I don't know about you but I think makeup for me is a way to chill out and have a little bit of fun expressing myself. Makeup for me is fun, I don't really delve too hard into scientific claims and if there are any, I often flat out ignore it. Skincare for me is something I enjoy but take seriously, makeup is an area where I can experiment a little more with and 'loosen' up a little. I am always happy to chop and change products like blush, lipstick or how I do eyeliner depending on my mood and what I am wearing for the day. I don't delve too much into ingredients for most makeup products but I am big on packaging, how a product feels, how easy and functional it is for me to apply and of course how it looks on my face.
For me, makeup is all about texture, colour and expression. I love luxe packaging and I love the overall look and feel of a brand. When it comes to makeup I personally love a natural and sheer base, hate applying eye makeup and love having fun with a bold lip (I have various shades of red and berry). For me, Bobbi Brown is one of those makeup brands that has a makeup philosophy similar to mine and resonates with me greatly - "At Bobbi Brown we see beauty. We see confidence. We believe a woman is most beautiful when she looks and feels like herself". One of my first ever bronzers that I purchased with my first ever paycheck was the infamous cult product, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick which was then followed by their infamous gel eyeliner. Mind you that was almost 10 years ago now and things have changed a little at Bobbi Brown and I have been introduced to some exciting products that are quite new to me!
**Please note, the products marked with a * have been kindly gifted to me by the Estee Lauder companies in exchange for some sort of blog post. I have used Bobbi Brown products before and I have enjoyed the products I have used, so was more than happy to collaborate! All opinions in this First Impressions post are my own and honest opinions - I have really enjoyed discovering new products and I hope you do too!
Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour*
I really like the idea of this lipstick. For me, the concept of this lipstick works so well for everyday wear. The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour is a lipstick that is supposed to leave that lived in "flush" of colour, almost like a stain but slightly more pigmented. The colour that was sent to me was Telluride, which to be honest, didn't quite suit me as I like lip colours in reds, berry or pink tones nudes. This was more erring towards brown/mauve which I don't personally love. However, that being said this I have found that this has been a great colour to mix with reds to create more of deep wine colour that I am obsessing over, which is how I have been using it.
You might be thinking "why are you using a product that doesn't suit you?" Well, to be fair, whilst I didn't love the colour of this - I was completely blown away with the texture and the pigmentation of this lipstick. It has just that right amount of "colour" for someone who wants a nice pop but the colour isn't so overwhelming. As I said earlier, its coverage is that beautiful 'lived' look. What I also really enjoyed about the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour is that it felt really comfortable on the lip. It gives the lips that hydrated nourishing feeling and doesn't feel 'tight' or like it pulls, very much like a lip balm. The finish and consistency of this is a mixed between sheer and creamy and overall I am a huge fan of the formulation. Its a great option for everyday wear and feels so effortless. In terms of how long it lasts, I can't really comment as I do mix Telluride with other lipsticks. However it is supposed to last 'all day'.
Would I Buy This:
Yes, I would, but not in this shade. I actually have been looking at Plum and/or Cranberry as my next lipstick purchases as I really do love the overall look and feel of this lipstick. For me, this offers something a little different to my usual bold lip. It is a less intense alternative and gives a effortless pop of colour to my lips.
The Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colours can be purchased from Bobbi Brown and are AUD$46, USD$29 and GBP £24.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick*
The one area of makeup that I really struggle with is the eyes. Having Asian eyes and the Asian eyelid, I am always at a loss of what to do when it comes to eye makeup. I usually stick to just a simple liner to define the eyes and skip mascara completely because I usually can't be bothered and mascaras are a pain for my straight as a stick eyelashes. I usually struggle with eyeshadow and have always found it a little difficult to create a natural 'smokey eye'. One area of eye makeup that I have found that has started to really work for me in the past year is the use of eyeshadow sticks. For me, this amazing invention allows me to combine the step of eyeshadow (which I seldom wear) and eyeliner in one and gives me some form of a 'smokey' eye. The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Rich Caviar allows me to do this perfectly as its so pigmented and blending this out is such a breeze.
