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Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick

Suntan

Bobbi Brown Suntan Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium copper with warm brown undertones and fine, golden pearl. It had sheer coverage that did not build it up (for those who prefer move coverage, but this was described as a sheer product). On my skin tone, it was hard to see much of the base color coming through as it was too close to my natural coloring but I expect on fairer complexions that it will add some warmth, too.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes). It was wet and lightly tacky at all times, and I routinely was plucking dog hair off of my cheeks. It worked best on bare skin, but just had little wear time that it needed frequent reapplications. On me, it only lasted for three hours.

Ingredients

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Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick

Island Plum

Bobbi Brown Island Plum Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark plum with subtle, warm undertones and fine, cooler pink and warmer gold pearl. This was one of the more visible shades in the range, though it still had sheerer coverage (semi-sheer) that wasn’t buildable but didn’t sheer out to nothingness when blended either. I did find the more noticeable color to be harder to even out on bare skin, though.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” It had a very slick, emollient consistency that never dried down, so it moved and migrated on the skin, and it also caught any flyaway hairs (or dog hair, in my case). The blush had a glowing finish on the skin but little wear time–three hours–and did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

01/05

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick

Beach Babe

Bobbi Brown Beach Babe Glow Stick ($36.00 for 0.31 oz.) is a very light, peachy gold with warm undertones and fine, golden pearl. On my skin tone, the base color got lost since my warmer skin tone washes it out, so very fair and light complexions may detect more visible warmth and color.

It’s supposed to be a “creamy, lightweight highlighter” with “sheer” coverage that gives “an instant, sun-kissed glow that lasts all day.” The shimmer was very fine, and I wasn’t able to detect the influence of the shimmer on the skin–the area just looked glowing from the creamy, emollient consistency that never dried down. It had moved around and looked patchy within three hours of wear. The emollient feel of the formula did not play well with products (primers, cream/powder/liquid foundations or blushes).

Ingredients

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Black Up NBL 08 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

Black Up NBL 08 Blush

NBL 08

Black Up NBL 08 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark gold with very strong, warm orange undertones and a golden shimmer-sheen finish. It had a more frosted finish compared to the other two blushes I’ve tried from the range, but it wasn’t overly shimmery or metallic on the skin, so it did not emphasize my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” It had good pigmentation, though it was just shy of full coverage, that was buildable to opaque coverage in two layers. The texture was drier in the pan, but it was loose enough to transfer onto my brush without issue. It could have been easier to diffuse and blend out on the skin, as it took more pressure to really buff out the color and even out the shimmer. On me, the blush lasted for eight hours before fading.

Editor’s Note: Thank you to readers who brought this to my attention yesterday. There is controversy with respect to the founder of the brand and subsequent changes to ownership/management and how those changes transpired. Two bloggers who have done their own analysis/research can be found here (timeline and walk-through) and here (Q&A with Black|Up that specifically asks about the controversy). I will be doing my own research into over the next couple of weeks using those two posts as a starting point. I do not have any additional reviews scheduled, and I will not be adding any in the future until I’ve had a chance to go through any available information.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Yristate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Silica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol Dimethicone. (+/-) May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6 Sodium Lake, Red 7 Calcium Lake), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

NBL 08
NBL 08
B

Permanent

8
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

01/07

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush

Hot Mama

theBalm Hot Mama Shadow/Blush ($20.00 for 0.25 oz.) is a medium, pink-coral with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. It had good pigmentation–just shy of opaque–that was buildable to full coverage in two layers. The finish was spectacular as it was luminous and smooth–glowing but never emphasizing.

The formula is supposed to be a “beautiful blush and subtle highlighter” in one. It’s been an old favorite for many readers, and I’m not certain I ever formally reviewed it, so I wanted to get that rectified once I noticed I had one in my to-review bin! The consistency was soft, smooth, and just a smidgen dusty, but it blended almost effortlessly. It was the type of blush that applied and looked blended before you even finished applying it, so the formula was forgiving and esay to use. The color lasted for nearly nine hours on me before fading slightly.

Hot Mama
Hot Mama
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

01/07

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

Black Up NBL 04 Blush

NBL 04

Black Up NBL 04 Blush ($26.50 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery plum with strong, warm orange undertones and a pearly sheen. The pigmentation was nearly opaque, while the finish was luminous without emphasizing my skin’s natural texture.

The Blush formula is supposed to have “pure and intense color” that “blends to the skin.” The consistency was slightly drier and firmer in the pan, and I wish it had a little more give/softness so it was easier to pick up an even amount of product onto a brush. As it was, I found a dense blush brush with a larger, flatter edge to be best to achieve even coverage on the cheeks (with less blending required). This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Ingredients

Talc, Mica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Yristate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Silica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Phenoxyethanol Dimethicone. (+/-) May Contain: Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), Ci 15850 (Red 6 Sodium Lake, Red 7 Calcium Lake), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides).

NBL 04
NBL 04
B+

Permanent

8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total