Strike It Rich with the New Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 Lipsticks

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Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Plum Rose

I like to think of Bobbi Brown’s newest spring release as the lipstick equivalent of a DVF wrap dress and a pair of Jimmy Choos. A combination of opaque color and subtle shine, the Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 Lipsticks ($22 each) create a dressed-up lip look that’s neither too formal nor too stuffy — like business casual for your lips (with just a smidgen of sex appeal for flava).


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The 12 Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color shades

Lightweight and smooth, these unscented, unflavored lipsticks provide the kind of full color coverage more common of creams and mattes with thicker textures, and they do it at a pretty good price (for a department store line).

Today I tried four of the 12 shades in Bikini Pink (a cool pink), Sweet Nectar (a pinkish coral), Plum Rose (a plummy rose) and Old Hollywood (an orangey red), and judging by these, Bobbi wasn’t messing around in the pigment department. These are intense!

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Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Colors from the left: Old Hollywood, Sweet Nectar, Plum Rose and Bikini Pink

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bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 ingredients

bobbi brown rich lip color swatches with the flash
Swatches with the flash from the left: Bikini Pink, Sweet Nectar, Plum Rose and Old Hollywood

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Swatches without the flash

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Bikini Pink

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in sweet nectar
Sweet Nectar

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in plum rose lip
Plum Rose

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in old hollywood
Old Hollywood

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in bikini pink
Bikini Pink

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in sweet nectar
Sweet Nectar

bobbi brown rich lip color spf 12 in old hollywood
Old Hollywood

I like that I get about five hours of wear time with these, but truth be told they aren’t the easiest lipsticks to apply. With color-dense shades like these, there’s little room for error, and they emphasize the appearance of any flakes or cracked lips. I find that exfoliating my lips the night before I wear these and then applying a layer of moisturizing lip balm or gloss before bed helps. That, and applying them slowly with a lip brush.


PRICE: $22 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now Bobbi Brown counters and online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. How was the rest of your Monday? I’m just now settling in for a late dinner (a veggie frozen burrito with a few lazy girl hacks) and getting ready to watch old episodes of The O.C.. California, here we come; right back where we started from… πŸ™‚

Have a great night!


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  1. Amber says:

    Loving Plum Rose!!

  2. Elle says:

    I like Sweet Nectar. Have fun with the OC πŸ˜‰

    • Karen says:

      GURL, you know I will. πŸ˜‰ I’m about halfway through the first season. Ben’s cute, but that choker he wears has got to GO!

      Kinda off topic, but did you sign up for your boxing lessons?

  3. AnieJ says:

    I was going to say that just Bikini Pink was calling to me, but now that I’ve seen all of these…I want every single one. For some reason I’m leaning towards Sweet Nectar. I’ve been bugging my Nordstrom SA about this since I heard they were coming out!
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  4. Evelyn says:

    3 of those are calling my name – anything with rose and raspberry in it! lol

  5. Tracy says:

    Plum Rose looks absolutely perfect! That colour is drop dead gorgeous on you Karen!
    I am sooooo ready for bed right now…zzzzzz
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  6. Arianne says:

    Sweet Nectar looks beautiful on you. What a great Spring shade! That Old Hollywood is just va-va-VOOM though! I’d definitely check these out at my BB counter.
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  7. Hyzenthlay says:

    Old Hollywood looks STUNNING on you! I think I’d prefer Sweet Nectar on me, though they’re probably all too opaque for me . . . I’m a weenie when it comes to strong lip colors.

    • Karen says:

      Girl, you could do the strong lip! The contrast of the color would look fabulous against your skin.

      How are you doing? It’s been a while since I’ve “seen” you here!

      • Hyzenthlay says:

        Thanks Karen πŸ™‚ I’m surviving. My students are really difficult this year, and there’s almost no support at my school with the administration and within my department. On top of that, I don’t have any support at home . . . Just me and my dog (who adores me, at least, and is snoring at the other end of the couch). I’ve been reading all of your posts, just not commenting πŸ™‚ I’ll be in the city for four days next month (teacher’s conference at the Moscone), staying at a fancy-schmancy hotel on Union Square. I’m REALLY looking forward to that!

