Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish
Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish

Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish ($15.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a warm-toned, copper-shimmered golden bronze with a metallic finish. It was opaque after two coats, and the consistency wasn’t too thick or too thin, so it spread evenly and smoothly across the nail. There were some noticeable brush strokes, even after the polish dried down, due to the highly metallic finish. I get a week of wear with no chipping and only minor tip wear with Bobbi Brown’s formula. Tom Ford Beauty Burnt Topaz (LE, $32.00) is darker, browner. China Glaze Harvest Moon (LE, $7.50) is darker, more coppery/brown. See comparison swatches.

Chrome Nail Polish ($15.00 for 0.37 fl. oz.) is described as a “silvery gold glitter.” It’s a holographic, silver and gold glittered polish with a sheer, golden base. It’s semi-opaque after two coats of polish, and it can also be used as a glittery top coat. I tried it over black, and it was like a golden, holographic explosion. I wish there was something on Bobbi Brown’s website that indicated this was more of a top coat or a sheerer product, but there isn’t. This shade was actually from the holiday collection, Old Hollywood, which I bought because I couldn’t resist, and it seemed like the time to review it had passed… but then with Bronze, I felt like I needed to show Chrome with it–and it is still available, so there you go. Cult Nails Blaze (DC, $12.00) is the most similar polish that I have, but it isn’t holographic. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Color Collection
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Color Collection

Bobbi Brown’s iconic Lip Color is now available in new shades that combine high-shine emollients and light-reflective pearls for something completely fresh. Don’t think metallic or frost—the effect is sheer and multi-dimensional. The lightweight yet moisturizing formula glides effortlessly and evenly onto lips, leaving a thin veil of light-reflecting color that lasts for hours without feathering or drying.

High Shimmer Lip Color ($28.00) (New, Permanent)

Each shade is formulated with a unique blend of pearls for an effect that’s intensely reflective yet soft and wearable; individual pearls have a smooth, flat shape and reflective, mirror-like quality. Luxurious butters and oils like Shea Butter and Muru Muru Butter help seal in moisture and keep lips feeling supple and conditioned.

  • Ballerina Shimmer Mid-tone pink
  • Beige Gold Shimmer Champagne gold
  • Berry Shimmer Neutral pink
  • Brown Shimmer Heather brown
  • Calypso Shimmer Bright peach coral
  • Malt Shimmer Golden copper
  • Pink Apricot Shimmer Bright pink coral
  • Pink Gold Shimmer Pale peachy pink
  • Plum Shimmer Plum raspberry
  • Raspberry Shimmer Bright pink berry
  • Ruby Shimmer Red berry
  • Twilight Shimmer Deep plum

Available: January 2014 at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Counters at Barneys, Bergdorf, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, Holt, Sephora.com and at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Bobbi Brown x L'Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Collection for Spring 2014
Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Collection for Spring 2014

Following Bobbi Brown’s London Fashion Week debut at L’Wren Scott’s Fall 2013 runway show, the makeup maven and fashion icon have teamed up for their first off-therunway collaboration. Inspired by the amnesia roses grown by L’Wren at her Loire Valley chateau, the limited edition Amnesia Rose Collection will be unveiled at L’Wren’s Spring 2014 Fashion Show during London Fashion Week.

Lip Color ($28.00) (Limited Edition)

Bobbi’s classic soft-matte lipstick, now in four chic shades that take their cue from the tonal hues of the amnesia rose. Neutrals—Heather Mauve and Cosmic Lily—and statement-making Wine and Vintage Red are showcased in pale mauve chrome cases. Infused with Vitamins E and C as well as Beeswax, the formula moisturizes and comforts lips.

  • Cosmic Lily
  • Wine
  • Heather Mauve
  • Vintage Red

Amnesia Rose Palette ($68.00) (Limited Edition)

Featuring an impressionistic sketch of L’Wren Scott, this palette opens to reveal choices for eyes, lips and cheeks in cool mauves, heathers and lilacs, accented with bright violet and mulberry shades, some of which were inspired by L’Wren’s amnesia rose garden and the colors in her spring show.

  • Amnesia Rose Eye Shadow
  • Silver Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Pink Lilac Sparkle Eye Shadow
  • Iron Eye Shadow
  • Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Mulberry Eye Shadow
  • Desert Rose Pot Rouge
  • Sand Pink Blush

Long-Wear Eye Pencil ($24.00)

Richly pigmented liner glides on smoothly for precise definition that lasts all day, so there’s no need to worry about smudging or smearing. The charcoal gray shade is the perfect complement to the dusky purples and mauves of the collection. Includes a complimentary sharpener.

  • Smoke

Smokey Eye Mascara ($28.00)

This kohl-pigmented mascara delivers high drama thanks to its ability to build volume lash by lash—as opposed to traditional volumizing formulas that create the appearance of volume by clumping lashes together. A thicker brush base evenly combs through eyelashes from roots to ends, while a tapered tip grabs those small, hard-to-reach lashes. The result is dramatically dark, stretched-out lashes in an instant. Available in Black.

Available: February 2014 at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Counters at Barneys, Bergdorf, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks, Holt, Sephora.com and at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013

Glittering golds… a go-to for New Year’s Eve, at the very least, but surely just as lovely throughout the winter–if only to brighten up some of those chilly days!

  1. Lit Cosmetics Rich & Famous — a holographic, glittering gold
  2. Zoya Kerry — bright, true yellow gold with glitter and sparkle
  3. Bobbi Brown Canary — a sparkling gold glitter gloss to be worn alone or layered
  4. Revlon Gold Coin — an almost-cool-toned metallic gold (or for a high-end, Illamasqua Swinger)
  5. Sugarpill Goldilux — a brightened, metallic, true yellow gold

What are your favorite glittery, sparkly, or metallic gold-hued shades?

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne glitter.” It’s a pale, golden beige with gold, champagne, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds a very subtle warmth, but it is primarily adding a glossy shine and a moderate amount of shimmer. It wears three hours on me and is lightly hydrating. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pure Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden yellow shimmer.” It has a gold-tinged base that leans yellow and then is full of pale gold, medium gold, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds warmth, but again, primarily adds gold and copper shimmer/sparkle, plus a glossy shine. It wears just under four hours on me and was nicely hydrating while worn. I know you’re all wondering how similar is this to Canary (P, $24.00)? There is a difference between the two, to a degree, and the difference is more obvious when you look at the two tube-by-tube or swatch-by-swatch, but applied? Pure Gold just looks like a sheer application of Canary, and that sheerness is the primary difference: Pure Gold has finer shimmer and less of it; and yes, it is noticeably yellower overall, but when it is sheered out, you really can’t tell. I wouldn’t get Pure Gold; I love Canary and highly recommend that, so if you want a shimmery gold gloss, that’s the one I’d go for. See comparison swatches.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a long-time favorite–it sparkles, dazzles, and glimmers as the light reflects against it the most spectacular way.  It has a lightweight feel that’s comfortable, hydrating, and surprisingly long-wearing given that many are mostly shimmer without a lot of color.  The consistency is non-tacky, and the formula is mint-scented.  Both of these have less sparkle than some of the other shades, and it’s that high-sparkle content that does make these special and standout against other glosses.

Bobbi Brown also released Rose as part of the Old Hollywood collection, which I don’t have at the moment but purchased earlier this week–looks like it doesn’t show up until sometime next week, but when it does, you can bet I’ll be testing it!

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