Top row, left to right (eye shadows): Naked, Bare, Nude, and Buff; Bottom row, left to right (lip color): Bare, Beige, Brownie, and Cocoa
Bobbi Brown Nude Lip & Eye Palette ($60.00): As pretty as this pre-made palette looks in promo images, and even in person, the eyeshadows left me unsatisfied. I enjoy a nice neutral/nude look from time to time, so I thought that this palette would make a great addition to my travel bag or for occasions where minimal makeup is necessary. There are four eyeshadows, but three of the four look virtually the same on me (I’m medium toned), even with a white-beige base (MAC Soft Ochre paint pot).
Naked and Bare are so similar and seem to differ mostly in texture, where Naked seems a little more shimmery and Bare more matte. Nude is a warmer version of Naked/Bear with more peach/rose undertones. Buff would be my favorite, because it is darker and distinguishable from the others. I also didn’t find any of these to be a great highlight color, though I suppose Nude is the one you might assume to use. When looking at pre-made palettes, I do expect that there will be several looks that I can using the palette exclusively–not having to grab additional colors. From the promotional image, it did look like there was a little more color differentiation than you get in real life.
Aside from my issues with the colors/color pay off, the textures are typical BB: smooth and soft. I didn’t bother using the brush that comes with the palette because the bristles were just too coarse against the delicate shadows–it cause them to flake more than I liked. Full-size Bobbi Brown brushes are much better than the baby versions put into palettes (which is no different than other brands’ palettes, including MAC), so in a pinch, they’re great, but if you can, take your regular brushes with you.
The lip colors were much more exciting than the shadows, because they all had good pigmentation and the color variation was there. Bare lip color makes an excellent subdued rosey shade with soft undertones of plum, while Beige is a shimmery bronze-tan that adds a nice layer of iridescence to lips. Brownie is a great sheer soft tan color that should work with most skintones. Cocoa was my least favorite, just because it doesn’t suit me well; it is a nice shade of brown with red undertones with low-level shimmer. The lip brush is cute and compact, but I never have the patience for lip brushes. I opted to use a larger, flat firm brush (meant for eyes) to apply it, just because it was faster.
Overall, it dismays me to say that I don’t feel like this palette is worth it in the end, since the shadows did not offer me a variety of potential looks to create – three look about the same, and one is dark enough to add depth to the crease/outer lid. I’ve liked previous Bobbi Brown palettes much more, especially the Metallic trios. I also thought the lip palette for the Heart’s Truth was gorgeous, but this one just falls short for me!