Review: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red

By Voxy  

What ho, vixens?

The great Clearing Of The Product Backlog begins. This review makes it Backlog: 298357239875, Voxy: 1.

I’m going to make a concerted effort to try to remember to review limited edition and holiday products first, so that if Santa (or the benevolent folk character of your choice) has left you a little mad money, you’ll still be able to pick them up.

Bobbi Brown’s holiday 2010 collection includes some stunning red lip products. I’ll be reviewing two of them: Metallic Lip Color in Jewel Red (permanent) and Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red (limited edition).

Because the “Choose Your Glam” holiday collection from which these products are taken isn’t available at Sephora, I had to go to the Bobbi Brown counter at my local Nordie’s to get them — and we all know how much I love going to counters. I have this fantasy that one day, when a querulous, badly made-up Counter Harpy totters up to me and tells me how good I would look in that fluorescent lavender lipgloss, I will access my inner Catwoman and ten seconds later she will be tied up in her own pearls while I crouch on top of the counter and purr over the merchandise.


So we can skip the part where the Counter Harpy tried to convince me that every single red in the collection would look uh-MA-zing on me (which they definitely didn’t), and also the part where she went full-steam into Bobbi Brown 101: Introduction to Neutrals. Fortunately, I have learned from my students how to make a pretty good “OMG, this is, like, so boring” face, and she petered out after about the third time I said, “Thanks, but I really just want this lip gloss and this lipstick. No, seriously. Just these two.”

For $20, you don’t get a whole lot of gloss here. This is a tiny tube (which does, however, mean it’s easy to tote ’round for midday or pre-party touchups). It has a crappy brush, and I mean crappy. You can use it about three times before the bristles start bending backwards when you return the applicator to the tube. However, I don’t care about any of that because man! is this a gorgeous color.

Not only is it a lovely lip gloss used over bare lips, it also brightens up any lip color you slick it on top of. And — bonus — it also works as an excellent blush. Often when I use a bright lip to go from day to evening, I find I have to adjust the rest of my makeup to compensate. (That business about a red lip being the only makeup you need to wear is hogwash, IMHO.) So a dot of this blended on the cheek helps to balance the look.

Like most glosses, it isn’t the longest-lasting thing in the world, but you’ll get more mileage out of it with a primer and/or lip liner. It’s just slightly sticky, but not uncomfortably so.


With some other red products. L-R: Urban Decay 24/7 Lip Pencil in Gash, Bobbi Brown Metallic Lip Color in Jewel Red, Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red.

Naked lip:

Lip with Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red:

As has been my wont lately, I wasn’t ultra careful with neatness of application, so this is *not* with a liner or pencil, which I definitely use when putting it on “for realz.”


Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Hollywood Red: $20

Provenance: Purchased.

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair. It’s a tiny tube and the brush is annoying.

Purchase again? Yes.

(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 December 24, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink | Reply

    Want the Metallic one, Jewel Red, sooooo bad.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted December 24, 2010 at 9:48 am | Permalink | Reply

      Fortunately, that one is permanent!


  2. avatar a biologist
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Shiny and red! Where’s ab_grp?


    • avatar ab_grp
      Posted December 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Hee! Definitely drool-worthy. This is a great time of year to be obsessed with red!


  3. avatar Marigolds
    Posted December 23, 2010 at 10:07 am | Permalink | Reply

    Watch out, backlog!!

    I have a Moral Qualm about paying money for lipgloss, for some reason (it doesn’t last? I don’t know why!) but this is beautiful!!


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