Hey Lovely Ladies,
I was supposed to send this review in the morning, but then got waylaid by the Pat McGrath review instead. I hope you checked out my review on the Pat McGrath Mattetrance lipstick in the shade Elson. Back to Bobbi Brown with the shade “Crush” from their Crushed Lip Color line. Let’s dig in.
What it is:
An all-new lipstick formula that delivers a just-kissed stain effect in one swipe.
What it does:
Loaded with soft matte pigments for high color payoff with a blotted-down stain effect and formulated with vitamins E and C and beeswax, this lipstick glides on comfortably and leaves lips hydrated and kissably-soft. The long-wear formula gives lips color without feeling heavy, for a un-lipstick look and feel that doesn’t feather or fade. Swipe once for a pigment-rich, stained effect or more for a fuller-coverage look—no mirror required.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
What else you need to know:
This product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and give opaque coverage.
-Swipe on bare lips for a blotted-down look.
-Add two or three more swipes for more intense color payoff.
INR 1700 / USD $29 for 3.4gms (Not sure why Sephora site states 5ml!)
My Experience with Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Crush:
Packaging: The brand kept the packaging in line with the Bobbi Brown aesthetics by doing a cuboid back casing and yet gave it a fun and efficient twist. Each of the lipsticks has a colour coded band which extends to the lipstick tube itself.
The colour of the band corresponds to the colour of the lipstick inside. So, if you have more than one of these, it’s easy to identify the shade from the packaging itself – plus it looks more fun and vibrant.
The lipstick bullet is a regular twist-up with the cap clicking soundly into place. The lipstick bullet is indented which allows better precision in application. It comes packaged in the usual black cardboard box.
Shade: The shade, Crush, is a medium, cool-toned vibrant pink shade. It is such a stunner. It instantly brightens the face and grabs attention. So, you can get away with an easy eye look if you are sporting this on your lips. In my opinion, the shade would work across skin tones and depths of skin. I don’t know exactly, but something about the shade makes me feel happy!
Texture: The formula of this lipstick is in line with the brighter shades that I reviewed earlier like Punch and Sunset. The lipsticks feel like a lip balm. It glides on effortlessly, but does not have too much slip where it would slide out of the lip line either. It deposits pigment evenly and allows you to build up pigmentation. It is definitely hydrating. The texture is very lightweight and moisturizing. The lips look youthful. It fills in the lines on the lips and makes them look more hydrated.
What is most remarkable about the lipstick is that the texture does not build up even when the pigment does. Meaning, normally if a lipstick is not too pigmented, we build the colour by adding more swipes. However, as we add more swipes, we also end up depositing more product which adds texture to the lips and if the lipstick has a cream/satin texture, the product would end up sliding around on the lips.
However, that does not happen with this lipstick. I assume it is because the texture is so light-weight. If you have built up the colour and you purse your lips – the lines will show. A problem which is easily sorted by gently dabbing at your lips.
Pigmentation: Since the shade is so bright, even with a single swipe, you get substantial colour on your lips like a blotted down stained look. The colour can be easily built up – this means about 5-6 swipes at least. My lip swatches and FOTDs are with built up colours so that you can appreciate the difference between the different shades in the line. However, I have shared arm swatches where one side is a single swipe of the lipstick and the other side is with multiple swipes. This will enable you to understand how low the pigmentation is and how richly it can be built up. This colour is so vibrant that you can actually build It up to its full intensity and then after a minute or so, just blot it down with tissue. The extra product goes away, while the colour remains more or less intact. One can actually use the lipstick this way and never have to worry about the product transferring at all.
Lasting Power: Even when used as a single swipe, this shade gives good 2-2.5 hours wear. With multiple swipes, and the colour at full intensity, this shade stays the whole day because even when it starts wearing off, the stain it leaves is so rich that the stain itself gives another 4 hours of wear and has to be take off with a makeup remover. It does wear off evenly and does not get patchy.
Fragrance: There is a slight fragrance but nothing too discernible unless you put your nose to it.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Crush:
- Bold, vibrant shade – Would suit most skin tones and depths.
- Extremely lightweight texture.
- Buildable pigmentation.
- Very comfortable to wear with no feeling of dryness or clinginess.
- Hydrating formula.
- Easy to apply and get clean lines.
- It applies smoothly and evenly with no tug or pull.
- No feathering or bleeding – despite the balmy texture.
- Does not flake.
- Classy and yet fun packaging.
- Excellent wear time – about 8 hours or so.
- Free from Sulfates and Phthalates.
- Product is free from titanium and other ingredients that add weight and gives opaque coverage.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Crush:
- Nothing at all.
IMBB Rating: 4.75/5
This shade is quite stunning and an overall fun shade to play with. And, it is perfect for the upcoming summer months. I think my last entire year has been about neutral tones on my lips and I kind of forgot how I used to love these brighter shades. I think I am totally going to rock this one all this summer!
Do I Recommend Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color Crush?
Yes. Absolutely! The colour is stunning and the formula is definitely different!
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