Any time I hear about a new lipstick which is glossy and moisturising, you can bet I’ll be first in line to try it out. I’ll also be first to abandon the notion if the colour is too faint or the texture too much like a balm. Fussy? Moi? Well, yes. After all, this beauty malarkey does not come cheap – we need to be confident in our purchases, and not feel we’ve wasted our hard-earned.
Which is why it’s always worth asking for a make-over or a make-up lesson involving the product you’re interested in. Try before you buy and all that. I’m amazed that most women I speak to wouldn’t dream of asking for a make-over at counter; they tend to wait until they’re invited. Of course, not all beauty brands offer free make-overs, with no obligation to make a purchase, but many do – and one of those is Bobbi Brown where their “make-up lessons” are indeed very educational and enlightening.
I may have gone in to Frasers in Glasgow to find the ideal Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color (£19; www.bobbibrown.co.uk)- as it turned out, I found three – but I emerged armed with the knowledge that I had also inadvertently stumbled across my ideal nude, matte eyeshadow shades – plus the first eyeliner pencil that has ever stayed put on me…
Make-up artist Rhona offered to “do” my eyes and we settled on a natural eye look, to complement the bright shade of Sheer Lip Color I expected to choose. Everything I’ve used on my eyes in recent months has been shimmery and I’ve been longing to find a matte eyeshadow that could give me a subtle nude look; considerably more subtle than the shimmery versions I’ve been creating..
To my amazement I happened across the Holy Grail of easy-to-use matte eyeshadows in the form of the recently launched Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks (£20 each) in Sand Dune and Vanilla, which Rhona applied in a sort of reverse smoky eye: she used the darker shade, the tan-toned Sand Dune, across the lid before highlighting with the creamy Vanilla colour.
I doubted the wisdom of using a pencil eye liner since I have never yet found one which didn’t smudge or slip. But I have to bow to Rhona’s superior knowledge of – and faith in – Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Pencil (£17.50) which not only glided on in the manner of a crayon, but lasted right through to bedtime when I reluctantly removed it. One tip she gave me about this pencil is that you have a few seconds in which to play with it (if you want to make it look smudgy or smoky) before it sets.
And the lipstick? Well, I loved the texture and the glossy shine but was torn when it came to narrowing down the shades. There are 14 shades of the Sheer Lip Color, and I loved all of the trio that I tried: the bright, reddish Pink Blossom for when I need an injection of old-fashioned glamour; Tutu for some natural-looking bright pink, and Nude Beige for a chic nude lip.
With every purchase of Sheer Lip Color at www.bobbibrown.co.uk, customers will receive a deluxe sample of High Shimmer Lip Gloss (2.4ml) by simply entering the code SHEERLIP at the checkout. Expires 30/05/13 or while stocks last.