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Hey gorgeous gals,
I shared a picture of the gorgeous Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colors in a post on the ‘Rati Beauty App‘ recently. It’s time for me to go ahead and start reviewing these shades for you. This is the latest lip launch from Bobbi Brown. It hit the Indian shores somewhere in the last week of November or first week December 2017. The first one that I have today is the shade ‘Angel’.
What it is:
An all-new lipstick formula that delivers a just-kissed stain effect in one swipe.
What it does:
Loaded with soft matte pigments for high color payoff with a blotted-down stain effect and formulated with vitamins E and C and beeswax, this lipstick glides on comfortably and leaves lips hydrated and kissably-soft. The long-wear formula gives lips color without feeling heavy, for a un-lipstick look and feel that doesn’t feather or fade. Swipe once for a pigment-rich, stained effect or more for a fuller-coverage look—no mirror required.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.
-Swipe on bare lips for a blotted-down look.
-Add two or three more swipes for more intense color payoff.
My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Angel:
The brand kept the packaging in line with the Bobbi Brown aesthetics by doing a cuboid back casing and yet gave it a fun and efficient twist. Each of the lipsticks has a colour coded band which extends to the lipstick tube itself.
The colour of the band corresponds to the colour of the lipstick inside. So, if you have more than one of these, it’s easy to identify the shade from the packaging itself – plus it looks more fun and vibrant.
The lipstick bullet is a regular twist up with the cap clicking soundly into place. The lipstick bullet is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.
The shade, Angel, is a light to medium soft peachy coral shade with a glossy satin finish. I was sceptical whether the shade would even show up on my pigmented lips. Not only was I able to build up the colour to show up beautifully, I find the shade quite flattering in a youthful kind of way. It is not bright but is like a healthy, youthful shade.
The formula of this lipstick is unlike any I have seen. The closest dupe to this formula that I can think of is the Clinique Chubby Sticks Intense. But even the Chubby Stick Intense is a bit creamier than these and more pigmented. These don’t feel creamy; they have a lip balm like texture.
The lipstick glides on effortlessly but does not have the slip where it would slide out of the lip line either. It deposits the pigment evenly. It is almost like a lip balm with buildable pigmentation. It is definitely hydrating. The texture is very light-weight and moisturizing. The lips look youthful. It fills in the lines on the lips and makes them look more hydrated.
What is most remarkable about the lipstick is that the texture does not build up even when the pigment does. Meaning, normally if a lipstick is not too pigmented, we build the colour by adding more swipes. However, as we add more swipes, we also end up depositing more product which adds texture to the lips and if the lipstick has a cream/satin texture, the product would end up sliding around on the lips.
However, that does not happen with this lipstick. I assume it is because the texture is so light-weight. If you have built up the colour and you purse your lips – the lines will show. A problem which is easily sorted by gently dabbing at your lips.
A single swipe gives a soft stained look to the lips. How pretty/flattering this looks would depend on the natural pigmentation of your lips. Because the pigmentation in a single swipe is fairly low. However, the colour can be easily built up – this means about 5-6 swipes at least.
My lip swatches and FOTDs are with built up colours so that you can appreciate the difference between 2 shades. However, I have shared arm swatches where one side is a single swipe of the lipstick and the other side is with multiple swipes. This will enable you to understand how low the pigmentation is and how richly it can be built up.
As a single swipe, I am unable to discern how quickly it disappears – probably a couple of hours at best. With multiple swipes and the colour at full intensity, this shade gives me about 4-4.5 hours of wear and barely leaves a stain. It wears off evenly and does not get patchy.
There is a slight fragrance but nothing too discernible unless you put your nose to it.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Angel:
Easy to wear shade – may not be universally flattering.
Extremely lightweight texture.
Very comfortable to wear – no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
Easy to apply and get clean lines.
It applies smoothly and evenly – no tugging or pulling.
No feathering or bleeding despite the balmy texture.
Does not flake.
Classy and yet fun packaging.
Decent wear time of 4-4.5 hours, considering the texture.
Free of sulfates and phthalates.
The product is free of titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Angel:
Nothing at all.
IMBB Rating: 4.5/5
The product lives up to the commitments made by the brand – except the one about not needing a mirror for application. I like the product and do not hesitate in recommending it. It is an easy to wear shade and the formula is so beautifully light-weight and moisturizing, making it your perfect companion in your on-the-go bag!
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