Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Color Strips:  Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette ($60.00) is an eye, cheek, and lip palette from Bobbi Brown’s Color Strips Collection, which includes three palette variations. I’m typically wary of any palette that has lip wells in them, but I was excited, for these aren’t just the typical lip color, these are Pot Rouges, which are designed for cheeks and lips.

Pot Rouge

  • Powder Pink is a creamy rosy pink that can be layered for an opaque look on lips or sheered out for an everyday blusher on cheeks.
  • Pale Pink is a cool-toned blue-based pink that feels creamy and goes on fairly opaque.
  • Sand Pink is a creamy coral-beige shade. I don’t see a lot of pink in this, but it’s a muted, played-down coral that will work well on warm skin tones in particular.


  • White is a matte white. It’s a muted white, so it’s not a bright, totally unwearable white.
  • Dusty Plum (Metallic) is a mauvey-plum with a shimmery finish. It has that “metallic” feel, like it’s almost wet you swatch it.
  • Orchid Sparkle is a sheer, sparkly lilac–very light, very sheer, and prone to fall out.
  • Mulberry is a richly pigmented royal purple with a matte finish. Like a lot of mattes, it applies better when you use a brush than anything else. I don’t have a shade quite like this.
  • Caviar is a dark black-brown with a matte finish.

Oddly enough, my favorite part about this palette are the Pot Rouges. After trying Cabo Coral last month, I was curious about the other shades of Pot Rouge, and this is a good way to try out three new shades. All three were very creamy and pigmented, and they’re wearable on both cheeks and lips, so they do double-duty.

The eyeshadows didn’t get me too excited–I really liked Mulberry, though–I’m not sold on these five together. I can see a few combos, but usually I see a lot of combos in Bobbi Brown’s palettes and that wasn’t the case here. Orchid Sparkle is a throwaway shade for me, just because I know it’s a pain in the butt to use and it’s incredibly sheer; to make it work, try wearing it over a dark, metallic base. Dusty Plum Metallic would be my other shade favorite, because it’s smooth, pigmented, and versatile.

I like Bobbi Brown’s palette packaging, because the palette itself is sleek, but it’s practical, too.  The cheek/lip shades are separated from the eyeshadows quite well, and each palette also has a clear lid that flips up to further protect the shades from dirt and dust.

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

Recommendation: If you’ve wanted to try Pot Rouges, this is one way to try three at once… and get some eyeshadows as a bonus!

Availability:, Nordstrom

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Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette

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15 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Orchid Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Hilana

    Bobbi Brown has such excellent quality make-up, but more often than not, I just find it so boring. The only thing about her make-up that’s gotten my over the moon excited so far are her shimmer bricks. They are beyond stunning. But her other stuff just makes me yawn sometimes.

  2. Andrea

    The shadows are disappointing! I’ve been lemming bout it for quite a time but I think I’ll pass, don’t think it’s worth it just for the pot rouges. Do you Think Dirty Plum could be duped by Shale?

  3. I’m with you on being a little disappointed in this combination of Shades, Christine. They don’t look like they offer too many looks. But… I’m a complete sucker for purples and the fact that Bobbi’s replaced the usual lip gloss palette with pot rouge… I might just have to get this. ><;

  4. Anitacska

    Ooh the pot rouges do look lovely! I mainly ordered this because of the eyeshadows, but now it seems i’ll have a nice little suprise with these pot rouges as well. :)

  5. Ashley

    These are rather dissapointing, they looked absolutely gorgeous in the pallettes, but there’s something rather unremarkable about them. The pot rouges are actually really pretty though!

  6. If this was sooo much more cheaper I would definitely purchase it since I love all these colors :) BUT I really don’t think it’s worth $60, maybe $40 but since it is bobbi brown MAYBE $50 haha! Still a beautiful palette though 😀 Plus the matte shadows look kind’ve chalky anyway!

  7. those matte shades look rather chalky

  8. Dusty Plum looks pretty nice, is it really a plum?? It doesn’t look very plummy in the swatch

  9. Dang, it’s extremely expensive! I wouldn not buy because of that!

  10. Tiff

    Can you think of a dupe for the mulberry shadow? Love that shade but could pass on the rest of the palette.