Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) includes six shades of neutral eyeshadows. These include: Chino (light cool beige), Praline (nude with golden pearl), Pink Chandelier (warm pink with golden pearl), Stone (neutral grey brown), Champagne Truffle (warm pink beige), and Cocoa Berry (rich brown plum).

  • Chino is a soft, gray-tinted light-medium brown with a mostly matte finish. This has a matte finish (officially). It was smooth and soft with good color payoff. Chanel Beige Lame is similar but has shimmer. Urban Decay Naked is browner.
  • Praline is a warm medium brown with a champagne-gold shimmer and sheen. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. As such, the color payoff is good but there is an underlying sheerness that’s intentional with this finish. The shimmer seems to be more integrated with the base color, so it didn’t have a lot of fall out issues. MAC Love Connection is darter, more coppery. Urban Decay Chopper is more of a coppery-orange. Wet ‘n’ Wild Dancing in the Clouds is darker. MAC Moleskin is close but doesn’t have shimmer.
  • Pink Chandelier is gold and copper shimmered beige. This has a Metallic finish. For whatever reason, this shade was horrible. The color payoff was beyond sheer, and the texture was dry and gritty. Absolute miss! I couldn’t even give you a dupe, because it’s hard to determine what this color is actually supposed to be.
  • Stone is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones. This has a matte finish. MAC Lie Low is a bit darker and redder in tone, plus it has a shimmery finish. MAC Texture is darker, more yellowed. Inglot #357 is the closest, though slightly warmer.
  • Champagne Truffle is a medium coppery brown. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. It has good color payoff overall. Wet ‘n’ WIld Comfort Zone is slightly darker. Urban Decay Blaze is similar.
  • Cocoa Berry is a burgundy-brown with a satiny sheen. This has a Shimmer Wash finish. It’s very, very dry and difficult to work with, because it doesn’t want to apply. It’s supposed to be sheer, so even though it looks awful in the payoff department, that’s what it’s supposed to be! Inglot #378 is a bit darker and matte. Chanel Ebloui is similar but more burgundy.

The palette starts out on a good note, but once you reach the third shade, it starts going downhill.  Pink Chandelier and Cocoa Berry were both troublemakers, though the former was truly an awful shade to work with.  These eyeshadows all felt a little drier than Bobbi Brown’s usual formula.   Ultra Nude is a decent palette but with two under-performers, it’s not the best bang for your buck or one of the top five neutral palettes on the market.  When I test drove this palette, I used Chino, Praline, Stone, and Cocoa Berry together, and they wore fairly well with only minor fading after eight hours when applied without a primer–with a primer, there were no problems with the wear.  Cocoa Berry made me want to tear my hair out, because it was so difficult to blend.

The Glossover

palette

Ultra Nude

B
One-third of the palette is a let-down, and I think it's better to buy individual shades that you really love and would use than a palette that's just so-so. I did appreciate that Bobbi Brown included multiple finishes within a single palette, though.

Product

7.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

Results
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Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Chino Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Praline Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Pink Chandelier Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Stone Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Champagne Truffle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cocoa Berry Eyeshadow

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25 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbie barbara

    and suddenly seeing this and remembering that the naked palette brings 12 shades for 50 bucks doesn’t seem so so bad anymore

  2. It’s great to see this reviewed! I liked it at the first sight but doesn’t feel so unique when the swatches are seen. Not a “must purchase” I guess.

  3. Carla

    I couldn’t even give you a dupe, because it’s hard to determine what this color is actually supposed to be.

    How about Fun! from the MAC Sultry Snowglobe palette? It’s what the swatch reminded me of right away but there is actually LESS color and sparkle to the MAC version. It’s just as disappointing in the MAC palette as in this one!

  4. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dee GUSnail

    Very disapointing. I’d been eyeing that pallette for a while, but the colors seemed too cool, so I never picked it up. Now I’m glad I skipped it.

  5. Eeek, Pink Chandelier and Cocoa Berry look soooo disappointing!

    I think the market has been saturated with neutral palettes. If you want consumers to dole money out for yours, you’d better make it nearly flawless!

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

    So disappointing! I feel like Bobbi Brown would’ve known better than to put out a mediocre neutral palette, they do neutrals so well.

  7. Saffy

    I like the packaging of this palette, but the neutral eyeshadow palette has been done so many times now. Urban Decay, The Balm, and Too Faced all have awesome neutral palettes that are much better value and quality.

