Sunday, September 21st, 2008

Bobbi Brown Nude Palette Review

Bobbi Brown’s Shimmering Nudes Palette ($50.00) is BB’s latest palette launch. For the past months, I have seen and played with many of her palettes (it seems like every collection is bound to have some sort of coordinating palette!). On the whole, I haven’t been terribly impressed. I admit I like bold colors and rich pigmentation, so naturally Bobbi Brown isn’t a brand that has “TEMPTALIA” written all over it. Knowing this allows me to better appreciate the brand and its products for what they are.

With all that said, this is my favorite Bobbi Brown palette I’ve reviewed and seen to date. Seven shades of soft neutrals ranging from pearlized shimmer wash to metallics. It also comes with an eyeshadow/eyeliner brush (but who really cares?); the brush is workable, but I’d only use it in a pinch myself. So why is it my favorite? There is a nice level of color richness to the shades in this palette; I can see myself creating several glorious neutral and nude eyes using it. (Of course, I have to remember to pull it out, so it might not actually happen…)

The shades you’ll find are: Nude Beach (metallic), Nude Mist (shimmer wash), Naked, Nude Glow (metallic), Mica (shimmer wash), Nude Spice (metallic), and Espresso eyeshadows. And you know what you don’t find? Lip colors. FANTASTIC!  The reason I say this is I hate getting eyeshadow residue on my lip colors (or anything creamy). The other part is I’m not a huge fan of lip palettes, because I don’t like to use fingers, only lip brushes, with them aka pain in the rear.

So if you are looking for a good neutral eye palette, you really should head down to your local Bobbi Brown counter and check this baby out. It will definitely suit your needs, methinks!

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

On her inspiration, Bobbi Brown says, “I love nude makeup – and it’s especially sexy when it’s saturated with glimmering, light-reflective flecks.”

Shimmering Nudes Palette ($50.00)
A perfect mix of seven cool and warm nude tones, the Shimmering Nudes Palette flatters all complexions and has everything you need to create mBobbi’s look of the season. A combination of flat,
sheer shimmer and high shimmer shades softly illuminate the eyes while a dark matte liner shade adds drama.

  • New, Exclusive Nude Beach Metallic Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Mist Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • Naked Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Glow Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Exclusive Mica Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Nude Spice Metallic Eye Shadow
  • Espresso Eye Shadow ($22.00)

Creamy Lip Color
Because you can never have too much of a good thing, Bobbi has added four new shades to her Creamy Lip Color Collection. Infused with hints of pink and gold, each of the nude-toned lip shades is designed to work beautifully with the Shimmering Nudes Palette.

  • Baby
  • Pink Sequin
  • Pink Buff
  • Sunset Nude

Available: September 2008

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Monday, August 11th, 2008

Just a VERY short post, as I’m going to try to review eyeshadows and the like after I’ve attempted a look with them. Why this new policy? After being utterly disappointed in Dior’s Earth Tones quint in practice, swatches are proving they aren’t enough sometimes. Same with MAC’s mineralize eyeshadows–I just can’t seem to come around to them.

Bobbi Brown’s Metallics launches soon, and with it, metallic lipsticks and metallic eyeshadows. I know people will squeal and lust after the new metallic eyeshadows, because they’re very in line with Bobbi Brown, yet exciting and different. Pictured above are Java, Burnt Sugar, and Iced Blue. They aren’t all over-the-top, super shimmery metallic finishes; Iced Blue turns out a very icy blue indeed – almost like a white with some blue in it. It is frosty, and it definitely grabs your eye. Burnt Sugar and Java are much more subdued, with a subtle metallic finish – almost a soft sheen of reflection. I’m eager to check out the full launch when it hits stores!

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Sunday, July 27th, 2008

BOBBI BROWN | METALLIC
Fall 2008 Collection

Metallic Lip Color ($22.00) The newest innovation in shimmer. Metallic Lip Color features a unique combination of high-shine emollients and light-reflective pearls. The result is multi-dimensional shimmer that has a soft and creamy feel with medium coverage. Available in 15 shades.

  • Baby Peach
  • Kir
  • Pretty Pink
  • Twilight Pink
  • Beige Gold
  • Gilded Pink
  • Silver Haze
  • Ruffle
  • Vintage Rose
  • Ruby
  • Berry
  • Dusk
  • Raspberry
  • Brown
  • Plum

Metallic Eye Shadows ($20.00) Our Metallic Eye Shadows are back by popular demand and are now a permanent part of the line. The collection features a broad shade range including rich bold colors and pastels. High-shimmer, high-pigment formula creates a sexy and sophisticated look. Color applies smoothly and evenly, and stays crease-free for all-day wear. Shadow can also be removed and popped into one of our customizable palettes. Available in 17 shades.

  • Champagne Quartz
  • Velvet Plum
  • Sage
  • Forest
  • Burnt Sugar
  • Rock Star
  • Midnight
  • Cognac
  • Navajo
  • Pink Pearl
  • Golden Peach
  • Gold Dust
  • Iced Blue
  • Mint
  • Lavender
  • Brown Stone
  • Java

On Counter: Metallic Lip Color slated for September 2008. Metallic Eyeshadows will be available August 2008.

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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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Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Bobbi Brown Mauve Collection

Set for July 2008, Bobbi Brown will launch her Mauve Collection, which is for those who want “definition and polish without looking overdone.” Review is forthcoming!

Bobbi on her inspiration: “These shades were inspired by the covers of beautiful vintage books. Infused with hints of purple, grey and brown, mauve makeup is a cool neutral that’s very wearable.”

Mauve Face Palette ($55.00) | This season, diffused hues of mauve add definition and polish without looking overdone. Get the look with Bobbi’s new Mauve Face Palette, featuring cool neutral shades for cheeks, eyes and lips. Palette includes three Eye Shadows, one Blush, a Creamy Lip Color, a Lip Sheer and a Lip Color.

  • Exclusive Navajo Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Vintage Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Chocolate Mauve Eye Shadow
  • New, Exclusive Mauve Blush
  • New, Exclusive Dusty Mauve Creamy Lip Color
  • New, Exclusive Mauve Lip Sheer
  • New, Exclusive Vintage Mauve Lip Color

Mini Brush Set ($55.00) | Designed with professional-quality brush heads and convenient mini handles, the Mini Brush Set is a must-have for the season. Soft black zip around case features the three brushes a woman needs to apply her Mauve Face Palette: Blush, Eye Shadow, and Eye Liner Brushes.

Lip Color in Pale Mauve and Heather Mauve ($22.00)

Lip Gloss & Shimmer Lip Gloss in Black Pearl Shimmer Lip Gloss (LE), Mauve Lip Gloss (LE), Iced Mauve Shimmer Lip Gloss ($19.00)

Black Mauve Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($19.00)

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