Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 – Old Hollywood Review

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 – Old Hollywood Review

I am back after a two-week hiatus!! Reason for the hiatus is short and sweet – in laws, actually, its neither short nor sweet!!! 😛 So, like I mentioned in my previous post, Rose Blossom wasn’t my first Bobbi Brown lipstick. My first one was actually Old Hollywood which I would review for you today.  Actually, I had ordered two together (yeah! You know me! I can never buy one, its way too difficult!), although there was some contemplation about the second one, this one I was fairly sure of.


This again is from Bobbi’s top 10 – Rich Lip Color.

Product Description:

Rich Lip Color – In Bobbi’s own words – “I love this formula because it combines color-saturated coverage with an uber lightweight texture.”  Bright, get-noticed colour. Lightweight, yet intense, Bobbi’s latest formula combines pigments with a clear base to deliver pure, crisp color with just one swipe. Plus, it’s creamy and moisturizing, so lips feel as good as they look.  Featured in Real Simple magazine’s “5 Worth-it-splurges” (March 2012) and the Today Show for its long-lasting, non-drying formula as well as wide range of shades that complement all skin tones.

These were launched in 12 colours but are now available in 21 colours.


$25.00 for 3.8 gm.

Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick 2


Its the standard Bobbi Brown packaging in all black – the exterior box as well as the lipstick casing. Again, no indicator for the colour except the name written at the bottom – making it difficult to identify the colour!  It clicks shut and the cap is not likely to come askew accidentally.

Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick 3

Old Hollywood, as per the website, is “a bright cherry red.”  The description is apt. The colour is bright red, it is blue based and has a hint of pink to it. This is the only shade of red in this line and its an all out shade – likely to suit most skin tones. It instantly brightens the face and makes the teeth look whiter!

Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick 4

The texture is same as Rose Blossom reviewed earlier – it glides on the lips giving full coverage in a single swipe. The product goes on like a gel – its not exactly creamy and neither is it buttery. Its smooth, very light and insanely pigmented. Post an hour or so, the glossiness wears off and the lipstick settles to a semi-matte finish which does not feel dry even with 6-8 hours of application.

Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick 5

I know people prefer to use red in matte finish – no transfer, no bleeding, stay in place. This lipstick gives all that without making your lips dry!

It lasted 6 hour plus – kind of expected since it’s a red. What was fab about the product was that the lipstick lasted through a meal and a snack. I actually kept going back to my mirror and feeling amazed – “its still there and its still intact!”

It leaves a stain which lasts for couple more hours easily.

Bobbi Brown Red Lipstick 6

Post using this – I so fell in love with the colour that I thought I should buy one as backup as well. Then sanity prevailed – there will always be newer lipsticks and pretty shades to try. Why block money? (Though I may just buy a backup of Rose Blossom because it definitely is “Mera wala pink”!!)

Red Lipstick

To sum it up for you:

Pros of Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 – Old Hollywood:

  • Exceptional light weight texture.
  • Does not bleed or feather.
  • Does not dry the lips or accentuate the fine lines of my lips.
  • Would suit most skin tones without looking garish.
  • Instantly brightens up the face.
  • Will suit most skin tones.
  • Sturdy packaging – it would easily withstand a romp in your bag!
  • Excellent pigmentation.
  • It has SPF 12!!!

Red Lips

Cons of Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 – Old Hollywood:

  • It’s a red – so one needs to pay attention to the application. However, it wasn’t difficult to get an even application straight from the bullet.  Refer to the lip swatches – I have not used a brush.
  • The price might be a con here, but gets justified by the product quality and quantity both.
  • The product does not have any fragrance. As I have said earlier as well – I have not listed this in pros or cons– its a personal preference! Personally, I love a little fragrance in my lip products!

Grande Finale:

IMBB Rating:


If you love your reds, but hate the dry matte ones which flake on your lips (read Ruby Woo), you have to try this. This is currently my favorite lipstick formula. I love intense pigmented lip colours which feel as light as this! Its purrrfect!  I still have a few Bobbi Brown products – would you like me to continue with the series or take a break and review some other products like L’Oreal, MUFE, Estee Lauder? Do let me know.

Have a great weekend!

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15 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 – Old Hollywood Review

    1. *thankyou* Neha! It is a lovely shade. I wouldn’t know about Inglot packaging – haven’t tried their lipsticks! *scared*

  1. lovely red Kulpreet *woot* ….and let the Bobby Brown reviews flow…as they hv recently opened up in Delhi…ur reviews will help us decide n buy the goodies from there…its so much at stake after-all…

  2. *thankyou* Anuradha!

    Actually, that was the reason I started with the Bobbi Brown series in the first place. Its just that there have been some recent additions to my collection *happydance* *happydance* (non Bobbi Brown) and I’m dying to share those as well! Still, will let the series continue! Thanks for dropping by and letting me know! *hifive* *hifive*

  3. never considered bobbi brown goodies bt after looking at ur gorgoeus pics *whistle* *pompom* it seems i need to get bobbi brown lippy asap.. *jogging*

    1. Oh you must Neetu! The first product I picked of Bobbi Brown was pretty much for the heck of it…but i just got soooo hooked onto this brand. Dying to try their matte lippies which Rati keeps raving about!

      And *thankyou* *thankyou* for your sweet words!

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