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A Cuban sunset on our eyes and lips! Bobbi Brown Havana Brights collection is here, ladies!

Hello! This is Eleni, reporting from London! How are you all? Sorry I haven’t kept up with posting frequently this week, but I was travelling and just started a new project for a couple of months, so got very busy all of a sudden. Still, I’m here now and very happy to speak about a brand new launch from one of my favourite brands. The Bobbi Brown Havana Brights collection lauched last Monday, exclusively, at Fenwick department stores across the UK. It will launch everywhere else, including online, tomorrow, March 9th! So, I wanted this review to be out before then, in case you’re eyeing any items!

Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Havana Coral Art Stick Liquid Lip and Double ended eyeshadow sticks packaging close up

Some of the limited edition items in the Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Collection for Spring – Summer 2017

The Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Collection was inspired by the bold colours of the Cuban capital as well its beautiful summer sunsets. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Havana! Look at how beautifully colourful and bright it is. Living in a mostly grey, Northern European city, I appreciate the happiness colour can bring. Have you ever been to Cuba? I’d love to, one day, maybe when I overcome my fear of flying and planes..!

Havana Cuba colours of the city

Havana, Cuba. Hola colores!!

Back to the Bobbi Brown Havana Brights though. The collection consists of a few beautifully bright eye, lip and cheek products. Let’s start with the eyes, shall we?


I’m assuming you might already be familiar with the Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow sticks? They are basically her version of creamy, smudge-proof eyeshadow in a stick form. For the Havana Brights collection, Bobbi Brown released six limited edition dual-ended sticks. So, basically, you get two colours in one stick.

I thought that these would all be new colours, but, actually, that’s not the case. There is one re-promote from an older collection (who remembers the Griege collection from 2015?) and a couple of new shades, but the rest are part of the permanent collection. So maybe shop your stash first, before purchasing. You might well have a shade that’s been included in this collection.

I got hold of two dual-ended long-wear cream shadow sticks: Midnight – Greige and Bronze – Truffle. Midnight – Greige is the boldest of the six sticks. Greige is a re-promote, as mentioned before and the shade is exactly what its name suggests: a beige-brown grey. It’s intense but wearable. Also, fantastic for a more unusual smokey eye! You can use Midnight for a smokey eye too, though. It’s a super dark blue. The combination of the two is a real bomb! You can buy Midnight separately, if you don’t like Greige, as it is part of the permanent collection.

Bobbi Brown Havana Brights DUAL-ENDED LONG-WEAR CREAM SHADOW STICK close up open packaging


Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick in Midnight packaging close up

Bobbi Brown Midnight Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick (permanent)

Truffle – Bronze is a softer duo. Truffle is a shimmery beige-champagne colour while bronze is a beautiful bronzy shade. They combine really nicely. Truffle is part of the permanent collection. However, its counterpart, Bronze isn’t. There is a shade called Golden Bronze, but that’s somewhat darker. Have a look at the comparison photo below:

Dual-ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Truffle Bronze packaging close up

Dual-ended Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Truffle(champagne)- Bronze

Bobbi Brown Havana Bright Collection Dual-ended long-wear shadow sticks swatches close up on hand

From left to right:
Golden Bronze (permanent – do you see how it’s less golden than the Bronze in the Dual-ended stick next to it?)
Truffle (permanent)
Midnight (permanent)

Another beautiful duo is the Dusty Mauve – Malted Pink Dual-ended Long-wear Cream Stick. These shades are both part of the permanent line and I love them, as they make my brown eyes pop. I also have Taupe to show you from the Peach Mimosa – Taupe Dual-Ended Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick, as it’s part of the permanent collection too. I don’t have Peach Mimosa, unfortunately, but when I swatched it, I wasn’t too impressed. Thought it was a bit glittery and wouldn’t show up on my lids, so not the best option for me.

Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow stick Taupe, Dusty Mauve, Malted Pink Swatches close up on skin

From top to bottom:
Taupe (permanent)
Dusty Mauve (permanent)
Malted Pink (permanent)

To sum up, we have spoken about 4 out of the six Dual-ended sticks: Greige – Midnight, Truffle – Bronze, Malted Pink- Dusty Mauve, Peach Mimosa – Taupe. There are two more, namely Pink Sparkle – Heather Steel (both of these colours are also sold individually, as they are part of the permanent collection) and Nude Beach – Coffee Bean (Nude Beach is also part of the permanent collection. Coffee Bean isn’t though).

I hope this was helpful for you. If you’re new to the Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Sticks, then these Dual-ended ones are a good option. Otherwise, it’s still worth having a look, in case you can add to your collection. If you already own the individual sticks though, you don’t need to check these out. The Dual-ended Long-wear Cream Shadow Sticks cost £28 for 1.6 gr of product whereas the permanent Long-wear Cream Shadow Sticks cost £23 for the same amount of product! The brand was more generous with US consumers as the difference in $ is way smaller. Sigh…


Bright lips is what this collection is all about! Whether you choose a soft or more intense eye look, you cannot escape a bright lip. Bobbi Brown recently introduced the Art Stick Liquid Lip lipsticks, following the success of her original Art Sticks (super pigmented, chubby lipstick pens with a creamy, matte finish). The Bobbi Brown Havana Brights collection features three Art Sticks Liquid Lip:

-Havana Coral: an soft peach coral

-Pink Punch: a bright fuchsia pink

-Papaya: a bright orange/pink coral

These are also available permanently, although the MUA at Fenwick said that Havana Coral would be limited Edition. I can see it however listed in the permanent line.

