favourite Guerlain Rouge G lipsticks (which are now so mind-bogglingly expensive that I can barely bring myself to indulge anymore!). That’s saying a lot mind you! To top it off, these are almost unscented – almost because there is some scent, but nothing strong or lasting or overpowering.
I have 2 shades on hand – Russian Doll (a cool toned deeper red) and Retro Red (a slightly warmer, brighter red) which I tried very hard to swatch for you on my arms just to show you the texture, but I failed, because both shades looked so similar in pictures that I didn’t see the point. In person, they are very similar, but Russian Doll looks a little deeper, with a slight berry base, while Retro Red lives up to its name as a bright, retro, red-red.
Here’s how they both look when I wear them – they may look similar, although depending on your monitor, you may notice a VERY slight difference in the 2 lip colours.
I wear Russian Doll more often. While red, I find that the slightly deeper red and cooler base makes it a little easier to wear when meeting people. Retro Red, while a colour I thoroughly enjoy wearing as well, is a little brighter and more in your face. I like to think of it as a pin-up red. I just need to tog up in a 50’s style and I’d be in character 😀
I hadn’t been wearing red lipsticks for a while, favouring a more neutral rose or pink shade for daily wear, but these have given me a little jumpstart to reignite my passion for red lipsticks! So, PB is back in the red! 😀 The finances will go that way too if I’m not careful LOL! 😀
IN A NUTSHELL
The Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color collection boasts 30 shades of beautiful, creamy, opaque and vibrant lip colours that swipe on creamy like butter and stay put for hours without drying out the lips. I love wearing these on days when I don’t really want to think about touching up my makeup, and if I want my lipstick to last through lunch (provided I don’t do anything vigorous like tear into greasy ribs or hearty sandwiches). I like the texture, opacity and the shades available. I would even go so far as to say that they are very close to taking top spot of my favourite creamy lipsticks, now occupied by Guerlain Rouge G. Very close! 😀
PROS: Lightweight texture, Creamy formula, Not drying, Opaque in 1 swipe, Vibrant colour, Long lasting, Does not fade off easily
CONS: Gold packaging is a bit gaudy
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who enjoys wearing creamy and opaque lip colours
PRICE: RM107 | US$35
You may have noticed I didn’t mention this was expensive. At the current price, I don’t consider it too expensive, putting it against other similar brands with lipsticks of similar textures like Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy (less luxe packaging, similar creamy texture but not as long lasting) or Guerlain Rouge G (more luxe packaging with similar creamy texture but scented and drop-dead-in-a-faint pricing). I didn’t think this too pricey at all! I think they’re worth checking out, and while I’m late telling you about this, I’m glad it’s permanent, so better late than never! 😉
Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Luxe Lips? Do you have a favourite shade?
I know I’m big on red lipstick, but I think Russian Doll is a gorgeous lip colour that most people can wear. It’s bold, yet not distracting and makes putting on makeup a doddle. Do your base, brows, eyeliner if you like and a light blush, slick on Russian Doll and you’re DONE! 😀 If you have other shades you like, please tell me! 🙂