Bobbi Brown’s makeup doesn’t always do it for me. My homegirl once described the brand as “colors for people who are afraid of color,” and I think there’s some truth to that. A lot of Bobbi’s makeup has that jury duty feel to it, ya know? — the kind of makeup you’d wear to court.
But Bobbi threw me a curve ball with the lip colors in the Mauve Collection, her new fall makeup line.
I’d been searching high and low for edgy yet wearable lipsticks and glosses in shades of purple, and these colors are, dare I say, edgy yet wearable. They’re eye-catching without going over the top, and within the colors there’s enough variety to allow you to create lots of different looks. Go on with your bad self, Ms. Brown!
At first I thought Pale Mauve ($22) was going to be too light for my skin tone, but once I got it on I actually really liked this light blue-purple shade. It’s light with a 60’s feel. I plan to pair it with light cheeks and a cat eye with a thick black liquid liner on my upper lash line (and a mini-dress and go-go boots, ha!).
Bobbi’s Lip Color lipsticks have a semi-matte formula that goes on a little thick, but at least it doesn’t peel away after a few hours. I don’t mind the light licorice fragrance, but I’m glad it has no taste/flavor. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Heather Mauve ($22) is a dark red-mauve, making it a great candidate for my easy-to-wear work lipstick stash. I like the texture and the color itself, but it closely matches my natural lip color, which sort of defeats the purpose of wearing lipstick. I guess it’d be useful as a base color layered beneath one of the other shades listed below. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B
Lip Color swatches: Heather Mauve (top), Pale Mauve (bottom)
Dig out your Cure mp3’s and your smudgy eyeliner! Bobbi’s Mauve Collection Lip Glosses ($19) look demure in their petite little tubes, but these colors are equal parts edgy and sophisticated — think goth chick in stunning black suit.
Black Pearl is a limited edition dark grey-purple with silver shimmer and appears light in both the tube and the swatch, but it applies dark and rich. I don’t have anything like it in my lipgloss collection (and I own quite a few colors!).
I plan to use it to create a day-friendly, wearable goth girl look with soft grey smokey eyes (OOH!). Chances are this is just me, but every time I look at this lipstick I am compelled to say the words Black Pearl with an Elmer J. Fudd accent — “bwack pewel.” Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+
Iced Mauve, a limited edition red-purple with multi-colored shimmer, looks a bit less goth than Black Pearl does, but it’s just as gorgeous. I think it looks fabulous on top of Heather Mauve Lip Color. I’d totally wear it out to an evening party with a soft taupe and light purple eye. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
Swatches from left to right: Iced Mauve, Black Pearl, Mauve
Mauve bears a striking resemblance to MAC lipglass in Spite (a muted plum brown). While it’s a pretty color and has its place in a girl’s makeup collection, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. I think I’ll stick with Spite instead. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C
If you’re aching for even more coverage of Bobbi’s Mauve collection, check out Kristen’s review over at Beauty Addict.
See the entire Mauve Collection in person this July at your favorite Bobbi Brown counter, or find it online at Neiman Marcus stores.
I can’t remember the last time I felt this fierce on a Monday! If you’re in need of some fighting spirit, then let me be your cheerleader today. I got yer back.
GO GET ‘EM, TIGER!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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