Hey gorgeous gals,
Bobbi Brown season continues on IMBB with another shade up for review from the ‘Crushed Lip Color’ line. This is one of the latest releases from Bobbi Brown in India – apart from the ‘Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation‘ (which was reviewed earlier). There is a whole lot of campaigning happening around these at the moment.
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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:
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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.
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My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lilac:
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.
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The lipstick bullet is a regular twist up with the cap clicking soundly into place. The lipstick is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.
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Described by the company as a “blue toned pink rose”, the shade ‘Lilac’ is a light to medium cool, purple toned pink with a glossy satin finish. I was worried it may not show up or suit my warm skin-tone – ‘Lilac’ being a pale purple-pink shade. But, when built up, it actually looks quite pretty. And I am still in my purple-loving shade – so I’m obviously besotted. If you use it as a single swipe or maybe just a couple of swipes it looks pinker. But when built up the cool purple tones come through more prominently.
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The formula of the lipstick is consistent the other shades that I reviewed earlier. The lipstick has a lip balm like texture. It glides on effortlessly but does not have to move or slip. It deposits 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.
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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.
A single swipe gives a soft stained look to the lips. 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.
With a single swipe, I get just a couple of hours of wear. 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 perfume fragrance but only when I put my nose to it. I did not feel it while applying.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lilac:
⦁ Easy to wear shade – looks fresh and flattering.
⦁ Extremely lightweight texture.
⦁ Buildable pigmentation.
⦁ Very comfortable to wear – no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
⦁ Hydrating formula.
⦁ 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 – 4-4.5 hours – considering their texture.
⦁ Free of sulfates and phthalates.
⦁ Product is free of titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lilac:
⦁ Nothing at all.
I do like this shade a lot! I know it feels kind of stupid when you say that every colour is your favourite. It’s quite like the Beauty Influencers on YouTube telling you that they are “obsessed” with every new product they touch because they are getting paid by the company to say so. But, when it comes to Bobbi Brown I have been partial to their lipsticks since ages. Bobbi’s lipsticks are so in keeping with her philosophy of accentuating a person’s natural beauty.
So, the shades never come off as garish or loud. Even when she does a bold red or a bright fuchsia something about the shade/texture will make the shade look like an extension of you – not something you “painted” on. I really really hope that Estee Lauder is able to retain Bobbi Brown’s philosophy and aesthetics even when she isn’t with the company anymore (which breaks my heart – still!).
Would I Recommend Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Lilac?
Yes. The colour is beautiful and the formula is definitely different!
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