  8. Jenny

    Why can’t BB put out a better than average LE palette? Every palette of hers I see reviewed gets mediocres ratings. It is probably why these things always end up at my local CCO.

  9. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of J-Boogie Jocelyn

    I have owned several BB palettes an they’ve mostly been of disappointing quality. For the price, I can’t believe she puts stuff like this out. Her line really seems to be hit or miss. The hits are great, but too many misses for higher priced line. Too bad.

  10. Miss J

    Well, boo, this one looks better in the packaging then in the swatches. Kind of a bummer. On the note of neutral palettes, though…Christine, have you got to check out LORAC’s Unzipped Palette? I have a feeling this one might interest those who are more cool toned than the Naked Palettes did.

      • Miss J

        If you get the time, take a little peak at it! I don’t own much LORAC, but I tested this palette out at Sephora last time I was there, and it actually impressed me quite a bit. Comes with a mini LORAC eye primer and ten shadows; four of the them are matte. All the shadows seemed soft and smooth. I feel like it’s something that cool or warm tones could pull off easily. :)

        • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Andrea Andrea

          I am totally in agreement with you Miss J. I just became a LORAC convert. Such nice buttery-feel eyeshadows. I bought their unzipped palette and I love it right now. Would love to see them reviewed though!

    • Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Genevieve Genevieve Sobel

      I actually just received my LORAC Unzipped palette in the mail today. It is the first LORAC product I have ever tried and I am actually very impressed with it! The colors are warmer toned- lots of pink & red based colors- and the textures are so soft and buttery. I have only swatched them so far, I am planning to break them out tomorrow, but the colors are vibrant and smooth and the matte shades don’t appear to be chalky at all. For the price it is a really decent palette (I actually prefer it over a Dior and a Chanel one that I just bought). I have both of the Naked palettes and I don’t feel that they are too redundant. I would recommend trying it out!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbara Barbara

    So glad you reviewed this because I was lemming it and now it’s a miss for me!

  12. Nicole

    I totally agree with you Christine on the quality of Pink Candelier. I can only use it as a little hightlighter applying it with my fingers. The only way to see a little glitter.
    I mostly use Coca Berry as a line, so I never tried to blend this shade.

    I can’t get my hands on US-brands without asking someone to personal shop for me or order it on the internet. Because of that I am happy that Bobbi Brown releases a nice nude palette. Another advantage is the form, really portable in a small bag. Next time, I will think twice before I buy a Bobbi palette.

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Genevieve Genevieve Sobel

    I have been waiting for a review on this palette and I am super glad I decided to hold off. I really like BB- and I am a HUGE fan of neutrals-but this palette seems really dupeable (as you mentioned) and the colors are very underwhelming. I don’t mind spending the money if the quality is there, but I am definitely going to skip this one. Great review and thanks for saving me a few bucks:)

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of aradhana aradhana

    i’ve been using this palette for about a month, and i actually like it very much!

    it was a little pricey in my eyes, and i was a bit worried the colours would not ‘show up’ on me, since i have medium dark skintone, or would not be very flattering. to add to that, i didn’t have any previous experience with bobbi brown eyeshadows to compare to.

    it’s very portable, and for an everyday neutral eye, or slightly smoky look the colours are perfect–especially cocoa berry, which i use as a liner. i use the lighter shades as highlights or blending shades when i wear more colourful looks. i was surprised at how much i like the brush, which has one end than i use for liner, and the other as a crease brush. i kind of wish there was a brush that was better for applying the main lid colour (like a 239), but i think it’s highly unlikely to find everything that fits into this size of palette!

    anyway, i’m very happy i decided to purchase the palette!

  15. Mer

    Wish there was a dupe for Chino, its beautiful.

  16. I fell asleep just looking at that palette. What boring colors.

  17. this looks really pretty, but not worth the price tag.

  18. Wow, the Pink Chandelier swatch really says it all. I’m a little surprised at BB for putting out something like this, but not when I consider that palettes are where a LOT of brands fall down on quality.

  19. I have this palette and it’s funny, since Pink Chandelier doesn’t swatch like that on me. It’s actually the shade I use the most from it, so I must tell I disagree. However I do agree Cocoa Berry isn’t a great shade. Even when this is also a neutral palette, I wouldn’t compare it to UD Naked palettes, I have Naked 1 & 2, but since this one is smaller, it fits better my everyday bag so I use it as my everyday palette. The UD palettes, are more for when I’m travelling.

  20. madii

    Dark colours from Bobbi Brown palettes are usually meant to be used as liners. Maybe that’s why it wouldn’t blend.