Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow
Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Taupe Sparkle Eyeshadow ($28.00 for 0.09 oz.) is a yellowy, medium-dark brown with a dirty champagne sparkle/shimmer. I don’t quite see taupe–I think it’s too warm-toned, too golden and brown to be a true taupe. It’s yellower than Bobbi Brown Cement. Too Faced Cinnamon Sugar is browner. MAC Cactus Thorn is similar in color but has a more pearled finish. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is darker and has a satin finish. Urban Decay Suspect is browner and darker.

I like Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle formula, because it doesn’t have as much fall out as other sparkly eyeshadows, though it is not immune to it. Taupe has minor fall out where there are some detectable stray sparkles underneath the lid, but not enough that the person standing next to you would ask, “What’s that on your face?” The texture is smooth and almost feels wet to the touch, but it glides on well and the sparkles bind and adhere with the underlying color. It has good color payoff, and it wore for eight hours with minor fall out but no fading or creasing.

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Taupe

B+
If you love the idea of sparkly eyeshadows but find they're too often sheer or have tons of fall out, you might try Bobbi Brown's formula. I've had better luck with it (generally), though it is not completely free from fall out!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4/5

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Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush
Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush

Bobbi Brown Pink Rose Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “dusty pink.” It’s a softened, medium-dark pink with subtle cool undertones and a matte finish. NARS Mata Hari is a bolder, brighter version. MAC Prom Princess is darker and cooler-toned. MAC Subtle Breeze is a smidgen cooler-toned.

It’s supposed to be a “silky-sheer powder blush that … gives cheeks a … natural-looking pop of color” with a matte finish and long-wear. It can be applied as a veil of sheer color, and in fact, does better when applied that way, but it is buildable to heavier color. Pink Rose had a stubborn texture; dry, stiff, and difficult to work with. It was challenging to dislodge enough product to get even, consistent color, and the powder didn’t want to blend easily on the cheeks, either. I really felt like I had to jab at the surface to get any color payoff or product out of the pan. It’s a shame as the color cold be very workable on both cool and warm-toned skin as a subtler, everyday kind of shade but also as something more dramatic once built up. The product managed to wear mostly intact for about eight hours, but it was hard to determine, as it looked patchy initially (so, so difficult to blend!).

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Pink Rose

F
The color could have been very versatile, but the texture prevented this blush from working well -- it was stiff and dry, which made it hard to get color to apply and then even harder to blend it out.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

6/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

2.5/5

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush
Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush

Bobbi Brown Pastel Pink Blush ($25.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “pink rose.” It’s a light-medium, cotton candy pink with blue undertones and a satiny finish–not quite matte but not quite a full-on sheen. NARS Gaiety is cooler-toned, bluer-based. NARS Angelika is darker, sparkly. MAC Pink Tea is more shimmery. MAC Peony Petal is cooler-toned. Tarte Dollface is a touch lighter. Bobbi Brown Nude Pink is more muted, slightly lighter.

Normally, I like Bobbi Brown’s blush range for a formula that’s mostly matte, pigmented, and blendable, but Pastel Pink was so dry and stiff. This was another shade from the collection that I had to scrape off layers of color just to get a “heavy” swatch of color.  I really had to swirl and pack on the color to get enough payoff to show up on my skin tone for photographs and testing. If you have any scratchy brushes, I’d recommend using it with this, because it will help dig into the product to yield more payoff.  While I can appreciate that fairer skin tones often prefer a blush that’s not so intense so they can use it with ease, the texture makes this one hard to use even if all you want is soft color.  It’s not very blendable and really needs to be buffed and worked into the skin as it has a tendency to stick and look splotchy.  It lasted for seven hours well, and after eight hours, there was noticeable fading.

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Pastel Pink

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I felt like I was in the twilight zone, because this blush almost felt as if I were trying to swatch from a plastic pan of color instead of a pan of powder. It did not want to yield anything! The texture is just so dry and stiff that it makes it such a total pain to use.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5.5/10

Texture

4/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

2.5/5

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.37 oz.) contains eight shades with “heathery neutrals and dusty pinks designed to flatter all skin tones.”