My favourite way to be wearing the Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick is to apply just a little line at the base of my eyelid and then using my finger (you can use a brush too!) to blend this out gradually. Only a little is needed because this is so pigmented. For me, it gives the perfect, effortless smokey eye as the formulation is matte and due to its creamy consistency, it is so easy to work with to give the desired effect. What used to be (for me) a difficult task, is now made quite easy for me using the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick and I am loving the look of this natural and effortless smokey eye when using this shadow stick. Oh, and did I mention? This lasts ALL day on my oily eyelids. Another win with this product!
The Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks can be purchased from Bobbi Brown for AUD$46, USD$30 and GBP£23.
Would I Buy This:
An absolute YES from me. I am always hesitant to try new eye products because most of the time, they just don't work for me or I find that they don't last. I was so pleasantly overwhelmed with surprise when I first used the Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick as not only did they give the desired look that I wanted, it was also so easy to achieve and the formula lasted al day for me. The shade Rich Caviar sent to me was perfect as its beautiful dark brown/black and it would be a colour I will absolutely repurchase again. However, since I loved the formulation so much, I will be also looking into other colours like 'Shadow' (a smokey blue-grey) to add to my collection.
Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream*:
Honestly, I haven't used this yet, however, I have swatched this. When I first received this, I thought this would be too heavy for my skin. However, after playing a little bit with this on my hand and around my neck (I always patch test!), this moisturiser has a 'whipped' texture. It feels like a cloud in a jar and when I massaged this into the skin, the moisturiser literally melted, leaving a smooth, satin finish. Its ingredients listing is pretty standard, there is no crazy scientific jargon and it seems like a nice hydrating moisturiser to use for every day.
Would I Buy This:
The jury is still out on this one for me. I haven't tested this enough (in this case, at all) to give a solid answer. However, from initial impressions and looking at the ingredients, this moisturiser looks to be a decent base to be layered underneath primer and makeup for an event. The silicones give this skin that silky "smooth" finish without that uncomfortable feeling and the moisturiser seems hydrating enough. I would be interested to know how it wears throughout the day and how it suits my combination skin type.
The Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream can be purchased from Bobbi Brown for AUD$85, USD$60 and GBP£43 for 50ml.
Bobbi Brown Holiday Shimmer Brick Trio
This wasn't gifted to me, I purchased this a while ago and it is what Bobbi Brown does so well. The original Shimmer Brick, as mentioned before was one of my first bronzer purchases as I was so attracted to its beautiful gradient of browns and shimmer on the Bobbi Brown counter. This Shimmer Brick gave me 'glow' before I knew glow was even a thing for the complexion. When this limited edition was released last year, nostalgia hit and I just HAD to purchase this as it featured my original shimmer brick along with 2 other classics. There is no doubt that Shimmer Brick is so multitasking, it can be used as a bronzer/blush as well as an eyeshadow or highlight depending on what Shimmer Brick is purchased. The limited edition Shimmer Brick Trio incorporates the best of three different 'shades' - Gold, Bronze and Wild Rose. The Gold and Wild Rose are limited to this palette. The Bronze serves as a highlight, the pinky tones Wild Rose serves as a 'blush' shade and a lighter luminous Gold works beautifully as a highlighter. It is beautifully pigmented and this palette gives the most stunning glow without looking like a glitter bomb.
Would I Buy This:
Well, I did! I loved the original so much that I had to get the limited edition palette which not only gave me the original Shimmer Brick but two other new ones to play with. This is a beautiful palette and it is great for travelling as it pretty much has everything you would need to create a beautiful natural face. Whilst this particular palette is no longer available, Bobbi Brown has released another Shimmer Brick Trio, called the Highlight and Glow Palette - it is truly stunning!
Whilst my palette was a limited edition, the current version of this beautiful palette - Highlight and Glow can be purchased from Bobbi Brown for AUD$140, USD$72 and GBP£55.
Have you tried much of the Bobbi Brown range? What are some of your must-have products from the brand? Share your recommendations in the comments section below!