My mother and I were feeling spendy with our left over euros in duty free last month after a lovely week in Cyprus. I had been on the look out for a Bobbi Brown counter because I’d heard about these new Liquid Art Sticks. Liquid lipstick… in a squeezy tube? I had to try it.
They look very much like a Clinique Chubby Stick or a Revlon Colourburst Balm with a similarly shaped applicator, but the product inside is a thick liquid consistency and you just give it a gentle squeeze to apply.
Here’s what Bobbi Brown claims about this product:
Bobbi Brown’s super-pigmented, squeezable liquid lipstick. Delivers semi-matte, full-coverage colour that’s creamy, moisturizing and lightweight. Plus, the long-wearing formula stays colour true for gorgeous all day wear. Available in 16 nude, bright and bold shades.
I was very excited about these. I bought the shades Naked Pink; a lovely everyday kind of pink, and Hot Tangerine; an amazingly vibrant orange-red that’s perfect for the summer. I only got the two shades. It was going to be one, as they’re a pricey £21.50 (or €26 in duty free) each, but my wonderful mum insisted on buying another one for me (love you Mum ❤️).
There is a really lovely selection of shades to choose from and I did have a hard time picking which to go for. In the end I chose Naked Pink because I wanted an easy-to-wear springtime colour, and Hot Tangerine because my jaw literally dropped when I swatched it on my hand at the counter. Since purchasing, I’ve had a look at a couple of swatch videos to see the rest of the shades on and I will quite confidently say there is something there for everyone.
Here are the swatches:
I certainly agree with Bobbi Brown that it is lightweight, yet highly pigmented. The flat surface of the applicator spreads the product very thinly on the lips (provided you haven’t squeezed a huge amount out of the tube) yet you do get bold colour quickly without having to go over the top again. The finish is definitely ‘semi-matte’ once it has dried down, but it goes on quite soft like a balm. I would really recommend properly exfoliating and moisturising your lips before using this product, especially with a colour like Hot Tangerine or some of the darker shades. Even though the lipstick itself feels quite moisturising when you apply it, I find that it can make any dryness much more visible as time passes.
The wear-time of these lipsticks I would put at around 4-6 hours depending on what you’re up to. They were not completely obliterated by food and drink, but I couldn’t say that they would be unaffected if you ate or drank nothing all day. I looked at them after eating and thought “Hey, that’s not too worse for wear”, but beyond 6 hours of wear I felt like the colour had noticeably faded. This is easily fixable by reapplying, but with my particularly dry lips I’d have needed to moisturise them again or it would have looked messy, and I was feeling lazy so I just let the colour fade.
Despite the fancy price tag on these lipsticks I do have a couple of complaints. The price tag is the first. The application is the second. It’s a very neat idea to have a liquid lipstick packaged this way, but honestly in the end I deemed it all a bit of an unnecessary faff. There is really nothing wrong with the standard way of applying liquid lipsticks, and actually, it was trickier to get clean lines with the flat plastic nip than the usual soft applicator. Yes, I could have used a lip liner first, but I feel like that kind of makes the whole “squeeze and go” thing a bit redundant.
I don’t dislike these lipsticks, there is just some room for improvement. I will still happily continue using them, but maybe with a lip brush if I’m set on achieving a perfect lip line.