Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color: Part 1

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) are new lipstick formula for spring (and being added to the permanent range). The line consists of twelve shades, and this review features five of those. According to Bobbi Brown, these are “lightweight, yet intense” and have “a clear base to deliver pure, crisp color with just one swipe.” The formula is also “creamy and moisturizing.” These shades are officially described as: Guava (bright pink coral), Old Hollywood (bright cherry red), Sweet Nectar (coral pink), Soft Coral (pale peach), and Bikini Pink (soft white pink).

I’ve road tested three shades from the line-up specifically for wear: Bikini Pink, Soft Coral, Old Hollywood. The idea is to test for wear and to do so with shades with different intensities. Bikini Pink is the lightest, while Soft Coral lies in the middle, and Old Hollywood, being a red, was likely to last the longest. The lighter colors inevitably fade/last less than deeper shades, as deeper shades often stain, which is why I try to test from both ends of a spectrum when it comes to a new lipstick formula.

  • Guava is a deep pink-coral-red with a hint of orange. It’s bright without being neon. It is slightly less orange than Illamasqua’s Mistress. It is darker than Laura Mercier’s Tangerine. It is more intense and deeper than MAC Crosswires.
  • Old Hollywood is a bright, rich cherry red with a blue-base. It is similar to Guerlain Greta, MAC Russian Red (but it’s not as bright), and Rimmel Alarm (it is darker).
  • Sweet Nectar is a medium-dark pink coral. It is richer and a little brighter than MAC See Sheer, slightly more orange-based than Milani Bora Bora.
  • Soft Coral is a softened orange; more orange than coral. It is more orange than MAC Ravishing, but it is less coral than MAC Vegas Volt.
  • Bikini Pink is a soft, light-medium pink with subtle yellow undertones. It is a few shades lighter than Cle de Peau #106, not as pink as MAC Angel nor as light as MAC Hue, but it is similar to MAC Overtime.

my thoughts on the formula: These are really comfortable to wear,with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight texture, and rich color coverage.  Every shade was opaque and needed very little product to achieve full color coverage.  They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some.  Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Old Hollywood lasting a full six and beginning to fade after that.  Lighter shades hung on for about four hours.

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

final thoughts: I actually really liked these; I love how pigmented they are, but they’re creamy without actually being creamy.  They have the feel, glide, and finish of creamier formulas, but there is very little slip and very little product is on the lips, giving a rather featherweight feel.  These colors do not have a full matte finish, but they still wear well–no clinging or seeping into lip lines.

where to buy: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom

See more photos & swatches!

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6), Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Guava (1), Old Hollywood (2), Sweet Nectar (6)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick: Soft Coral (7), Bikini Pink (8)

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Guava Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Guava Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Sweet Nectar Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Sweet Nectar Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Soft Coral Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Soft Coral Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Bikini Pink Rich Lip Color Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Bikini Pink Rich Lip Color Lipstick

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Where can I purchase Rich Lip Color Lipsitck? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Please see individual shade.

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118 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ashley Ashley Sarah

    I am loving these! The shades are so pretty.

  2. Whitney

    Sweet Nectar is gorgeous!!!

  3. livnzoe

    i loooove them!! iwnat guava rich and bikini pink!!
    so sad that they’re so expensive in switzerland.. i think one of these lipsticks cost at least 35 USD in switzerland!!! :(

  4. ak

    They all look great on you Christine. They all have a nice finish!

  5. Veronica

    sweet nectar looks lovely

  6. ann

    LOVE! It looks great!

  7. love it! went to my local bobbi brown counter yesterday and the MUA test drove some of these on me to see which colors looked the best with my skintone,etc. these feel amazing and smooth on the lips!

  8. Pam

    I really like Sweet Nectar! Thanks for your review:)

  9. Phoebe

    Christine, do you know where to get there Bobby Brown lipstick in Canada? Store or Online store? I know you are not from Canada but you might know something. I love these shades. So beautiful. Any Canadians out there? Please please let me know where i can get them. I’m from Toronto and i would love to get my hands on these babies. :)

    • Holt Renfrew maybe? Have gone to Bobbi Brown’s website to look for locations? Usually that’s the most helpful place!

