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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Monday, May 26th, 2008

Featuring warm, sunny makeup shades for every complexion, the collection includes Bobbi’s ever-popular Tinted Lip Balm in three new permanent shades: Bronzed Pink, Desert Bronze, and Golden Pink.  In addition, get great shimmery eyes with two new amazing limited-edition Metallic Eye Shadows in Bronzed Pink and Penny. With a soft and creamy texture, Metallic Eye Shadow applies smoothly and evenly, and will stay crease free for long-lasting wear.  Keep skin moisturized but shine free with Bobbi’s new Oil Control Lotion SPF 15! Perfect for those with normal-to-oily and combination skins, this lightweight formula features Seaweed and Lavender extract to help soothe skin and reduce visible irritation. Its soft matte finish ensures smooth makeup application.  Bobbi also introduces a new clear Lip Balm, Yogi Bare, named after her good friend Yogi Berra. The perfect gift for any man in your life for Father’s Day or any occasion- Yogi Bare will keep his lips soft and smooth!

Available… now!

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Friday, April 18th, 2008

Bobbi Brown Beach Summer 2008

Beach Fragrance $55.00
Notes: Sand Jasmine, Sea Spray, and Mandarin

Beach Mini Tote (LE) (purchase two products & get this!)

Beach Body Oil $28.00
Moisturizing body oil that gives skin a sultry sheen and scents it with beach fragrance. COntains Olive, Sesame, Avocado, and Jojoba essential oils, as well as Vitamin E &C.

Beach Sunscreen Body Spray SPF15 $25.00
Lightweight, non-greasy spray to hydrate and protect the body from UVA/UVB rays. It is water-resistant with antioxidant Vitamin E and Grapeseed, Olive, and Castor oil.

Beach Sandbar Soap $16.00
Limited edition, but back for a time, a soft, creamy soap that lathers and gently exfoliates while lighting scenting skin with Beach fragrance.

Beach Shower Gel $32.00
Moisturizing body cleanser with Pacific Sea Kelp Extract to soften skin as it cleanses.

Beach Body Lotion $35.00
Lightweight body moisturizer contains soothing Aloe Vera and Olive, Jojoba, and Sunflower oils. Reduces peeling and prologns the life of your tan.

Beach Body Scrub $35.00
Get smooth skin before you hit the beach with this body exfoliator lightly scented with the Beach fragrance. Contains orange peel and pumice to help remove surface skin, as well as shea butter and essential oils to help moisturize skin.

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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Top row, left to right (eye shadows):  Naked, Bare, Nude, and Buff; Bottom row, left to right (lip color):  Bare, Beige, Brownie, and Cocoa

Bobbi Brown Nude Lip & Eye Palette ($60.00):  As pretty as this pre-made palette looks in promo images, and even in person, the eyeshadows left me unsatisfied.  I enjoy a nice neutral/nude look from time to time, so I thought that this palette would make a great addition to my travel bag or for occasions where minimal makeup is necessary.  There are four eyeshadows, but three of the four look virtually the same on me (I’m medium toned), even with a white-beige base (MAC Soft Ochre paint pot).

Naked and Bare are so similar and seem to differ mostly in texture, where Naked seems a little more shimmery and Bare more matte.  Nude is a warmer version of Naked/Bear with more peach/rose undertones.  Buff would be my favorite, because it is darker and distinguishable from the others.  I also didn’t find any of these to be a great highlight color, though I suppose Nude is the one you might assume to use.  When looking at pre-made palettes, I do expect that there will be several looks that I can using the palette exclusively–not having to grab additional colors.  From the promotional image, it did look like there was a little more color differentiation than you get in real life.

Aside from my issues with the colors/color pay off, the textures are typical BB:  smooth and soft.  I didn’t bother using the brush that comes with the palette because the bristles were just too coarse against the delicate shadows–it cause them to flake more than I liked.  Full-size Bobbi Brown brushes are much better than the baby versions put into palettes (which is no different than other brands’ palettes, including MAC), so in a pinch, they’re great, but if you can, take your regular brushes with you.

The lip colors were much more exciting than the shadows, because they all had good pigmentation and the color variation was there.  Bare lip color makes an excellent subdued rosey shade with soft undertones of plum, while Beige is a shimmery bronze-tan that adds a nice layer of iridescence to lips.  Brownie is a great sheer soft tan color that should work with most skintones.  Cocoa was my least favorite, just because it doesn’t suit me well; it is a nice shade of brown with red undertones with low-level shimmer.  The lip brush is cute and compact, but I never have the patience for lip brushes.  I opted to use a larger, flat firm brush (meant for eyes) to apply it, just because it was faster.

Overall, it dismays me to say that I don’t feel like this palette is worth it in the end, since the shadows did not offer me a variety of potential looks to create – three look about the same, and one is dark enough to add depth to the crease/outer lid.  I’ve liked previous Bobbi Brown palettes much more, especially the Metallic trios.  I also thought the lip palette for the Heart’s Truth was gorgeous, but this one just falls short for me!

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

I wanted to try a look using Bobbi Brown’s Nude Lip & Eye Palette! Review to come!

I used MAC Soft Ochre paint pot all over lid to brow, Naked eyeshadow on inner lid, Nude shimmer Wash eyeshadow on middle of lid, Buff Shimmer Wash eyeshadow on outer lid and crease, Bare eyeshadow above crease, Naked eyeshadow on brow, and MAC Graphblack technakhol on lower lash line. I wore MAC Margin blush on cheeks. I had Cocoa lip color on my lips with Naked glitter lip gloss on my lips.

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