With Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, Long Wear Comes with a Little Work

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum EOTD

Bobbi Brown is the queen of long-wear everything. I mean, this woman invented gel liners that benefit many girls who have oilier or monolidded lids. The line of Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks (RRP in Belgium: 31 euros) is the latest addition to the long-wear family. Let’s find out how Violet Plum works for me!

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick packaging

The packaging of Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick is simple yet functional. I like the twist-up mechanism and the colored tip. Even if you end up owning more than one, it will be easy to find just what you are looking for!

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum shadow stick closeup

Violet Plum is a mid-to-dark-toned reddish plum (though not too red. You won’t look like you have been crying!) with subtle shimmer. Like what Bobbi Brown promises, it glides on easily without tugging. It gives you some time to work before it sets, but once it sets it lasts well! Violet Plum doesn’t crease on me, with or without a primer. Without a primer, I can see the edges fading after 6 hours, but on top of a primer, I have stretched it to 10 hours with no sign of fading.

Here is how Violet Plum swatches:

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick swatch

With one pass, Violet Plum is a bit sheer. It can be built up, but it isn’t 100% opaque. It goes on rather even (I have to say rather because if I really stare at it I can see how some areas appear a little darker than others), but blending could be slightly tricky. The first time I used my pinky, which resulted in pretty obvious patchiness. The second time I tried a synthetic brush, and that was a lot better. Upon close inspection, I could still see a hint of unevenness, but in general it was fine.

For the look, I used Violet Plum all over my lids and along my bottom lash line. I patted the lighter shade of Hourglass Exhibition on the inner half of my lids, and highlighted my inner corners with it. I also went over my lower lash line with the darker shade:

Bobbi Brown Violet Plum shadow stick FOTD

Bobbi Brown cream shadow stick review

Just so you know, removing Violet Plum is easier with a bi-phase makeup remover. With a micellar water it can still be done, but it takes longer!

Bottom line: Bobbi Brown Violet Plum Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick has a good formula that doesn’t tug or crease. It takes a little more effort to blend the edges out, but with a brush it’s not too tough of a job. If you have many shades in the purple family and want to bring more dimension out of them, Violet Plum could be an option! If you prefer something that can be blended out easily with your pinky however, Violet Plum might require a bit more effort than what you’re ready to put in!

Have you seen Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks around? Does any of the shades look tempting? I’d like to check out Golden Pink!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • http://miaka-mylife.blogspot.com/ Ruby

    I always have problem with cream eyeshadows because I always find them so hard to blend.

    • Sunny

      Hmm do you mean some set too fast? This one doesn’t. Some formulas set much faster, but you have enough time to move this around!

  • http://nails.blogmesin.com Rabbit

    I like the colour of this shadows. Good as an eyeliner for everyday, not so strong makeup.

    • Sunny

      Hey Rabbit, if you don’t need a very precise line you can use this as a liner for sure!

  • http://beautiesatwork.wordpress.com/ beauties

    i’m more into the brown/bronze shades :)

    • Sunny

      I think there is a couple close to your description in the line-up, so do check them out!

  • http://www.unprofessionalbeautyblog.com Angela @ The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    Love the fact that it doesn’t crease, but I can’t seem to get myself to like the color.

    • Sunny

      Hey Angela, there are more in the line-up though. Maybe there is one you’ll like!

  • http://www.bellachique.be Teri

    The colour suits you really well! Too bad about the tricky blending, for me that is a bit of a turn-off because I’m very impatient, lol. You really made it work tho, it looks great!

    • Sunny

      Haha yeah this is about the first cream shadow I’ve had to bust my brush out for, though the good thing is once it sets it’s there till the end of the day!

  • http://www.perilouslypale.com Perilously Pale

    I love that colour on you!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Christa! I don’t think this is too difficult a purple to pull!

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com Caise

    it looks really nice on you:)

    Bobbi Brown lip glosses are my favorite:) I haven’t seen a new collection either but I’m going to check it out tomorrow:))

    • Sunny

      Thanks Caise! Keep me posted about how you like it!

