Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “brown shimmer berry.” It’s a burgundy-shimmered plum with red undertones. When it’s sheered out, it has a redder, browner look, and the plummy tones disappear. If you apply more color or build up the intensity, you’ll see it turns more purple. There were a surprising number of cream-based products like this that were very similar in color! NARS Calabria is comparable to the more opaque swatch. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is slightly redder. Make Up For Ever #17 is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rich Core is similar but a powder formula. Chanel Eclosion is more intense. Make Up For Ever #311 is a bit darker.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. The brand recommends using a short brush (like the Cream Shadow Brush) to apply or use fingertips to blend out shade for a sheerer effect.  I prefer blending it out with fingertips or a fluffy brush, but initial application works well with her Cream Shadow Brush, which is just a flat, firm brush.  It takes 15-20 seconds to set in place, and once it dries down, it doesn’t budge. I don’t have any creasing and only very, very minor fading issues after eight hours when I’ve worn it over bare lids (and over a primer works the same!).

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Berry Noir

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If you like dark plums, berries, or wines, you might like this shade. Because it does have stronger red undertones, it can sometimes make the eye look bruised, depending on your undertones and how sheer/opaque the application.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow

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Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

NARS Calabria is comparable to the more opaque swatch. Maybelline Pomegranate Punk is slightly redder. Make Up For Ever #17 is a smidgen lighter. MAC Rich Core is similar but a powder formula. Chanel Eclosion is more intense. Make Up For Ever #311 is a bit darker.

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23 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Berry Noir Long-Wear Cream Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. This is a gorgeous color, but I don’t think I’ll ever be converted from the MUFE Aqua Creams… Do you prefer this formula over the Aqua Cream formula? 

  2. corallista

    I love berry/plum liners! The only gel liner from this shade category I have at present is MAC Dark Diversion and it works great as a base for a plum smokey eye!

  3. Quinctia

    It’s a nice color.  Not one I’d wear very often, so I’d probably mix up a dupe for a look by layering a plum shadow with the Maybelline eye tattoo you menioned.

  4. i feel this would be amazing on darker skins, for a beautiful dewy look mmhhh already have a look in mind need to submit the idea to a photogrpaher now :D

  5. yellowlantern

    This color looks too much like a bruise to me. Glad to know the formula’s good though. 

  6. This is a lovely shade, but I like it better with the normal application than sheered out. It’s a shame, because these eyeshadows are so, so easy to apply with just a fingertip for a great everyday wash of color! 

  7. amanda

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. I am a succker for these colors, looks GREAT on dark skin.  another dupe is
     NYX Jumbo pencil in Rust I would say 

    • xamyx

      @amanda Thanks for the NYX rec; I’ve been too lazy to go to the one store near me that carries NYX, but now I have motivation!

  8. Kafka

    Hm, I can’t decide about this. I know you said the Chanel Eclosion is more intense than this BB but I have it and, comparing it to the opaque BB swatch shown last, I think the BB looks more intense or deeper. (Maybe it’s a tonal thing? My monitor? My eyesight? lol)  Anyway, for years, I’ve been looking for an exact dupe of a Calvin Klein matte aubergine/bordeaux that is probably one of my all-time favorite eyeshadows but which has become a bit too dried up now for real use. (I refuse to get rid of it until I have an exact replacement in my clutches.) The BB is getting somewhat close. The Chanel Eclosion wasn’t it; it’s less intense and much more red.  Going by your swatches, my CK one is darker and more plum aubergine than the fully opaque BB, but not as dark as the MUFE 131. Speaking of which, I well nigh swooned in my chair over that shimmery MUFE 131 shade.  Well nigh SWOONED! So, I’m definitely going to check that one out (and the recent MUFE Aqua purple), along with the BB. Thank you!   (My wallet, btw, does *not* thank you. ;P )  

  9. Kafka

    Hm, I can’t decide about this. I know you said the Chanel Eclosion is more intense than this BB but I have it and, comparing it to the opaque BB swatch shown last, I think the BB looks more intense or deeper. (Maybe it’s a tonal thing? My monitor? My eyesight? lol)  Anyway, for years, I’ve been looking for an exact dupe of a Calvin Klein matte aubergine/bordeaux that is probably one of my all-time favorite eyeshadows but which has become a bit too dried up now for real use. (I refuse to get rid of it until I have an exact replacement in my clutches.) The BB is getting somewhat close. The Chanel Eclosion wasn’t it; it’s less intense and much more red.  Going by your swatches, my CK one is darker and more plum aubergine than the fully opaque BB, but not as dark as the MUFE #311. Speaking of which, I well nigh swooned in my chair over that shimmery MUFE 311 shade.  Well nigh SWOONED! So, I’m definitely going to check that one out (and the recent MUFE Aqua purple), along with the BB. Thank you!   (My wallet, btw, does *not* thank you. ;P ) 