      • Pam

        Holt Renfrew should definitely have these….

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Carolina Lilastar

          Holt Renfrew has them, I’ve been to their counter several times in Calgary.

          • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine Catherine

            You can go on the bobbi brown website and they can tell you wich store is the closest to where you live. IF they are pretty far away (like for me, in Qc they only have store in Qc or MTL, not in my area at all) i would try to call to a counter, sometimes they can ship you whatever you want (mac do it).
            Such a shame that the website don’t deliver to canada when they ship to hawaii and Alaska!

    • Ani_BEE

      I usually avoid Holt Renfrew for the evil of the pricing there (and me wanting to buy something). But I think I’ll venture in next time for Sweet Nectar #6 and Soft Coral #7. These look like there worth it, just wish Sephora would not restrict the brand to Canada.

      There’s 3 store locations in Toronto/Ontaruo:

      Murale
      20 Marie Labatte Road

      Holt Renfrew
      3401 Dufferin Street
      50 Bloor Street West

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dini Dini

      Holt in Canada usually carries Bobbi Brown, but a Murale store opened in my city last year, and they carry Bobbi Brown as well! I think Toronto has at least one Murale store. Don Mills, maybe?

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rae Rae

      Definitely try Murale! Not all locations carry the Bobbi Brown line afaik, but if you’re in Toronto, yours probably will ;) (Plus, they use the Shopper’s Optimum program, so it makes the price a touch more manageable.)

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate kfm

      Holt Renfew carries Bobbi Brown, as does Murale if you’re in a city that has either of those. If not, Nordstrom’s does ship to Canada, although their charges for shipping and handling redefine the word “ridiculous”.

    • anonymous

      sephora I think

    • helen

      Holt Renfrew at Bloor Street and Yorkdale Mall carries Bobbi Brown.

  10. nidhi

    i like guava and sweet nectar…hopefully we can get it in holland also

  11. nidhi

    i like guava and sweet nectar…hopefully we can get it in holland also

  12. Hilary♥

    I gotta have Sweet Nectar & Bikini Pink – so gorgeous!

  13. Lulee

    Loveeee them!!!

  14. I’ve never worn Bobbi Brown, but some of these shades look amazing! Especially that soft coral and the bikini pink.

  15. The pink and coral shades shades are simply divine! Of course, I’m still not so impressed with the price tag. I must simply take your swatches and go hunting for some dupes!

  16. Nathalie

    I’m really looking forward to these. I really like Old Hollywood and Sweet Nectar. I’ll have to stop by Macy’s and check them out this weekend!

  17. These look so nice, I can’t wait to go have a look at them. I think all of these are nice and so wearable.

  18. Tish

    I already want three of these! They look lovely! Guava, Sweet Nectar and Soft Coral are going to my list! Thank you for the lovely swatches as usual.

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marian Marian

    Oh man…..I LOVE every one of these! Thanks, Christine for the pictures!

  20. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Marie Marie

    The texture looks divine, and I love the finish of those lipsticks.
    I’m looking forward to Part 2!

  21. Crystal

    That coral looks like a way less crappier version of Lime Crime’s Cosmopop, a lipstick I was so looking forward to and then so greatly disappointed with.
    DO WANT.

  22. Lors

    All of the colors look great on you, esp sweet nectar. Gonna definitely check these out! Also, can you let Shaun your tech guy know that I bought a razor based on his review I remembered reading months back (Gillette Fusion ProGlide). My husband used it this morning and thought it was the best ever. Thanks for the rec! :)

  23. Nunuiviet

    Beautiful first time I start liking Bobbi brown!

  24. Bahar

    WOW they seem to have the perfekt formular. Love the colors especially Sweet Nectar and Old Hollywood

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cate Cate

    Thanks Christine! How does bikini pink compare to Creme Cup?

  26. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Polly Polly

    I think all of them are SUPER pretty! I want 6, 7, 8, but 7 looks close to MAC Jazzed that I haven’t used up. So I might go for only 6 and 8.

  27. Mim

    Sweet Nectar and Guava look so much alike for me. Which one is prettier in person?

  28. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Megan Megan

    All of these are beautiful. The light pink could easily look chalky, but that formula must be great because it looks amazing!