  • http://www.project-swatch.com Emi at Project Swatch

    It’s a lovely color! Have you tried Laura Mercier’s Caviar Sticks? They’re packaged very similarly (identically, really), and I find that they’re very very easy to blend but then immovable once they dry down – I have two of them. I bet you’d love them.

    • Sunny

      I haven’t but I really want to!!! I’ve definitely seen shades that I’d love to try! Off to Brussels I go ;)

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog peggy timmermans

    As you know i’ve got the same one and i love it! I can wear it also for around 10 hours!

    • Sunny

      Wheee I actually think it can hang around for another bit longer, but I was going to bed… It’s always the same story LOL

  • http://procrastinatingpretty.blogspot.com Procrastinator

    I love the dusty quality to this purple!

    • Sunny

      Yup! Even if you’re worried about wearing purple this one won’t be that challenging!

  • http://themakeuptrain.com Chris

    Super pretty shade!

    • Sunny

      Thanks Chris! It’s something I think you’ll like as well!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I want to try one of these new sticks – either Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier! I like this shade on you, but this is one of those shades that scares me. I think I want to find a drugstore version first to experiment with :P

    • Sunny

      Oh yeah I heard good things about the Laura Mercier oes as well! This one isn’t really in-your-face purple. You can most probably tone the purple down by using neutral shades on top!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Oooh, I’m kind of in love with this shade. I haven’t tried this yet but want to spend some time at the BB counter and play. :D

    • Sunny

      Yes you do it, Liz! I’d love to see Golden Pink. Never mind that I have some similar stuff already :p

  • http://www.glambunctious.com Kristen @ Glambunctious

    You always look so cute in your photos, Sunny! Like you know a juicy secret! I love it!

    • Sunny

      Aww thanks so much, Kristen! My brother told me a while ago that I no longer have that deadly stare in my photos. I think I learnt not to focus too much with my eyes LOL

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Lovely shade! I haven’t picked any of these sticks up yet because I keep reading how some of them are not at all that long-wearing as they claim to be. If I am gonna cash out 40 something francs I need to be sure that I’m going to get value for my money. I keep forgetting which shades stay and which don’t, though, so I guess this is one of the good ones :-)

    • Sunny

      Haha well this one does stay on my normal-to-oily monolids, though I wish it’d blend out a bit more easily!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    It’s really pretty on you! And that’s some powerful staying time too. I should check these out! You know, I don’t own ANYTHING by BB at the moment. :O

    • Sunny

      Thanks Tracy! I have some BB brushes and I really like them, and the Rich Caviar Palette from last year’s holiday collection is still something I reach for very very often! Oh, and how can I forget about the gel liner? Forest is a stunning shade, and a great alternative to black!

  • http://www.chicbeautytips.com Marisa Anderson

    Wow. This sounds amazing. So impressed that it can last up to 10 hours with a primer, very impressed.

    • Sunny

      Hey Marisa, good cream shadows can definitely last that long on me! I’m glad the long-wear claim is true!

  • http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.sg/ Jacqueline

    I haven’t tried this cos I’m stuck on the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks which are heaven to blend. If only I can make them last on me, I have such terribly oily lids.

    • Sunny

      Aww there are just SO many ways for concealers to go wrong! I’m glad to hear it at least blends well though!

  • http://www.chloeash.com Lily (@ChloeAsh)

    I have yet to check this out, since there isn’t any Bobbi Brown here, but I’m sure I will. I have my eyes on that taupey shade!

    • Sunny

      I think you mean Shadow? I’m not too sure about that shade myself because it seems to be quite gray, but I think you can go cooler in the color spectrum so it might totally rock!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    I got three of these cream shadow sticks from Bobbi and one of them is violet plum! I like them being so versatile :D and foolproof!

    • Sunny

      Yaaay glad to hear you like these! I just got a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick yesterday, and I’m hoping it’s going to last on me as well :)