Review: Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in Crushed Plum

I blame Liz for this. She and her Fall Lip Colour post here. And then we had a Twitter discussion of how DIFFERENT Crushed Plum looks in real life. It is more of a deep red with a hint of purple and not the purple we see in that promo picture. Guys, if you’re going to photoshop the heck out of the photos, especially the colours, please don’t quote that the model is using Bobbi Brown Crushed Plum. Isn’t it misrepresentation? This just bothers and annoys me. Magazine photos are unreliable, and that’s where we bloggers come in. After searching for swatches online, I also like what I see! Tiffany tweeted her photo wearing it and it’s gorgeous. She even wrote about it here, if you want to read about her opinion.


Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color


Thing is, it is not Fall here, and never will be. Is it going to stop me? Nope. It only means I can wear whatever colour I want all year round, depending on my mood. It might be burning hot outside, but I’d wear a vampy lip if I feel like it. Haters get a life. I used to finish tubes of Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Lip Colors. Yes, I love them! Now, they’re also available in this beautiful matte formula. It is comfortable to wear, and boy this lipstick STAYS ON. Oh, and in case you’re curious, it’s scentless and tasteless 😛


Crushed Plum


Crushed Plum is a deep plummy red on me, and it is not so dark that you have to only wear it for a night out. Well, for me anyway. I wear it when I go shopping, I wear it to the groceries, I wear it to pick up my kids… just everywhere. I love this shade! It applies very smoothly and beautifully, it stays super comfortable on my lips too. No drying out or tugging of lips. When I wipe it off after a meal, I’m left with a reddish berry stain which is still dark enough to pass off as another lip colour. I did some comparison swatches here, so you can have a look yourself. In fact, these lippies can be your Fall lineup 😛 Oh, yeah, I messed up the name of the Guerlain Shine Automatique. I always mix it up with Rouge Automatique. Sorry!


berry lip swatches

And this is how it looks on me.


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Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color is available at all Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and retails for RM88. Have you tried this formula before? If you’re looking for a beautiful matte lipstick, you have to check these out. Do you wear darker reds or do you just stick to nudes?


xoxo Lily



  • That Liz, tho – such an enabler. 😉 You’re pretty much killing Crushed Plum! FAB! I’m all for wearing whatever color you want, whenever you want. Especially when you live in the tropics and Crushed Plum looks fabulous on you!

    • Lily

      I absolutely love this shade! Looking at others in this line now 😉

  • Liz

    Okay, hold on a minute. I enable you, then you enable me back??? Ahahahahaha, you look amazing and I want this! Again! LOLOL

    • Lily

      Lol lol! Get it!

  • OK, I’m going to check these out. The first time these came out I swatched some and they felt really heavy, but maybe I just don’t like that traditional lipstick feel, lol.

    • Lily

      I have no complaints of the texture but I like creamy lipsticks 🙂

  • Pretty, Lily! This color is beautiful! The formula sounds very intriguing, too.
    I should not buy any more plum/berry lipstick this season but I’d love to have a pure red color in that soft matte formula. It would be my first voluntary Bobbi Brown purchase and earth will shatter. 😮

    • Lily

      Oh, a soft matte red sounds beautiful! I should get one. Lol!

  • So gorgeous on you, Lily! It looks more purple on you than it does on me, which I really love. I’m seriously hooked on the formula! Thank you for the link love, by the way 🙂

    • Lily

      Yes I just realised this actually looks more people on me! I love the formula. Have to get more shades now 🙂

  • lyn

    I like a vampy lip, especially if it’s a dark berry/plummy shade. I think I have too many and hardly wear lipsticks these days as I’ve been staying home most of the time. This one is tempting though but I’ll probably give it a miss for now.

    • Lily

      True that. Hope you’re enjoying your time at home and not having to go to work 🙂

  • Oh boy, this is looking more tempting by the minute! You look SO SO great with it! Although I’ve got to say, the shade thing could have s lot to do with the skin tone/undertone. I for example, have the tendency of drawing all the purple out of a shade. I’d like to try this on just to see if it’ll look more purple on me!

