Friday, July 22nd, 2011


Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette ($60.00 for 0.32 oz.) contains eight eyeshadows: Ivory (creamy white), Hot Stone (medium brown), Terracotta (warm golden nude), Desert Sand (golden beige), Antique Rose (warm pink nude), Black Chocolate (black brown), Sandy Rose (brown bronze), and Gold Bar (pale gold).

Here’s a quick breakdown of Bobbi Brown’s finishes: regular eyeshadows have a matte finish, which means no shimmer; sparkle eyeshadows are glittery and have a translucent base to allow it to glide onto the lid; metallic eyeshadows are richly pigmented with a bright sheen; and shimmer wash eyeshadows are sheer and lightly pearlized.

  • Ivory is a pale, creamy white with a matte finish. There is a softness to it that keeps it from being powdery or chalky. This is a regular (matte) eyeshadow and is part of the permanent range. Inglot #351 is similar but less warm.
  • Hot Stone is a medium-dark brown with a hint of gray. This is a regular (matte) eyeshadow and is part of the permanent range. It’s a little darker than MAC Omega but lighter than MAC Charcoal Brown. Inglot #361 is less brown but similar.
  • Terracotta is a lightened orange with a matte finish. This is a regular (matte) eyeshadow. MAC Samoa Silk is lighter and brighter. Inglot #368 is closer, but it’s more orange.
  • Desert Sand is a pale champagne-gold with a bright, metallic sheen. This is a metallic eyeshadow. Urban Decay Blunt is similar but more golden. MAC Retrospeck also seems similar.
  • Antique Rose is a medium-dark peach-beige with a matte finish. This is a regular (matte) eyeshadow. Inglot #337 is similar but not as pink.
  • Black Chocolate is a blackened brown with a matte finish–it looks more charcoal than brown, though. This is a regular (matte) eyeshadow and is part of the permanent range. I couldn’t think of a dupe for this, just because it’s more gray-black than black-brown, but it’s very, very dark.
  • Sandy Rose is a soft, light beige-taupe with a metallic sheen. This is a metallic eyeshadow. Inglot #402 is a bit darker but still similar.
  • Gold Bar is a sheer white gold with lots of fine gold shimmer. This is a sparkle eyeshadow. Sparkle eyeshadows are supposed to be sheer, but this felt a little dusty and uneven overall–not just sheer. MAC Nylon is similar but has a whiter base color.

Overall, I think this palette is better than the Bronze Tortoise palette, because it has a better variety in finishes as well as the shades are more diversified, which makes it a more versatile palette in comparison.  The only troublemaker was Gold Bar, which despite the Sparkle finish, seemed uneven, and it was prone to fall out.  Ivory and Terracotta seemed a touch under-pigmented but just barely.

Unfortunately, the product sample I received to review did not come with a box, and the label on the back of the compact had sample labeling, so I couldn’t get an ingredients’ list or how much product was in it. I called my local Bobbi Brown counter and asked, and they said that the regular eyeshadows (mattes) contain 0.04 oz., sparkle finishes contain 0.02 oz., metallic finishes contain 0.05 oz., and shimmer wash finishes contain 0.05 oz. This palette contains 5x regular, 1x sparkle, and 2x metallic, which ends up being the equivalent value of: $50 in regular eyeshadows, $3.69 in sparkle eyeshadows, and $20 in metallic eyeshadows. All in all, this palette contains $73.69 worth of product.

The Glossover

palette

Sand Tortoise

B+
There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers in this palette, which is always nice to see. If you've been looking for a neutral palette with more matte eyeshadows, you might consider this. It's cooler in overall tone compared to the Bronze Tortoise palette. The only eyeshadow that had real issues was Gold Bar.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette


Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette


Ivory, Hot Stone, Terracotta, Desert Sand


Bobbi Brown Ivory Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Ivory Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Hot Stone Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Hot Stone Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Terracotta Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Terracotta Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Desert Sand Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Desert Sand Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette


Antique Rose, Black Chocolate, Sandy Rose, Gold Bar


Bobbi Brown Antique Rose Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Antique Rose Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Sandy Rose Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Gold Bar Eyeshadow


Bobbi Brown Gold Bar Eyeshadow

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Is it limited edition?

Yes.

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See individual shade review.

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18 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. kim

    this product is already sold out here in Hong Kong and i think this palette is something new for Bobbi Brown but not for other brands !!

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Mariella Mariella

    I loved how this looked in the very first (promo?) photos you showed but in these,it doesn’t look nearly as appealing.

  3. Krista

    Ohh…I like. :)

  4. Shalimar

    I will admit that I am somewhat tempted to get this.

  5. Too plain for me. I prefer a little more pizazz for $60.

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kayla Kayla

    I love these palettes! I love the Sand one for work and the Bronze for going out but they’re both so versatile.

  7. Rosie

    This looks really pretty! I haven’t bought any Bobbi Brown cosmetics. I really want to, but I always opt to spend on MAC, MUFE, Too Faced or some other brand from Sephora. I’ve heard the black ink from BB is great! Christine if you had $100.00 to spend on any Brand what brand would you opt to spend your $100.00?

  8. Love my palette , it looks a lot warmer in that photo though than in real life

  9. Amanda

    I feel like this palette is a bit expensive, and if I was paying $60 for it then I’d want it to be outstanding, yet this is only average. And am I the only one bothered by how much it resembles NYX’s palettes?

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of caitlin cait

    WANT!

    But soooo expensive :c

  11. yvette

    Bobbi Brown eyeshadows just aren’t easy to apply and have poor pigment. I always prefer Stila, Urban Decay or Chanel.

  12. A.

    I like the name of this pallete but colors are boring (borderline ugly).

  13. Geri

    can I see the palette closed? how does it look like?

  14. I’m a HUGE sucker for Tortoise Shell packaging! LOVE it! Bobbi Brown always makes me think of makeup in the 90’s though ;) Hehe!

  15. Suselew

    Bobbi Brown powder eyeshadows have been a consistent miss for me. There is so much better products out there that I simply ignore them. They are bland and underpigmented. There is neutral and then there is boring neutral.

  16. Kate

    I love this collection and the chic packaging(yes, I admit, I’m tempted by pretty packaging, lol!). I’ve ordered this palette, the brush set and Twig l/s. ^^

  17. flyavsted

    How does Sandy Rose compare to the taupe in Chanel’s Topkapi?

  18. Looks chalky overall.