    •  @Kafka This definitely appears more muted compared to Eclosion, which has a stronger red undertone, which gives it a brighter, more intense look to me :)

      • Kafka

         @Christine (Temptalia)  Ah, brighter. Okay, we were coming at it from diff. definitional angles then, I think. :)  Yes, the Eclosion is *definitely* brighter!!  And you’ll see I noted the more red undercurrent, so I fully agree on that. I guess this one just seems more “intense” in the sense of darker — at least in the fully opaque swatch?? I always think darker colours are more “intense” in general. (Says the woman who wears a lot of black. Heh.)  Perhaps I should use the word “striking” but that doesn’t work either, particularly after checking the swatch colour on my phone where it actually does look more “muted” than it does on my computer monitor where it looks “deeper.” (Deeper??)     It’s so hard for me to know how to describe or define makeup colours when comparing shades.  Quite honestly, that is one of things you do that never fails to amaze me. :) I don’t know how you come up with such differentiation and nuances in your comparisons. It’s like a wine expert who can taste 7-8 layers of notes below the surface and then find detailed differences with another product, when most people can manage to find just 2-3. I note your range of colour adjectives and skilled eye for hues/tonality *every* day in awe, as I struggle to define the basic differences. Anyway, bottom line, I’ll definitely check this out in person in my never-ending quest to find a dupe for that CK colour. Thank you, as always, for directing me towards things I’d never otherwise know about. :)     
         

        •  @Kafka I think of intense along the lines of how strong something is; so it could be more intense and darker, but it could simply be more intense because the color is truer, brighter, more vibrant, or have more depth to it (which I’d say is a combination of both intensity and darkness). It can be very confusing since all of these words end up having more fluid definitions than something like, “Hey, check out the dictionary!”

  10. GUSnail

    Gorgeous color. I think I’d stick to the aqua cream though. You get more bang for your buck.

  11. Bobbi Brown’s cream shadow has one of the best formulas around! It actually stays put on my *very* oily eyelids–nuff said. This color is beautiful, but youre right Christine: it would so make my eyes look bruised.

  12. Veronica

    Gorgeous color.  I don’t think this would wear particularly well on fair skin tones, but women with darker skin would look amazing with it!

  13. blueraccoon

    not quite related to the eyeshadow but related to bobbi brown – I bought one of the high shimmer lip glosses today, because you’ve raved about them. I got Pink Sequin and then realized later I hadn’t seen swatches, but you mentioned it as a fave color, so here’s hoping I love it :)

  14. Jasmine Smith

    Can you please do a blog post on benefit’s highlighter watt’s up?

  15. Katherine

    Thanks Christine! This is definately one I’ll be picking up because this shade of this color is exactly what I find works well for me. (I was matched to NC 40).

  16. this would definitely be a punched in the eye look on me.. If it were matte I could pull it off, but not with this browny/red shimmer.

  17. Sandra JT

    Just scooped this and Black Violet up from a blog sale after seeing these swatches. Can’t wait for them to arrive! They look gorgeous!

  18. Sandra JT

    My blog sale order arrived from the UK. I got this shade as well as Black Violet. They’re both nice colors, set perfectly, and wear well under powder eyeshadows. I also got them ridiculously cheap. About $10 each, new, from a makeup artist I follow who always has a lot of products to get rid of. I also got an Estee Lauder Double Wear cream shadow for the same price. BUT…..shortly after my blog sale order arrived, I got some Makeup Geek cream shadows for $5.99 each. I much prefer the MUG cream shadows to both the BB & EL cream products. MUG cream shadows are far more pigmented, easy to get full coverage with, easy to apply & blend out, never crease or fade when I wear them, and add gorgeous dimension under any powder shadow product. They’re not waterproof, though. That’s their only downfall. Overall though, they’re far better than Bobbi Brown’s or Estée Lauder’s products. Not to mention a fraction of the price. I’ve got more of the MUG cream shadows coming, as well as their absolutely stellar cream liner ($7.99 each). Their liner IS waterproof, smudge-proof, everything-proof, & wears all day. They can also be used as waterproof cream shadows that are absolutely bulletproof.

    I’d highly suggest that anyone try Makeup Geek cream products, along with their single pan eyeshadows ($5.99 to $7.99 each) which put MAC, NARS & nearly every other dept store brand to shame.