Sali Loves: Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip


The posh lipstick category just got bigger. We assess Bobbi Brown’s contribution.

We can probably blame Mr Tom Ford for the rise of the Luxury lipsticks. His weighty, spendy, clicky tubes of creamy, high-pigment lip colours broke the £30 price barrier upon launch, and sparked a whole new category in beauty. Poppy King Lipstick Queen pushed the envelope further with the beautiful Velvet Rope (and later, Silver Screen) range of dense, creamy lipsticks encased in heavy metal Art Deco skyscraper packaging. Since then, we’ve had Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy, Nars Audacious (both fantastic) and now we have Bobbi Brow299-85076589-EE1Y_PINKNUDE_Mn’s first upper class offering, Luxe Lip. This range of 24 shades (plus an extra six available exclusively at Selfridges for the next six months) is cheaper than the competition, at £25 (so roughly the same as a Chanel or Dior), but more expensive than Bobbi’s signature shades. What are you getting for the extra cash? A creamier formula, not dissimilar to Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Envy, but with the same great staying power as Bobbi’s original lipsticks (I recently wore the Luxe Lip in Atomic Orange to dinner, and it completely withstood three courses and about nine petit-fours. Ahem). The packaging, quite rightly, is posher – gold, heavy, with a satisfying click. But best of all are the colours. They are just cooler, more sumptuous, more special than the wearable spectrum of neutrals in the main range. I can’t pick a favourite, but I will give special mention to the aforementioned Atomic Orange (a perfect true tangerine), Pink Nude (a characteristically wonderful neutral), Retro Red (exactly as it suggests, and wonderful with black eyeliner and falsies) and Your Majesty, a rich, velvety, deep red inspired by Bobbi’s love of the British Monarchy. These lipsticks aren’t going to change the world, but they are mighty lovely and if you’re already a Bobbi fan, bound to bring great cheer. Out now and I’m told, selling fast.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip, £25


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  • S Jones

    These sound fabulous! I really do like the sound of Atomic Tangerine x


  • Sherry Trifle

    I bought Neutral Rose and really like it. My mum wants to get one too.

  • Violet Beauregard

    I tried the Pink Guava today in Sephora. Instant face- (and mood-) brightener. May have to go back and get it…

  • Jane Lemberg

    Sorry to get to you so late. I bought Neutral Rose and I love it. It is a great everyday shade for me and not as brown as Brown. Yes, it is a bit pricier than Bobbi’s regular formula ($35 USD) but it does feel creamier on my dry lips. I am thinking of one of the red shades for the holidays but can’t decide. I have blueish-pink tones in my lips and will try a few shades to see which works best.

  • Dalila

    I just got Your Majesty, my first Bobbi Brown purchase, and I live it. Such a pretty brick burgundy for the holidays.

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