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Want intense pigment in your lipstick? The Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip will not disappoint you!

What lipsticks do you tend wear? This is a question I often ask myself too, as I seem to be drawn to many different types of lipsticks, all of them with distinct properties. I even go for matte lipsticks, even if my lips are dry! So, answering my own question wouldn’t be that straightforward, as I can’t say, for example, I normally wear creamy lipsticks. However, I have some boxes to tick when I try a new lipstick out and the more ticks, the higher this lipstick ranks in my collection. Bobbi Brown lipsticks are up there for me. So, I was more than just excited to see that a new lipstick line was launched, namely the Art Stick Liquid Lip! Having tested this rather extensively, here are my thoughts.

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Packaging close up

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip

Art Stick Liquid Lip packaging and comparison to the original art stick

Bobbi’s Art Stick Liquid Lip was launched following the success of the original Art Stick, which comes in the form of a chunky pencil. It’s an award-winning product, not only because of its practicality and dual function (lipstick and lip pencil), but because of its intensely rich creamy matte finish as well. A great product indeed- I hope they expand the colour range. It being quite matte, I can only use it on top of lip balm, but I still like it. You have seen me wearing the Dusty Pink Art Stick here:

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In a Palette Seductive Beauty close up on face

Me wearing the Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Pink

I can’t see how this is a Dusty Pink, as it looks more fuchsia pink on me, but hey. All things considered, I like the colour. The Art Stick is exactly what is says – creamy matte. It lasts a long time on me, but I tend to feel dry after 2-3 hours of wear. The shades are beautiful but some of them look quite muted on me, which I don’t like much (e.g Rose Brown looks brown grey on my lips…). As I don’t always find that the names of the lipsticks correspond to the colour I get and the presentation online isn’t that accurate either, better to check these out in store, rather than shop online, would be my advice.

Lipstick in a stick form is the way forwards for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, it seems. The baby of the Art Stick is the Art Stick Liquid Lip, which launched a week ago in the UK as part of the Havana Brights Collection (reviewed here). It’s basically lipstick in a creamy-liquid form, housed inside a squeezable tube in the form of a pencil. As you gently squeeze in the middle of the Art Stick Liquid Lip, colour comes out. The tip of the pencil is a slanted applicator which helps you line and fill in your lips.

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip packaging close up on applicator

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip – slanted applicator helps you apply the colour with precision

As you can see, there is quite a lot of product in there, around 5ml. It’s a relatively hygienic method of applying lipstick as you can always clean that tip with some cotton or a piece of cloth. Overall, the packaging is rather nice, and you can see the colour through the main body of the Art Stick Liquid Lip, so that’s a win too.

Art Stick Liquid Lip Formula and shades

Remember those ticked boxes that I mentioned at the beginning of this post? Essentially, my criteria for loving a lipstick. For me these are:

  • Pigmentation: I love a pigmented lipstick
  • Colour/shade: I’m looking for shades that are flattering for my skin tone
  • Finish-formula: I’m not looking for a super matte finish that dries out my already dry lips. If it can moisturise my lips too, I’m happier
  • Ease of use: Don’t have time to use lip brushes etc, so I want something that applies easily and looks good with no effort
  • Longevity: The more it lasts, the better

That’s all more or less. The Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip ticks most of these boxes. True to its promises, it’s insanely pigmented. The colour that comes out of that pen is so rich, it’s unbelievable. Thumbs up for that. To add to this great colour pay-off, the Art Stick Liquid Lip feels lightweight and provides super long-lasting wear. After eating or drinking, I’m left with a lovely stain on my lips, so I don’t have to reapply immediately.

Moreover, it’s less matte than the original Art Stick (yay!), which I prefer. The finish is still matte though, so I feel more comfortable with lip balm underneath. Saying that, upon application and as you rub your lips together to spread the colour, you will feel the cooling effect of the mint it contains which does help nourish your lips. Thank you Bobbi Brown for thinking about this little but magic ingredient. It’s helpful for us, dry lip girls.

There is, also, quite an extensive colour selection! The shades are mostly pink, red and coral, so I couldn’t satisfy my need for a bronze this time. Still, wonderful colours! Let’s have a look at my picks and some more shades I got swatched for you:

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in English Rose, Pink Heather, Cherry and Havana Coral packaging close up on applicator

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip shades from left to right:
English Rose, Pink Heather, Cherry and Havana Coral

The shades I picked were Pink Heather (a mauvy pink), Cherry (a dark red), Havana coral (an orange pink coral) and I received English Rose (a berry rose) as a sample. Here’s how these look on my lips:

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Pink Heather close up on lips -swatch

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Pink Heather

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Cherry on lips close up

Art Stick Liquid Lip in Cherry

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Havana Coral close up on lips

Havana Coral Art Stick Liquid Lip

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip English Rose close up on lips

