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Getting Artsy with BobbiJust when you thought you’ve seen all the lip crayons, lip pencils, chubby sticks in the market, Bobbi Brown comes up with her own hybrid — a lip liner slash lipstick. Though you may feel tired seeing hybrid lip products in every brand, don’t make the mistake of dismissing BB’s as just another jumbo lip pencil! Despite my initial apprehensions, I actually believe she managed to set hers apart from all the others. And no, it’s not just because they’re bigger, taller and much more jumbo-sized than any other lip pencil in the market…
Bobbi Brown Art Sticks aim to combine the ease of a lipstick with the precision of a pencil. Though we’ve seen many lip pencils that sound just like these Art Sticks, what sets them apart from the rest is their unique formulation and finish. The Art Sticks are lipstick slash lip liner hybrids so you don’t get any of that balmy feel that most chubby sticks exhibit. They feel and apply like true lipsticks — creamy matte lipsticks, to be exact.
Shade and Finish
Electric Pink* is described as a ‘bright coral pink’ but on me, it looks more like a hot watermelon pink shade. One pass on the lips is 90% opaque but I prefer two passes for full-on cover. It glides on like a cream lipstick without too much slip nor too heavy a drag. Being part lip liner, I initially expected it to apply like a true pencil liner would – with all the dragging and pulling here and there.
Nope. While putting it on, I even had to stop and look at the pencil tip up close because I didn’t expect to feel like I was just applying lipstick and not some jumbo lip liner. It does not feel sticky or tacky at all – only smooth and creamy like how Bobbi’s Creamy Matte Lipsticks feel, just add a super subtle shine. The finish is demi-matte – I would say a bit satin but on my lips, it feels more matte.
Longevity and Wear
As for longevity, these Art Sticks outperform any lip pencils I’ve tried so far. They fade evenly throughout the day without leaving your lips patchy and ugly. After 5 hours, I still have a muted all-over wash of Electric Pink on my lips. So I ate, drank and bit my lips one too many times yet half a layer of color still clings on to them lips. That half layer stayed on for around 2 hours more before finally signing off.
While it wore comfortably (and even felt moisturizing) during the first 5 hours, I felt my lips needing a lip balm touch-up by the 6th hour. Since I have perpetually dry lips no matter what I do, the Art Sticks aren’t hydrating enough for me. However, it didn’t reach the point of cracking and peeling so I’m thankful it’s a matte I can reach for especially on whole-day or whole-night events. It has a tendency to accentuate flakies so proper prep is necessary to achieve the best wear.
Hands down, these Bobbi Brown Art Sticks are one of the better lip pencil formulas I’ve encountered recently. I think I’ve had enough of those lipstick-balm hybrids (though I love them) that fade so easily that I welcome with arms wide open this lip liner-lipstick cross-breed.
At first, I didn’t think I would be able to wear it on my cursed-for-life parched puckers. Turns out, they feel moisturizing during the first few hours. On the photo above, I didn’t properly prep my lips yet they still look as if I had no scrap of flake visible (I had tons).
These are creamy matte
lipsticks lip pencils (I swear I felt like I was applying lipstick) that have rich pigment, fuss-free application, beautiful finish, decent wear time and — did I mention, come with a free sharpener?
These super jumbo-sized pencils can’t fit in any other jumbo sharpeners except its own. I do think it’s quite generous for Bobbi Brown to throw in the sharpener with every purchase of the Lip Pencil as compared to other brands that make you shell out more $$$ just to buy the sharpener separately.
Overall, I find that if not for my overly sensitive dry lips — I would love these Art Sticks too much that I would want to complete the set. But anyway, that doesn’t stop me from checking out the other shades from the range. I’m eyeing either Cassis, Bright Raspberry and Rose Brown for my next.
Have you tried these Bobbi Brown Art Sticks yet? Thoughts, opinions on lip pencils?
*I was sent the Bobbi Brown Art Pencil for editorial consideration. I wasn’t compensated for nor required to write this review. All thoughts are purely my own.
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