Apart from the Havana Brights Cheek Collection palette I featured yesterday, the next best thing in the Bobbi Brown Havana Brights Collection is the new liquid Art Stick. Now, I found the crayon version of Art Stick very drying – great at first, but longer term, too drying. My lips dry out really easily so I am not the best benchmark for mattes. Although the brand suggests that the Liquid Stick is semi-matte, I found it to be full matte in the sense that I know it.
It’s also not that easy to control. The entire middle section is ‘squeezy’ so if you go too hard then you’ll get far more than you actually need. In testing, I ended up too cautious I think – I can’t think of another lip product (oh, maybe the original Stila twist ups – and now I stretch my brain, Ellis Faas glosses; nightmare) where you didn’t quite know what you were getting til you got it! The formula does feel smooth and soft on the lip but I got nowhere near the 8 hour last. There will be 16 shades of this at £24 each.
In the picture you will also see the new Dual Ended Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, a double dose of the already best selling Cream Shadow Sticks. What a great idea. I have Nude Beach and Coffee but there are five more to come – particularly like the sound of Greige/Midnight. As you’d expect, these glide over lids – you can smudge up a bit or use a brush to give it a bit of blur. They’re £28 each.
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In the swatch from bottom to top are: Dual End Coffee Bean/Nude Beach. Long Wear Liner in Hazy Brown (again new, and one of 8 launching in March – virtually the only one of its kind where the end didn’t immediately snap off – impressed with these) and Liquid Art Stick in Havana Coral. Launch date is 9th March.
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