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I love Bobbi Brown make up and how it looks on my face but it is quite an expensive brand so I only really use it when my husband has bought me some, it's not an everyday make up that I look to buy. One of the Bobbi brown items he bought me last Christmas was her lip and eye palette and its in this palette that I first tried her lip colour. Palettes are great in my opinion for trying new colours or make up items that you wouldn't normally try and I find after using them they are generally something I love and use until its finished and then buy a proper version of the item.
The lip colours included in this palette are sandwash pink, brownie and rum raisin. The palette my husband bought me was a brownish colour scheme version as it also included some eyeshadows too in similar matching shades so you can really achieve an all over look on your face. The palette itself is lovely. The packaging is the familiar black Bobbi Brown long compact with a clip fastening front. The lip colours are on the top of the palette and then a little draw underneath contains the eyeshadows. The compact has a mirror inside at the top when you open it which I find handy for applying makeup so you can actually see what you are doing. There are also two brushes that came with this palette, a small eyeshadow brush with a lid and a bigger eyeshadow brush with a thin lip brush on the other side of the stick. It's with this lip brush that I apply the lip colour. I find the lip colour needs to be swept over with the brush quite a few times to get it to warm up a bit and transfer over onto the brush but once it's on there it's really easy to apply and you can get nice lip definition with these colours and the brush.
These lip colours are some of my favoruite colours for my lips and work well with my light complexion. They are all quite reddish shades although run raisin is the darkest with some brown colour in it. The lip colours come in a solid flat square and they are all quite flat colours, ie they have no shimmer in them but are a lovely block colour. Sometimes it's nice to just have a flat colour rather than something with shimmer or gloss about it.
They go onto my lips matte but really blend into my lips and almost soak into them and not stay on top like a lot of lipaticks do. My lips then take on that colour that i have applied and its almost as if my lips are that colour. I find the lip colour lasts a really long time as it doesn't really have the ability to rub off once it has soaked into my lips. If I want to add a bit of gloss or shimmer I just apply a clear lipgloss over the top and the same lovely true colour stays on my lips.
I can wear these lip colours every day as they are not too bold for everyday wear and are great lip colours that I recommend.
I bought this lipstick a couple of months ago now and i'm not a big fan to be honest. I bought mine directly from the Bobbi Brown website and paid £18 for the 3.4 gram lipstick, which is extremely overpriced and I regret buying it. I was a huge fan of Bobbi Brown products before I purchased this but I feel this particular product has let the brand down a little and i'm not the only one who thinks so - a few of my friends bought one of the creamy lip colours when they first came out and we all agree they aren't as great as they should be for 18 quid!
The packaging is nice and sleek, it's the usual black lipstick case and it has with Bobbi Brown printed on it in white writing. It's very upmarket looking and I do like it. The shade is stated on the bottom of the lipstick which is handy. The lipstick itself is like any other lipstick, a nice shape for easy application and a tip that provides just the right amount of coverage. Application is extremely easy, the tube is easy to hold steadily and there is no fiddling about due to the chunky tip of the lipstick. The lipstick is tasteless and almost odourless - it does have the average subtle waxy smell. The smell is not prominant nor is it unpleasent. These don't have any scent.
The pigmentation is absolutely awful and the swatches on the website are inaccurate. There are over 20 shades available (both shimmer and matte) so this is suitable for all skin tones. I have it in 'Raisin Berry' which is about 20 times lighter than it looks on the Bobbi Brown swatch and is almost nude! It doesn't suit me at all as it's too light (despite how dark it looks in the picture), and it makes my lips look almost purple. The colour isn't well pigmented at all and the fact it is sheer makes it look ten times worse. After about 10 coats it becomes more matte but it blobs up easily so it is not ideal for layering. I wouly only reccomend this to be used as a base coat because it is essentially a dry lip gloss.
The formula is actually really good. It is is formulated with Shea Butter which is probably why it feels so moisturizing and soft - it is almost like a lip balm in texture - very creamy, soft and lightweight and it feels nice on the lips. It lasts well aswell - mine lasts for around 3-4 hours before needing another coat (unless i'm using it as a base). Overall, I would reccomend this only if you are after a good formula lipstick to use as a base. The pigmentation is weak however the formula is high quality and what you would expect from an £18 lipstick. If, however, you want a bold and well pigmented lipstick this isn't for you.
