Monday, November 26th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Interesting Color, But Brush Strokes Rain on the Parade

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer ($18.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering rich brown graphite.” It’s a deep blackened-brown with a hint of plum and fine threads of shimmer. Chanel Strong came to mind, but it is more burgundy–quite a bit redder in shimmer; and Bobbi Brown Twilight is a lot like Strong, so it’s not much like this one. Chanel Vertigo is a bit grayer, and it has less shimmer. China Glaze Bogie is more red-toned.

The color was fully opaque after two coats, but there were visible brush strokes in both natural and brighter lighting, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you. It had a great consistency that wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it flowed beautifully across the nail without streaking, bubbling, or pooling along the edges of the nail. I typically get a week of wear with minor tip wear but no chips with Bobbi Brown’s formula.

The Glossover

LE
product

Black Pearl

A-
If the brush strokes were less visible and easier to get to pull straight, this would be a very interesting color that I don't know of a perfect dupe for!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

Chanel Strong came to mind, but it is more burgundy--quite a bit redder in shimmer; and Bobbi Brown Twilight is a lot like Strong, so it's not much like this one. Chanel Vertigo is a bit grayer, and it has less shimmer. China Glaze Bogie is more red-toned.

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10 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Aw that’s a shame–I would have really liked it if it weren’t for those brush strokes. Sometimes I think they’re okay, but these just stand out against the dark base too much :/

  2. Aw, too bad about the brush strokes because I do like the color a lot.

  3. Brush strokes don’t usually bother me, so I find this pretty. I’m not in love with it though, so it’s a skip.

  4. too much brush-stroke action for my OCD, lol

  5. Avatar of vikaki vicky kemerli

    it looks like opi-light my sapphire!

  6. I love the warmer color of this polish. Very pretty.

  7. I agree with you Christine, as well as most of the comments so far. The color is really interesting and subtly nuanced…but the brush strokes are KILLIN’ me.

  8. kk

    I never really like brush strokes when I see them in person (break out the glitter polish!) but I don’t think it looks so bad hear. I like the shimmery-grayish-metallic look paired with the nice top coat (what is that btw?). I don’t mind it, but I don’t $18 love it.

  9. That color is EVERYTHING, but I agree…$18 nail polish doesn’t get to streak when my $2 Sally Hansen doesn’t.

  10. Audrey

    How are people clicking leave? This is gorgeous.