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!
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!
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:
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:
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