Bobbi Brown is an American makeup line which specialises in natural beauty. It is the complete opposite of brands like Illamasqua, Stargazer or Medusa's Makeup.It was started in 1990, when Bobbi (founder of the line) created 10 lipsticks in very wearable, simple shades.
Price and packaging:
This costs £15.50 for 3.4g as of March 2010. The packaging is very sleek, very professional. A patent black rectangular case with Bobbi Brown printed on it in angular white writing. Very distinctive and really nice. On the bottom there is a label with the colour (in my case Retro Pink) and the type of lipstick ( i.e. Creamy Lip Color.)
Scent and appearance:
These don't have any scent whatsoever, a good call by the brand I think. I mean, you're not going to be able to smell it and we already put enough chemicals on our skin. In addition, some people may love a smell, but there will always be someone who hates it. Retro Pink is a pale pink that, sadly, looks rather brighter in the tube than it does on your lips. The lipstick isn't really a traditional 'bullet' shape, it's like a blunt bullet shape. The pointed bit has been lopped off, if you will. I dislike this quite a bit. It's more suited to a lip balm, because it's hard to get a precise line on your lips. With my colour, which is pale, it doesn't matter too much, but if you had a darker one, such as Raisin Berry or Dark Chocolate it would be very awkward.
How to use and my opinion:
Well, basically as a normal lipstick. The way I do it is lip balm, a coat of lipstick, blot, another coat of lipstick and apply Lipcote over the top. This helps to keep my dry lips soft and not chapped, and the Lipcote keeps the colour on.
Overall, I don't like this lipstick. I do have a fairly pale colour (Retro Pink) but this goes beyond being pale, it's just lack of pigmentation. In the tube it looks a really pretty, wearable pink. But when I apply it I can barely see it, I have to go over and over it to get even a hint of colour. I know it's supposed to be wearable and suit everyone, but that's ridiculous. I also don't like the texture, which feels sticky and nasty, almost like wearing lip gloss. I do apply mine over lipbalm, but I do with every other lipstick and stain, and I've never had any other brand feel sticky.
I do like some of Bobbi Brown's other stuff, her Pale Pink blusher is wonderful, but this isn't for me.
As you may have guessed from my other reviews that I am a bit of a fan of Bobbi Brown make up and a true lipstick - aholic. Bobbi Brown lippies are one of my favourites so I am always on the look out for new colours and products in the range.
On a recent visit to my local Bobbi Brown counter in the Fraser's department store the assistant showed me some of their creamy lip colours as I was looking for a new lip colour (a constant quest for me). As I have said before I love the way the assistant's at Bobbi Brown try the colours out on you as this has changed my mind on several occasions and had i bought the other colour without trying I may not be quite so brand loyal. Anyway after trying out a few colours I ended up deciding on Blue Raspberry.
There are 26 colours to choose from, suitable for all skin tones, that range from Baby to Dark Chocolate and from Raisin Berry to Retro Pink, coming in both shimmer and matte shades. This lipstick is defintely creamier thatn the normal Bobbi Brown lippies, maybe this is why they call it creamy lip colour. The lipstick is formulated with Shea Butter and skin conditioners which ensures that the lippie goes on smoothly and moisturises your lips all day long. This lipstick is long lasting, something i find an essential in any lipstick, and provides a rich colour with a creamy shine.
The creamy lipstick is available from all Bobbi Brown counters in most major department stores or from the Bobbi Brown website and costs £16.00 for a 3.4g tube.
I loved this lipstick and can't wait to try out some of the other shades available.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color / This innovative lipstick combines rich colour / comfortable / long-lasting wear / and a soft / creamy shine / Formulated with emollient Shea Butter and skin conditioners / this amazing formula glides on smooth / wears all day / and leaves lips soft and moisturised / Comes in this sleek new metalised case / Available in shimmer and matte shades / Moisturising.