Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush
Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush

Bobbi Brown Bronze Brightening Blush ($45.00 for 0.23 oz.) is described as a “bronze hue.” It’s a medium-dark tan brown with warm, yellow-orange undertones and a gold, frosted shimmer. MAC Delphic (LE, $33.00) is yellower. Urban Decay Strip Bronzer (P) is slightly darker. Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Bronzer (LE, $90.00) is lighter. Tarte Park Ave. Princess (P, $29.00) is less shimmery. Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (P) is similar. Wet ‘n’ Wild Bikini Contest (P, $3.99) is slightly less shimmery. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s a new, limited edition shade from Bobbi Brown’s Surf & Sand collection for summer. It contains three shades, but the size of each really means that they’re best used together, as the strips are quite narrow otherwise. You could also lean left or right when picking up the powder to go lighter or heavier on the bronze shade. The texture was fairly soft, smooth, and not powdery, so the application was straight forward but it could have been slightly more blendable. Surprisingly, despite the more frosted finish, it had a softer, more luminous effect on the skin that didn’t emphasize pores or imperfections. The color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

The Glossover

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Bronze

A-

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection
Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Collection

Sand Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Pale Cream Warm porcelain (Matte)
  • Blazing Star Peach opal (Sparkle)
  • Gold Soft pale gold (Sparkle)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Frappe Medium ash beige (Matte)
  • Sand Pale tan (Matte)
  • Golden Copper Golden bronze (Metallic)
  • Saddle Dark grey brown (Matte)

Surf Eye Palette ($65.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Cream Creamy beige (Matte)
  • Bikini Bronze Warm copper sparkle (Metallic)
  • Pink Quartz Shimmering soft pink (Metallic)
  • Surf Soft aqua blue (Sparkle)
  • Sunshine Golden beige (Metallic)
  • Sea Foam Soft pastel green (Sparkle)
  • Sunny Gold Warm gold shimmer (Metallic)
  • Oyster Warm silver (Sparkle)

Sheer Lip Color ($26.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Peach Sorbet Nude peach
  • Pink Taffy Soft pink
  • Summer Nude Light beige
  • Sunlit Pink Midtone bronze

Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Bronze Golden bronze
  • Black Chocolate Dark chocolate

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • 24 Karat Gold (New, Permanent)

Brightening Blush ($45.00)

  • Bronze Sun-kissed glow
  • Pink Flushed glow

Availability: Now at Bobbi Brown

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Saturday, June 21st, 2014

One thing I really love about coral lipgloss is it’s a way to wear coral that is often more muted, softer, and less bright and in-your-face compared to a coral lipstick. Here are my current favorites…

  1. Dior Rieuse (373) — brightened, medium coral
  2. Hourglass Nectar — slightly muted, medium coral
  3. Bobbi Brown Citrus — sparkling mix of coral, pink, gold
  4. Burberry Cameo Pink — gold-shimmered, pink-coral
  5. Chanel Reflexion — brightened, coral-pink with gold shimmer

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Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Here are some of my personal recommendations for lip products to pick up while Sephora’s offering 15% off! Beauty Insiders use code TICKET, VIBs use code VIBTICKET, and Rouges use code ROUGETICKET. :) Feel free to share your recommendations for other readers to try!

  1. Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Creams (review) are really intensely pigmented liquid lipsticks. I’ve tried three shades and have loved all three! (Pictured: Moscato)
  2. Guerlain Rouge G (review) is my all-time favorite lipstick formula, and it’s by no means inexpensive, so a sale is a great time to indulge. Love shades like Gemma, Girly, Gisela, Genna, Garconne, Gigolo. (Pictured: Genna)
  3. YSL Glossy Stains (review) are glossy, pigmented, and long-wearing lip colors that come in a wide variety of shades. These are lovely for someone who likes a glossy lip but needs longer wear. (Pictured: Fuchsia Dore)
  4. Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick (review) is a pigmented, comfortable, hydrating, and moderately longer-wearing lipstick that comes in a good variety of shades from beige to plum. I really love shades like Anarchy, Naked, Streak, and Venom. (Pictured: Anarchy)
  5. Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss (review) is my go-to formula for sparkling, shimmery gloss with a high-shine, high-shimmer finish. I love shades like Canary, Naked Plum, and Plum Gold. (Pictured: Citrus)
  6. Too Faced La Creme (review) is an excellent formula if you love a lipstick with a very creamy, emollient texture, good color payoff, and hydration. (Pictured: Bon Bon)
  7. Givenchy Le Rouge (review) is one of my favorite formulas for its satiny finish, intense color payoff, and comfortable, hydrating, long-wear.
  8. Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick (review) is a richly pigmented, longer-wearing, comfortable formula that won’t break the bank! (Pictured: Menace)
  9. Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel (review) is hydrating, emollient lipstick with a lot of shine and pigmentation. Some of my favorites are Showstopper and Seduce Me. (Pictured: Seduce Me)
  10. Jack Black Lip Balm (review) is a must-have for me at all times.
Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss

For spring, Bobbi Brown’s Nectar & Nude Collection features three new and limited edition shades of lipgloss; one from the High Shimmer range and two from the original range.