Overall, this palette was a disappointment due to poor color payoff and drier, powdery textures that were common across far too many shades.  The worst offenders were Barely There, Heather Brown, and Black Chocolate; but then IvoryPale RosePink Lily, and Dusty Lilac were all rather powdery and none of the shades were without flaws.  I think the closest to good was Stormy Grey, but it was a nightmare using on the lid–it’s just too stiff to apply with much color.

Because of the lack of color payoff, I really don’t see this working well on medium or darker complexions; very fair skin tones may find that it’s just enough color for an easy-to-use neutral palette, but I find the textures to be lacking.  When I wore the palette, the whole thing looked faded from the beginning and was all one color after eight hours of wear–quite a bit of fading had occurred.  I felt like I had to really jab and stab at the eyeshadow to dislodge enough product to use for application.  There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

  • Ivory is a pale, cool-toned beige with a matte finish. It had decent color payoff but was powdery.
  • Pale Rose is a subtly warm-toned taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff but was powdery. (I also did not detect any pink in it.)
  • Pink Lily is a frosted, shimmering light pink with subtle cool undertones. It had so-so color but was very powdery and almost chunky. I experienced major fall out with this shade.
  • Stormy Grey is a gray-tinged, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a pearly finish. It had good pigmentation but was dry and stiff to work with.
  • Barely There is a slightly warm-toned champagne beige with a soft, shimmerys heen. The payoff was horrible with this shade; I had to scrape off layers of product just to get anything to show up. The texture was very dry/stiff.
  • Heather Brown is a medium champagne-shimmered brown with slightly warm undertones. Again, a dry texture that resulted in subpar color payoff.
  • Dusty Lilac is a rosy mauve with a matte finish. It had good pigmentation but was very powdery to work with, so it was prone to fading and sheering out as soon as you went to blend it.
  • Black Chocolate is a cool-toned black-brown with a mostly matte finish. It was dry and stiff–very hard to blend when I used it–but the color payoff was decent.

If you’re interested in a dupe, consider looking through the Swatch Gallery to find a shade that you feel is close enough. I recommend starting in brown eyeshadows and beige eyeshadows! :) Otherwise, feel free to ask and if you have any specific brands/price points in mind, please note that.

Long-time readers will remember that towards the end of the year, I try to kick out some quick reviews, because I have a horrible tendency to over-photograph, over-swatch, and over-test products to the point where I have thousands of unused photos and hundreds of products tested but not reviewed. I’d like to try and write more of these quick reviews throughout the year for certain products that I don’t think need full, in-depth reviews for one reason or another. Remember, these aren’t replacing normal reviews but are in addition to; e.g. an extra review–a cherry on top.  Let me know if this is still useful and/or if you’d rather only in-depth reviews. Thank you!

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palette

Lilac Rose

D-

There are too many other neutral palettes on the market to settle for something so below-average.

Product

6/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

6/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

3/5

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

 

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick ($42.00 for 0.40 oz.) is described as “bright pink, golden pink, and icy pink pearl pigments.” It’s a cool-toned, rosy pink with a frosted, shimmer-sheen finish. Estee Lauder Tease is surprisingly similar, though it has a single color throughout; it is marginally more pink-hued, but the finish and effect on cheeks makes it hard to tell the difference. MAC Flower Fantasy is also similar in color but has less of a frosted finish. Bobbi Brown Wild Rose is warmer on me, less pink/lilac, and more beige/brown, but because both are on the subtler side regarding color, the sheen isn’t largely different–the resulting cool/warm undertone difference will be more visible if you have really warm or really cool undertones in your skin.

Though everything seemed to swatch well initially, this Shimmer Brick is more sheen than it is color. Other Shimmer Bricks deliver both a highlighting sheen as well as some color, but this one works primarily as a highlighter on medium and deeper complexions; on fairer skin tones, I think it may work as a subtle blusher, too. The texture of the Shimmer Brick is soft and smooth, but it is very frosted–even for a Shimmer Brick–and I did notice that my pores were emphasized when I applied this on my cheeks. It seemed sparkly and frosty, so the sheen was not as smooth and reflective.   Lilac Rose lasted eight hours well on me, and by nine hours, there was some light fading along the edges.

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Lilac Rose

B

It's not my favorite Shimmer Brick; I don't think it's as versatile as some of the other variations released (both past and present). The finish isn't as kind to the skin, which may or may not be a deal-breaker for you.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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