Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “crimson with gold pearl.” It’s a semi-opaque, vibrant ruby red base with gold shimmer. Chanel Triomphal is more opaque and has pink shimmer. MAC Sonoran Rain is warmer. MAC Driven by Love is rdder, less sparkly. YSL Golden Red is warmer.  I can’t wait to wear this during the holidays–I can be very traditional sometimes, and in the case of the holidays, I love a red lip with gold shimmer).  I love how the red is a deeper kind of red–it’s not a bright, cherry red, and it’s not strongly blue-based, yet it isn’t orange-based, either. It’s just barely cool-toned, with a berry/wine kind of pull, and it can be harder to find gold-shimmered reds that aren’t orange-based.

For a gloss that’s not quite opaque and this dark, it applied rather evenly–you don’t notice any unevenness at a normal viewing distance, just in the up-close and personal lip photos (which are, of course, larger than life).  I really can’t say it enough: these are my favorite glosses.  At the moment, I have three or four of them in my purse (I just came back from traveling).  When I went down to Irvine, CA for my sister’s graduation last weekend, I didn’t even bother pulling lipsticks for the trip–I knew I’d just wear these.  More often than not, if I’m not testing something, I’m probably wearing this formula.

It’s comfortable to wear, moisturizing, has the loveliest sparkle, and they wear well on me.  With Black Ruby, it lasted for four and a half hours.  The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, non-sticky, and have a mint-scented.  They come in black-capped clear tubes with a doe-foot applicator.

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I love how the red is a deeper kind of red--it's not a bright, cherry red, and it's not strongly blue-based, yet it isn't orange-based, either. It's just barely cool-toned, with a berry/wine kind of pull, and it can be harder to find gold-shimmered reds that aren't orange-based.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
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Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss (Studio Lighting)

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Chanel Triomphal is more opaque and has pink shimmer. MAC Sonoran Rain is warmer. MAC Driven by Love is rdder, less sparkly. YSL Golden Red is warmer.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet, Perpetual Purple; Burberry Trench Eyeshadow; Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner. On cheeks: NARS Gaiety.

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32 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Black Ruby High Shimmer Lipgloss Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    This is really pretty, but with the name “Black Ruby”, I would expect it to be deeper & darker.

  2. Avatar of Mirian Vermeulen MIRIANV

    this is gorgeous!

  3. Caitlin Mary

    O wow, perfect for the fall and winter months <3 It looks lighter in the tube O:

  4. Avatar of Kafka Kafka

    I never do lipglosses — never. But, if I were to suddenly change my mind, this would be the FIRST one I’d buy!! A simply gorgeous, gorgeous colour.  And with such depth, too! It looks fabulous on you, Christine. Sexy but in a more subtle way (if that makes any sense).  I’m looking for more berry/wine coloured matte lipsticks these days and so wish NARS would do a colour like this, esp. with that gold shimmer. <sigh>

  5. mpca66

    Bobby Brown is coming out with some kick a$$ products .. I love your post featuring the Desert Twilight Collection for Fall 2012. I’m for sure going to check out this lip gloss :-)

  6. Avatar of Kristina KristinaC

    It looks like a gloss best applied lightly over a lipstick, it looks rather uneven (due to the glitter) on its own. Great shade though!! Very rich.

  7. Avatar of Kimberly Kimberly Nguyen

    Loving this!

  8. Girl

    why 9.5 for pigmentation?

  9. So far, this is the only High Shimmer lip gloss I’ve picked up, but I love it. Alongside my Armani glosses, this is the one I reach for the most often. I love how much impact it has for a gloss and how much depth the shimmer brings.

  10. corallista

    What a gorgeous red! It does look a little uneven in the close ups but perfectly good from a  distance!

  11. Marina

    OMG *runs to the store*

  12. Lauren

    It looks gorgeous, but I’m probably going to pass on it.  I bought a Bobbi Brown gloss from Nordstrom and had to exchange it for something else the next day, since it only lasted 10 minutes before I had to reapply!  I’ll stick with Buxom, Bare Minerals, and Laura Mercier glosses.  

  13. Liz9969

    Wow.  That looks beautiful on you.  I really like it.  As a rule I don’t pay $23 for lipgloss though, so I’ll pass.

  14. wow, that is high impact!! Bobbi makes such amazing glosses! I’m glad they are finally getting so much recognition!!

  15. This is amazing. I’m going to check these glosses out the next time I’m going shopping. Sounds like a fantastic product and a decent price! 

  16. Avatar of Wenz Wenz

    WWOOWW!!! This is gorgeous! Ive never tried this line of glosses. BUT I will not be walking past the Bobbi Brown counter without checking this out!

  17. blueraccoon

    This is gorgeous. I prefer Chanel Glossimer to Bobbi Brown but I like these glosses a lot, enough that I have a few on my shopping list :) I think I need to add this one, esp. for fall and winter!

  18. daisies121

    Does anyone know if this is similar to Stila’s Cherry Pie lip glaze?

  19. Jen

    Beautiful color! 

  20. Adelita

    Whoaaa…, without Chanel Dragon this year, I will definitely use this lipgloss over Face Atelier Revenge or M·A·C Mattene Unknown Pleasures this holiday!!! Is it to soon if I purchase it now, no? *LOL*
     
    Anyway, do you experience any gritty-ness feeling, Christine?
    Thanks! 
     

  21. Avatar of Quinctia Quinctia

    Hmm, my Smashbox gloss in Lust looks like that on me.  It’s pretty much the only full-on red lip I’ll do.

  22. Avatar of Hayley Hayley

    That’s BEAUTIFUL!  Will be great for the holidays this year! :)

  23. Avatar of stef stefffie78

    LOVE this

  24. Lorraine ER

    This is incredibly gorgeous!! I definitely want it. Thanks for the amazing lip and full face swatches/looks, they are so helpful!

  25. Budziak

    Wow, that looks like lipstick & lipgloss. Is it sticky? I’ve had a problem with sticky Bobbi Brown glosses. And does it have a minty effect? It’s such a gorgeous color!

  26. Monica

    Bought this tonight, thanks for the review!

  27. Beck

    I just ordered a couple of these.Trying to quit Dazzleglass..haha. I used to love MAC Dazzleglass, but the small amount of product disappears so quickly after just a handful of applications it seems. I feel like they are not a good value at all.