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Bobbi Brown Chrome Patina, Goldstone, Starry Night Metallic Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Metallic Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows: Chrome Patina, Goldstone, Starry Night
Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wearing Cream Eyeshadow ($22.00 for .12 oz.) is a new product launched this September from Bobbi Brown. They’re inspired by and yet a bit of a departure from her classic Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadows. They seem to be the same on the surface, but when I played with three of them, I found them to be a bit different.
“With these shadows there’s no need to choose function over style. They’re longwearing and come in the most glamorous, eye-catching shades ever.” – Bobbi Brown
The Metallic Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow is available in eight shades:
- Antique Gold A deep gold sparkle
- Black Pearl A medium purple
- Brown Metal A warm brown sparkle
- Chrome Patina A golden pewter
- Goldstone A gold sparkle
- Mercury A silver sparkle
- Starry Night A navy blue sparkle
- Starry Purple A deep purple sparkle
I tried three: Chrome Patina, Goldstone, and Starry Purple. Chrome Patina is a sheer, glittery wash of pewter with gold sparkle. Goldstone is a semi-opaque toned-down gold with a brown cast and brighter gold sparkle. Starry Night is a sheer, glittery navy blue concotion with almost multicolored sparkle.
I’m actually surprised by Bobbi Brown’s introduction of these glittery shadows to her line-up, just because they’re a bit over the top with how glittery they are. I do, however, think they’re fun and will definitely wear them myself, but I can see some avoiding these because the glitter finish feels inappropriate or accentuates signs of aging on the eyes (as frosts and glitters often do).
Sheer or opaque?
It seems like your mileage will vary from shade to shade, because Goldstone had the best finish and pigmentation, going on nearly opaque, while both Chrome Patina and Starry Night were sheerer and therefore the look glitter was emphasized (instead of a more metalized look). I do wish they were more pigmented so they had a much smoother look and were more the metallic finish they’re touted to be than glitter. (I would personally call these Glitter Long-Wearing Eyeshadows from my experience so far.)
How well do they wear?
They wear very well, just like the original Cream Eyeshadows. They are long-wearing and hold up throughout day without smudging, fading, or creasing. I actually wasn’t sure if they would work out, because they feel very wet when you initially apply them, but they do dry down completely and aren’t subject to creasing (even when worn alone). I found it a bit difficult to blend cream shadows on top of this color or with it once it was dry, so you do have to work quickly if you are trying to use cream shadows together. If you just want to layer on powder shadows over the glittery base, there’s no need to be concerned over timing.
Wait — you can wear these as liner, too!
If you aren’t so much a fan of glitter eyeshadow, there is one alternative usage that I actually may find myself using these more for than as shadows — eyeliner! I think these are excellent to layer over (or for some, worn alone — again, depends on how sheer the shade is) say a fiercely intense black liner for an extra kick. Ohh! I’m getting excited just thinking about experimenting now…
Are they worth the price tag?
As far as value goes, Bobbi Brown provides enough product in each pot to make it about as much and priced as I’d expect for the Bobbi Brown product range. Benefit cream eyeshadows are slightly cheaper ($19.00 for .16 oz.), while these are more affordable than NARS cream eyeshadows ($21.00 for 0.1 oz.) and less of an investment as shu uemura’s ($30.00 for .17 oz.). Despite the pot feeling and looking small (reminded me of gel liner sizes), it does hold more product than it seems. The packaging is classic Bobbi Brown: clear, glass with a black screw-on lid. It’s hefty, but I don’t mind — I like seeing non-plastic packaging.
- Product: 7/10
- Value: 7/10
- Ease of Use: 7/10
- Packaging: 8/10
Recommendation: If you love shimmering glitter, you might love these to layer underneath your eyeshadows or as a quick wash of color (at least, some of the more neutral shades). I definitely recommend checking them out in person and seeing how the shade you’re most interested in swatches, because it may or may not be pigmented enough for your liking.
Availability: Nordstrom, Bobbi Brown
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What was your favorite summer makeup collection? What was your least?
