Today, I'd like to introduce you to a new-ish member of my stash: Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF15 in Bare Pink. I didn't precisely have to delve deep into my makeup bag to fish this out, but it definitely hasn't been getting the love it deserves since I got it last month.
The formula itself is quite creamy, and as the name suggests, very pigmented. It's not a 100% matte texture, but it doesn't have the glossy sheen of Bobbi's Creamy Lip Colors (which I love) - it's very understated and natural. It's not exactly drying, but it does lean a little bit to the drier side, so I prefer to wear it over a lip balm for smoother application. The only other thing I'd change about the line is - more colors! Especially neutrals, there can never be enough MLBB shades.
Speaking of shades, Bare Pink is a sort of pale, dusty brown-pink with hints of peachiness - against my cool-toned complexion, you can tell that it's slightly warmer. It also does this funny thing where when you first apply it, it looks way peachier than it is (like, there's a line on my inner lips between the peachiness of the lipstick and the pink of my natural skin), but within five minutes it's... somehow sunk in a bit, and looks like it belongs on your lips. I don't really know how to explain it, but I always think it looks bizarre when I first put it on, but by the time I'm ready to leave the house, it's perfect. Mysteries of the universe, I guess.
Swatches, with and without flash, on ~NW15 skin:
And on lips, worn over Bobbi Brown lip balm:
It's not quite a my-lips-but-better shade for me - it's a little too creamy and slightly lighter and a teeny bit more peachy than my natural lips (I tend to prefer a slightly more browned-rose as MLBB) but I used it as a neutral lip, paired with more defined eyes, in my face of the day today.
Base: Vichy Normaderm ProMat; Soap & Glory eye cream
Face: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer in Alabaster Tint; Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Porcelain (under eyes and for a teeny bit of spot cover on the jawline); MAC Select Sheer loose powder in NC5
Cheeks: Bobbi Brown powder blush in Pale Pink
Brows: Bobbi Brown Natural Brow Shaper in Rich Brown
Lids: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original); Chanel shadow duo in Taupe Délicat (lighter shade all over; darker shade in the crease)
Lashes: Bobbi Bown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Black (on upper and lower lashes)
Liner: Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black Ink (on upper waterline); MAC Eye Kohl pencil in Teddy (on lower waterline)
Common wisdom says that lining your waterlines is a no-no for glasses-wearers, and that it makes your eyes look smaller, but I don't think that's actually the case for me. Perhaps because Teddy isn't a particularly heavy liner anyway? I really like the way it brings out the green in my hazel-brown eyes.
I don't normally put mascara on my lower lashes, and this picture demonstrates perfectly why: they're already so naturally long that it makes me look like I have daddy longlegs growing from my eyes. Not cool! I think I'll stick to creating definition and the illusion of dense lashes with smudgy liner, thanks.
In other news, I'm well into Week 3 of using my new Normaderm skincare routine, and I'm pretty pleased with the difference it's made so far. It's not quite as miraculous as I'd hoped (read: I still have to blot once a day, and it treats, but doesn't necessarily prevent, stress-induced acne on the jawline) but it's a vast improvement over my skin from about a month and a bit ago. My pores are definitely way less clogged all over, thanks to the toner. (The toner is really one of the standout products in the range - it manages to unclog and tighten pores without making my face feel "tight" and overly dry, which is pretty impressive.) And the constant routine of moisturizers (I use the Night cream and the Tri-Activ before bed, along with spot treatment where needed, and ProMat in the mornings under my makeup) has been making a slow-and-steady difference.
Have any of you tried Rich Lip Color yet? Do you want to? Thoughts, comments, questions, rotten tomatoes are all welcome, and thanks for reading!