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip English Rose

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Papaya close up on lips

And Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip Papaya

Here go the swatches of the Art Stick Liquid Lip promoted as part of  the Havana Brights Collection (you’ve seen these before here):

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

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

Here are some more swatches:

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip swatches on hand Boysenberry, Plum Noir and Pink Heather close up

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip from top to bottom:
Boysenberry, Plum Noir, Pink Heather

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip swatches on hand close up on Cherry, Rich red, Tangerine

Art Stick Liquid Lip Top to Bottom:
Cherry, Rich Red, Wild Tangerine

I managed to swatch ten out of sixteen new shades for you, my dears, and hope these swatches are helpful. They also give you an idea of how pigmented the Art Stick Liquid Lip is. I LOVE Cherry and Pink Heather; they’re wonderful shades. For me, this is better than the Art Stick, when it comes to shade selection, formula and longevity, so I can definitely recommend it for these properties.

MAC Work it out collection full makeup look with the coloured in extreme dimension mascaras on eyes and Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Cherry on lips

Me wearing the Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Cherry (My foundation is Tom Ford Seamless Foundation Stick which I’ve reviewed here. My mascara and eyeliner are both from Marc Jacobs, the former is the Velvet Noir and the latter the newly launched Matte Highliner, reviewed here. On my cheeks I have the bronze shade blush and highlighter from the Nars Unfiltered I, reviewed here.)

an everyday lipstick?

We’ve already established that what comes out of this pen shaped tube is great stuff. However, the Art Stick Liquid Lip is also marketed for how portable and easy to use it is. And that’s where I don’t entirely agree. Undoubtedly, it’s a portable lipstick, not heavy and not hard to carry around. It won’t open and spread colour in your beauty case and you can safely travel with it in your pocket.

However, and this is one of the reasons why I delayed this review, in my experience, I don’t find this innovative packaging to help with easy application. Initially, I kept on wanting to reach for a lip pencil to apply the colour evenly across the line of my lips. I then found that the darker shades (like cherry) would transfer on my teeth (! – never happens to me), and that’s the last thing I want! I kept on experimenting though and came to the following conclusion:

1- Don’t squeeze too much to start with. Start squeezing as you apply to your lower lip and keep giving some gentle pressure on the stick as you apply. Rub your lips together and then fix the edges with whatever is left on the tip of the stick. Careful how in and out you go, as this can transfer on teeth, especially if you use too much.

2- Darker shades, such as Cherry, definitely need a brush and, possibly, a lip liner. Let’s not joke, no one wants a less than perfectly defined lip line while wearing a dark red! You won’t get that with the stick, it’s very difficult to control such strong pigment just with the stick tip, especially if you’re after a precise line and you want the colour to show its full potential, like I am. If you manage that, please let me know what the trick is. I’d love to know.

3- Lighter shades are more forgiving and as such, way easier to use. Still, I need a mirror during application. I can apply lipstick without a mirror normally, but not this one. Hence, I don’t always reach out for these when I’m on the go.

All in all, a great product that delivers what it promises to deliver. I’m sure you will enjoy wearing it, but careful with application. This isn’t as straightforward as marketed, especially for the darker shades. At least not for me. The Art Stick Liquid Lip retails for £21.50 and you can purchase it online or at your local Bobbi Brown counter. For those of you that enjoy YouTube Videos, here is one by Hannah Martin, BB Pro Artist.

Are you going to try the Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip? What are your thoughts on the application? Does it tick your boxes or meet your lipstick standards? Let me know your thoughts here or come and say hi on Instagram (Eleni Rouge – Rougenapples)!

Speak to you soon again and I hope you’re having a lovely week!




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  1. Astrid March 14, 2017

    That looks like too much work for me 😅. Plus the colors doesn’t speak to me so much (aka I’ve many shades like those). Thanks for the thorough review, Eleni!
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  2. rougenapples March 14, 2017 — Post Author

    I need to start writing shorter reviews … sigh ;)! But I get carried away! It’s definitely not a quick application option for me either and you have to have a steady hand. If you know a dupe, or a similar shade for Cherry, please let me know. It’s a shade I really like and would love to have it as a “regular” lipstick. Thanks for popping by Astrid! xx

  3. Yiota March 15, 2017

    After trying too many dry liquid lipsticks, I am back to my favourite creamy and moisturising formulas, you cannot go wrong with a classic lipstick. And I love to use one that is easy to use even without a mirror (I sometimes do my makeup in the car on my way to work haha). Great review Eleni and I love the swatches, Cherry looks amazing on you! x


  4. LindaLibraLoca March 16, 2017

    Hm, I love my lip products to be pigmented, but I usually dont put that much effort with the liner and such in, so I think I will pass. To be fair, I alrady own more lipsticks than I could possibly wear in my whole life though, one less wont really matter.
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    • rougenapples March 16, 2017 — Post Author

      Hahaha – yes, I can appreciate the concern of having too many lipsticks! We’re in the same boat my dear. xx

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