Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner review and swatches.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Lately, I have had this overwhelming desire to edit my makeup collection and spending.  The book, Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (here) is the culprit for this sudden epiphany.  Her premise is rather simple–surround yourself only with items that ignite joy.  This mentality has really made me question all of my past, present and future purchases–especially when it comes to cosmetics.  So while decluttering my various eyeliners (gels, pencils and liquids), I had a longing for my favorite discontinued, Guerlain Bleu Outremer liner (reviewed here).  The rich navy liner paired well with every look and never failed to brighten my overall appearance.  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle ($35 USD/ 1.6 mL.) has not only surpassed my previous crush, but the formula is downright HG material!  I hope you enjoy.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

The Pros to Bobbi Brown Long-Wear liquid Liner:

  1. Blackened base is engulfed with sparkling pigment that is smooth and applies seamlessly.
  2. Applicator head is designed with a semi-flexible long tapered head that comes to a point for precise color placement–the best applicator I have ever used. 
  3. The material of the head holds a substantial amount of product so only one dip is required for each eye.
  4. Bottle must be shaken to incorporate base color with the sparkle pigment.
  5. All day wear (12 hours) without any color transfer, flaking or smudging.
  6. Pigment dries quickly and does not feather into fine lines on maturing lids.
  7. Sparkle is rather sophisticated–not over the top or adolescent.
  8. Colors are deep, but cannot be mistaken for black.
  9. When colors are properly incorporated the effect is more metallic than sparkly–great for daytime and nighttime use.
  10. Removes with dual action makeup remover.
  11. Made in Korea–good or bad you decide.
  12. Comes in five sparkling colors–FOREST SPARKLE, NIGHT SKY SPARKLE, VIOLET SPARKLE, BALTIC BLUE SPARKLE, GOLDEN BRONZE SPARKLE.
  13. Formulated without mineral oil or parabens.

The Cons to Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner:

  1. Right of the bat–the price amount ratio is outrageous ($22 per ounce).  My head knows this is ridiculous, but I cannot deny the ease of use, longevity and pigmentation.
  2. Forgetting to properly shake the tube will result in an uneven, diluted application.
  3. Can be a bit challenging to remove with Bioderma.  I find holding down a saturated makeup pad on the liner for thirty (30) seconds is an adequate amount of time to break down the formula.
  4. Violet SparkleBaltic Blue Sparkle or Night Sky Sparkle are not that distinctive from each other.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle.

  • As you can tell from the photos above, the blackened base is slightly more evident on the Baltic Blue Sparkle swatch as opposed to Golden Bronze Sparkle.  This variation was done purposefully to demonstrate the effect of the liner when the tube is not properly shaken.  I prefer to vigorously tap the tube against the palm of my hand (listen for the metal balls) to really awaken and meld the sparkle with the base color.
  • Baltic Blue Sparkle was shook midair, where as Golden Bronze Sparkle was incorporated with the method described above.  Although both colors are saturated, you can easily see how the sparkle may separate from the base, leaving irregular color payoff.
  • I have read some reviews stating these liners are not pigmented enough and flake throughout the day, but I wholeheartedly disagree.  The photos below clearly demonstrate the level of pigment saturation for each color.
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown

Wearing Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle.

  • For the above look, the dark espresso brown color from the Viseart Neutral Palette was smudged along the lash line in my customary wedge shape.  Kjaer Weis Magnetic eyeshadow was used to blend out the edges of the brown.  Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle was applied to the upper lash line over the brown shadow.  Giorgio Armani 2 Armani Navy Eyes to Kill mono eyeshadow was used right at the edge of Baltic Blue Sparkle and smudge upwards.
  • Bobbi Brown Camel Eyeshadow was used in the crease and lower lash line.
  • Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 602 Viper was the lip color of the day–I like, I don’t love.
Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Golden Bronze Sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Golden Bronze Sparkle.

  • For the above look, the same eyeshadow colors were used (with the exception of Armani Navy) in the same manner, but blended further for a more natural effect.
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe Eyeshadow Stick (repeat purchase–can’t be without) was used on the lower waterline and BB Camel was used in the crease and lower lash line.
  • Vincent Longo Copperkiss Bronzer and Sandalwood Blush (here) was used (long time love for both and highly recommended).
  • Lip Combo consists of Colourpop Bff2 liner with Jouer Creme Brulee topped lightly in the center of the lips with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink 140 Amoureux (all favorites). 
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner ingredient list.

**Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Baltic Blue Sparkle and Golden Bronze Sparkle are found at Sephora, Nordstrom, Lord &Taylor, bobbibrown.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would legitimately declare, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liners are an amazing investment.  Granted the price is over the top, but its imperative to keep an eye out for sales.  I purchase this duo during BB’s 20% off friends and family sale.  Another great alternative is shopping at the CCO, where I happily procured two backups of Baltic Blue Sparkle ($24).  I know this is not an act Marie Kondo would approve, but at least I did not buy all the colors, and I won’t.  Even this old dog can learn new tricks.   🙂

Until next time, be well, stay safe, and surround yourself with items and people who “Spark Joy“.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

When it comes to naturally beautiful makeup, no other brand does it better than Bobbi Brown.  I’m well aware you can use any product to achieve a wholesome look, but there is something about the color selection, texture and quality of her cosmetics, that makes this brand a complete standout.  As promised, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($29 USD/ 1.6g) has been received, used and loved.  This sublime sepia color is sure to be a hit on everyone’s list.  I hope you enjoy.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

  • Taupe is described as a matte medium caramel color; I would say that description is quite accurate.  Personally, I equate this color as being in the same color family as MAC Uninterrupted and Bobbi Brown Camel.  These types of shades are outstanding for a quick wash of color all over the mobile lid and blended right into the crease, on the lower lash line, and on the waterline.
  • The texture of Taupe is, dare I say, even creamier than Sand Dune (reviewed here).  Both colors perform exactly the same and blend into the skin with the greatest of ease, but Taupe seems a bit more dense in color and feel.  As you can tell from the swatch above, the high level of pigment may very well be the culprit for this velvety smoothness.
  • As with all my shadow sticks, the longevity is truly amazing.  Personally, I always apply NYX Primer (reviewed here) prior to any eyeshadow application.  This little extra step certainly payoffs by allowing the cream to adhere to the skin more securely–thus preventing fading and/or creasing.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the mobile lid and crease, lower lash line and waterline.

  • For the past week, I have been really enjoying using Taupe as a one-step-wonder.  For the above photo, Taupe was used on the mobile lid and blended up past the crease, smudged on the lower lash line and placed on the lower waterline.  As you can tell, the effect was not too drastic, rather the finish was soft and sophisticated–just as Bobbi intended.
  • When blended, Taupe truly gives a natural shadow to the crease and socket bone area. Adding a cream color (Anastasia Cream eyeshadow) right under the arch of the brow, and blending it down toward the edge of Taupe, finishes off the look perfectly.
  • Fingers can be used, but since my fingers are rather large, I utilize a synthetic concealer brush for more accuracy and a smoother finish.
  • The above look lasted impeccably all day (11 hours), with a substantial part of that time spent in a humid pool environment.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the mobile lid topped with Colourpop Puppy Love in the center of the lid.

