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