Monday, January 10th, 2011

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette ($60.00 for 0.36 oz.) is an all-in-one palette with four eyeshadows, one blush, two lipglosses, and one lipstick. It includes:  Navajo (creamy pinkish white), Rose Gold (golden pink), Burnished Rose (warm rose), Chocolate Caviar (deep chocolate brown), Plum (deep pinky plum), Pink Pudding (bright medium pink), Pink Bouquet (baby pink with silver flecks), and Powerful (bright deep pink).

  • Navajo is a pale beige white with a matte finish. This is part of the permanent range.
  • Rose Gold is a rose-tinged bronze gold with a frosted finish.
  • Burnished Rose is a warmed-up, soft light-medium brown beige with a matte finish.
  • Chocolate Caviar is a deep, dark cool-toned chocolate brown with a matte finish.
  • Plum is a very pinked plum with lots of color pay off; it can be built up with ease or blended out for a softer look. It has a near matte finish.  This is a powder blush.
  • Pink Pudding is a sheer, medium pink with soft pink shimmer.  This is a Shimmer Lip Gloss.
  • Pink Bouquet is a semi-sheer rosy pink with petal pink shimmer.  This is a Glitter Lip Gloss.
  • Powerful is an opaque, rich, deep burgundy wine with a creamy, slightly shiny finish.  This is a lipstick.

The palette contains 0.09 oz. of Eyeshadow ($22.50 value), 0.04 oz. Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow ($7.50 value), 0.14 oz. of blush ($23.69 value), 0.028 oz. of Shimmer Lip Gloss ($4.00 value), 0.028 of Glitter Lip Gloss ($4.00 value), and 0.035 oz. of Lip Color ($6.42 value). It total value of the products inside the palette sums to $68.11, while the palette itself costs $60. It’s not a value-packed palette, but you’re getting your money’s worth.

All four eyeshadows were pigmented, and Chocolate Caviar was the only one that didn’t have a really beautifully creamy, silky texture (just slightly drier), and the Plum blush was also nicely pigmented.  The two lip glosses are both on the sheer side as Bobbi Brown glosses often are, while the lipstick was gorgeous and rich in color.

I love the sleek packaging, and I think the typography on the outside cover of the palette is beautiful.  Bobbi Brown’s campaign of Pretty. Powerful. is really a fantastic slogan, so I’m all for it being emblazoned across the palette itself.  Though I’m not personally that fond of palettes that mix powders with gloss or creams, I do like that Bobbi Brown’s palettes always seem to have deeper wells and a very tightly clasping palette to minimize powder migration.

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

FINAL THOUGHTS: For those who like palettes that make their mornings easier, Bobbi Brown’s Powerful palette may just be one of those.  With eyeshadows, blush, and lip color all in one go all housed in a slim palette, it is easy to travel with.  However, I am not sure just how keen I am with the way the eyeshadows coordinate with the blush and lip colors–they are almost too orange compared to the plum and pink of the other shades.

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Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Navajo, Rose Gold, Burnished Rose, Chocolate Caviar

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Bobbi Brown Plum Blush

Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette
Pink Pudding, Pink Bouquet, Powerful

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Powerful? How much is it?

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Any dupes?

For Rose Gold, try NARS Hula Hula or Bohemian Gold. For Burnished Rose, try MAC Soft Brown. For Chocolate Cavar, try MAC Smut.

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17 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Powerful Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Ooh! The blush and the Powerful lippie look so lovely!

  2. do a look on it christine! pretty please!

  3. I totally agree with you Christine.
    And at this price?
    Naaaah….. :)

  4. Gözde

    so disappointing! not attractive at all!!!!

  5. totally agree that the colours don’t seem to be coordinated! the blush looks like it will clash a lot with the eyeshadows! weird…

  6. Chantal

    Thanks for the swatches, Christine! Both the Powerful and Pretty palettes caught my attention when you originally posted about them. I was torn between them, but this one swatched so differently from what I expected!

    Will you be swatching the Pretty one as well? I’m hoping that the eyeshadows will be more neutral-cool and the blush softer/lighter. If so I think it will make a great travel palette for me.

    Thanks again! :)

    • Yep, I will be! I was trying to hold off reviewing until I had done a look with each, but as part of my New Year’s Resolution… I want to also review before they’re old news, LOL.

  7. Julia

    Bobbi Brown’s products always bore me.

  8. Eileen

    I don’t know about pretty powerful, but it would be pretty awesome if BB stopped putting powder and cream products in the same palette without any sort of divider. Cross contamination of the worst sort–ugh!

  9. Julia

    Skip on this one. I thought for sure that this would be a product for Breast Cancer by the abundance of pink….it just looks like it needs a little more color contrast. And Christine is right, the lipsticks and blush choice just seem a little off for the shadows.

  10. Pamela

    Rose Gold looks so beautiful and Powerful is honestly just powerful.

  11. suzysoffice

    I totally agree with you about the color cordination, :(

  12. Denise

    For me this is just another kit ob basic products. nothing to spend money on.

  13. Naheeda

    nice but will get it at any brand so not for me.

  14. Katherine

    I went ahead and bought this and I agree that the palette doesn’t seem to come together color wise. The ES are definately a gladbag mix of warm and cool and neutral yet the blush is cool. Lippies are great but all in all I have only used this about twice. Waste of 60 bucks for me.

  15. Alison

    I wish this was permanent – I don’t see myself buying it soon, but I wish I could try it eventually!

  16. Jupiter

    Anyone know a dupe the Powerful Pink lipcolor? It’s so gorgeous.