  • Similar to Sand Dune, Taupe can also be used as a base for powder eyeshadows.  For the above photo, Taupe was placed along the waterline and on the mobile lid, then topped with Colourpop’s Puppy Love on the center of the lid.  IMHO, the warm brown base accentuated my brown eyes beautifully, making the look seem more etherial and polished.
  • Those with green and blue eyes would probably benefit greatly from Taupe as well.  These types of mid-tone warm brown shades, contrast perfectly with the cool notes inherent in lighter eye colors.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick all over the mobile lid, topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand (photo taken on a very sunny day).

  • For all those young ladies with Prom on the brain, a quick layer of Taupe topped with a golden sparkling eyeshadow, would make for a festive, yet age appropriate look that will surely last all night long.
  • Interestingly enough, the addition of a golden topper shade seems to tone down the warmth of Taupe significantly–not necessarily a bad thing, just something worth noting.
Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick separated from the base.

  • As with ALL of my shadow sticks, Taupe seems to have followed suit and dislodged from the base of the roll up mechanism.  As stated many times over, if you are like me, this sort of mishap occurs when too much pressure is used during application.
  • Simply, place the stick back on the base, press down gently and roll the shadow down to a favorable position.  Thankfully, the color and performance is not compromised in the least.

Comparison Bobbi Brown Shades:

Comparison L-R: Bobbi Brown Taupe (4) Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Comparison L-R:
Bobbi Brown Taupe Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi
Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

Bobbi Brown Taupe

Comparison L-R:
Bobbi Brown Taupe Powder Eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick.

  • Bobbi Brown Taupe (4) Powder Eyeshadow is clearly in the same color family as Taupe cream stick.  I remembering using this shadow religiously a couple of years ago; the silky smooth consistency is still very much present in what remains of my four-year old shadow.
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe (22) Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is just too luscious for words.  As you can tell, the intensity is evident on the first swipe and despite the rich color payoff, the overall feel on the lids is rather lightweight.  The lasting power on the waterline is also quite impressive–I went a full five hours before I needed to touch-up the outer corners (this will vary depending on how watery your eyes get).
  • Bobbi Brown Sand Dune (6) Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is lighter and more sheer than Taupe.  Inarguably, this color is perfect for those who love a no-makeup look and require an office friendly shade.  As stated in my pervious review, this is the ultimate, can’t-go-wrong, go-with-anything type of color.  
Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Wearing Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the waterline, lower lash line, and all over the mobile lid topped with Laura Mercier Wet Sand.

**Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick can be purchased at Sephora, Macy’sNordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Saks, bobbibrown.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would state the obvious, Bobbi Brown Taupe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is outstanding. If you are into sophisticated beauty looks, then do not hesitate for a second to grab Taupe and/or Sand Dune. In keeping with the whole matte cream stick motif, I now have my sights squarely set on Shadow Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (the grey one)–what can I say–Bobbi is on a roll in The House of IMCT, better to go with the flow, rather than to turn away such good fortune.  🙂  Will you be joining me? Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

As stated many times over on this blog, I absolutely love eye shadow sticks.  The creaminess, convenient application, opaque coloring, phenomenal longevity and versatility are all-encompassing with regards to this type of eyeshadow formula.  Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($29 USD/1.6g) is the latest brand to fall prey to my obsession.  This may very well be one of the few products I will declare a must-have.  I hope you enjoy!

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune swatch

The Pros to Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick:

  1. Incredibly creamy consistency.
  2. Soft beige tan color –IMHO, very reminiscent (not an exact dupe) of MAC Groundwork paint pot.
  3. Matte finish is not too flat, which is ideal for everyone, but especially on more mature lids.
  4. Fantastic as a stand alone color or a base for powder eyeshadows.
  5. Excellent no-fuss shadow for busy mornings.
  6. Sets within a minute–plenty of time to blend out edges and devise a shape.
  7. Can be applied directly from the stick and blended with fingers or brushes.
  8. Lasts 10 hours + without any fading or creasing when applied over my NYX primer.
  9. Medium and darker skins can use Sand Dune as a lower waterline color and/or MLBB shade.
  10. Quite flattering on ALL eye colors–however, blue and green eyes will certainly pop against this shade.
  11. Packaging is perfect for travel and touchups (on the waterline) throughout the day.
  12. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil or fragrance.
  13. Made in Italy.

The Cons to Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow:

  1. Quite expensive–however, all higher-end shadow sticks fall into the price range of $25-$43.
  2. Creamy texture is not ideal as a lower waterline color option for contact lens wears.
  3. Fading on the outer an inner corners of the waterline occur after 3 hours.  The center area of the eye remains intact for a good part of the day.
  4. As with all of my shade sticks, the stick itself dislodges from the base if too much pressure is used during application.  I just hold and gently press the stick back onto the base–a bit annoying, but par of the course when dealing this type of cream eyeshadow design.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

  • Without any exaggeration, Sand Dune has been used everyday since its acquisition three weeks ago.  As you can tell from the above photo, my stick is chiseled down a quarter of the way–a solid indication a back-up is needed ASAP.
  • I literally take this guy everywhere with me.  When I know I will be out for a respectable portion of the day, Sand Dune makes the ideal purse friendly travel companion.  A quick swipe on the waterline, instantly revitalizes my eyes in the most subtle fashion.
  • Other brands (Laura Mercier, Marc Jacobs, Nars, Trish McEvoy) have shimmer and glittery shade sticks in their lineup–leave it to Bobbi Brown to provide neutral matte options in her collection–GENIUS if you ask me.
Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick worn on the lower waterline and as a base on the mobile lid under Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eyeshadow.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

Wearing Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick on the lower waterline and as a base on the mobile lids topped with Anastasia Beverly Hills Hard Candy and Mimosa.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune

Wearing Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick worn plainly on the mobile lid and lower waterline.

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune ingredients

Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ingredient list.

**Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks can be purchased at Sephora, NordstromMacy’s, Lord & Taylor, Saks, bobbibrown.com, etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is HG material. The warm matte tan coloring is just so darn flattering against my complexion, I cannot fathom being without it in my life.  Quite a dramatic statement indeed, but when I love something it is true and deep.  🙂  The next set of colors on the way are Taupe and Goldstone–hey, what better way to completely consume my holiday gift cards?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Certain places are very comforting to me when I’m feeling blue.  A temporary break from the norm seems to elevate my spirits instantly.  Personally, I find the simplicity of roaming department stores, in the early hours, to be refreshingly calming.  Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Shimmer Eye Shadow ($33 USD/ 3g) was an immediate draw.  The warm, sparkling reflects were so uplifting and attractive, I could not help but purchase this beauty on the spot.  What better way to chase away my midweek blues and simultaneously burn a hole in my gift card?  I hope you enjoy.  🙂

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

 

  • Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadows are a “combination of shimmering pearls and fine sparkle”. The line consists of nine colors in all and are a permanent addition to the brand.  These lovely topper shades are intended to be added over matte shadows (powder or cream), elevating any look from ordinary to extraordinary–I equate this line to pressed glitter pigments.
  • Baby Peach is a beautiful warm-toned color which is composed of golden peachy flecks with a hint of lavender sparkle, suspended in a clear base.  The opaque coloring (as seen in the pan) is not noticeable on the lids, which is expected considering this shadow is not meant to be applied heavily.
  • The delicate sparkles are not gritty in the least, in-fact, I will go as far as to say the texture is silky smooth.  Once applied on the lids, the sophisticated twinkle looks downright enchanting.  Results are achieved relatively easily, with light patting motions over a preferred matte base.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Shadow over NYX primer and Guerlain Powder Foundation and Sand Dune (photo taken indoors on a very sunny day).

  • The best way to apply this formula is with fingers; brushes seem to disperse the lightweight sparkles everywhere.
  • One of my favorite ways to control fall-out (not eliminate), is to apply Baby Peach over a cream base before the cream has time to set.  A combination of Bobbi Brown Sand Dollar Cream Eye Shadow and Bobbi Brown Sand Dune Cream Stick (review coming) creates a neutral backdrop which showcases the golden tones of BP beautifully.  This method insures the sparkles meld with the cream and remain on the lid rather than migrate down the face.
  • Of course, any adhesive base can be used, but be forewarned, should you apply this formula in abundance over a dry powder eye shadow (as Bobbi does in this demo video here) be prepared to combat sparkle fall-out throughout the day.
  • Lucky, I have discovered one way that will keep the sparkles in place, for the most part, when using powder eyeshadows.  Make sure to use a clean, dry finger to pick up Baby Peach (do not wet this shadow in the pan–it will harden), spray the finger with a bit of setting spray and then pat the shadow on the lid.
  • The marketing for this line claims eight-hour crease-free wear.  I find this assertion to be a bit misleading, considering a topper shade is beholden to the base applied.
  • Even on my deep-set eyes, a few sparkles do migrate toward my socket bone over the course of the day.  If I were to venture a guess, the same would happen on hooded eyes.
  • After a ten-hour day, a few sparkles lose their adhesive bond and collect on my lashes.  Most of the time, I take on a nonchalant attitude toward these rogue sparkles. However, the kaleidoscopical effect on my vision can be somewhat annoying depending on my mood.  If you are familiar with wearing overly shimmery/sparkly colors you’ll know what I mean.
Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow over NYX primer and Guerlain Powder Foundation.

Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow over NYX primer and Guerlain Powder Foundation (photo taken indoors on a very sunny day).

**Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow can be found at Sephora, Macys, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Saks, bobbibrown.com, and everywhere BB cosmetics are sold.**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown Baby Peach Sparkle Eye Shadow is smitten-worthy for some. Personally, I love sparkle and wear it as often as possible (a heck of a lot more convenient to use than loose pigments).  Of course, my sensible side will admit this is not a must-have product.  The price is a bit over-the-top, but considering how little you need, the shadow will last a while.  Regardless, should my moody blues reemerge, Silver Lilac or Ballet Pink will surely find their way to my home–the glutton within will probably get both.   🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow review and looks.

Bobbi Brown Suede

As expected, this time of year is the busiest season for many.  Personally, bustling my children from one activity to another has left little time to focus on my beloved cosmetics.  My go-to products have been the kind I know will last throughout the day.  Bobbi Brown Suede Cream Shadow ($26 USD/3.5g) has been a newly acquired favorite.  The long-lasting wear, cream finish and delectable taupe shade is the epitome of sophisticated simplicity.  Now I ask you, who wouldn’t want that?  I hope you enjoy!

Bobbi Brown Suede

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • As with most Bobbi Brown cream products, Suede is housed in an elegant thick glass pot.  The square-shaped base has always been a favorite design of mine; although, the opening could be a bit wider for easier access to the cream.  The narrow opening makes maneuvering larger fingers and brush heads difficult, especially towards the bottom of the pot.
  • Despite these minor superficialities, this has not stopped me from purchasing the color Shore (pale nude) twice and moving on to Suede.
  • Overall, the formula of BB cream shadows is outstanding.  The setting time ranges between 10-20 seconds, enough time to manipulate the cream to the desired area.  Do bear in mind, once these babies set, they do not budge (especially over a primer).
  • Suede makes excellent stand alone color and base for powdered eyeshadow.
  • The rich creamy texture applies smoothly without tugging or dragging on the skin.
  • A synthetic brush is ideally suited to apply this creamy color evenly on the lids.  Fingers can be used, but in my experience, this method does not provide easy access to the product and the results can be a bit uneven.

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • Suede is a lovely taupe brown shade that becomes almost one with my coloring.  The opaque coverage instantly hides veining and evens out my lid space.
  • The absence of any shimmer makes this the ideal finish for the office, school functions, or any professional event.
  • Against my complexion, this is the MLBB (my lid but better) shade.  Suede provides a delicate hint of color without being too drastic or stark in appearance.
  • I find this particular color to be a bit of a chameleon–Suede shifts in tone from cool to warm depending on lighting and/or accompanying eyeshadow colors.

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • As the above photo shows, when used as a stand alone color, over my clear NYX Primer (reviewed here), Suede translates as a light warm brown.
  • For anyone with a similar complexion to mine, this is the ideal shade for no-fuss makeup days–when paired with some liner and mascara, the results are chic without being boring.  This effortless look held true for an 11 hour stretch, without any fading, creasing or transfer.

Bobbi Brown Suede

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • The above photo shows how Suede’s underlying gray tinge is accentuated with the addition Vincent Longo Intergalactic (reviewed here) in the crease.  The inherent cool tones found in Intergalactic brings out the same likeness in Suede.
  • To balance off the look, a warm neutral shade (MAC Uninterrupted) was used above the crease and lower lash line.
Laura Mercier Wet Sand

Laura Mercier Wet Sand on the Eve Pearl Pro Mixing Palette.

Bobbi Brown Suede

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • The above photos shows Suede’s taupe side when a golden topper shade is added.  Laura Mercier Wet Sand (reviewed here) was used over Suede for a more festive look.  This sparkling effect makes an exceptional holiday look and it’s neutrality pairs beautifully with any lip color.
  • Admittedly, I wore this exact eye look for Thanksgiving and plan on duplicating its success for Christmas.  FYI, Wet Sand clung to Suede perfectly for a full 12 hours, without any sparkle migration or transfer.

