Hey Gorgeous Gals,
Sharing with you, the second last shade from this line – the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in the shade “Ruby”. I’ve enjoyed reviewing this line for you and sharing all the looks with each shade. So, let us discuss Ruby!
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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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INR 1700 / USD $29 for 3.4gms (Not sure why Sephora site states 5ml!)
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My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:
Packaging: 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 bullet is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.
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Shade: Described by the company as “Mid tone ruby red”! Honestly, I don’t see the “Ruby” in this shade! It’s more of a Garnet, than a Ruby! Not kidding! The shade looks like a medium to deep, slightly translucent berry toned red! It should work for all skin tones when built up.
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Texture: The formula is consistent to the other lipsticks that I reviewed earlier. It feels light on the lips. The lipstick glides effortlessly, but does not have too much slip where it would slide off the lip line either. It deposits pigment evenly. It is almost like a lip balm with buildable pigmentation. It is definitely hydrating. The texture is very lightweight 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 lipsticks 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 lightweight. Whether swiped once or more, the pigment does not sink into the fine lines either.
Pigmentation: A single swipe gives substantial colour. Just a swipe or 2 gives a bruised stained look to the lips, since this is a deeper shade. However, the colour can be easily built up – this means about 5-6 swipes. The shade does retain a hint of translucency – despite its depth. 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.
Lasting Power: When used as a single swipe, I get about 1.5-2 hours of wear. With multiple swipes, and the colour at full intensity, this shade gives me about 5-5.5 hours of wear and leaves a very slight stain. I expected a shade this deep to leave a deeper stain – but it doesn’t. It wears off evenly and does not get patchy.
Fragrance: This one has some fragrance. It reminded me of the Hourglass Lip Stylos. Maybe, it is the smell of the oils used to make it hydrating.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:
- A berry toned red – but not too deep/vampy.
- Extremely Lightweight texture.
- Buildable pigmentation.
- Very comfortable to wear with no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
- Hydrating formula.
- Easy to apply and get clean lines.
- It applies smoothly and evenly with no tug or pull.
- No feathering or bleeding – despite the balmy texture.
- Does not flake.
- Classy and yet fun packaging.
- Decent wear time – 5-5.5 hours – considering their texture.
- Free from Sulfates and Phthalates.
- Product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby:
- Nothing at all.
IMBB Rating: 4.5/5
Do I Recommend Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Ruby?
The shade is pretty and looks nice. But I do not see it as a NEED to have shade. If you prefer deeper shades and tend to apply them as a stain because you find similar shades in a regular lipstick too dark and vampy, this could be a great alternative for you. However, this isn’t a shade I would run out to replace if it got over.
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