  29. jenni

    omg at guava and sweet nectar! how i wish i could add to cart lol

  30. Suzanne

    Bobbi’s lipsticks – gorgeous as usual. I don’t even wear lipstick, but I want them all.

  31. Leenie

    Guava Rich…I like

  32. Shilpa

    like everyone else, i’m loving sweet nectar

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laia Laia

    They’re amazing!!! I love them all (but I wouldn’t wear Bikini Pink, too light for me) :)

  34. These are all so pretty! I’m dying to try one… Now the only question is, which one? :D

  35. anna

    Hey Christine, any idea if these will be available at sephora?

  36. Eva

    Christine,

    Do you think these are most similar to a Cremesheen, Amplified, or Amplified Creme finish? I know MAC and Bobbi Brown are both owned by Estee Lauder, so I’m curious!

    All the swatches look amazing on you. The finish on these is superb. Did you apply from the tube, or with a lip brush? The color is so even!!!

    • None really. This is creamy without being thick or really traditionally “creamy.” These glide on effortlessly and are moisturizing – none of which those finishes are. I always apply from the tube :)

  37. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rae Rae

    These look fantastic! (And the finish, oh my god. I am definitely, definitely a semi-matte gal, but it’s so hard to find good, non-drying ones.) Thanks for the swatches and review, Christine :)

  38. Laila

    Hey Christine, I just want to say I’ve been following your blog daily for a few months now (I’ve used it for reference well before then) and I think you do an absolutely fantastic job. I love reading you, it really helps me de-stress and take time out from my otherwise stressful day, and your style is fantastic. The reviews themselves are amazing, as is the lighting/swatches and overall quality of what you do. Just so you know, we’re all really grateful for what you do here.

    LOVE these new lipsticks, I have my eye on Bikini Pink but I’m concerned that it might be too light for me. I’ve got tanend/dark skin and I’ve been trying to find the perfect light pink that Rihanna’s been wearing a lot lately. My skin is a close match to Rihanna’s so I was wondering whether I could pull off Bikini Pink or if there’s something else you’d recommend instead?

  39. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kate kfm

    I’ve been looking forward to these! I love the look of Sweet Nectar and especially Guava. Thanks for the comparisons, I was just wondering if I could ask about one more: Is Guava at all close to Mac’s Fusion Pink? I have and love FP, but I don’t think I need another dupe.

  40. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Virginia virginiaisforluvrs

    I really want Sweet Nectar but I can’t find it online. Guess I’ll have to check the counter.

  41. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Bailey bayli

    wow these are gorgeous! i want ALL of them!!

  42. Iva

    Bikini Pink looks amazing on you it completely transforms your face, it gves you a ramantic look espacially with the lilac eye. Love it, go for it!

  43. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Laci Laci

    Christine, do you think Soft Coral or Sweet Nectar would look good on those of us with cool undertones? I’m an NW20. I’m trying to find an orangey color that’s a little less expensive than the Guerlain Euphorique. ;)

  44. Jennifer

    I love Guava and Sweet Nectar!

    Christine, how different are Guava and Sweet Nectar from each other? Do I need both, or get away with one or the other?

  45. Jennifer

    Christine and everyone,
    I talked with Bobbi Brown, and they said “Sweet Nectar” along with two other colors won’t be available
    till the beginning of March.

  46. wow, they’re gorgeous! the coverage looks awesome!

  47. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Arantza Arantzazu

    Such a beautiful lipsticks!!!
    I like very much Sweet Nectar, and thought it could do it well for a everyday-look; but, in your lips, it seems more orange than in the swatch… And I’m not very sure it would to work on me! I’ll have to check it “in situ” =)
    Thanks for the review =)

  48. Esme

    WOW. I love all of these! They look stunning on you & they look so creamy and perfect!

  49. CeeBee

    Squee! I have so been looking forward to your review on these – I think they’re completely gorgeous and I want at least 4 of them…

    It’s nice to see that Guava and Sweet Nectar do look different on the lips since the swatches look so similar.

    Can’t wait for Part 2, thanks so much Christine! :)

  50. malen

    They look so pretty on you, Christine. Thank you for the review! Would you know which one is closest to MAC skew? Thanks.

