Friday, July 4th, 2008

In Bobbi Brown’s Fall Mauve palette, it contains three shadows, three lip colors, and one blush. I’m much more pleased with this palette than say Bobbi Brown’s Nude palette, because the colors show up on me a lot better. The eyeshadows include Navajo, which seems to make regular appearances in her palettes, and I find it can be a chalky color on my skintone if I don’t use it right (which generally means using it lightly and blending/fading it moreso than normal); Vintage, a gray with mauve undertones color; and Chocolate Mauve, which is like a subdued chocolate shade.  The blush is simply called Mauve, and it is a pinky-mauve tone. I imagine this particular shade of pinky-mauve is fairly universal. As for the lip colors, Dusty Mauve is a creamy lip color that goes on incredibly sheer for me; Mauve lip sheer is a little more pigmented, but not too much; and Vintage Mauve is the most pigmented, though still quite creamy and sheer. If you go heavier with the shadows, these included lip colors will work out, since you can pair the heavy eyes with softer lips.

I much preferred the individual lip colors for this launch, though admittedly, I’ve only tried Heather Mauve (a truly pale, toned down mauve with gray-pink). I also tried Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss, which is a deep purplish-brown with icy pearl. Mauve Lip Gloss is a pale, low-sheen purple-mauve. It’s very opaque, which I like for this particular color. But the most stunning item from the launch was Bobbi’s Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner! It’s like a black-brown-purple. I suppose it reminds me of a deeper, darker MAC Nice Vice Paint Pot (which was LE, anyway), but this formula is great for when you need eyeliner that sticks around all day long!

Overall, in my limited experience with Bobbi Brown as a brand, I found this collection more impressive than some of the others (like the Nude Collection). I feel like these offer pops of color and fun, while still being subtle and appropriate. I hope that you, like me, will look at Bobbi Brown through a different lens than you would a MAC collection–because the brands are distinctly different and separate!

Anything from Bobbi’s Mauve Collection inspire you? Will you at least check it out or will you let it pass you by?

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24 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown’s Mauve Collection Review

  1. Ashley

    Hey Christine, thanks for the review. I was wondering which color is the second in the bottom left?
    I have been looking for similar color since forever.

  2. Tanya

    nice…although i have never been a ‘bobbi brown’ girl.

    great review, as always Christine.

    what i am really looking forward to is *drumroll please* the sonicchicnewviewelectroflash review, boy that was a mouthful lol!

  3. Tekoa

    Nah, this stuff puts me to sleep. For its purpose, I’m sure its good stuff but this just isn’t my style.

  4. Emily

    I think I will try it! Ive been wanting to get something by BB but never found anything i like but i love mauve colors.

  5. I just bought the Black Mauve Shimmer eyeliner last night! I love the color!

  6. claudia m.

    I love these colors (and I’m a sucker for pallettes), I think they are great for soft/muted/work but I dont like their prices, so none for me.
    I might search the internets for it later at a cheaper price or the outlet.

  7. Kate

    Since I love Bobbi Brown and mauve, I fell in love with this collection immediately! Have ordered the palette, Black Pearl l/g and Mauve Shimmer eyeliner. After seeing your review, I wish I’d also bought the Mauve l/g. It’s gorgeous.

  8. karen

    I don’t like lip-color in palette. and I feel BB love to use similar eye-colors in its palette. So I love MAC rather than BB. BB is good for office, but its colors are so gentle, and low-key. one palette from BB is enough.

  9. Nora

    So I broke down and bought the Black Mauve Shimmer ink. GORGEOUS! Run to go try this, folks. I reviewed it on MakeupAlley, but I’ll go ahead and add that this is one of the super, super few colors that is light enough as a liner to look natural on me but dark enough to accent my eyes. I ran home and tried a cat-eye look with this (trying to learn how to do this technique!) and the result is amazing. Vanilla pigment all over eye area, a naked-brown color in crease and outer-third, and Black Mauve make for one heck of a look. Totally pleased.

  10. Josie

    I’m proud to say that most make-up junkie will be surprised by bobbis winter collection. she’s coming out with tons more highly pigmented, shimmer eyeshadows and lip glosses this holiday. I’m a make-up artist for Bobbi and I’m totally excited for this! One of the looks is a really dark smokey eye which is pretty rare for bobbi. Keep your eye out this soon!

  11. Ariele

    Lovin’ the look of this palette. It seems right up my alley for an everyday go-to look. And that gel liner screams gorgeous!! That, I will definitely be checking out :) Thanks for the review!