You know the drill. It’s summer, so many companies will roll out sheerer lipsticks that people could still bother to wear in the heat. When I received the new Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colors in Pink Blossom and Hot Raspberry, I didn’t think too much about them. Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary during the photo session. When I swatched them however, I had a really confused moment: they call these sheer?
While it’s obviously great news for those who like a punch of pigment in their lipsticks, I can see how the name could cause quite a bit of confusion if you’re purchasing them sight unseen. Let’s set the expectations right: Bobbi Brown Pink Blossom and Hot Raspberry Sheer Lip Colors are really not too sheer!
The packaging of Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color is clean and sleek. There is a bit of heft, and it doesn’t feel like plastic!
Left: Hot Raspberry. Right: Pink Blossom
While Bobbi Brown might not be entirely right about the sheer part, the formula of Hot Raspberry and Pink Blossom does tick all the other boxes. The formula is very lightweight, and it glides on easily. The finish is somehow glossy. It is smell- and taste-free. Bobbi Brown claims it is formulated with shea butter, Murumuru butter (I had to Google this one too), and apricot kernal oils. I have to say the formula is indeed nicely moisturizing!
Hot Raspberry is a blue-based pink. Pink Blossom is described as a coral red. When I swatch it I can see some red, but on my lips it’s more or less a coral.
The lasting power of both Pink Blossom and Hot Raspberry is excellent. Pink Blossom is mostly opaque with one pass with a bit of underlying translucency. It lasts for 3.5 hours (with drinks). Hot Raspberry is even more opaque (I can hardly see any underlying translucency with this one). It lasts for 4-4.5 hours, and it leaves a bit of stain.
Here is Pink Blossom and Hot Raspberry swatched. Note this is one swipe!
This is Hot Raspberry on me:
Here you see Pink Blossom:
Bottom line: Both Bobbi Brown Pink Blossom and Hot Raspcerry Sheer Lip Colors are happy brights that are perfect for summer, and the formula is all-around excellent! The sheer in the name might be misleading, but then again “sheer” is relative. There is some underlying translucency, but if you’re looking for something that’s along the line of tinted lip balms, you won’t find this here.
What do you think? Right up your alley or too pigmented?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx