Still Cool: Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss


There once was a time when appearing "natural" wasn’t cool and evidently wearing makeup was. When sneaking into your mother’s bathroom to tweeze your brows and shave your legs was not a midnight mission made in the name of forgotten upkeep but rather a rebellious rite of passage. It was life before blogs, when your only beauty bible was Bobbi Brown’s Teenage Beauty, from which you spent hours reading and recreating looks that wouldn’t actually see the light of day.

I’m talking about middle school and while certain moments like figuring out where to sit at lunch, accessorizing with colored braces bands, and dealing with acne (though, have we really grown out of it?) are looked upon with a mixture of distant fondness and nostalgic regret, Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss is the teenage girl equivalent of Proust's madeleine—bringing back the best part of those horrendous hormonal years with its distinct scent and sticky consistency. When the nude-colored gloss was your only mom-approved cosmetic, but you still bought eye shadow from the drugstore and applied it in the school bathroom before a dance because you were independent. The lip gloss literature says it’s scented with a hint of vanilla. While it’s a clichéd disservice to say "smells like teen spirit," to me it truly does.

—Alexis Cheung

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  • Miss Y.

    I actually bought a Bobbi Brown 'bright pink' (which it isn't on the lips) lipgloss a few weeks ago. Some girls just don't look that great with lipsticks or stains, ok? Give the gloss a break ;-) Gloss is cool!

  • Divya

    Bobbi Brown lip glosses are among the best formulas I have tried! I have petal which is like a soft dusty pink and very pretty!

  • Haiku Jew

    Bobbi Brown lip gloss
    I had my first high school kiss
    while wearing it, thanks!

  • Hollyzee

    Its great how a product can take you back to that confusing time in your life! Mine are Lancome Juicy Tubes, they were so popular back when I was 14.

    • Alexis Cheung

      I remember juicy tubes!! and driving lancome beauty counter people crazy..

    • Hina Khan

      Juicy Tubes were my teenage obsession. #neverforget

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I've never owned a BB lip product! I was more of the Dr. Pepper Chapstick and Black Honey type in High School!

  • Larissa May

    I love bobbi lipgloss!! Also, try mac lipstick!! it is great

  • ModernGrace

    I don't buy glosses anymore, but I did recently make a 6 pan custom shadow palette from BB.

  • Amanda Raponi

    I was totally obsessed with Teenage Beauty. It taught me everything.

  • Hina Khan

    Bobbi's glosses last for evaa and have some kind of plumping action, perhaps unintentionally. The color Petal is the best and universally flattering.

  • kathS

    Mac Lip Glass in Prrr.

  • migo

    Bobbi Brown lip gloss in 'Popsicle' = true love <3

  • Josephina

    I have so many Bobbi B's lip glosses, they glide on so lovely. Great to wear day and night. Total all rounders.