With a whole collection of lipsticks to pick from, it can be hard to know where to start…
One of my newer lipstick discoveries, well, in terms of the past 12-18 months anyway, was the Bobbi Brown collections. I think I’d tried the odd one, swatched a few in-store etc but I’d never really had/owned one before that. (Not that I can currently remember anyway!) And then I used one in a video tutorial and that was it, I was hooked. (I swatched the entire range of Lucky in Luxe Lipsticks recently on my YouTube channel if you want to watch.)
There’s so many finishes and styles from Bobbi Brown – you’ve got mattes and sheer finishes, glosses and now liquid lipsticks too. Which naturally became my latest obsession, because they’re the perfect blend of everything in one formula.
The Crushed Liquid Lips are a liquid formula with a wand for application, so not the ‘usual’ bullet lipstick. But the texture itself is really unique and unlike any other ‘liquid lipstick’ that I’ve tried. It’s soft with a buildable coverage that feels like a lip balm when you apply it. One application does feel exactly like a balm or treatment would, and then I usually apply a second application on top – which is where the full colour and pigmentation kicks in. This means it’s a great product for pretty much everyone because buildability means you have control over the colour payoff and coverage – and both subtle or full are lovely. There’s no colour residue after wearing them either – another winning point.
When on the lips they appear like a lipstick with a sheer finish. It’s almost glossy actually, without any of the stickiness. So you won’t need to worry about that annoying wind-and-hair-stuck-to-the-lips moment! It’s also got an almost cooling sensation when applied, which I quite like too.
And it’s because of the balm-like texture and the fruit extracts in the formula that your lips feel moisturised when you wear them. So it really does have a unique combination of plus points, with no negatives as far as I can see.
The difficulty in knowing which shades to pick from is the only down side, because you’ll want them all! Or, I certainly did anyway… So I’ve whittled it down to my top four shades to help you get a handle on the formula and have something for all occasions:
Hippy Shake – the nude tone wonder! Every girl needs a good nude lipstick in her favourite formula, so it’s always a great place to start when easing into a new product range. Hippy Shake looks like a pale pink/nude in the tube but actually comes out a little darker when worn. It’s an everyday colour that will go with any outfit and work for all occasions.
Peach & Quiet – a beautiful and colourful pink. If like me, you love a pink tone lip, then this is a great shade for you. It’s a colour-packed pink that will add some fun to your daytime or evening looks but it’s not too bright that you’d feel overdone when wearing it. It’s a great one for those fun girlie looks.
Mango Mood – the perfect summertime coral! Can’t beat a coral tone that works best with a tan. And at this time of year we all need to add some colour into our make up looks, and a coral lip will do this perfectly. Mango Mood is an orange tone red, with coral likeness and I think it will work well with all skin tones.
Smoothie Mood – a darker brown tone nude. Most suitable for the autumn months when plum and mauve tones are all the rage. This kind of shade will work well for the days you want something a little more vampy and will also work during the evenings if you’re going out for a glam look. It’s a warm tone too, so it’s not going to wipe you out even if you have pale skin.
So those are my top four shades to start with, and I think you’ll agree that you’ve got a great place to start with these. There’s something for everyday looks as well as holidays and nights out, so hopefully you’ll have seen one that’s caught your eye.
I can safely say the Crushed Liquid Lip products will be in my handbag all summer long.
**This post contains some gifted items but as ever all opinions are entirely my own. Please refer to my Disclaimer page for more details.