Monday, November 8th, 2010


Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eyeshadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Day to Night Warm Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00 for 0.30 oz.) contains six shades of eyeshadow designed to take you from day to night with shades on the warmer side of the color spectrum.  Each eyeshadow has 0.05 oz. worth of product, so the palette’s total weight is 0.30 oz. of product.  It does also include a short-handled eyeshadow brush with actual bristles–it’s surprisingly nice, workable, though I don’t think it’ll replace any full-size brushes you may own, but it is one of the better included brushes I have seen this holiday season.

This palette includes: Ivory (creamy white), Oat (soft mocha beige), Espresso (dark chocolate brown), Burnt Sugar (deep golden brown), Velvet Bronze (warm golden bronze), and Black Plum (deep black plum).

  • Ivory is a creamy, muted white with a very rich, smooth texture.  It’s surprisingly pigmented–not chalky at all–and it’s not a stark, bright white, so it’s more wearable.  It has a nearly matte finish.  This is a permanent shade (and a popular shade that Bobbi Brown has used often in her palettes).
  • Oat is a light-medium brown with an extremely subtle sheen that barely glints even under flash photographer.  It’s smooth, nicely pigmented, and would work well on both warmer and cooler skin tones.    This shade reminded me of MAC’s Soft Brown.
  • Espresso is a darkened cool-toned charcoal brown with a touch of satin sheen.  It has good color pay off and applies smoothly.  Espresso is very reminiscent of MAC’s Brun or Showstopper eyeshadows, both cooler browns.   This is a permanent shade.
  • Burnt Sugar is a golden-toned warm medium-brown with a glinting, metallic gilded gold sheen.  It has a smooth texture with rich color pay off with a metallic finish.  This is a permanent shade.
  • Velvet Bronze is a medium red-toned brown with a soft golden sheen.  This was the least pigmented shade within the palette, but it was still nicely pigmented (just worth pointing out that it was a bit softer).  It has a metallic finish.  The color itself is similar to MAC’s Texture, but Velvet Bronze has a brighter sheen.
  • Black Plum is a smoldering, deep brown with flecks of bronze shimmer.  It is a really nice, smooth textured brown, which leans a bit warm, but it is rather neutral overall.  It has a shimmer wash finish.  This is a permanent shade.

I think this palette is a good mix of neutrals that do tend on the warmer side, but the palette is closer to neutral-warm than one with very strong, warm under tones running through it.  These shades are classic–they will serve one well when it comes to creating office-friendly looks or smoking those looks out for something a touch more dramatic in the evening.  I am particularly pleased with the pigmentation level of the palette, as everything was nicely pigmented and five of the six were excellent in pigmentation.  The texture is soft and smooth, with all of the shades applying evenly.  I also appreciate that Bobbi Brown often mixes finishes within her palettes so that users can create a variety of textured looks.

Bobbi Brown’s Eyeshadows retail for $20.00 (for 0.08 oz.), Metallic Eyeshadows retail for $20.00 (for 0.10 oz.), and Shimmer Wash Eyeshadows retail for $20.00 (for 0.08 oz.).   In this palette, you are receiving $37.50 worth of Eyeshadow, $20.00 worth of Metallic Eyeshadow, and $12.50 worth of Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow.   This palette thus contains $70 worth of eyeshadows for $45.  FINALLY! a true value-oriented palette for the holidays!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

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AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010

MAC Lip Combo
MAC Courting Lilac Lipstick + Gone Romancin’ Dazzleglass Creme

Just for Fun: MAC Courting Lilac + Gone Romancin’

I think these two worked together really well, because they complement each other without overwhelming the other.  The most surprising part about this combination is how the gold sheen from Courting Lilac still peeks through despite the more opaque Gone Romancin’ dazzleglass creme.

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Estee Lauder Twilight Rose Eyeshadow
Estee Lauder Twilight Rose Eyeshadow

Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow: Twilight Rose

Estee Lauder Twilight Rose Pure Color Eyeshadow ($20.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a softened pale pink-peach with a frosted shimmer. Estee Lauder describes this shade as a “cool light pink,” and it has a satin finish, which is means it has a “soft, lustrous sheen.” Nothing about this seems cool-toned, and the pink is quite subtle. It reads rather peach in the pan and still leans that way when swatched.

I actually think this would work really well as a cheek highlighter–I initially thought it was a blusher when I first swatched it! Similarly, it would be a nice all-over color on the lid to brighten up the eyes. I think it may be on the frostier side for a brow highlight, but it could work; it would depend more on personal preferences. It has a nice, smooth texture, but this is definitely a softer and sheerer color, so I don’t know if I’d call it a rich shade.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: For quick looks, this could make a really nice lid color — and double as a cheek highlighter!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Win MAC Dare to Dare Lipglass!

One (1) lucky winner will receive MAC Dare to Dare Dare to Wear Lipglass! (Retail value $18!)

Congratulations to Erin S.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 10th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

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Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Win Bobbi Brown’s Beach Shimmerbrick!

One (1) lucky winner will receive Bobbi Brown’s Beach Shimmerbrick! (Retail value $38!)

Congratulations to Jessy E.!

RULES: All entries must be submitted by November 9th, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. This contest is open to all readers as pursuant to your local state/country’s laws. Winner will be chosen randomly and notified via e-mail. This post will be updated with the winner once the winner confirms.

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Friday, November 5th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2010 Collection

Bobbi Brown Choose Your Glam Collection for Holiday 2010

Introducing Long Wear Eye Paints, Bobbi’s new high-pigment metallic eye shadows that can be worn wet or dry. Apply them with a damp Cream Shadow Brush for a strong, luminous and long-lasting pop of shimmering color that won’t crease. Or layer and blend your favorite shade with an Eye Shadow Brush until you’ve reached just the right intensity.

Smoky Eye Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: White, Tin, Storm Eyeshadows; Onyx Long-Wear Eye Paint

Sultry Eye Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Bone, Antique Gold, Caviar Eyeshadows; Brandy Long-Wear Eye Paint

Smoldering Eye Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes: Ivory, Heather Lilac, Charcoal Eyeshadows; PortLong-Wear Eye Paint

Glitter Eyeliner ($20.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Available in Gold and Silver

Mini Brush Set ($55.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Includes two brushes to define eyes, plus a Lip Brush and multi-purpose Face Blender Brush

Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Vixen Red (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Red (Limited Edition)
  • Hollywood Red

Metallic Lip Color ($22.00)

  • Jewel Red

Lip Gloss ($20.00)

  • Red
  • Scarlet

Lip Liner ($20.00)

  • Red

Availability: November 2010

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