Full review of the Art Sticks Liquid Lip will follow asap :). I’m testing them this week and will report back once I’ve made up my mind! Lovely colours but can’t see how they are semi-matte? I find them matte… but let me report back soon. Once thing is for sure, these are super pigmented and very long lasting. I’m not sure the most practical lipstick choice though, even if it is presented as such. It’s a fun choice, but I keep on wanting to reach out for a lip brush when I use these sticks. Also, if I squeeze more product than needed, it sets and then transfers on my teeth! Has never happened before to me. Let me play around a bit with these and I will come back to you. Here are the Art Sticks Liquid Lip included in Havana Brights:

Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Art Stick Liquid Lip in Havana Coral, Pink Punch and Papaya swatches on hand close up

From top to bottom, Art Stick Liquid Lip in: Havana Coral
Pink Punch

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Havana Coral packaging close up

Art Stick Liquid Lip in Havana Coral

Update: You can now find the full review and swatches of the Art Stick Liquid Lip here.


Well, wish I was in Havana, but London it was! And such a cold night, Jesus, couldn’t escape the scarf..! All pictures below are taken indoors. On my eyes, I wore the Greige – Midnight Dual-ended Cream Stick. Greige on my top lid, Midnight on the lower lid and a bit on the outer corner too. I added a bit of Truffle, from the Truffle – Bronze Dual-ended Stick, to my inner corner for a bit of light.

Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Greige - Midnight Dual ended long-wear cream shadow stick on closed eyes close up

Greige – Midnight Dual Ended Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick

Greige - Midnight long-wear cream shadow stick on closed eyes close up

Greige – Midnight Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick

On my lips, I simply used Havana Coral. I also tried it on my cheeks – just to check if it makes for a good blush. So, now I know it does! Here is the full look:

Bobbi Brown Havana Corals Makeup Look close up on face

Me wearing Havana Brights (and a scarf LOL!) with Havana Coral Art Stick Liquid lip on my lips and top of my cheeks

The Art Stick Liquid Lip retails for £21.50. The Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Collection also features two cheek palettes with a bronzer, highlighter and blush. These are very pretty, but not a must-have for me. I feel that I own similar shades from Bobbi or other brands from past years, just with a different name. For swatches, please visit Ree’s site here. How beautiful is the packaging? Bright coral with black – so trendy!

All in all, the Bobbi Brown Havana Brights collection features a lot of items that you can find in the permanent collection, all combined together in limited edition packaging (Shadow Sticks) or just as part of promoting new launches (Art Stick Liquid Lip). It’s a beautiful collection and all items I have, are very long – lasting. Are you eyeing any of these? Let me know what your picks would be!

Speak soon!






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  1. Katie March 9, 2017

    This looks like such a pretty collection! Dusty Mauve is a gorgeous color x

  2. LindaLibraLoca March 9, 2017

    I am a huge fan of any kind of eyeshadow sticks and never tried the ones by Bobbi Brown, so these do tempt me. How come I thought you´d live in Greece? I must have picked that up wrongly sometime.
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  3. Astrid March 9, 2017

    Welcome back to London (and the scarf!). I’ve been told it’s spring, but I’m still wearing my winter jacket over here :D.

    I’m curious about the Art Stick Liquid Lipsticks. The coral looks great on you! But I’m also not sure about the applicator, either I’d go to the store to try it out, or wait till there’s a more long term review on how to apply them (high maintenance application is not really for me these days).

    Also haven’t tried out the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow sticks. I sort of feel the need to use up mine before getting new ones as I found them getting easily dried out in general. Have you tried the Burberry ones, by any chance?
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    • rougenapples March 12, 2017 — Post Author

      Thank you! Oh, the definition of spring is so blurry, isn’t it hehe!

      So far, I’m finding the Art Stick Liquid Lip not very practical. I’m still trying different ways of applying it though. The fact that I have to do that means not the most straightforward product in any case. If you have a play in the store with darker colours, you’ll see what I mean.

      The Eyeshadow sticks are lovely. Mine haven’t dried out even after a year. I have tried one from Burberry and I like it! Not as long lasting on me, but good enough seeing as I have tricky lids anyway! What sticks do you prefer?

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! xx

  4. fannyanddailybeauty March 9, 2017

    Oh, I’m looking forwards to read your post dedicated to the Art Stix Liquid Lip Lipsticks. I’m a little bit skeptical about these (don’t seem very practical indeed) but I love the original Bobbi Brown Art Stix. Otherwise, it is a very lovely collection indeed!
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    • rougenapples March 12, 2017 — Post Author

      Yes, it’s a great collection. Still working with the sticks and trying to find the best way to use them, I’m not 100% convinced yet. x

  5. Shireen L. Platt March 11, 2017

    I really look forward to your review on the Art Stix Liquid Lip! I have my eyes on the shade Papaya but will wait to read your review before buying it.

    • rougenapples March 12, 2017 — Post Author

      Thank you Shireen :). I’m hoping the review will be out next week. I’m still working on finding the easiest way to use whose. Papaya is a wonderful colour though. Hope you’re having a great weekend!x

  6. Face to Curls March 11, 2017

    The shades are all gorgeous! I love the look of the eyeshadow sticks. Would love to try those.

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    • rougenapples March 12, 2017 — Post Author

      The dual-ended ones are a good option, as they have two colours in one, which I like! Let me know what you think of them, if you try them out 🙂 x

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