Bobbi Brown Suede

  • This final look demonstrates Suede’s warmer range.  For the above look, Laura Mercier Blazing Sun was added lightly on top of Suede and paired with Giorgio Armani Vulcano (reviewed here) along the lash line.  Although my camera was unable to pick-up the bronze sparkle, I can attest the effect was quite attractive and noticeable in person.
Bobbi Brown Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow ingredient list.

**Bobbi Brown cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Bobbibrown.com, and etc..**

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow has become a staple in my collection.  The long-wearing formula, cream finish, smooth application, neutral coloring and versatility does not get any better.  If fast, easy and effortless is your thing, then Bobbi is your girl. 🙂  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner review and photos.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Recently, my schedule has been rather hectic; in the mist of holiday preparations, sports activities, and family gatherings my makeup application has taken a well-missed back seat.  My preferred look has been mascara and eyeliner paired with a delicate topper shade.  Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Eyeliner ($24 USD/ 3g) part of the Scotch on the Rocks Collection, has been one of my go-to liners to achieve a polished and distinctive look.  This complex golden espresso shade, has proven to be one of the most unusual and attractive colors I have seen in a long while.  I dare you not to fall for this spicy stunner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner swatched with an angled brush and blended out (with flash).

The Pros of Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

  1. Deep espresso base infused with the finest gold/copper pearl (seriously one of the prettiest colors on the market).
  2. Water-resistant formula is extremely long-wearing on a variety of eye shapes–12 + hours (see below).
  3. Applies smoothly and evenly on the skin.
  4. Can be built-up without any patchiness or flaking.
  5. Due to the creamy texture, this is one gel liner that can be used as an eyeshadow base or stand alone eyeshadow color.
  6. The fine gold/copper pearl is perfectly contained within the gel base, giving the liner a luminescent appearance.
  7. The abundance of gold/copper pearl is noticeable in any lighting conditions.
  8. Less harsh than a black liner.
  9. Pairs beautifully with light to medium toned eyeshadow colors.
  10. Housed in a sanitary glass pot to ensure the product does not dry out.
  11. Formulated without mineral oil or parabens.
  12. Made in Belgium.

The Cons of Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

  1. Limited-Edition… if you like this shade do not hesitate to purchase it while it is still available.
  2. Gel liners have been known to dry-out over time.  Personally, I have never encountered this problem with any of my Bobbi Brown liners; some colors in my collection are five years old and they remain as malleable as the day they were purchased.  Be sure to close the cap tightly and always store any cream/gel product upside down.
  3. May not be much of a contrast if paired with darker eyeshadow colors.
Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

For the above photos, I used my Memebox angled eyeliner brush to apply Black Scotch thickly alone the lash line.  Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro 9 Gold (reviewed here) was patted lightly over the lid with MUFE M-600 in the crease.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

For the next set of photos, Black Scotch was applied along the lash line and blended upwards.  Giorgio Armani 9 Gold was patted lightly over the remainder of the lid, with Estee Lauder Crystal Baby Gelee applied to the inner corners.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Comparison Swatches:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, and MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline (photo taken with a flash).

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Comparison Swatches under warm running water for two minutes:
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Bobbi Brown Black Scotch, Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire, and MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline.

  • Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink has a slightly warmer base color than Black Scotch, with red pearl shattered throughout the formula.  This shade in particular, works brilliantly as an eyeshadow base and stand alone eyeshadow color.
  • Bobbi Brown Black Scotch has an abundance of gold/copper pearl and the espresso base color is deeper and more pigmented than all the others.  As an added bonus, Bobbi Brown gel liners do not budge, even when subjected to warm running water 🙂
  • Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire is a much warmer brown with gold shimmers throughout.  I prefer to use this long-wearing color as an eyeshadow rather than a liner.
  • MAC Deliciously Rich Fluidline (LE) is composed of a sheer brown base with an overload of gold shimmer; not the greatest choice for an eyeliner.
Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (on a very sunny day).

Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel liner can be found at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Saks, Lord & Taylor, and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown Black Scotch Long-Wear Gel Liner is an exceptionally robust creation that is sure to please just about everyone.  The beautiful gold/copper pearl really does stand out, making eyes appear luminous from any angle.  Cheers Bobbi…to a job well done.  Will you be investing in this beauty?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner review.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

These days it seems as if every makeup company under the sun is formulating their line of multi-tasking products.  Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner ($29 USD/4g) is the newest creation from the queen of neutrals.  A cream eyeshadow with 12 hour wear, multi-dimensional results, and liner all in one, was exactly the kind of product that was sure to attract my business.  Will this pot of bronzy goodness stand-up to other cream shadows flooding the market?  You’ll see 🙂

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

According to bobbibrowncosmetics.com:

Shadow and liner get together to deliver definition and drama — a multidimensional eye with rich color and buildable sparkle. Smudge, smoke, line or define for long-wearing, standout eyes in five eye-catching shades: Night Sky, Thunderstorm, Sunlit Bronze, Smokey Topaz and Midnight Forest.  If you want a bold multidimensional eye look that won’t budge, look no further.

The Pros to Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

  1. Gorgeous sheer brown color infused with copper and gold shimmers.
  2. Fantastic blackened glass container.
  3. Despite the abundance of sparkles, the formula does not feel gritty to the touch.
  4. Very sheer texture for those who prefer a minimal eye look.
  5. Some may be able to use this as a topper shade.
  6. Formulated without mineral oil and parabens.
  7. Made in Belgium.

The Cons to Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

  1. The brown sheer base color coupled with the high sparkle content yields uneven and muddy looking results.
  2. Multiple layers are required to achieve opacity.
  3. Felt heavy on the lids after the third layer.
  4. Sparkles do not adhere well to the skin; sparkles easily migrate and fallout is inevitable.
  5. Does not mix well with other cream shadows.
  6. Small opening is a bit of a hinderance for finger application.
  7. Too sheer to be used as an eyeliner.
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze swatches

L-R:
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner with primer and without primer (no flash).

As you can tell by the photos above, Sunlit Bronze is not the “bold” color I was anticipating.  The color did improve slightly over a primer, however not even my beloved Nars Eyeshadow Primer could keep these sparkles in their proper place.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Waering Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner.

The above photo shows Sunlit Bronze after the application of three layers.  In all fairness, I prefer my cream shadows to be pigmented with minimal layers required.  This current Bobbi Brown offering looked muddy and created ridges on my lids were none existed beforehand.  The overall effect appeared patchy and felt uncomfortable.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Comparisons:
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze, MAC Rich Ground Fluid Line, and Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire.