Bobbi Brown Bare Peach High Shimmer Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “golden nectar.” It’s a sheer, tangerine-tinted base with gold and copper sparkle and shimmer. It adds warmth to the lips but really the shimmer and sparkle are the most visible aspects of it. It was easy to apply, comfortable to wear, and lasted for three hours. Though I’m a huge fan of this formula, I’ve been disappointed to see a lot of overlap/similar shades being released lately. They may look different in the tube, but applied, they’re nearly the same. Bobbi Brown Pure Gold (LE, $24.00) is slightly warmer when applied. Illamasqua Culminate (LE, $24.00) is darker. Dior Etincelante (432) (P, $29.50) is more shimmery. Guerlain Gold Tchlack (P, $30.00) is similar. Dior Lame Gold (LE, $28.00) is also similar. Chanel Attirance (LE, $32.00) is less golden. Bobbi Brown Canary (P, $24.00) has more shimmer. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nectar Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “bright nectar.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a creamy, glossy finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage, and it applied okay but wasn’t as even as I’d like. It lasted for three hours on me. Urban Decay Flushed (P, $19.00) is darker, less glossy. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is lighter. Chanel Murmure (179) (P, $29.50) is very similar. Maybelline Caramel Infused (065) (P, $8.99) is also very similar. MAC Warm Embrace (P, $15.00) is lighter. Chanel Nakkar (P, $29.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Bobbi Brown Nude Pink Lipgloss ($25.00 for 0.24 oz.) is described as a “soft pink beige.” It’s a muted, peachy-beige with super fine shimmer. Applied, it’s semi-sheer, and it ended up looking a lot pinker (because the natural lip color will influence the shade), so the peachy coloring of the gloss warmed up my natural lip color. The gloss lasted for three hours on me and was lightly hydrating. Urban Decay Nooner (P, $20.00) is lighter, less shimmery. Urban Decay Liar (P, $20.00) is similar. bareMinerals Heartbreaker (LE, $18.00) is more shimmery. MAC Richer, Lusher (LE, $20.00) is similar. See comparison swatches.

The Glossover

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Bare Peach

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Nectar

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Nude Peach

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge

Bobbi Brown Hibiscus Pot Rouge ($26.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “bright red coral.” In the pot, it looks like a really bright, intense red-coral, but applied, it’s much more muted–it’s a softened, medium orange-coral with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. theBalm Crisp is more shimmery. Clinique Ginger Pop (01) (P, $21.00) is a powder. Chanel Intonation (69) (LE, $38.00) is pinker. Kevyn Aucoin Fira (P) is darker, brighter, powder. Illamasqua Sleek (P, $26.00) is more muted. Chanel Presage (62) (LE, $38.00) is more orange. Tom Ford Beauty Flush (P, $55.00) is brighter, powder. NARS Boys Don’t Cry (LE, $41.00) is darker, powder. MAC Out for Fun (LE, $20.00) is slightly more orange. Guerlain Peach Boy #1 (P) is a powder. See comparison swatches.

The Pot Rouge formula is supposed to be a “multi-tasking cream color” for lips and cheeks. Bobbi Brown says to “blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look.” The color is buildable, but it never looks as intense applied as it does in the pot, even though it seems opaque when layered on the skin. The finish has just enough sheen to give the skin a natural, lightly dewy finish that doesn’t look oily or shimmery, and it didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for seven hours applied to cheeks, and I had no trouble wearing it on bare skin or patted over (liquid) foundation. As a lip color, it was somewhat drying over time, though it lasted for four hours and left a very subtle stain behind, but it did have fully opaque color coverage–again, it did not look anywhere near the intensity or richness of the color in the pot. As tends to be the case, this product performed better as a cream blush than a lip color, so you’ll want to consider how you might use this and round-up or down the overall rating, as the rating reflects how the product performs in both ways.

P.S. — Today is the last day of Bobbi Brown’s Friends & Family sale!

The Glossover

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Hibiscus

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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