The Summer Season: Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick
Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

The Summer Season: Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Orange Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a vibrant shade of deep orange. This is orange without being neon, flashy, or so unnatural that it looks weird–this is an orange you can wear that looks and feels like an orange, but it’s wearable. It’s a rich, opaque orange with a creamy finish and lightweight feel. It has a subtle glossy sheen and no scent or taste that I could distinguish. Bobbi Brown describes it as a “pumpkin orange,” but I’d say it’s a bit redder than a pumpkin. Nonetheless, count me amongst the surprised, because I never expected such a bold shade to come from Bobbi Brown!

Is this the right orange lipstick for you? Would you wear it?

The Summer Season is a series of posts featuring bright, vibrant shades of coral, orange, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for a summer of fun — that runs through July 2010.

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Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

Bobbi Brown Orange Lipstick

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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From the tube! I am too lazy to use a brush – plus, I often swatch 10-15 at a time, so I’d kill that poor lip brush!

Me too, but the SA at NARS wanted me to try this colour! Of course I did not dare it, but after she did my mkae-up I was convinced I will try it the next time, she was fab. Think if you have a pure, neat skin you can rock it and it looks very diva-esq.

I love the look of orange lipstick, but it’s hard to find a shade that goes with my complexion. This color is so pretty though.

It’s pretty but I probably couldn’t pull it off. My girl friend that I go shopping with tells me I don’t look good in “pumpkin orange”. She’s happy to have found a color that doesn’t look good on me because she claims I can pull most colors off with ease.

Christine, I am brown too (with yellow undertones). Do you think orange lipstick would be harder or easier to carry off on brown skin??

Use the MAC Cork of Mahogany lip pencil with it and this should work fine. The MAC So Chaud lipstick is just a matte version of this and it looks great with the Mahogany pencil.

Just bought and ADORE MAC’s So Chaud…similar color. I never would have considered orange but something made me try. I adore true gorgeous reds so its not soooo far off, πŸ˜›

Terrific review! I read your review and promptly went out and got a tube of my own – it really is fabulous, and very wearable! My lips thank you, but my wallet does not πŸ˜‰

LOL! Hey, at least it was a Cle de Peau or Guerlain lipstick… then your wallet would HATE me! πŸ˜›

So glad you’re loving it, Kate!

hey christine! i was looking around for some orange lipstick swatches and WOW this is perfect! i love it, but..i don’t think i can afford it πŸ™ do you know of any good drugstore/cheaper orange lipsticks?

Does this pull warm? I’m cool toned and very pale (MAC doesn’t even have a foundation light enough for me) and want to jump into this trend, but don’t want to buy one that isn’t good with my skin tone!

Im of a darker complexion mac nc50, it looks great on me, but vastly different from Christine’s swatch, it is a great orange for darker skin, mac morange and so chaud are very stark on my complexion, but doable if you love a bold lip, Bobbi Brown’s orange is very warm and easy on my skin. Christine my dear, I love love love your site, i think that you should have a reader submitted photo gallery, your swatches are helpful to those who are of a similar shade, but as i see with the BB orange, they give me no clue as to how a shade will work with my skin color.

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