  • All swatches were applied with my Meme Angled Eyeliner Brush.
  • Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze’s (two passes) sheer base combined with the abundance of sparkles yielded uneven results.  Classifying this product as an eyeliner is a rather colossal stretch on the company’s part.
  • MAC Rich Ground Fluid Line (one pass) is a gorgeous pigmented copper brown.  The smoother than silk formula is long-lasting and can be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow base, and stand alone eyeshadow.
  • Givenchy 9 Brun Cachemire (one pass) is a dark warm espresso brown with golden shimmers lightly scattered throughout the color.  This smooth, long-lasting cream shadow can also be used as an eyeliner, eyeshadow base and eyeshadow.  Best of all, these shimmers are refined and contained.
Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze fallout after being lightly brushed with a tissue.

The above photo demonstrates how easily the sparkles were disturbed with the mere passing of a tissue. Some may be able to use Sunlit Bronze as a topper shade, however, do be aware these sparkles will eventually migrate throughout the day.  As you can imagine, the only logical place for these sparkles to settle would be on the face.  Personally, sparkles on my face is an absolute deal breaker.

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze

Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner ingredient list.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics can be found at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Sephora, and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the obvious, Bobbi Brown 4 Sunlit Bronze Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow + Liner does not fit the quality I have come to expect from the Bobbi Brown brand.  This gel/shadow hybrid is not the most balanced formula to have been created.  Considering how much I adore BB’s other gel liners and shadows, the patchy results and sparkle fallout were an unexpected surprise.  If you seek a sophisticated sparkle shadow, there are plenty of other quality choices on the market.  My personal favorites are Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro colors; now that brand knows how to get it done 🙂   Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.  

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Collection Overview.

My Bobbi Brown Collection.

My Bobbi Brown Collection.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is the one brand I consider to be a one stop shopping label (apart from foundation).  For the most part, many people are not into outrageous makeup looks, most seek quality products that yield a refined look.  Bobbi Brown has cornered the market in that regard.  Her no-fuss minimal packaging and fresh, natural approach to makeup has lead her to create a line that dominates among professional women world-wide. For your consideration, I present my Bobbi Brown Makeup Collection.

  1. Bronze Shimmer Brick
  2. Medium 2 Bronzer
  3. Twilight Night Shimmer Ink
  4. Denim Ink
  5. Colbalt Ink
  6. Chocolate Shimmer Ink
  7. Graphite Shimmer Ink
  8. Forest Shimmer Ink
  9. Violet Ink
  10. Sandy Gold Cream Shadow
  11. Shore cream Shadow
  12. Gold Dust Metallic Shadow
  13. Bobbi  Brown Bronzer Brush
  14. Bobbi Brown Ultra-Fine Eyeliner Brush
  15. Bone 16
  16. Navajo 53
  17. Black Charcoal 2F
  18. Taupe 4
  19. Soft Pink 7 Blush
  20. Pale Pink 9 Blush
  21. Espresso 32
  22. Bone 2

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Face Products:

My Bobbi Brown Collection Face Products L-R:   Bronze Shimmer Brick, Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Soft Pink 7 Blush, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Face Products L-R:
Bronze Shimmer Brick, Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Soft Pink 7 Blush, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

  • Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick ($42 USD/10.3g) is the one product that I rarely use on a daily basis; personally, it is too dark for me to use as a highlighter.  This shade would look spectacular on darker-skinned beauties as a highlighter.  This compact is reserved strictly for eyeshadow use only.
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder Medium 2 ($38 USD/8g) is a ruddy based bronzing powder.  The finely milled pigmented formula is quite pronounced against my light olive skin tone.  My Chikuhodo Cheek Brush (reviewed here) is the perfect brush to apply and blend this dark horse to gradient perfection.
  • Bobbi Brown Soft Pink 7 Blush ($26 USD/3.7g)  is not a soft pink color by any stretch of the imagination.  This highly pigmented satin blush must be applied with a very light hand.  Admittedly, Bobbi Brown makes some of the best blushes in the business; this puppy lasts well throughout the day with very minimal fading.
  • Bobbi Brown Pale Pink 9 Blush ($26 USD/3.7g) was once upon a time the only blush I would wear.  As you can tell, there is nothing pale about this bright vibrant matte pink color.  The lasting power is amazing and one of the few colors that would suit a variety of skin tones.  If Bobbi came out with a color identical to Giorgio Armani #10 Blush (reviewed here) I would snatch it up in a heart beat.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadows:

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Swatches L-R: Metallic Eye Shadow Gold Dust 18, Espresso 32, Bone 2, Taupe 4, Bone 16, Black Charcoal 2F, Navajo 53.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Swatches L-R:
Metallic Eye Shadow Gold Dust 18, Espresso 32, Bone 2, Taupe 4, Bone 16, Black Charcoal 2F, Navajo 53.

  • Bobbi Brown Metallic Gold Dust 18  ($22 USD/2.8g) is shimmery warm gold eyeshadow.  I love to pair this powder shadow on top of Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold Cream Shadow.  Due to the high metallic sheen, this particular color would not be suitable for more mature lids.
  • Bobbi Brown Espresso 32 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte dark brown eyeshadow.  This shadow does not budge and looks spectacular applied on the upper lash line against a black liquid liner.  This can also be used in the outer corner, outer “v” and to set a gel liner.
  • Bobbi Brown Bone 2 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte cream-colored shade that is used everyday.  This very unassuming shade is completely indispensable in my daily makeup routine.  Love it!
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe 4 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte brown used as a blend out color, crease color and bronzer.  I purchased this shade to add to my six pan BB compact for its multi-purpose qualities.
  • Bobbi Brown Bone 16 ($22 USD/2.5g) is the illuminated version of Bone 2.  Great all over lid shade for a quick and easy polished look.
  • Bobbi Brown Black Charcoal 2F ($22 USD/2.5g) is a very pigmented matte black eyeshadow.  The smooth creamy formula beats MAC Carbon any day.
  • Bobbi Brown Navajo 53 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte cream-white color.  Great blend out color or all over lid color.  I find most of these paler shades need to packed on for maximum color impact.  For more substantial wear and color, pair them with Bobbi Brown Shore Cream Shadow.
Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold Cream Shadow topped with Metallic Eyeshadow Gold Dust and Espresso Eyeshadow in the outer corner.

Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold 4 Cream Shadow topped with Metallic Eyeshadow Gold Dust 18 and Espresso 32 Eyeshadow in the outer corner.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: Denim Ink, Cobalt Link,  Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:
Denim Ink, Cobalt Link, Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink 4.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink 4.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner after scrubbing my arm with a makeup wipe: Denim Ink, Cobalt Link,  Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner after scrubbing my arm with a makeup wipe:
Denim Ink, Cobalt Link, Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

  • As mentioned in a previous post (here) Bobbi Brown makes some of the best gel liners ($24 USD/3g) in the business.  I adore the color selection and the multi-purpose functionality of these eyeliners.  I love to use them as eyeliners, eyeshadows and bases for powder eyeshadows.  Denim Ink, Cobalt Ink, and Twilight Night Shimmer Ink are formulated on the drier side and are a bit difficult to blend as eyeshadows.  However, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Ink Shimmer Ink and Violet Ink apply smoothly and blend out beautifully.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35, Sandy Gold 4.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35, Sandy Gold 4.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35 ($25 USD/3.5g) is a staple in my collection; I am on my second pot.  This cream-colored shade evens out skin tone and makes an outstanding base for powdered eyeshadows.  My only criticism pertains to the small opening of the pots; I find it quite awkward to get my brush in and around the pot.
  • Bobbi Brown  Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sandy Gold 4 ($25 USD/3.5g) is a golden base cream-colored shadow.  Not a complete necessity, but does add beautiful dimension to powder eyeshadows when used as a base.
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush ($54 USD) is not my favorite brush (seen and compared here).  All Bobbi Brown Brushes are made in China and they do not compare, in terms of quality to Tom Ford Brushes or Chikuhodo Brushes.  After two years, my BB Bronzer Brush continues to shed every time I use it to apply any powder product to my face.
  • Bobbi Brown Ultra-Fine Eyeliner Brush ($27 USD) is not my favorite gel eyeliner brush.  The tip is too wide and the handle is too long for my liking.  I prefer Laura Mercier Liner Brush (seen here) or my Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush.
Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look: Eyes: Lid color and Brow Bone color Shore 35 topped with Bone 2 Eyeshadow, Espresso 32 Eyeshadow along the upper las line and outer "v", Taupe 4 in the crease. Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look:
Eyes: Lid color and brow bone color Shore 35 topped with Bone 2 Eyeshadow, Espresso 32 Eyeshadow along the upper lash line and outer “v”, Taupe 4 in the crease.
Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look side view: Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look side view:
Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

**Bobbi Brown Cosmetics can be found in most major department stores and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown makes some outstanding products.  I consider her powder eyeshadows irreplaceable in my collection.  The amount offered (2.5g) is also quite appealing.  Granted they are expensive compared to other lines, but the quality more than justifies the price.  Keep in mind, Bobbi Brown is sold at CCO locations and I’ve noticed the Bobbi Brown displays always have a great selection of merchandise.  I hope this was helpful.  What are some of your favorite Bobbi Brown products? Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

 

Valentine’s Day Makeup and Lip Combinations.

Valentine's Day Makeup.

Valentine’s Day Makeup.

For this Valentine’s Day Makeup Look, I decided to create a sultry, yet elegant look.  Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink Gel Liner (reviewed here) was used as the main “eyeshadow” color.  When paired with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (reviewed here), this eye look will undoubtedly last the entirety of the evening, no matter what surprises await 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 1:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Start by prepping the eye area with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base.  Fill in the brows with your favorite brow product.  I used Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (seen here).

Step 2: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 2:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Take an angled brush (I used Billy B #12 Brush (reviewed here)…the best for this job) with Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Twilight Shimmer Ink and line the upper lash line.  Smudge the liner upwardly, extending the line outwardly, to create an outer flick (you will use this as a guide when applying your black liquid liner).

Step 3: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 3:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Continue to add as much color until you have reached your desired intensity.  Apply the color in a wedge-like shape; thinner toward the inner corner and gradually thickening the color towards the outer corner.

Step 4: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 4:
Valentine’s Day Makeup Look.

Blend out any harsh lines with Clarins Alburn Mineral Eyeshadow and place the same color in the crease. Next, Bobbi Brown Navajo Eyeshadow is used to blend out the edges of the crease color and “highlight” the brow bone.  To give the look a more gradient effect, Clarins Dark Chocolate, is applied to the outer “v”. Use a Q-Tip, dipped in lotion or makeup remover, and run it along the ends of the eye, to clean-up and shape the edge of the outer flick.

Step 5: Valentine Day Makeup Looks.

Step 5:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Prior to mascara application, line the upper waterline (tight line) with your favorite liner.  I swear by Inglot #90, this dark brown liner does not budge throughout the day (for me, black is too harsh).

Step 6: Valentine Day Makeup Look.

Step 6:
Valentine’s Day Makeup.

Add your favorite black liner and favorite mascara (curl your lashes if you prefer); I used Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen (reviewed here) and L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara (does flake but gives amazing length). Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer mixed with Cargo Water Resistant Bronzer is used to line the lower lash line. Line the lower waterline with MAC Rich Ground Gel Liner.

Valentine’s Day Lip Combinations:

Valentine Day Makeup: Lip Combination 1:  Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 1: Shiseido RD203 with MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencil in Nice n Spicy.

This lip combination is for those who prefer a nude lip.  I have made mention of MAC Prolong Wear Lip Pencils’ fabulousness from the beginning 🙂  These pencils magically transform many lipstick into long wearing colors.  When paired with Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (reviewed here), the combination is unbeatable.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 2: Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park.

This lip color is for those who seek a no-fuss lipstick.  Nars Satin Lip Pencils are perfect to throw into a small handbag for on the go touch-ups.  These lipsticks-in-pencil-form are so convenient to use; however, do make certain to sharpen your lip color before you leave.  A dull point completely defeats the purpose of these pencils.  I prefer Slice Cosmetics Sharpener (reviewed here).

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Velveteen in Red Velvet topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 3: Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen topped with Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

This lip combination will attract some serious attention.  Lime Crime Red Velvet Velveteen  is a bright cool tone red that dries downs to a long lasting matte velvet finish.  Estee Lauder Ruby Glow High Intensity Lip Lacquer (reviewed here) provides shine, moisture, depth and dimension.  As with all glosses, a light hand is highly recommended to avoid feathering into fine lines.  

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip 2: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick.

This pretty and simple lip color would suit those who prefer a matte finish.  MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick is a beautiful cool tone red, with a creamy texture and amazing lasting power. However, lips do become quite dry, a lip balm would be highly recommended.

Valentine Day Makeup Look: Lip Combination 4: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Valentine’s Day Makeup:
Lip Combination 5: MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Kiss Me Quick with Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.

Now this my friends, is a stop-you-in-your-tracks-va-va-va-voom lip combo.  The purple undertone of Twilight Shimmer Ink pairs perfectly with the strong wine tone of Estee Lauder Electric Wine High Intensity Lip Lacquer.  This look, felt very reminiscent of the 20’s; all that was needed was a flapper dress, a long pearl necklace, and some opera gloves.  I draw the line at the bobbed hair and cloche hat 🙂  What a difference a lip color can make.

