Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo ($36.00 for 0.34 oz.) contains Bahama Brown (Shimmer Blush) and Pink Peony (Illuminating Bronzing Powder).  It’s a limited edition piece from Bobbi Brown’s Desert Twilight collection.

Bahama Brown is listed as “the perfect way to add a pop of color to the apples of cheeks.” It’s a muted brown with a hint of champagne shimmer-sheen, subtle orange-brown undertones, and a barely-there gray tinge. MAC Equilibrium is browner, no orange/red. Burberry Russet is closer but has a matte finish. MAC Pressed Amber is browner with subtler orange undertones. This shade had decent color payoff, but the texture was a little dry and stiff, so it wasn’t as blendable as I’d like in a powder blush. The sheen was nice–not too much, which meant it didn’t emphasize pores or imperfections on the skin. It wore for seven and a half hours before I saw some minor fading along the edges.

Pink Peony is described as a “blend of sheer powder and micro pearls.” It’s a soft, light-medium pink with a pale golden sheen. The color is sheer, as described. It’s almost coral, though the pink tends to dominate. MAC Immortal Flower is darker with no gold sheen. Tarina Tarantino Parasol is brighter, pinker. Tarina Tarantino Feather is more coral. Guerlain Blush G is similar but has a moer metallic sheen. Pink Peony was softer and more blendable on, and the sheerness of the color did help it smooth out more easily, since you couldn’t go overboard with it! This shade wore for six hours on me–it was much faster to show fading.

I like it, but I don’t love it.  If Bahama Brown was softer, more finely-milled and blendable, this would be a great combination of colors.  The brown could be used faintly as a contour shade on lighter complexions or as a way to bronze or add a glowy sheen on medium to dark skin tones.  The pink works either as a blush for lighter skin tones or as a highlighter on deeper ones.

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Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

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I like it, but I don't love it. If Bahama Brown was softer, more finely-milled and blendable, this would be a great combination of colors. The wear of Pink Peony was underwhelming, though.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo
Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Bobbi Brown, $36.00.

Is it limited edition?

Yes.

Any dupes?

See individual shade review! :)

What makeup are you wearing?

(First Look) On eyes: MAC Brilliantly Lit Eyeshadow, MAC Fashion Circuit Eyeshadow, MAC Switch to Blue Eyeshadow, MAC Highly Charged Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot Eyeliner (on waterline). On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Blush. On lips: MAC Vivid Imagination. (Second Look) On eyes: Pure Flash, Dynamo, Infra-violet, Fashion Circuit. On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Blush. On lips: Laura Mercier Camellia.

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33 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Bronzer/Blush Duo Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. blueraccoon

    I’m with you on this – I like it, but I don’t need to have it. If Pink Peony wore better I’d consider it, maybe, but I think I’ll pass.

  2. Avatar of Holly Holly

    Hey Christine. I loveee the second look. I was wondering what are you wearing on your lips? Laura Mercier lip glaze or is it a lipstick? Love the color!

  3. Liz

    I wouldn’t buy it, but both colors look very nice on you.

  4. Janie Leonard

    I love both eye looks you have on in this post! Reeally nice!! :)

  5. Catherine S.

    I *love* that green/turquoise eye look! Now I have to go back through and see if you detailed that anywhere in a previous post!

    • (First Look) On eyes: MAC Brilliantly Lit Eyeshadow, MAC Fashion Circuit Eyeshadow, MAC Switch to Blue Eyeshadow, MAC Highly Charged Eyeshadow, Burberry Trench Eyeshadow, Tarina Tarantino Cute Robot Eyeliner (on waterline). On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Bahama Brown Blush. On lips: MAC Vivid Imagination. (Second Look) On eyes: Pure Flash, Dynamo, Infra-violet, Fashion Circuit. On cheeks: Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Blush. On lips: Laura Mercier Camellia.

  6. I LOVE the looks you did with both of these. You are stunning, Christine!

  7. Ada

    I love the combination look the best; stunning!

  8. Jane

    Interesting! Good to know this one is a miss. Christine will you be doing Bobbi Brown’s BB cream?

  9. Oh my goodness Christine, this is so meh on you!! I’m totally shocked!! It looks so pretty in the pan too. Clearly a miss because normally you rock out most blushes.

  10. oh man..don’t read that the wrong way.. the rest of your look is gorgeous!!! This blush just seems to do nothing for you and I was quite taken aback because this rarely happens.

  11. Val

    I seem to love this combination and the colors are so pretty. But, is it just me or is your smile distracting me from really seeing the product? I am wondering if it will look different otherwise?

  12. Nice, but it looks a little bit too complicated for me. I’m not good with mixing blush colors :)

  13. Loulou

    I didn’t love this to begin with. But the sales lady told we to try blending the two together and now I think it is so pretty! I’m really enjoying it!

  14. Avatar of SandraJT Sandra JT

    Wow, it looks great on you! I wouldve said ‘leave it’….til I saw it on your skin! Both shades look gorgeous! Although I just ordered MAC Immortal Flower from a reputable reseller of MAC products, so I’ll likely not buy this….then again, I may have to take it in with me to Bobbi Brown & swatch them side by side to see if they’re different enough from one another to justify buying. There’s always a justification :-)

  15. Avatar of Ellen Ellen

    I was nervous about getting this because I already have Bobbi’s golden light and medium bronzers. I prefer neutral browns in all my make up colors, and her blushes are quite bright, none for contouring. I’m so glad I got it though! I don’t know why I didn’t consider Bahama Brown when it was a regular blush. I use the Brown as a bronzer/neutral and then the pink, which is extremely sheer even on me (warm ivory in winter) as a “pop” color as she would say. The brown is a gorgeous taupy btown with a hint of purple, I love it on my very fair skin. I hope she brings it back into the regular collection. I sometimes wear eyeshadows as blush because it is so hard to find good brownish blushes for fair skin. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them. I have fair skin, red hair and greenish/brown hazel eyes. The reddish browns bring out the green in my eyes, and brwnish blushes are the only ones that bring out some form of cheekbones on my pudgy face and don’t look clownish! Fair skined ladies try this, it may be love at first sight. Texture considerations are trumped by good color!