Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow ($24.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “golden shimmer pewter.” This is a sparkling purply taupe with golden copper, dark copper, and purple sparkle. Giorgio Armani #4 is much darker, more taupe. Chanel Illusoire is smokier, grayer. NARS Lhasa is similar but without the sparkle. Wet ‘n’ Wild We’re Blasting Off is lighter and doesn’t have the sparkle. Bare Escentuals Romp is purpler. MAC Shale is a bit browner and doesn’t have the sparkle.

The texture of Smoky Topaz isn’t as smooth as some of the other recently released shades, because it has more of a sparkle finish, which means the finish comes out more metallic, more frosted. It can be sheered down quite a bit, so it can look like a delicate dusting of sparkle without a whole lot of color once you blend out the color (I like fingertips or a fluffy brush for this). It’s really pretty when layered, as that is when the purply taupe hue becomes noticeable. Smoky Topaz had a wetter texture, more slip, compared to the other shades, too.

Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow is supposed to be a smooth, easy-to-apply cream eyeshadow that will last all day long without creasing or smearing. When I tested Smoky Topaz, it wore for about seven hours without creasing but there was some fading after eight hours and a few flecks of fallout, without a primer. With a primer, it was a little better, but there was still a touch of fading after eight hours.

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Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
This is a more unique shade, and I think the finish of this gives those of us who loathe fall out but love sparkle something to be excited over. There were just a few sparkles underneath my eye after eight hours, but the color was mostly intact.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow
Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow

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Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

Giorgio Armani #4 is much darker, more taupe. Chanel Illusoire is smokier, grayer. NARS Lhasa is similar but without the sparkle. Wet 'n' Wild We're Blasting Off is lighter and doesn't have the sparkle. Bare Escentuals Romp is purpler. MAC Shale is a bit browner and doesn't have the sparkle.

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8 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Smoky Topaz Long-Wear Cream Shadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. corallista

    I get excited every time I see these in the pot where they look really intense but the arm swatch shows them much sheerer. How do they appear on the lids Christine? Could you please put up a picture showing one of these on the lids? Thank you so much!

  2. ingerasata

    For me it’s a “LEAVE IT”.

  3. Agreed with @ingerasata …leaving it! I can see the appeal for others, though.

  4. Mariella

    Looks nice in the jar but awfully patchy when swatched.  Christine, how would you say this compares, colourwise, to Chanel Illusiore? In the photo of it in the jar, it looks very close but swatched, nowhere near as good.

  5. Sorry to be so harsh, but umm.. YUCK!  The swatches look horrible to me.

  6. Mara

    I actually have this shade. I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown products and the cream shadows in particular. I find it quite unique on the eye, quite a complex color and although it is shimmery, it’s not too sparkly (not like her metallic long wear cream shadows, which are OTT for my taste). I have hazel-green eyes and I find this shade quite flattering in fact (along with the Velvet Plum from the same collection). Application is not the smoothest in the world but I can live with it!