Art Stick Liquid Lip
Art Stick Liquid Lip comes in a gorgeous array of shades, but a major formulary issue and a couple of performance snafus hold it back.
Upon applying Art Stick Liquid Lip, a minty scent is easily detected, and unfortunately, that's not a good thing. The scent originates from the inclusion of peppermint oil, which is a well-known fragrant irritant that can aggravate chapped lips, worsen dryness, and cause a host of other problems (see More Info).
Moving on to aesthetics and performance, Art Stick Liquid Lip is a mix of pros and cons. While we are fond of the buttery feel of the creamy liquid texture, it's initially prone to transferring—so much so that you'll need to continually check your teeth for lipstick the first several minutes after applying.
Once Art Stick Liquid Lip has settled into wear and the transferring subsides, the richly pigmented formula can focus on what it does best by offering beautifully lush, opaque color.
Wear time varies—it's not as durable as a liquid-matte formula, but the color wears a bit longer than a regular cream lipstick.
The packaging appears to be reminiscent of a crayon-style "chubby stick", but it's actually a squeeze tube with a wide, slanted edge applicator. It's not the ideal applicator for smaller lips or precise detail, but is workable nonetheless.
As we mentioned earlier, the shade range is stellar so we had really hoped that Art Stick Liquid Lip would excel in other aspects too, but there are just too many strikes against it to earn our approval.
Find out which lipsticks make the Beautypedia cut on our list of Best Lipsticks.
- Gorgeous array of shades that provide rich, opaque color.
- Creamy-liquid texture produces a pleasant buttery feel.
- Contains irritating peppermint oil, which can exacerbate dry, chapped lips.
- Prone to transferring.
- Not everyone will love this style of applicator.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.