  8. Crystal says:

    Wow, they’re fabulous! I’ve always thought of Bobbi Brown as a brand that makes beautiful lipsticks for enhancing naturally, but these pack a lot of punch pigment wise. I can’t wait to check them out next time I stop by Nordstrom!

  9. Old Hollywood and Sweet Nectar are popping out at me! I love looking at lipsticks πŸ™‚
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  10. plum rose is gooorgeous! and old hollywood is such a fitting name for that lovely red πŸ™‚
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  11. JJ says:

    Your makeup in these pics are utterly amazing. Please make a tutorial or list the products you used!

    I definitely love Sweet Nectar and Old Hollywood… though, how does Old Hollywood compare with MAC’s Russian Red?

    • Karen says:

      Hi JJ,

      See the comment below to Annie for the full break down.

      Old Hollywood’s just a touch less blue than Russian Red and has a shinier finish. Here’s a comparison swatch with Russian Red on the left and Old Hollywood on the right:

  12. Linda says:

    ometimes I find the MAC and Bobbi lipsticks to be a little drying- were these? BTW, Karen, you look gorgeous, as always!

  13. Kate & Zena says:

    Bikini Pink looks like a pretty pink for someone like me.

    My Monday was spent at the neurologist getting shots in my head for my migraine (no, I don’t get Botox shots people. Different kind of shot). I started crying when he got to my temple because it crackled. He looked alarmed at my mom and said, “Is she laughing or is she crying?” and my mom replies while trying not to laugh (and failing miserably), “She’s laughing.” He couldn’t actually believe the quiet Autistic was laughing hysterically. He’s basically seen the “I won’t talk or laugh” Katie (very normal when I meet new people in new places) and there I was laughing on the doctor’s table. I, personally, couldn’t figure out whether I was laughing because it hurt so much (there’s cartilage there and when it crackles I guess it means the cartilage was pierced or something) or if I were laughing because the sound was so freaky! I would start laughing every time my head even slightly crackled.

    Oh, did you see the Darth Vader kid commercial? I just got to watching the Super Bowl commercials and that one is my absolute favorite….aside from the Puppy Bowl Subaru commercials. The dogs driving the Subarus….those are just too cute.

  14. Hatel says:

    The Old Hollywood & Sweet Nectar shades look gorgeous! I can’t wait to get mine!

  15. gio says:

    Sweet Nectar is gorgeous!
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  16. Advah says:

    The colours are a bit too opaque for me but that Sweet Nector is pret-ty. And Old Hollywood suits you like a fitted satin glove!

  17. Andreea says:

    Yay for Old Hollywood, looks great on you!

  18. Tukta says:

    I bought this when it out in Bangkok, first one I got is Heather Pink and


    Love it a lot

    stay-true color, like we see on the tube

    so I had to buy another one for smokey look so I bought Bare Pink

    and then I wanted Crimson but they did not have that at the counter – too bad

    but I gotta buy it someway somehow!

  19. Annie says:

    you look stunning! what other cheek/eye products are you using?

  20. Tiffany says:

    sweet nectar looks awesome!!!!

    I made tacos last night and watched the last ep of being human plus some jersey shore, lol. how do you like the OC? I’ve never seen it

    • Karen says:

      Yum! Are you a crunchy or a soft shell taco girl? I’m crunchy all the way…

      Crap, you just reminded me I need to catch up on Being Human!

      I never watched The OC when it was on TV, so this is my first time with the series. I’ve heard that the first season is great and then afterwards it gets kind of lame. I’m about halfway through the first season and am enjoying it so far. It feels a lot like an updated version of the ’90s Beverly Hills, 90210. I could see how it could easily venture into cheesy soap opera territory, so we’ll see how far I get.