  51. Gill

    Sweet Nectar is a really unusual colour, in a good way! Loving Old Hollywood and Bikini Pink though :)

  52. Denise

    I love them all ;).

  53. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nella nella

    Ahhhh love love Bikini Pink. Will get it! Thank you for this, i’ve been looking for a pink that will fit me and I think this is it. I only wear nude lispticks, but cant wait to try this.

    Thanx a bunch for all you do!

  54. Molkinaify

    Why every lipstick look gorgeous on you??

  55. Elisabeth

    Will Bikini Pink look good with my slightly cool skintone? I asked a MAC lady and she said I was a mix between warm and cool, but I have pink cheeks. I look good with both gold and silver though. Does this mean I can wear all shades no matter cool or warm toned?

  56. daphne

    Ohhh. Christine, are you in love with Guava and Sweet Nectar? They look so, so pretty. Though I’d like them better with some shimmer, so I’ll have to think of what lipgloss to layer with them. I imagine I’ll get one or both before long.

  57. Sweet Nectar is really jumping out at me from all of these.

  58. Guava and Sweet Nectar are just GORGEOUS!

  59. I’m in love with Old Hollywood!

  60. Amanda

    Which do you recommend for cool skin tones?

  61. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Melissa Melissa

    I usually look at most of Bobbi Browns stuff with a meh attitude. It never really catches my attention. I want all of these!!

  62. Michelle

    Ooh! So pretty! I wish there was a Bobbi Brown counter in my town. Oh well! I must have Sweet Nectar and Old Hollywood.

  63. Alexis

    Ohh I want all of these but mainly the 1st 3! They are soo lovely.

  64. Amanda

    Bobbi Brown’s Sweet Nectar is basically just a tad darker version of Mary Kay’s Sweet Nectar, which is a lipstick I bought from someone I know who sells it. I think that is so weird!!!

  65. anonymous

    most of the shades I want are part 2 but old hollywood is gorgeous on you & a potential red for me! ty!

  66. Hannah

    Your eye makeup is gorgeous! And all those colors are pretty!

  67. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of LU LU

    You’ve been reviewing a lot of lipsticks lately.

  68. Jackie

    OMG! These are gorgeous colors!! I want all of them!

  69. Josie

    These are so pretty! They look very vibrant and smooth! I think i may have to take the plunge and buy my first Bobbi Brown!

  70. Jessi

    Christine – I looked on Bobbi Brown and Nordstrom’s sites and could not find Sweet Nectar listed. Do you know if they have run out already?!? Thanks!

  71. emily

    OMG Pretty colors! In dire need of sunshine – stat!

  72. kiran

    I soooooo love all of them. I wish I could grab all. hehe, greedy me =p

  73. I bought 9 shades today. They are Bikini Pink, Bare Pink, Mod Pink, Soft Coral, Cosmic Pink, Old Hollywood, Guava, Sweet Nectar, and Lilac. I couldn’t stop my heart over them >.< The texture is awesome. It's creamy but not smooth at finish. I don't know how to explain it, but it is awesome.

  74. Guava is such a pretty colour. I’d wear that every day!

  75. Jen

    These all look so pretty!!

  76. Samantha

    I can’t find sweet nectar on her website! AHHH!

  77. Sydney

    These colors all look gorgeous on you!

  78. asha

    oh man, these colors r really awesome especially the close up shots of the lips.. u look great in these, christine

  79. Sydney

    I must have Bikini Pink!

  80. kelly

    coral and bikini… i need you in my life!

  81. julianne

    i am definatly getting sweet nectar! :)

  82. absolutely LOVE bikini pink! the whole range seems universally flattering, i.e. at least one or two perfect color for everyone.

  83. Lisa G

    I am in love with the shade Sweet Nectar, but no one seems to have it. I’ve checked bobbi brown website, Nordstrom website, Macy’s and Sephora, but none have that particular shade.

  84. I bought Guava and broiught it back. Worst liptsick ever?! Does not last, dries extremely out, and they are scented – is there maybe a different formula for Europe?

  85. Nancy

    Bikini Pink!! <3 Tried it the other day at Norstrom but couldn't justify the price as I prefer MAC..