Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Choose Your Glam with Bobbi Brown: Smoldering

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three eyeshadows and one long-wear eye paint. It features: Ivory (creamy white), Heather Lilac (pink heather), Charcoal (dark grey), and Port (deep plum).

The Long-Wear Eye Paints are new and featured in the three palettes from Bobbi Brown’s Smoky, Sultry, Smoldering Collection. According to Bobbi Brown, they are “high-pigment metallic eyeshadow that can be worn wet or dry.” She recommends “[applying] them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease.”

  • Ivory is a creamy neutral white with a hint of beige–it’s not a stark white. This shade seems like it’s in the majority of Bobbi Brown’s palettes, though, so you probably have at least one! It is a permanent shade.
  • Heather Lilac is a pink mauve with a frosted metallic finish. It’s nicely pigmented and very smooth. This is exclusive to this palette.  It reminded me of NARS’ Night Rider, sans glitter; NARS Ondine is close, too, but leans brown.
  • Charcoal is a dark black with a matte finish. This is a permanent shade.
  • Port is a blackened burgundy with ruby and bright burgundy sparkle. It reminded me of a less black-based MAC Young Punk. From what I can tell, the Long-Wear Eye Paints are very similar to baked/mineralize eyeshadows–it has a small dome, the same sheer texture when applied dry, and it intensifies ten-fold when applied damp.  The shade is all reminiscent of a shadow from LORAC’s Private Affair palette.

Each of the eyeshadows is 0.04 oz. (full-sized are 0.08 oz. for $20.00; 0.10 oz. for $20.00 for metallic eyeshadow), while the Long-Wear Eye Paint is 0.03 oz. (not currently available on its lonesome; but for valuation purposes, we’ll assume 0.08 oz. for $20.00). In this palette, you receive $20.00 worth of regular Eyeshadow, $8 worth of Metallic Eyeshadow, and $7.50 worth of Long-Wear Eye Paint. This totals to $35.50 worth of product. You do also receive a double-ended brush in the palette, which is usable (and one of the better brushes included in palettes)– we’ll say it’s $7 worth–bringing us to $42.50. It’s not a value-packed palette, but I don’t think you’re losing out.

I see a lot of these shades working together, though I really wish Bobbi Brown would vary the lightest shade–Ivory is permanent and too often included in her limited edition palettes. The packaging is sleek and compact, and I love that they have an actual brush applicator included, rather than sponge-tipped ones!  It is a bit basic, with both a matte white and black eyeshadow, so it might not be the best holiday palette to pick up if you have a sizable stash.

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  • Product: 27/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This would be excellent on cooler skin tones in particular, though warmer ones should be able to use it, too. You may want to opt elsewhere for a highlighter if you are medium to dark in skin tone, as Ivory may look stark.


See more photos & swatches!

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Ivory, Heather Lilac, Charcoal, Port (Dry/Wet)

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Ivory, Heather Lilac, Charcoal

Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette
Charcoal, Port (Dry/Wet)

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19 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Denise

    I love Port! The colour is amazing! Does anyone know a “dupe” or similar colour? Maybe from another brand….

  2. Hilary♥

    Very pretty palette! Port is my favorite ♥ aww it sucks that we don’t have Bobbi Brown here =(

  3. Rosanna

    Her eyeshadows are so blah to me despite the nice packaging and numerous eyeshadow palettes.

  4. baby in a corner

    the problem with christmas palettes is that they usually appeal to the lower common denominator – people who don’t normally buy make up but get presents at christmas. this is nice but agreed that the white and black are basic.

  5. Rosamaria

    Please consider doing a look with this palette. I’d love to see it!

  6. Liliane

    I don’t think I would wear Heather Lilac with Port – I think they don’t match at all.

  7. Dini

    I love Port. What a lovely color when swatched wet. Thanks for the great swatches!

  8. Too expensive, but the colors are great and the packaging is really cool and more edgy than Bobbi Brown usually does.

  9. Eileen

    Heather lilac and port ensemble …. ca si bon!

  10. Ashley

    I love Port! It’s so pretty

  11. Lala

    Im gonna skip even though I really like heather lilac

  12. Luisafer

    like that palette!!!

  13. Kat

    Sorry, should have read the upper comments first. But I don’t think MACs Beauty Marked is a good dupe. Any other suggestions? I don’t care if the formula is similar.

  14. Love Port. But that is about it. I have a palette that looks almost exactly like this at a faction of the price tag. :)