Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Black Maple, Black Raspberry

Color May Not Appear as in the Tube

Bobbi Brown Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) now includes two new shades for fall from the Black Velvet Collection: Black Maple (black red plum) and Black Raspberry (black burgundy).

  • Black Maple is a rich burgundy brown. On my lips, it looks nearly opaque with a slight sheen.
  • Black Raspberry is a semi-sheer browned red. It’s a different way to wear the red lip–it’s not an in-your-face kind of red, and it’s not incredibly dark either. It has a rather glaze-like finish, where there’s some sheerness up close, but it looks more cohesive and opaque from afar.

There’s a funny thing about these lipsticks/swatches; they don’t look like they line up. Black Maple looks burgundy in the tube, while Black Raspberry looks nearly black–and yet it’s actually much, much lighter. I actually had to swatch them both again as I started to write out the review to make sure I didn’t have it written wrong in my notes!  They both seem to be a little on the cooler side.

Bobbi Brown’s Lipsticks are scent- and taste-free, which is something that can difficult to find high-end lipsticks. With these deeper, darker shades, I find myself getting between four and five hours of wear.   They apply without difficulty, though I do find myself needing to check the application to ensure smooth, even color.  I don’t find them drying, but I think if you have really dry lips, you may not find they’re very moisturizing either.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like these shades, though I’m not in love with them.  They could apply a smidgen more evenly!  Black Maple is surprisingly more wearable than the name would lead you to believe.


See more photos & swatches!

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Black Maple, Black Raspberry

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Black Maple Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Black Maple Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Black Raspberry Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Lip Color: Black Raspberry

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24 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Lip Color: Black Maple, Black Raspberry Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Dawn

    Wow, they look so different on than they do in the tube! Had I not seen them on you, I would never have thought they might be colours I could wear

  2. The only thing that makes these look good is your beautiful smile.
    Once again, not loving these. I really don’t like the way it applies. Looks patchy.

  3. Jackie Li

    I like black raspberry! It looks beautiful on you! I’ll go and get one for sure!

  4. Miss Silver

    Hmm… was hoping to see some really dark colour like Viva Glam III or something.

  5. Natalia

    Black Raspberry lookes so good in the tube and so unexceptional on the lips… I guess I’m still better off with my Hysteria and Maniac from Chanel’s last year collection.

  6. KC

    Ooooooo!I so want these! But no Bobbi Brown here for me :(

  7. Susan

    Love the way black raspberry look might have to give it a try , never wore anything that dark

  8. Ella

    Black Raspberry is gorgeous.

  9. sofia

    i adore these colours!! can u please tell me what u have used for the rest make up? your eyes and your skin look great!!

  10. The colors are not at all what I expected. They look totally different from the color in the tube. I would have been very disappointed if I purchased these.

  11. black maple looks great on the tube, but black raspberry looks more delicious when worn. at first glance, i wouldn’t want to wear black raspberry, but after seeing it on you, i’d love to get my own!

  12. Tracey

    LOVE Black Maple

  13. Kiersten

    Christine do you know of any dupes of the black maple that might be more on the matte side?

  14. baby in a corner

    These look really pretty on! I’ve never bought anything bobbi brown, there is only one place that sells it here and the staff put me off!

  15. Kat

    I’d love to see what they look like in a sheerer application… Though I guess that highlights any problems with uneven application?

  16. I really love how they both look on the lips. Just as I imagined from the promo shots. It’s a shame they’re not as easy to apply evenly as they could be, I’m very taken with the colour though.

  17. Ariel

    Hi Christine, I was wondering which, if any, of the products from this collection are LE? Sorry if you’ve answered this already! x

  18. Emily

    I love Black Maple!

  19. Luisafer

    though black maple was going to be too dark, but love it!!! great color!!!

  20. hilighted

    Love the Black Raspberry. Looking for years for this — a deep rich luscious stain with long wear, semi sheer, very moisturizing. Can smudge from cupid’s bow outward, smeared on like a stain = best. Lower lip from edge of lip smeared in.