Bobbi Brown Lip Crayons: Practical Colors for Work

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Depending on your line of work, you may not be able to get away with bright colors like MAC Russian Red. The workaday world forces many of us to tone down our look from time to time. Maybe it’s the makeup gods toying with our emotions, but bold, bright colors like MAC Russian Red aren’t always appropriate at the office. So, what do we do when “The Man” forces us to skip the uber-shiny bright reds and glitter that we love so much?


Enter Bobbi Brown. If you need (or prefer) neutral, practical colors, take a look at the limited edition Lip Crayons ($22) from Bobbi Brown’s latest release, the Quick Face Collection. These chunky monkey, semi-matte lipstick pencils are glitter- and shine-free. They’ll do ya right.

Check out these three conservative, work-friendly shades:

Naked Pink
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Nude Berry
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Warm Rose
bobbi brown cosmetics lip pencil warm rose 3

The colors remind me of practical things — four-door sedans, sports bras with hooks, low-heeled walking shoes with rubber soles. They’re functional and get the job done. Sure, none exactly get my heart racing, but being practical has its place, too.

What say you about Bobbi’s lip colors? Yay? Nay?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Dao says:

    I feel the nude berry color. It looks…neutral 😀 Just finished baking the cobbler and ate a piece. OMG, that recipe lives up to its name. It’s crack on fire! I used orange zest instead of lemon zest because I want to make it more citrus-y. But it’s something you eat in moderation because I really can see myself getting twice the width if eating too much of it.

  2. Jessica D says:

    Though I tend to prefer peach-toned colors, these rose-toned ones are very, very pretty. Particularly the warm rose which seemed a perfect balanced rose. I may have to take a look on my next trip to my nearest BB-friendly store. ^_^

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  3. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    COBBLER TIME, YAY! I’m glad that you like it. 🙂 Did you end up doing a blueberry/peach combo?

    Good idea with the orange zest substitution. I gotta remember to try that next time I make it!

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Jessica D.,

    Yup, the rose colors are pretty — and they photographed very well, which I kinda surprised me. I’m more of a shiny lip girl so I can’t resist putting a layer of gloss on these. Hope you’re having a good Sunday!

  5. Oh, oh oh!! And I can now check out Bobby Brown. Thank you Nordies 😉 I did a quick brush stroke and oh la la. Sooooft, just like you said. Oh Nordies. You’re going to burn another hole in my obsession.

    Mrs. Lynne,’s last blog post..FOTD: Pink Pearl Pigment Attends the Nordstrom’s MAC Technique Class and Tips From The Pros!

  6. Karen says:

    Nice! Nordstrom is where all your makeup dreams come true, girl. If you go my in-laws might be there too, LOLOLOL!

  7. Glosslizard says:

    Beautiful colors! It’s good to know about some attractive neutrals for those times that call for a polished yet understated look! I’m hooking up with these the next time I have a job interview!

    I can see them dressing up nicely with a sparkly gloss too!

  8. Im loving all 3 but my fave has to be nude berry, its the perfect nude!!! i♥makeup’s last blog post..Make-up Trend: Green Eye Shadow

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    So true! I think Naked Pink would look very pretty under Galactic Glossimer. 🙂

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Iheartmakeup,

    Yup, that ones my second fave, after Naked Pink!

  11. Dao says:

    It was a mixed berry-peach combo with blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry (not crackberry :D) It was delish, mainly because the sour strawberries toned down the sweetness pretty much.

  12. Karen says:

    Hey Dao,

    YUM! I bet the combo of the different berries takes it to a whole new level. I’m so hungry right now for cobbler, LOL!

  13. Megan says:

    The colors are nice, but how’s the staying power?

  14. Amanda says:

    so, so lovely! Maybe “practical” but not BORING. I just got some rubber soled shoes, and they are FAB! 🙂 I was eyeing this quick collection from Bobbi Brown, but had kinda ignored the lip crayons. I was thinking of getting the malt cream eyeshadow (I have a couple other shades and love ’em). Maybe I’ll add a lip crayon, since I was gonna order online….thanks for the swatches!

