Matte lipstick lovers, hold on to your seats (or get ready to run!) as I’m about to share one of the best matte lipstick formulas I’ve tried so far. For some reason, these Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lipsticks aren’t so buzzed about in the beauty blogs (as it should be). Or maybe I’m extremely late in the Creamy Matte parade but in any case, I’m still excited to share my thoughts on this particular tube of rouge, Red Carpet.
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know how I’ve just recently warmed up to wearing brighter red lips (a.k.a not MAC Viva Glam I). Red Carpet is a step towards that direction. Described as a rich bright red, I would’ve cringed at the sound of it had you mentioned this to me months back. Bright, you say? No thank you! But oh dear Lord, one swipe of this rich bright red changed my apprehensions on red lips instantly. I’m. not. kidding.
But then maybe it was the texture that amazed me. This Creamy Matte is exactly and aptly that – a deliciously creamy pigmented matte. Did I say pigmented? Let me say it again – this stuff is frikkin‘ pigmented. One swipe produces such an opaque pay-off that even if I pursed my lips together, the color transfers to the other lip without losing pigment in the process. Both bottom and top lips appear as if I’ve swiped on a generous layer of lipstick on each of them.
It glides on beautifully, hiding hideous lip lines without emphasizing dry or flaky patches in the process. A godsend for my perpetually dry lips that are just too picky with lipstick formulas. Too picky that I’ve sworn off a lot of beautiful shades because their matte formulations are just too toxic for my lips (sends it to a peeling, cracking level). On the lips, Red Carpet feels so lightweight for a matte lipstick.
However, if you’re more partial to the extremely no-sheen type of mattes, then this may make you think, “What? Is this really matte?” The Creamy Mattes aren’t like the MAC Retro Mattes that, how do I say this, are void of any sheen and suck up the remaining moisture on your lips to appear as a truly flat matte.
I swatched Red Carpet beside my well-loved deep brown-based red, MAC Viva Glam I, to illustrate just how striking and bright Red Carpet is. Another strong note of the Creamy Mattes – their lasting power. These can take on a whole meal and you’re still left with a fully opaque lip to last you another one. After which, they fade evenly and leave a strong toned-down stain.
Though not moisturizing (give me a moisturizing matte lipstick and I’ll gladly fork over my wallet), I’m thoroughly impressed at the fact that these are not at all drying. Wearing it the whole day, I’ve never felt like wiping it off because my lips are itching from the heaviness or the dryness. I’m afraid I’m in the stage where I’m thinking I want more of these Creamy Mattes and that nothing can stop me from getting more. Halp.
PURE LOVE. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte range is the solution to my love-mattes-but-lips-hate-them problem which I’ve been dealing with ever since I’ve started wearing lipstick. While I’ve encountered a select number of other brand’s mattes that aren’t too horribly drying on me, they’re not as forgiving the longer I wear them. Red Carpet is a beautiful, bright red that I’m not hesitant to wear out despite the brightness.
I can’t believe I really have nothing but positive notes for these Creamy Mattes – which is rare because it’s no secret I’ve more-than-problematic lips and always have something iffy to say about lipstick (even if it may just be my lips’ fault and not the lipstick’s). I feel like a miner who’s just discovered a cave filled with gold (and left wanting to take all of it home).
Have you tried any of these Bobbi Brown Creamy Mattes? If not, you should – especially if you can’t eat up on the mattes because of the dragging and drying effects.
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