    • Lily

      I’d love to see how different it looks on you, Sunny 🙂 Go try it on and take a picture!

  • Bella

    What a very pretty lipstick! I’m a Bobbi Brown lipstick fan too. I only have the Creamy Matte in Red Carpet Red…it’s beautiful and a great formula, but well, when am I on the red carpet LOL? This one looks like a much better option!!!

    • Lily

      I’m sure it’s a vavavoom red! And red is for all occasions 🙂

  • Daisy Haynes

    Cute colour! Maybe it was that the model’s lip pigmentation altered the shade? Who knows, it’s gorgeous.

    • Lily

      Hi Daisy, I’ve searched for the swatches of this online and I’ve never seen one that’s remotely close to the purple on the model. Furthermore, this is an opaque lipstick so the difference shouldn’t be so vast. It’s not the first time we’ve seen photoshop fail and it won’t be the last!

  • This looks AMAZING on you! I need to try one of these. I don’t own anything by Bobbi Brown. Nada. But matte I am really liking! I tend to go for more nudes lately. With the grey hair, it’s so hard to wear a dark lip I find.

    • Lily

      Oh gosh Tracy, I’ve been making mistakes with nudes lately. The Revlon one was too pale and I have another from LMdB to show you guys. I think I should give up on paler nudes and go for more rosy pigmented nudes!

  • Icaria

    This is da bomb on you!!! Like I said, you got the perfect lip shape for it! Comfortable hey? Well I guess I have to put BB on my list then! 🙂

    • Lily

      Thank you Helene 🙂 And yes, these mattes are so comfortable! I expected some dryness, but none at all. You have to try it!

  • Diana

    Oh my god, that is gorgeous! I’ve been looking for the perfect plum colour and this is it. It looks amazing on you as well!

    • Lily

      I hope you’ll give it a try Diana. It’s beautiful!

  • Yes please, that is exactly the point, I rely on you girls for swatches and not magazines nor official websites of the companies 🙂 I used to also love the BB creamy lip colours (still have one I use). Good for you using vampy colours whenever you want to. I should follow your example! xx

    • Lily

      There are no rules in makeup. Try wearing a vampy bold lippie in broad daylight. It’s liberating 🙂

      • aha…. ok I will 🙂

  • Jaa

    Oh you sexy Lily! The pose, the lips, the eyes, SEDUCTIVE! Hehe…. plum lips are so not my thing but I do enjoy seeing it on others. 🙂

    • Lily

      Aww, thanks Jaa. It’s the first time I hear seductive used on me. HAHAHA! If you asked me a couple of years ago to wear this, I’d cringe… but ah, times have changed 🙂

  • It looks great on you! I was totally lusting after Crushed Plum after Liz’s post too haha. It’s sad it’s not accurate to that magazine photo but it does look lovely none the less. You’ve also got me wanting that Guerlain lipstick now!

    • Lily

      Thanks Jenn! Yes, the colour on the model looked lovely, and that was why I wanted it in the first place! If only the colour was accurate 😛

  • Ahhh! This was in my to-buy-immediately list after I received Red Carpet but since getting NARS Vivien, my craving for this died down.. as I feel they’re quite in the same family. But I was at a Bobbi counter last week and when I tried this on again, it looks to be more ‘violet’ than Vivien which is a deeper plum (at least on me) 🙂 It climbed back up to my list again! YOU LOOK GORGEOUS WITH IT, LILY!! You must get Vivien then – these shades were meant for our skintones!

    • Lily

      Gah, I was just looking at Vivien!! And Audrey. Need to check out these shades when I have the time 🙂

  • dowantmakeup

    You’re killing me. I’m trying so hard to resist this lipstick–and yes, I’m blaming Liz too!!–but it looks absolutely gorgeous on you.

    • Lily

      Thanks Angela. I love this shade so much, I’ve been wearing it out a lot 🙂