  15. Shiny says:

    I recently bought ‘Italian Rose’ from the creamy lipstick line and I love it! The staying power is ridiculous and its a great shade for work.. I should try these lip crayons because they are less expensive than the lipstick.

  16. Glosslizard says:

    BTW, I owe you a big thanks for recommending Seche Vite! I’ve actually been able to do my nails and not bang them up before they’re dry! 🙂

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Megan,

    Staying power is about 3-4 hours. It definitely stayed put through my two hour gym session, even when I guzzled a bunch of water from Nalgene water bottle. It’s not drying, either, which is nice.

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    You’re welcome! 🙂 Lemme know if you end up getting anything! I know Nordstrom carries Bobbi Brown – right now they’re having a pretty fat GWP sale online — spend $100 and get a cute tote with a bunch of samples. Question for you regarding the cream shadows…do you wear Malt underneath powder shadows? How’s the crease factor?

    Ah yes, sensible shoes. I used to solely be a three inch high heel girl, but now since I don’t have to really get dressed up for work I wear rubber soled practical shoes a lot (I live in my adidas shell toes). 🙂

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Shiny,

    The lip crayons have decent staying power too, and they didn’t try out the lips (big plus). Are you a Bobbi Brown fan? What else do you like from the line?

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    You’re welcome girl! 🙂 Next up for you: OPI Drip Dry Drops! Seriously, life changing, I kid you not.

  21. Mariah says:

    Hmmm, I like the first one, “naked rose”. Very pretty.

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  22. Tekoa says:

    Meh! Tis pretty and all, and practicality has its place. Buuuuuut I’m still in the rebelious university student phase. Practicality can bite my buttox. The system will not convince me to conform yet! 😉

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    I agree. I can’t help but put heaps and globs of shiny, shiny lipgloss on it though… oy!

  24. Karen says:

    Hey Tekoa,

    Work that rebel phase, girl! 😉

  25. Amanda says:

    well, I haven’t gotten malted (I had the name wrong! oops) yet, but I have glacier (white) and beach honey (shimmery peach). I usually just wear them plain, as more of a wash. sometimes I use urban decay primer potion under em, but sometimes not. They are great, I’ve been really pleased-they last for ages and don’t crease, (at least on me–granted I don’t have very oily lids). and they apply easily/quickly-i use stila’s #11 brush, a big synthetic one which is listed as a concealor brush. I might have to wait a bit one hauling bobbi brown, since when I got shoes I also got a purse. eep!

  26. Jamie says:

    Oooh I love Nude Berry! I definitely want that one — I think it will look so amazing for work every day!

    Jamie’s last blog post..Beauty Event: Lancome Master Techniques

  27. Ping. says:

    i think nude berry look pretty good.. its sexy with hint of nudeness.. *no pun intented* haha

  28. Shiny says:

    I’m new to Bobbi Brown since the nearest store that carries that line from my house is an hour away and I can’t buy anything without trying it on.. but yes its my new ‘go to’ lipstick, I wear it to work and can go a whole day without reapplying which is amazing. And none of that gunk on the inner half of your lips either.

    I might buy another lippy by her soon but next I want to try those Cargo glossy lipsticks you mentioned in an older post.

  29. BeautyTalk says:

    I like the Naked Pink! I tested BB lip crayons for the first time the other day and I love them. It’s such a sophisticated look.

    BeautyTalk’s last blog post..MAC Paint Pot Series: A Messy Blue Look

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    Oh, you just said the magic words (shoes and purse!). I love accessories, especially shoes. What do they look like?

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Jamie,

    Yup, it’s a good work color, for sure! Plus, it’s easy to apply and you can just slap it on and go without too much thought in the morning!

  32. Karen says:

    LOL, Ping! 😉

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Shiny,

    I hate that gunk on the inner half of the lips. It’s been years since I’ve used a Bobbi Lipstick (a friend gave me a palette years ago… I hardly reach for it because I am too lazy to use the brush) but am thinking of trying it again.

    Oh yah, I think you’re talking about Plant Love! Those are fun. They’ve got some new ones out, I belive, with tubes decorated in blue and green. They’re pretty cute!

  34. Karen says:

    Hey BeautyTalk,

    Fun! Which color did you test? Did you pick up anything else while you were at the counter?

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