      Speaking of Jersey Shore, I find Ronnie and Sam exhausting.

      • Tiffany says:

        I like soft shells with chicken but crunchy shells with beef (which is what we had last night). LOL, I guess that’s weird!

        I might have to check out the first season, too. I miss the hills terribly, isn’t that sad?

        seriously – the whole episode was them fighting! ughh

        • Karen says:

          Haha, I like soft shells with fish and crunchy with beans/veg tacos.

          You’re so funny — I miss Laguna Beach (but the first and second season only).

          I kinda miss The Hills only because I was strangely fascinated by the trainwreck that is Speidi!

  21. Jessica P says:

    Wow!! The lipsticks look so smoothe!! P.S Seth and Summer <3333

  22. Jessica P says:

    Also, what do you exfoliate your lips with if you don’t mind me asking?

  23. Sexy Sadie says:

    Love old Hollywood.
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  24. Kim says:

    Look at you, all glam in the Old Hollywood! πŸ™‚ Plum Rose and maybe Cosmic Raspberry would be better choices for me. They remind me of my go-to Clinique Gorgeous (sadly discontinued but I wear lipstick so infrequently that my tube will probably last until I’m 80)!

    • Karen says:

      Plum Rose is soooo beautiful. Why don’t you wear lipstick often? Is it a texture thing?

      • Kim says:

        This will sound weird, which won’t surprise you. πŸ™‚ I actually like the feel of lip products but I have a very bad habit of smooshing my lips together constantly when I’m wearing them. I also tend to subconsciously bite my lips when I’m thinking, etc. So, my lipstick either smudges everywhere or ends up on my teeth. I’m super lazy, too, so I never reapply. I tried one of the long-wear versions 100 years ago when they came out and my poor lips were dried out and chapped for a week afterward. I pretty much stick to lip balm in the winter (and constantly remind myself to “stop smooshing, stop smooshing”). I know, I’m a crazy person sometimes. πŸ™‚

  25. Nina says:

    so apparently, the hubs likes seeing me in lipstick. i dont wear it often enough but now i realize i should. i am loving plum rose and old hollywood. πŸ™‚

  26. Mary says:

    Hi Karen,

    Damn! JUST when I thought I’ve bought enough lipstick this month, I visit your page and see Old Hollywood and Sweet Nectar!


  27. Tiffany H. says:

    I am loving sweet nectar. Very nice for spring/summer!
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  28. Jackers says:

    Bikini Pink has been calling my name! Thanks for the review, I was on the lookout for info about these. PS- Old Hollywood looks great on you.

  29. Silva says:

    I like sweet nectar!
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  30. katie says:

    are these limited edition or permanent πŸ™‚

  31. Emma says:

    I really like Plum Rose, it may be close to the perfect plum that I’m looking to replace. By replace I mean that I had a Body Shop lippie 8 or so years ago when I worked there that they don’t make anymore and I loved it so I want to find a dupe. Needless to say the search is beginning to feel futile πŸ™

  32. Phyrra says:

    Guava and Cosmic Raspbery and Sweet Nectar have my attention.
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  33. Avi says:

    OMG I love these lipsticks! Cosmic Rasberry is my new favorite shade, even bought a back up πŸ™‚ it’s the most beautiful, intense fuschia color. Second favorite is Guava. LOVES!

  34. Meghan says:

    Oh my gosh these are BEAUTIFUL!
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  35. Chris says:

    Old Hollywood looks amazing on you!!!!!! I was really interested in these lipsticks but I didn’t notice they had SPF ingredients, which my lips are allergic to πŸ™

  36. hornsbysider says:

    Old Hollywood on you is just AMAZING!!! As for myself, Im going to check out Sweet Nectar and Plum Rose.

  37. Wow these are amazing! You really rock a bold lip Karen! recently posted … Smashbox hosts Burlesque make-up range

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