I’d have to say Dior’s Cristal Collection, even though that didn’t totally sweep me off my feet! I think my least favorite would be Colour Craft. Mineralize is so not for me!
Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips
One of my favorite things to do, beauty-wise, is to create lip combinations. I love playing with lip colors, and I love mixing and matching to find different ways to achieve traditional shades, but also discovering fun shades I haven’t tried before! You’d be amazed at just how much you can create with only a few products. You really don’t need a lip army arsenal a la Temptalia! But since I am a fervent lip product fanatic, every Tuesday, I’m going to show you different ways of layering and mixing lip products to create custom shades for every occasion.
Today, I wanted to do a twist on the dark, vampy lip that we’re seeing pop up for the fall and winter seasons. I, myself, don’t always feel comfortable in something as dark as the more traditional vampy lip (often very deep burgundy/wine). I’ve often found vampy lips to run a bit cool, which complicates things for me as a warm-toned gal. I also wanted to play with MAC Reflects Glitter to show how to incorporate it into a lip look as well.
First, apply Benefit No Competition Lipstick with a flat lip brush to create a defined pout. Whenever I use darker lipsticks, I use a lip brush (and sometimes a lip liner — definitely use one if lip products bleed on you!) to make sure I stay “inside the lines.” Brush on Givenchy Velvet Plum Gloss Interdit over the lipstick layer. With your finger (best method, to be honest!), dab on MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter onto the center of the top and bottom lips. Use your lip brush to blend the glitter into your lip color. Voila!
Change It Up
You can see how much each product can really change up the look, yeah? Using a dark, plummy gloss intensified our lipstick base color and made it much in-your-face. The addition of the Reflects Bronze Glitter added a lot of warmth and made it more of a reddish-toned color. You can always stop at just a gloss (which turned out to be a very gorgeous color–no Reflects needed!), or you could use a different shade of glitter, which would still give you the shimmering-water effect with a different tone/shade.
Oh, and p.s.? It only takes a few minutes from start to finish–really!
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Clinique Black Tie Violet Collection for Winter 2009
Chic and sophisticated, Clinique’s has it!
Colour Surge Eye Shadow
- Frosted Blossom
- Purple Pixie
- Black Orchid
Cream Shaper for Eyes
Long Last Lipstick
Long Last Glosswear SPF 15
Quickliner For Lips
Blushing Blush Powder Blush
- Smoldering Plum
- Iced Lotus
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The Fairest Private Sample Sale Launches!
THE FAIREST has officially launched, and I’m so excited to tell you about it. The Fairest is devoted to beauty sample sales. You can save up to 75% off your favorite beauty brands, and they already have some awesome, big-time brands signed up. Today’s sales include Stila and COOLA. Sales in the next few weeks include Jurlique, MOR, Butter London, Tarte, and Cosmedicine.
Second, I am a blog contributor, where you can learn more about the brands/products featured in the latest sales at The Fairest. Third, when you join from our invite link, you will receive $5 (and I will receive $5, to be clear) when you make you first purchase. When you join through our referral, it also helps us track how many people we’ve turned onto The Fairest and let’s us (and The Fairest!) know more about the Power of Temptalia.
I hope you’re as excited as I am that someone finally invested and created a beauty sample sale site — c’mon, how often do you see major brands at 50% off? EXACTLY!
International Readers: Unfortunately, at this time, The Fairest does not offer international shipping. Both myself and Nadine (of The Fairest) are happy to hear your thoughts, and please know that Nadine is definitely passing along your feedback to the company.
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Lippmann Collection is Celebrating Their 10-year Anniversary!
Today only, September 1st, 2009, every 10th customer to make a purchase on www.lippmanncollection.com will win a $50 gift certificate. To commemorate their anniversary, Deborah Lippmann created a limited edition trio of shades, available together for $35.00:
- Superstar Show-stopping copper flecked fudge
- Funky Chunky Sequined sheer black
- Ruby Red Slippers Dorothy’s shimmering ruby