Face Makeup:

  1. Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (reviewed here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 Ivory Beige (here).
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Foundation in Creamy Vanilla used as a concealer.  Use the tiniest dot for both eyes…very concentrated.
  4. MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Rose Radiance (purchase here).
  5. Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder under the eyes and T-zone (reviewed here).
  6. Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in 10 Beige (reviewed here).
  7. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (reviewed here).
  8. RMS Living Luminizer (reviewed here).

Brushes Used:

  1. Wayne Goss Brush 01 (reviewed here).
  2. Wayne Goss Brush 02 (reviewed here).
  3. Trish McEvoy Tapered Blending Brush #29 (purchase here).
  4. Billy B Brushes (reviewed here).
  5. Burberry #9 Brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you this sultry look can easily be adapted to suit your mood and comfort level.  Keep in mind, to substitute your products/colors as you see fit.  Which look do you prefer?  Better yet, which one will you wear?  I wish you all a happy and memorable Valentine’s Day.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Earrings worn in this post are Anna Beck “Bali” Multi Drop (purchase here).

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Wayne Goss Brush 02 review and comparisons!

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

Wayne Goss Brush 02.

If you are a makeup enthusiast, chances are you frequent YouTube regularly and have stumbled across the British “Honest Abe” of the makeup industry, Wayne Goss.  What sets Wayne apart from other YouTube personalities, is his uncanny ability to review a product thoroughly, respectfully, ethically, and eloquently. His charming little wink at the end of all his videos, only adds to his allure.  A true rarity on YouTube!!!  After many years of Youtube-ing, doing tutorials, giving advice and finding the right manufacturer to produce his brushes, Wayne has finally debuted his brushes on Beautylish.com (sold out immediately on initial release).  Therefore, I will try to emulate Wayne’s style and integrity when reviewing the Wayne Goss Brush 02 ($35 US) for you today.  “Wink”…get it…just like Wayne.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com. Great customer service and care.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 packaging and note from Beautylish.com.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Composition:

Beautylish.com states all of Wayne Goss’s brushes are  100% cruelty-free.  The details of the origin of the hairs is nowhere to be found on the website.  According to Sonia from SweetMakeupTemptation the hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are composed of blue squirrel.  The softness and quality of this puppy is exceptional.  The hairs of the Wayne Goss Brush 02 are “uncut”, meaning, you will never have brush hairs pricking your face during usage.  When companies “cut” natural hairs during assembly, they are essentially creating a blunt jagged point.  The results are rough and unrefined, similar to the feel of grown-in shaven hair.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 is lightweight and perfectly balanced for such a small brush.  The hairs on this brush are densely packed closest to the ferrule and gradually loosen toward the tip.  This substantial design allows powder products to be picked up easily and buffed into the skin flawlessly; unlike my RMK brush which is too soft and floppy to deposit sufficient color.

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

RMK Cheek Brush vs. Wyane Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied heavy pressure to demonstrate the density of the Wayne Goss Brush 02

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK CheeK Brush.

Applied barely any pressure to demonstrate the lack of density in RMK Cheek Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Uses:

The tapered shape and density of the hairs earns this brush the title, “Jack-Of-All-Trades.”  The most obvious use for Brush 02 is highlighter application.  I also use this brush to apply Nars Light Reflecting Powder under my eyes and on my T-zone.  Blush application can easily be achieved by gently pressing the brush on your cheeks to splay the hairs, then use buffing motions to blend out the color.  All over bronzer application is a little more time-consuming, but not impossible, due to the size of this brush.  I prefer a large fluffy brush for this purpose.  However, this little guy is brilliant for applying a contour color to the hollows of the cheekbones.

Brush Comparisons L-R: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Brush Size Comparisons L-R:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Highlight 01.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 with Giorgio Armani Beige 10 Blush.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 Manufacturing:

All of Wayne Goss Brushes are handmade in Japan and manufactured in fixed number of batches.  If you visit Beautylish.com and discover the brushes are sold out, you now know why.  I missed out on the initial release date and had to wait a month before I was able to order Brush 02.  Wayne Goss offers his enter 8 piece collection for a very reasonable $210 US; unheard of for Japanese handmade makeup brushes. However, if you are a brush collector, professional makeup artist, or just getting into makeup and want quality over quantity, then the Wayne Goss Brush Collection is a fantastic value for the quality.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.  Not bad!!

The Wayne Goss Brush 02 has been in my possession for two weeks and it has performed all the tasks indicated above, beautifully. During this time, I have washed Brush 02 twice and can happily report not one hair has shed or dye has run from this brush.

My only criticism is that the silver paint on the lettering has already rubbed off.  I feel as if an extra protective coating was needed.  Seeing the glass ¾ full, the name Wayne Goss and the number 02 are imprinted into the wood, therefore I will still be able to see the name and number after all the silver paint is gone.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 lettering has rubbed off.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 silver paint rubbed off.

Used Wayne Goss Brush 02 to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

Wayne Goss Brush 02 used to contour, apply bronzer, blush and setting powder under the eyes.

The entire Wayne Goss Brush Collection can be found exclusively at Beautylish.com.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02.

All powder products applied with the Wayne Goss Brush 02. Very impressive!

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you the Wayne Goss Brush 02 is an absolutely lovely brush.  If you are on a budget and are looking for the ultimate multipurpose brush, then Brush 02 is your guy.  Better yet, the entire Wayne Goss Collection would make a thoughtful gift for the makeup connoisseur in your life.  If they are sold out, which they are, another alternative would be a gift card to Beautylish.com (I swear, I am not affiliated with them whatsoever) so your intended could order them when they restock…Kudos to Wayne for a job well done and to Beautylish for such outstanding customer service.  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

**UPDATE:  As of December 5, 2013 (9:30 am New York time) the collection is back in stock.  Happy Shopping!!!

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Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner review, photos and comparisons.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner.

During my visit to the CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) one of the delightful young ladies working there had this amazing gel liner scrolled across her upper lash line.  Turning on my Steve Austin Bionic Eye to infrared zoom,  I spied the liner was not black, but indeed an amazing navy blue hue. When I asked her what she was wearing, she immediately lead me to Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long Wear Gel Liner ($23 US/3 g).  My purchase was even more sweet, because I was in possession of the last Cobalt Ink in the store; why does this give me such a sense of victory?

Bobbi Brown Cobalt gel Liner eye swatch.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner eye swatch.

The Pros/Formula:

Bobbi Brown gel liners are renowned throughout the cosmetics industry, and rightfully so, they are wonderful.  What makes Bobbi Brown liners a cut above the rest is the color options she provides.  There is a color and texture for every mood and occasion.  The shimmers are not offensively glittery and the matte formulas have a beautiful velvety finish.

