What you think about the new Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip (£21.50) probably depends very much on how much patience you have – and how you like to apply your lip colour.
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip is the sibling to the hugely popular Bobbi Brown Art Stick, a chunky crayon which can be used to line and fill in colour to the lips. The Liquid Lip is a highly pigmented, long-lasting, semi-matte lip cream which comes in a squeezy tube designed to be applied directly on to the lips.
But there’s the rub. Every time I’ve tried to apply Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip straight onto my lips, it’s been a disaster. Lower lips – not so bad. But trying to negotiate the upper lip without ending up looking like the Joker after he’s had a snogging session has proved impossible. Which is a shame as the colours – there are 17 in total – are beautiful and I love the flattering semi-matte finish and comfortable feel.
I was about to give up on Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip and give away the tubes I’d tried when I decided to give it another go, but this time applying it with a lip brush. Now, this isn’t how I normally operate. I’m not (though I probably should be) a lip brush kind of girl. I’m more used to applying lipstick straight from the tube and often without a mirror.
However, using the lip brush made all the difference and I managed to get the lip colour on much more successfully than on previous attempts, though you do have to take care not to apply too much product. I really don’t see how you could paint Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip on to your lips straight from the tube without making a bit of a mess, especially if you’re using one of the strong bold colours as I was. It’s too tricky to manoeuvre. I reckon the design of the tube’s nib would be suitable for direct application if it was a sheer product, a gloss that you’d put over your lipstick – but for a super-pigmented, bold lip colour, it’s not ideal.
So, the verdict? A definite winner if you are prepared to use a lip brush but one to avoid if you prefer lip products you can use in a rush and/or with your eyes closed!