Review: Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color in Ruby

By Voxy  

In today’s exciting episode, Voxy goes to the dark side! ::cue dramatic music::

Dark lips seem to be even more the rage this fall than in previous years, but they can be daunting to pull off. Although metaphorically speaking, I have a big mouth, my actual mouth is on the small side. Since dark lippies tend to make lips look smaller, I’m wary of going too dark.

A good compromise for me, and probably about as dark as I can realistically go, is Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Lip Color in Ruby. I picked this up last year sometime at my local CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), but it was past the season for dark lippies, so it sat in the drawer steeping until the fall. In the tube, this does not look like any kind of ruby you would want in a ring, or in a necklace, or on a lovely sparkly tiara (are you listening, Santa Claus?). It just looks dark and brownish.

On lips, though, it is a deep red, though I still wouldn’t call it Ruby. Garnet, maybe. It’s definitely a good deal darker than what I normally wear. The lipstick applies evenly, does not make my lips feel dry, and does not bleed into lip lines (at least when used with a primer and lip liner; I confess I was too nervous to try it without). It does, however, have an annoying tendency to decorate your teeth. I used all the tricks I know to prevent that and it still kept winding up there — just small traces, and easily removed by running your tongue over your teeth, but I thought I should mention it.

I got almost 4 hours of wear out of this lipstick yesterday, and it faded without staining. All in all, I’m quite pleased and I think this will be a good dark lippie for the fall.

Lip swatch!

Naked lip:

Lip with Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color in Ruby (plus a clear gloss; sorry, I forgot to snap the pic before putting gloss on!)

(I turned slightly away from the camera on that one, but it was the best lip shot in terms of color and accuracy.)


Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color in Ruby: $22

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent.

Purchase again? Yep. (Though I haven’t gone through a whole tube of lipstick since I was in high school, so what this really means is “would I purchase the same product in different shades?” — and yes, I would.)

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar Inthelab
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Agree with CBD re color.
    I love the BB Metallics.


  2. avatar chaosbydesign
    Posted October 2, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    That is a really great colour. The dark side suits you!(As long as the dramatic music is not too ‘scary’ ;)).


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