Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Goes Modern for the Holidays

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette ($75.00) contains ten eyeshadows and four lip glosses all housed in a sleek palette for the holidays.

It includes: Ivory (creamy white), Oyster Grey (silvery beige), Antique Pink (muted rose), Quarry (steely grey with golden flecks), Taffeta (pale pink bronze), Birch (soft brown), Heather Rose (golden plum), Navy Charcoal (navy charcoal grey), Gold Thread (deep golden copper), and Espresso (dark chocolate brown) eyeshadows; along with Grape (deep plum), Pink Bouquet (bright pink), Golden Topaz (golden bronze), and Paisley Rose (warm pink rose) lip glosses.

  • Ivory is a creamy muted white–it’s not too stark, but it’s not what I’d describe as beige, either. I’ve mentioned it before, but this color is routinely in Bobbi Brown’s palettes. This is a matte eyeshadow. It is also part of the permanent range.
  • Oyster Grey is a pale, frosted champagne. This is a metallic eyeshadow.
  • Antique Pink is a sheer, pink champagne.  I found the pigmentation on this shade to be underwhelming–it could use a boost.   This is a shimmer wash eyeshadow.
  • Quarry is a cool-toned muted brown with a white shimmer-sheen. This is a shimmer wash eyeshadow.
  • Taffeta is a softened bronze with golden sheen. This is a metallic eyeshadow.
  • Birch is a muted medium-dark brown–it has very subtle red undertones. This is a matte eyeshadow. It is also part of the permanent range.
  • Heather Rose is a plummy rose with bronze shimmer.  It is a touch sheer but only negligibly. This is a shimmer wash eyeshadow.
  • Navy Charcoal is a muted navy blue matte base with blue flecks of sparkle.
  • Gold Thread is a browned gold with a bright gold sheen. This is a metallic eyeshadow.
  • Espresso is a cool-toned, smoldering black-brown. This is a matte eyeshadow. It is also part of the permanent range.
  • Grape is a sheer plummy pink with plum and gold shimmer. This is a glitter lip gloss.
  • Pink Bouquet is a sheer medium rose pink. This is a glitter lip gloss.
  • Golden Topaz is a sheer beige nude with champagne shimmer. This is a glitter lip gloss.
  • Paisley Rose is a sheer peach-coral nude with faint champagne shimmer. This is a shimmer lip gloss.

Each regular eyeshadow is 0.02 oz.; metallic eyeshadow is 0.02 oz.; each shimmer wash eyeshadow is 0.02 oz.; shimmer lip gloss is 0.03 oz.; and glitter lip gloss is 0.03 oz. In sum, you are getting 0.08 oz. worth of regular eyeshadow ($20.00 value), 0.06 oz. of metallic eyeshadow ($12.00 value), and 0.06 oz. of shimmer wash eyeshadow ($15.00 value). For the gloss, you are getting 0.03 oz. worth of shimmer lip gloss ($4.30 value) and 0.09 oz. worth of glitter lip gloss ($12.86 value). There is also a lip brush and an eyeshadow brush, both functional and not too scratchy (nowhere near as soft as full-sized Bobbi Brown brushes, but they are decent), which I’d put at $10 of value. The palette contains $74.16 worth of product, but you do get 10 eyeshadows and 4 lip glosses (three lip glosses or three eyeshadows would run you right around ~$60 alone).

I really love that Bobbi Brown separates her eyeshadows and lip glosses; it’s not something we always see in palettes, but this brand often does it, and I can appreciate that. It’s just nice not having to worry about powder getting into your gloss products. I also like the inclusion of brushes over sponge-tipped applicators and wish more brands would do the same.

This is the kind of color palette I would expect from Bobbi Brown, and I think it does suit its name. If you’re after bright colors, this is obviously something quite different. However, this palette is excellent for creating work-safe looks as well as some heavier, smokier looks–but lighter, “safer” shades dominate and make it an easy palette for those needing work-friendly options on-the-go or all in one place. I did find that the pigmentation was a bit sheer in a few of the shades (indicated above), but overall, it’s a nice palette.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: At $75, I would want to make sure to purchase it (or gift it) to someone who would really enjoy and use the majority of the palette–not just for one or two shades, you know?

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Grape, Pink Bouquet, Golden Topaz, Paisley Rose Lip Glosses

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Grape, Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Glosses

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Golden Topaz Glitter Lip Gloss, Paisley Rose Shimmer Lip Gloss

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Grape, Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Glosses

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Row 1: Ivory, Oyster Grey, Antique Pink, Quarry, Taffeta;
Row 2: Birch, Heather Rose, Navy Charcoal, Gold Thread, Espresso

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Row 1: Ivory, Oyster Grey, Antique Pink; Row 2: Birch, Heather Rose, Navy Charcoal

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Row 1: Antique Pink< Quarry, Taffeta; Row 2: Navy Charcoal, Gold Thread, Espresso

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Ivory, Oyster Grey, Antique Pink, Quarry, Taffeta

Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette
Birch, Heather Rose, Navy Charcoal, Gold Thread, Espresso

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18 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Modern Classic Lip & Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Maeve

    I just can’t stand Bobbie Brown products. I’m not entirely sure why I dislike them so much, I just do! They never seem to be a good value.

    • Hannah

      Same here. I’m happy with my MAC eyeshadows, and I don’t think her lip products are anything special in my opinion.

  2. I’ve been thinking and thinking and thinking about getting this, and…I’m still not sure whether I should.

  3. This looks like a great neutral palette. I think I might have to check it out!

  4. Avatar of Dini Dini

    I really love this palette, but it is tough on the budget at this time of year. Thanks for doing the math by ounce to show the true value of the palette. That really helps decide if it is worth its cost.

  5. Desiree

    I was waiting to see your review of this! I think it’s safe to say I want this now!

  6. Heather

    the eye shadow portion of the palette looks comparable to Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. you could save a lot of money by just purchasing that one!

  7. Dollymix8

    Too much colours with shimmer and I’d rather use a lipstick

  8. CeeBee

    This retails in NZ for $190.
    There is NO way I would pay that for it, especially when the colours seem to me to be very easily duped and the pigmentation isn’t so great.

    Thanks for the review Christine :)

  9. Avatar of Joan Joan

    Meh. The colours are too sheer!

  10. Avatar of Brenda Brenda

    I may be waaaaay off base, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen really similar colours in the NYX 10 colour palettes. And pigmentation looks very close too. Don’t think I’d spend this much when the NYX is 15.00 (in Toronto anyways).

  11. Like the eye colours, but the lips are totally not impressive. And they all pan out the same on your swatch. Almost. Too much money. If I spend that money, I want to be dazzled.

  12. jen

    why are every palette this year including so many pink eyeshadows?!
    I hate pink eyeshadow. :(

  13. Olivia

    Hey Christine do you have dupes for gold thread and quarry? :)

    BTW I love your site :)

  14. Joanny

    Hey Christine, I love your page and the pictures-swatches! :)

    Do you know any dupes for Taffeta? I really want that lovely color.

    Thanks! :D

  15. Lizzie stone

    Hey i was wondering is there a dupe for the gold thread eyeshadow in this palette? perhaps a MAC dupe? thank you