If you would be limited to just one lipstick line, which one would you choose?
If I was asked that question, I would choose Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color.
I did not take this hypothetical question lightly. I really seriously gave it a lot of thought. Because it was no joke choosing between this line and the NARS Audacious (the most coveted lipstick line of 2014). In the end, Bobbi beat Francois.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Port
While my obsession with the Audacious lipsticks is slowly fizzling out, I noticed that my high for the Creamy Mattes never went away (it’s been more than a year, guys!), that’s when I knew who the clear winner was.
My first tube was Crushed Plum, bought December 2013, if my memory serves me right. I got Pink Lily and True Pink next, but I let them go because when I look in the mirror, they don’t make me feel like ‘Damn gurl you look gooood!’
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Crushed Plum
I never wrote a dedicated post about this lipstick line because I like it A LOT.
I know that doesn’t make sense. But usually, the more I like something, the least likely I am to write about it so soon. I love these lipsticks so much that I’m afraid I might do them a disservice if I couldn’t articulate how they are simply just the best.
As it is now, this is the most underrated lipstick line in the universe.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Jenna
These lipsticks don’t look like much but they will surprise you with their awesomeness.
The packaging is not disappointing. I quite like how utilitarian it is. It holds the bullet really well and by how the tube hugs the product, the lipstick is almost break-proof. Just don’t take the bullet all the way up, of course.
Unfortunately, the packaging doesn’t help sell the product at all. These can be easily overlooked at the counter and get mistaken for sheer lip butters. I hope they consider putting these lipsticks in the standard Bobbi Brown square lipstick packaging. Square lipsticks look so much more bad ass (and expensive).
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Red Carpet
Pigment and Longevity
If you haven’t tried these lipsticks yet, I will take your assessment of lipstick pigmentation with a grain of salt. You don’t know what ‘pigmented’ means until you’ve tried this line. The skin on your lips will not see the light of day once you put it on.
One of these is two passes:
One, just one, light-handed swipe is enough to cover the lips evenly and completely.
You know that feeling when you’re trying out a foundation for the first time — you put one pump on a makeup brush, apply the whole thing on your face, then you find out that…. “F@&%!!! I put too much!” That’s how I felt when I first applied this lipstick. It is overwhelmingly pigmented — a little goes a long way.
Sometimes I just put the lipstick in the center of my lips, korean ombre-style, and spread it out with the lip brush. My lips would still be one solid color afterwards (even the lighter colors are opaque).
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Tawny Pink
With pigment comes longevity.
Many long-wear lipsticks tend to feel decal-like as they set, as if there’s lard on your lips. Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte is the most comfortable long-wearing lipstick I’ve ever tried. It doesn’t flake and it moves with the lips.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Warm Beige
Finish and Texture
The lipsticks are very dense but creamy. They glide on effortlessly and they don’t tug the lips. They apply like satin lipsticks, but they’re not as wet.
Upon application, the lipstick will yield a low-shine satin finish (otherwise known as semi-matte; has slightly less shine compared to NARS Audacious).
I usually prefer my lipsticks to be bone-dry matte (e.g., MAC retro matte, MUFE matte, and Inglot matte lipsticks). So most of the time, although the finish is not even that shiny, I still blot my lips. Some pigment will come off but the color left on the lips will remain solid and opaque.
The matte-er, the better!!!
Crushed Plum (Top: Unblotted, Bottom: Blotted). I swear, my lips look bigger and better when they’re matte.
Tawny Pink (Top: Unblotted, Bottom: Blotted)
Pigmentation, longevity, finish, and texture is consistent across all shades based on the 8 shades I’ve tried and the 3 I’ve sampled. I still want to get more: one of the nudes, Hot, Razzberry, and Scarlet. Unfortunately, I’m getting good at this no shopping thing, so, maybe next year *gasp*.
If there’s one thing that I wish Bobbi Brown would do to improve this line, it’s adding more shades!
Some colors have two shades (e.g., 2 bright pinks and 2 oranges), but for most of the other colors, there’s only one shade per color family.
So, unless they come out with a limited edition shade, you’ll be stuck with 1 of each (i.e, one shade in the plum family, and 1 in the red, etc.). I’m only lucky that many of the colors look well on medium greenish yellow skin.
I might do a series of comparison swatches per shade in the next couple of weeks since most of these shades are dupe-able. But if you must get one color and it’s available from the creamy matte line, don’t get it from anywhere else.
P.S. I’m not the best person to ask if this is drying on the lips. My lips can tolerate the driest of lipsticks pretty well. But so far, these are some of the least drying, most comfortable matte lipsticks I’ve had the pleasure of using.