Cobalt Ink is described as a dark blue,  personally I see this liner as a straight-up matte navy blue.  The texture of Cobalt is on the drier side.  I know many of you are shaking your heads thinking, well that’s why it is at the CCO.  No my friends, my Bobbi Brown Denim Ink (freshly purchased at my local L&T counter) has the same dry consistency as Cobalt Ink.  I suspect the blue pigment used in manufacturing is the culprit for the lack of creamy goodness.  In this case I really do not mind the drier texture, this ensures the color will last all day.  Nothing is worse (makeup wise) than blue pigment smeared across your eyelid; which has happened…(shaking my fists mid-air) Darn You L’Oreal Infallible Navy Gel Liner…..”M” breathe and continue.  Application is best executed with a thin liner brush such as my prized Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (seen here).  Bobbi Brown makes a thin liner brush, but I do not get the precision I require with that offering.

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Both Photos:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.

As an added bonus, most Bobbi Brown gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows and bases for powder eyeshadows, this method gives more dimension to any look.  When used as an eyeshadow, Cobalt applied smoothly and layered quite well without any patchiness.  I used my beloved Billy B #12 brush (reviewed here) to carry out this crucial task.  The matte velvety appearance lasted all day and was so flattering, I received several complements the day I wore the above look.  Removal is easily achieved with any facial cleanser and/or makeup remover.

The Cons:

The drier texture does make application a bit more time-consuming.  I had to dip my Laura Mercier Brush in Cobalt Ink a least three times (for each eye) until I reached my desired intensity.  Of course, my fine-tuned inner Zen is able to deal with such adversities in my cosmetics 🙂

L-R:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L'Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

L-R: Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L’Oreal Infallible Navy.

L-R:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L'Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

L-R: Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L’Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner Swatches:  

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:  Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink. Top Row:  Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner:
Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink.
Top Row: Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:  Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink. Top Row:  Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:
L-R:  Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink.
 Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Comparisons/Swatches of Bobbi Brown Gel Liners:

  1. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink:  Drier in texture, suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (1 week old).
  2. Bobbi Brown Denim Ink:  Drier in texture, suitable for liner application. The shimmers do not allow the gel to layer well for eyeshadow application (9 months old).
  3. Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture, suitable for liner application.  The shimmers do not allow the gel to layer well for eyeshadow application (9 months old).
  4. Bobbi Brown Graphite Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  5. Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  6. Bobbi Brown Violet Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  7. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (2 years old).
Bobbi Brown Violet Shimmer Ink Long-wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.

Bobbi Brown Violet Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.  Chanel Destiny (61) used on cheeks (reviewed here).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liners come in 14 different colors and can be found at  Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks, Bergdorf, bobbibrowncosmetics.com, etc.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup will state the obvious, if you are in the market for a gel liner you cannot go wrong with any of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liners.  I have heard people say that these liners dry up very quickly, however with proper care they will last a very long time (as I’ve noted above).  Tip: Take great care to tighten the cap after each application and always store your cream products upside down, to minimize the amount of air entering the pot.  My work here is done, pick a color and use it as a liner and eyeshadow for a quick, classy, polished look.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

Current Makeup Favorites.

In lieu of my Makeup of the Week I decided to update you all on my Current Makeup Favorites.  I hope you find this helpful and informative. **click on each item for a direct link to the product.

Base Makeup:

  1. Dr. Mercola Facial Sunscreen SPF 30:   The absolute best natural sunscreen.  I do not wear commercial sunscreen because I cannot tolerate the odor and the plethora of chemicals in the formula.  However, Dr. Mercola’s all natural line of sun protection products cannot be beat.  This is especially ideal for those with sensitive skin.
  2. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer:  I really appreciate this primer in the summer.  It evens out your skintone and really does prolong the wear of your foundation.
  3. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation:  Foundations come and go but EL Double Wear is my HG foundation.  This guy never lets me down, the longevity and finish cannot compare.  Apply EL Double Wear on well moisturized skin, with a damp brush/sponge and blend to perfection.  I love all of their  foundations.
  4. Edward Bess Concealer:  As of late, I had to revert back to wearing concealer and EB is one of my favorites.  I had the pleasure of meeting Edward at Bergdorf and he was just as lovely as he appears on TV; a true Southern Gentleman!

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas:  Great base for eyeshadows (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus:  I use this as an all over eyeshadow to even out my skin tone on my lids.  On occasion, I do use this on my face to set my face makeup.
  3. MAC Powerchrome Eye Pencils: Copper Strip (reviewed here) and Life’s Luxury (reviewed here).
  4. Prestige Total Intensity Eyeshadow in Wicked: (reviewed here).
  5. Clinique True Black cream eyeliner:  Wonderfully black, smooth, long lasting and relatively inexpensive for a high end brand.
  6. Inglot #89 Matte AMC Eyeliner Gel:  The only color/formula that will last on my upper waterline for tight lining purposes.
  7. L’Oreal Telescpic Mascara and Prestige My Blackest Lash Mascara:  The L’Oreal is for lengthening and Prestige is for giving volume.  Both can be found in any drugstore.
  8. Shu Uemura Eyebrow pencil in Seal Brown 02:  A naturally flattering color for my dark brows.

Face Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer Blush:  One of the best bronzer to have come out this year.  It was limited edition and is sold out online.  Check your local Sephora locations and LM counters for availability (reviewed here).
  2. Laura Mercier Highlight 01:  Beautiful neutral colored highlighter that can be used wet or dry (reviewed here).
  3. Bobbi Brown Pale Pink blush:  This color is universally flattering on everyone.  It is matte and extremely long lasting.  BB has one of the best blush formulas around.
  4. MAC Sweet As Cocoa:  Rosey Bronze blush can also be used to deepen a matte bronzer, as an eyeshadow, and a blend out color (reviewed here).
  5. Skindinavia Finishing Spray:  Admittedly, I do not use many finishing powders in the summer time.  I do use this spray to prolong the wear of my bronzer and blush and to help meld all the colors together on my face.

Lip Makeup:

  1. Daliia Lip Stain in Runway Fashion Fuchsia:  Love the naturalness, longevity, color, and wear of this lip stain.  I may have to pick up another one (reviewed here).  My Best Friend’s Red lip stain is next on the list.
  2. Dior Addict Lipstick:  These are wonderfully creamy and smooth.  They will not dry out your lips and last nicely paired with a long lasting lipliner  (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido Rouge Lacquer Liquid Lipsticks:  The best liquid lipstick I have found, they do not contain any fragance or flavoring, long lasting, wears off evenly and pairs beautifully with Daliia’s lips stain; will not cause it to break down or bleed into your fine lines.

Makeup Bag:

  1. Tory Burch Makeup Bag:   A wonderful addition to my makeup family.  This bag is roomy enough to fit all of your essentials and more.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to invest in products you know you will use and love.  Do not be a moth to the makeup flame, stick to what works.  Now, if only I would take my own advise 🙂   To be continued….with current brush favorites.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

Kisses from "M".

Kisses from “M”.

 **Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned and all products were purchased by me. **Compensation for reviews is not given.