Road Test - Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks

Road Test; the Highland Fashionista trials a bunch of makeup products so you don't have to.

Today it's all about the rouge. I'm rouging for science. I am road testing a product that I already know works for me, that has gotten nothing but awesome reviews from beauty editors, and that certainly does not need my help in the popularity department. Why bother, you ask? Because I like it. A lot. Like, a lot a lot.

Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink. This is a fantastic product, despite the unfortunate naming of it. I have always felt a bit funny about the word rouge used in place of blusher or, in this case, a tint you can build. The word rouge seems dated, and brings to mind a little-old barfly/housewife who wears quite a lot of coral-hued rouge, sits on the Davenport in her polyester shift, and drinks Highballs and Singapore Slings until the early bird buffet at four-thirty.

The inimitable Phyllis Diller in "Omar of Omaha".
In fact, check out this Wall Street Journal
article on Hal Rubenstein's book 100 Unforgettable Dresses

At least, that's the image that comes to my mind. Maybe that’s just me. Anyway, rouge. Roouuuuuuge.

The other thing I take issue with is calling this shade Pale Pink. Pale Pink makes one think of the very light, baby-pink shade associated with ballerinas. For a medium-skinned gal like myself, this was an immediate turn-off. Although you can certainly achieve a very pale pink by just putting the wee-est of dabs on, the product is really more of a rose color, and would be nice on just about every conceivable complexion. So don’t let the name(s) turn you off. The product has enough slip to be fairly easy to apply, but not so much as to just slip right off an hour or so later, like the likes of Stila Convertible Color, if you've tried that in the past and been less than impressed, as I have. No, this goes on sheer, is buildable, but dries-down to a matte-satin finish that stays put. Even on the lips. Especially on the lips.

So. Thus it began. I decided to my Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge to the ultimate test, of course, the twelve hour shift. I started my day in the usual way, showered, got ready, used a bit of my trusty Tom Ford Foundation, Pot Rouge over the top of that, powder to set, swipe of liquid liner and mascara, and off to the races. Completely forgot to take the early morning photo of myself with a fresh face, but I managed a pic in a quiet moment two hours later, and much to my delight, not a lot had changed (except for the heinous lighting, even more heinous outfit that I am forced to wear for professional reasons).

9:00 am.

A Natural, lightly rosy glow. Nothin' too scary.
I'm not really this orange. It's the lighting. Really.

So that’s pretty cool. And yes, for those of you who are just joining us, yes, that is gray hair. That is my gray hair. The Highland Fashionista has gray hair. You can read about that here.

Cut to12:30 in the afternoon.

The hell!?

Good LORD am I shiny! Why am I so shiny!? Should have used my Urban Decay spray today! Argh! I know I have been running my ass off today, but come ON!

But, if you can shield your eyes from the glare and the jaundice-inducing lighting long enough, you’ll notice that the Pot Rouge is still intact on my cheeks. But I have got to do something about that shine! And naturally, there is not a single tissue or anything here that I can use to blot. Hellfire. I don’t like to just add more powder, I'm pretty sure that's how I got to this point in the first place. One needs to blot. Why oh why can’t I remember to buy blotting paper!? Wait…there was this.

3M to the rescue! Glue side down, obviously.

Yup, that’s a post-it note. And you know what? It worked. Just about the right size too. And, you’ll notice that I still have a wee-est hint of a rosy glow on my cheeks and lips, albeit a bit faded now.

3:30 pm, I've got nothing to add here.

A bit of shine, but in the places where you are okay with shine, so I don’t mind. Cheeks still have a bit of color, although it is noticeably faded now. Lips are still holding-out really well. All I have done to the lips is add a coat or two of gloss over the Pot Rouge from this morning. Its amazing really…I’ve been at the coffee all day, and I’ve eaten..twice. Maybe its because lips are naturally pink. Anyway, this stuff is as durable as my last Subaru. I think perhaps time for a touch-up though. I’ll get to it in aminute.

4:30 pm

Terrible, shadowy photo. Don't know why I used it. But it does
serve to show less shine, so that you might rest your eyes. And I guess you
can see the light rosy glow of Pot Rouge if you squint. But then, some people see the
Virgin Mary in their burnt toast if they squint, so I'm not sure about the
validity of that. This is science, remember.

That’s the touch-up. Just a wee touch is all it took, and a very fine bit of powder on the t-zone. Ready to conquer all that comes my way. Okay, maybe not all….I could do, like, a medium amount of stuff that comes my way, but not like a zombie apocalypse amount of stuff. Speaking of which, have you guys been watching The Walking Dead on AMC?. If you haven’t, you should. Even if you’re not a ridiculous zombie freak like me, you’ll enjoy it. It’s a great show. Just the right amount of drama and homage to the genre balanced in a really modern way. Plus the flesh-eating dead. Awesome. Right, where was I?

Finally, here I am at the very end of the day. Home at last.

Still going aster 12 hours! The rest of my face is not faring as well.
Still shiny! I'm wearing a cropped denim
Michael Kors Jacket I've had since the mid 90s. (It's relevant again!)
Yep. It's still there, with only ONE re-application after a twelve-hour shift, which is really more like 14 hours when all is said and done. This product is a powerhouse! This is a product where, if you lost all of your makeup while on holiday in Spain in a freak Port-a-Loo accident during a street festival, you could totally get away with buying just this and using it by itself with some mascara, liner, and the powder of your choice. I am confident that would see you through, no matter how high-maintenance you think you are.

So that's it. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink is THE BUSINESS. I endorse it with the Highland Fashionista five-stiletto seal of approval, which I just made up this very minute.

So go out and try it! You won't be disappointed. And now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go order that Hal Rubenstein book on Amazon.


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