Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “bright coral with pearl.” It’s an orange-coral base with pink, gold, and silver shimmer. MAC Strictly Plutonic gives similar color but has no shimmer. NARS Viva is more opaque and has no shimmer. MAC Dynasty at Dusk is lighter and less sparkly. Chanel Coral Reef is pinker.

Citrus wore for four and a half hours, and I’ve probably worn it half a dozen times since photographing it a few weeks ago.  I recently added it to the other two Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses I keep in my purse for on-the-go color.  It tints my natural lip color a darker coral color; it’s not really opaque such that it masks my natural lip color, but it does significantly alter mine by darkening and brightening it.  It has a high shimmer content that makes it less see-through.  Overall, I’d say it’s closer to being semi-sheer than semi-opaque, but the shimmer masks some of that sheerness.  The range varies from sheer to semi-sheer bordering on semi-opaque.  It’s moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and not gritty (nor does the sparkle travel).

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For a semi-sheer sparkling coral gloss, Citrus is a great pick. It wears well, is hydrating, and the sparkle won't travel all over your face while you wear it!

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10/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss

Would You Rock Brown Lipgloss?

Bobbi Brown Uber Suede High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “mid-tone golden beige.” It’s a medium-dark brown with yellow undertones and pink and gold shimmer. NARS More is the closest in color, but it doesn’t have any shimmer and looks a bit more like a lipstick when applied. Bobbi Brown Canary has similar gold sparkle but has no real base color. MAC Bright & Perky is sheerer.

Uber Suede is mostly opaque, and it applies evenly without settling into lip lines.  It’s a warmer brown, but it doesn’t look too orange or red.  The formula is hydrating, comfortable to wear, and the sparkle doesn’t travel.  This shade wore five hours on me, which is longer than average.  It has a mint scent with no discernible taste.  The texture isn’t too thick or too thin, and it is non-sticky.

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This is definitely a more modern brown--it's more like a variation on nude, and deeper complexions will look exceptionally lovely in a shade like this.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss

Surround Me in Pink Tulle

Bobbi Brown Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.24 fl. oz.) is described as a “hot pink with pearl.” it’s a translucent light-medium pink with lots of silver sparkle. On my lips, it enhances the natural pink coloring found in my lips and gives them a truer pink look (less washed out, since my natural lip color is rather corpse-like). If you have more pigmented lips, it’s going to resemble clear gloss with a truckload of sparkle. MAC Floating Lotus is lighter and has finer shimmer. MAC Sweet Bean has finer shimmer. Bobbi Brown Pastel is much lighter, milkier. MAC Sueprglass has flaky shimmer instead.

Having a gloss like this in your stash is worthwhile, but it’s not necessarily a shade you need to have several versions of, because a lot of those differences get lost on the lips.  I’ve been reaching for this gloss often when I need something to wear for blush photos or in a video and don’t have a light enough lip color that might work, because a lot of the fall eye products have been pretty dark (as have the lip products; neither is a surprise). Super shiny, glossy enough to give lips a fuller look, and gorgeous sparkle that shimmers and dazzles.  It’s semi-sheer to semi-opaque but there’s an obvious translucency, as the natural lip color most definitely will come through, but there’s a lot of sparkle–so the more light that catches the shimmer, the more opaque it looks (see the difference between the flash and studio lit photos).

Bobbi Brown’s High Shimmer Lipgloss is a staple product for me.  If you forced me to commit to a single gloss formula, I’d go here. I can say that without hesitation, and I really can’t do that with most products.  I will equivocate and hum and haw and tell you it depends on the shade or occasion or the like, because it’s usually true, and it’s hard to pick one favorite and commit to it.  This formula is high-shine, non-sticky, comfortable and hydrating to wear, wears well, and has shimmer that really wows. It never feels gritty, and Pink Tulle, despite its subtle color, lasts a solid four hours on me.  Bobbi Brown’s glosses are mint-scented and come with a doe-foot applicator. Bonus: also includes more gloss than the average one does.

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Having a gloss like this in your stash is worthwhile, but it's not necessarily a shade you need to have several versions of, because a lot of those differences get lost on the lips.

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10/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss

A Shimmering, Wearable Brown-Hued Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Bronzed Heather High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “pink nude with gold flecks.” This is a plummy brown with a hint of mauve and multi-colored shimmer–it almost looks holographic at certain angles. Holographic or not, it is chocked full of shimmer, though, as the formula might lead you to believe. Revlon Rosegold is pinker, warmer. MAC Blessedly Rich has more orange and copper in it. Bobbi Brown Beach is sheerer and has more gold/bronze shimmer. MAC Social Light is similar. MAC Explicit is a bit lighter. MAC Spree is browner.

I feel like a broken record, because I’m in love with nearly every single shade within the formula’s range. New for fall (but staying in the line), Bronzed Heather is no exception. It has semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage, though the color itself is more semi-sheer with such a hefty amount of shimmer that it’s almost semi-opaque. There’s a noticeable translucency that enables your natural lip color to come through. The gloss has a lightweight consistency that’s not too thick or too thin, spreads evenly, and when tested, this shade wore four hours. It’s hydrating, and the shimmer doesn’t travel to parts unknown.

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I can almost guarantee that any time I'm not testing a lip color and I'm not wearing lip balm, I'm wearing one of Bobbi Brown's High Shimmer Lipglosses. I have three in my purse right now!

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Firefly High Shimmer Lipgloss ($23.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.) is described as a “gold ivory with opal flecks.” It’s a virtually colorless gloss with warm white and iridescent opal shimmer–looks like a wintry mix of silver, white, and lilac. There’s no real color in the base, just lots and lots of shimmer, but on, it’s definitely apparent you’re wearing something–it’s highly reflective and looks a little pink-ish. MAC She-zam is more silver-shimmered. NARS Luxor is similar in color and sheen, though it is milkier. MAC Frozen Lame has a lot more white shimmer.

Long-time readers will know that this is one of my favorite formulas–it has a ridiculous amount of sparkle and dazzle combined with a non-sticky and comfortable to texture that’s not too thick or too thin.  These glosses typically last a full four hours and sometimes longer on me; Firefly wore for a full four hours, which is noteworthy for a gloss that’s fairly sheer in color.  The shimmer is so high that it’s almost semi-sheer to semi-opaque in color because of the coverage the shimmer yields.  It’s moisturizing, and I like that it doesn’t get sticky over time.  Bobbi Brown’s glosses come with a doe-foot applicator, slightly more gloss than the average gloss, and are mint-scented.

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This shade is shimmery enough to be worn alone, but it can also be layered over your favorite lipstick to add a different dimension. It will be particularly flattering paired with plums, burgundies, berries, and reds.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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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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