I like the new packaging style. The round, black metal casing reminds me of Chantecaille and Edward Bess lipstick tubes.
I have read reviews that these lipsticks are not actually sheer. I agree and disagree. Cherry Pink is quite sheer and layerable, but Hot Raspberry put down more pigment in a single swipe—perhaps because it is higher in chroma. It's quite bright. And pretty!
In texture, the formula feels like a cross between Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Chantecaille Lip Chic, though that somewhat-heavy petroleum-feeling base present in Lip Chic is absent from Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color. One application lasted a couple hours, typical of the other two brands, but the Bobbi Brown formula leaves behind a bit of a stain, which I appreciate. The finish is shiny without shimmer. I like it very much.
Cherry Pink is a muted plum rose, not especially pink, though perhaps if I really built it up on my lips I would see things differently. It looks much darker in the tube. Hot Raspberry is less blue than expected; I detect a hint of yellow that swings it into cool-neutral territory.
|Natural, indoor light|
I prefer to avoid skin swatches, but I wanted to show that this lipstick is, indeed, on the sheer side, especially compared to other Bobbi Brown lip products. In the photo below, I swiped the color twice each side.
|Double swipe to show chroma: Hot Raspberry, Cherry Pink|
|Compared to 12 Tone Cool Summer fan|
As illustrated below, both lipsticks—though kissing the True Summer palette—seem more harmonious with True Winter; however, because you can wear these lipstick sheer, either by using a single swipe or by dabbing the chiseled end onto your lips, both Light and True Summers might enjoy these colors, especially Hot Raspberry for the Lights. I also wonder if Soft Summers would like the more muted Cherry Pink, which is similar in tone and chroma to NARS Damage.
|Lipsticks compared to Light Summer, Cool Summer, and True Winter fans|
I am working on a big post for my bright lipsticks, so I couldn't readily put my hands on comparison lipsticks for Hot Raspberry. Because I'd already done my Plums comparison, it was easy to pull out the lipsticks I thought were most similar to Cherry Pink. (I will also update that post to include Bobbi Brown Cherry Pink.)
In the plum comparison swatches below, if you have Dior Addict Lipstick in Fashion Week, you probably don't also need Cherry Pink, unless you are interested in the packaging and lightweight feel. Both Chanel Bonheur and MAC Plumful seemed less bright compared to Cherry Pink.
|Cherry Pink compared to Chanel Bonheur, Dior Fashion Week, and MAC Plumful|
Bottom line: A worthy addition to the Bobbi Brown lipstick limeup.
All photos taken by me