Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color & Mad Men Style

Over the weekend I picked up a couple of Bobbi Brown's new Rich Lip Colors. These are highly pigmented, creamy and opaque lipsticks with a lightweight texture. The finish is somewhere between satin and matte, and reminds me a bit of the feel of lip pencils such as Nars' Velvet Matte. The initial collection includes twelve shades ranging from nude beige and pale pink to deep rose, bright corals and intense reds (none of which are metallic or shimmery). The price is $22, which seems relatively reasonable when compared to Guerlain's Rouge G, for example, which is more than double the price, at $46.

I think there may just be a shade to suit everyone in this collection: Heather Pink is a nice mid-tone neutral, a "safe" shade for those who steer clear of overly bright or dark colors. There is also a pale beige, Bare Pink, which looks like it might be a flattering nude. I look forward to trying out more of these and may go back for the pretty coral Sweet Nectar, which was the only shade that had not yet arrived at any of the stores I visited. I recommend trying these on before purchasing, if possible, because I found that the shade applied on the lips is somewhat brighter than it appears in the tube, at least for the two I purchased. (Visit Temptalia for information on the other shades offered, along with more helpful photos and swatches than mine!)

Recently, a coworker loaned me the first three seasons of Mad Men and I've been on a Mad Men viewing marathon for the last few weeks (although this show has been around since 2007 I hadn't really paid much attention to it, but now I'm hooked!)  These new Bobbi Brown lipsticks definitely call to mind the type of shades women like the characters Betty Draper or Joan Holloway may have worn back in the early 60's. (In fact, there is even a bright red shade named, appropriately, "Old Hollywood.") I love the attention to detail in the show, from the historically accurate home decor and fashion, to makeup and hair--even the actresses' nails are of the longer, tapered oval nail shape which was popular at the time. The timeless elegance and clean simplicity of the makeup of the 50's and early 60's make these styles very appealing, and still relevant and wearable today. 

Grace Kelly (Photo by Sharland/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Audrey Hepburn (Photo by Allan Grant/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

If you have the time, visit Beauty Blogging Junkie for an interesting 2009 interview with Lana Horochowski, Head Makeup Artist for Mad Men. And read makeup artist Pat McGrath's tips on how to achieve Mad Men makeup style in a Jan. 2010 article in the Times (UK).

On to the lipsticks!

Plum Rose is a vibrant deep rose that is actually more rosey than plummy. Bikini Pink is a pale, but fairly bright, milky pink.

Thanks for visiting ~ and enjoy the rest of your week!


  1. those lipstick colors you got are amazing!!

    i love mad men.. and audrey hepburn and grace kelly are so classically gorgeous!

    i'm a newish follower would love for you to visit and follow me too!

  2. Thanks, Lisa -- you have a great blog! :)

  3. I like the colour of the Plum Rose, I always find lipsticks look amazingly fake on me but thats very close to my natural lip colour. I might check it out next time Im near a BB counter.

  4. I love the plum rose great colour! I work at DISH Network and I tune into details and colour. I have an HD Platinum subscription that has FASHION TV in High Definition. You can get a subscription too just go to

  5. Great review, sounds like I should have gone with Heather Pink.
    I must be out of the loop, I have heard of but never seen Mad Men, although my little boy seems to decide what I watch these days ;)

  6. I'm highly impressed with the new BB lipstick when I swatched them. There were so many pretty colours. I hope you get lots of use out of them.

  7. @SultryRed, I sometimes have that problem too. I do like some bright colors but usually have to find a way to tone them down to make them more wearable.

    @Replica, Thanks! I almost got Heather Pink but the Sales Assoc. said it might be too muddy, but she also mentioned that it was the best-seller at her counter. :)

    @pinkribbons. Thanks! They do have great pigmentation. :)

  8. Dear Makeup Magpie,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my page.

    I like the Pink Bikini shade. It looks so sweet but not over the top. Looks perfect for day to day natural look.

    Following you. Hope to keep in touch and that you will visit again.

    Squeeze The Pug

  9. Hi Squeeze the Pug! Enjoyed reading your blog :)

  10. Great review! I'm going to have to check these out.
    I love mad men. I watched I think over 30 episodes in two weeks just to catch up on the seasons. LOL.

  11. Thanks, Michelle -you sound like me, I'm now almost done with Season 3 and ready to start watching Season 4 online! :)

  12. new follower =)
    love your pics and swatches. bikkni pink looks so pretty and universally flattering. after seeing your post and the beauty lookbook post - i am DEFINITELY visiting my BB counter on my lunch break xo

  13. I heart mad men, I'm on season 3 at the minute too!
    plum rose looks beautiful, have to get a look at these lipsticks in person

  14. @Faye lu review: Thank you and welcome! Hope you find a shade that you like! :)

    @Marcy: Thanks for commenting! Bikini Pink is nice & flattering on :)

    @A Certain Vintage: Isn't Mad Men addictive? :) Yes, Plum Rose is a very pretty shade - if you enjoy intense lip color that makes a statement this is a good choice! :)

  15. Hey Makeup Magpie! I'm totally a fan of Mad Men as well, especially the Joan Harris character (as portrayed by Christina Hendricks). I absolutely LOVE the palettes used on her - they complement her tones and reflect that era so well.

    Since I'm darker toned, I prefer the Plum Rose (I guess is the more popular choice!)


  16. Hi Torika! I love the character Joan's makeup as well! I think Plum Rose would look great on you :)

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  19. Just looking at the Debenhams sale (£5 off all lipsticks for National Lipstick Day, get on it ladies! ) and this really helped! Think of going for the bikini pink as I don't have a bright light lip shade atm.


    Kirsty (Bob) xxx

    1. Hi Kirsty - glad it was helpful and hope you enjoy your new lipstick! :)


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