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Beautiful Beginnings with Bobbi Brown

Beautiful Beginnings with Bobbi Brown

What was the first Bobbi Brownproduct you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Bobbi Brown product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I had never tried Bobbi Brown prior to blogging, but Bobbi Brown was one of the earlier brands that worked with Temptalia, back when I didn’t even know that blogs were important.  When our relationship started, we were in time to see what Bobbi had on the radar for Holiday ’07.  The first product I remember trying was Everything mascara, which is a really natural mascara overall.  It’s something I still recommend to readers looking for a little oomph but nothing dramatic.

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Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Miami Coral Rich Lip Color ($23.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “nectar.” It looks surprisingly orange in the tube, and even still when swatched (but to a lesser degree), but it’s much pinker on the lips. I actually went back and swatched this just prior to writing out the review, because I was like, “What? This doesn’t look right!” It’s more like a pink coral with warm, yellow undertones once applied. MAC Flamingo is less opaque, less creamy-looking and a touch darker. Chanel Flirt is similar but a little less pale. MAC Blossom Culture is several shades pinker. MAC Ever Hip is similar but a touch less pink.

Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Color formula is touted as long-wearing, moisturizing, and have “pure, crisp color.”  When it first came out, I was pleasantly surprised; it’s a creamy yet lightweight lipstick that glides on easily and delivers opaque color coverage with very little product.  It’s also hydrating enough that lips don’t feel dry after four to eight hours of wear.  Not all shades wear the same, as lighter shades tend to fade away after four hours or so, while more intense shades (like a red) can wear six hours or longer.  Miami Coral managed to make it four hours when I trialed it.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color Miami Coral

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Collection for Summer 2012


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Capri Collection for Summer 2012

availability: Now at Nordstrom

Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee ($42.00)

  • Shimmering Sands Innovative tri-blend liquid, powder, gel formula goes beyond face powder to give you a sexy, sophisticated glow. The perfect mix of pigment and pearls for a multi-reflective finish. Smoothes on as an allover soft sheen. Builds for luminous pearl highlighting.

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer ($28.50)

Give yourself a heavenly glow with this super-luxurious liquid bronzer. Great for all skin tones, it includes a unique blend of bronzing pigments in a pearlized, reflective base. Long-wearing, oil-free formula feels weightless and comfortable as it smoothes on a sheer, natural-looking radiance.

Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Crayon Duo ($24.00)

  • White Sands/Molten Lava White/charcoal brown

Pure Color Five Color Gelee Powder Eyeshadow Palette ($45.00)

  • Bronze Sands Super-metallic, can be used wet/dry

Pure Color Gloss ($24.00)

  • Shimmering Mmirage Gold pearl

Pure Color Nail Lacquer ($25.00)

  • Molten Lava Rich burgundy red

Bronze Goddess Capri Eau Fraiche ($57.00)

Turn up the heat with summer’s new sunlit fragrance. Inspired by the seductive beauty of the Isle of Capri.

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Illamasqua Expose Blush

Illamasqua Expose Blush
Illamasqua Expose Blush

For Posterity: Illamasqua Expose Blush

Illamasqua Expose Blush ($24.00 for 0.14 oz.) is–apparently–discontinued.  I had already written up this review (and then reworded it to reflect the news) when I discovered there was no place to link to in order for readers to buy it!  This post is mostly for posterity, then, and if someone already owns it, since I couldn’t find it anywhere.  Perhaps a local store or counter has a lone one of these in stock, but otherwise…

It’s a matte, softened orange. NARS Taj Mahal is brighter, more tangerine with gold shimmer. The color can be applied intensely (think true-to-pan color) or lightly for more of a peach-orange tinge to cheeks.   Becca Damselfly is more coral. Make Up For Ever #5 is darker and more coral. NARS Exhibit A is much redder. MAC Optimistic Orange is brighter, more neon.

Illamasqua has one of the better matte blush formulas on the market, and when they really nail it, they hit it out of the park, which was the case with Expose.  Despite its matte finish, it almost has an ethereal glow when it’s blended out just right.  It doesn’t look chalky or powdery, and it wears incredibly well, still looking good after nine hours of wear.  Wonder why Expose got the axe…

Illamasqua Powder Blusher Expose
Expose
Expose
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Wild Rose Shimmer Brick ($39.00 for 0.40 oz.) has five shimmery strips of pink-tinted shades that can be used as a blush or as an eyeshadow. It’s designed to highlight the skin with “pearlescent shimmer.” The individual strips include: a rosy light-medium pink with a frosted metallic sheen, pink-shimmered peach-orange with a frosted metallic sheen, warm-toned dirty pink with a frosted metallic sheen, warm-toned pink with orange undertones and a frosted metallic sheen (very similar to the one before it), and light rose pink with a frosted metallic sheen.

When everything is swirled together, it takes on a rosy champagne-bronze color. It looks a lot like MAC Blonde, which may have a slight orange tint in comparison. Bobbi Brown Rose Gold is warmer, bronzy; it doesn’t have the same pink element that this shade has.

Applied, it highlights and adds a touch of warm pink color to cheeks with lots of shimmer and sheen. Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks tend to be high shimmer, so if you prefer subtler, more refined highlighters, I would look elsewhere. If you love products like MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes, you’ll probably like the Shimmer Bricks. The high shimmer emphasizes pores slightly–it’s not off-putting enough in lieu of the glowy sheen it delivers, because it’s not noticeable from a normal viewing distance.

When I wore this shade to see how long it would wear for, it hung on well for seven hours and looked a little faded after eight hours. The powder itself has a soft texture that’s very shimmery and metallic-like, but it never feels gritty, despite the amount of shimmer in the product. This product also looks really lovely wet, which enables you to bring out the metallic sheen for a very glitzy look.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Wild Rose
Wild Rose

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