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Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.33 oz.) consists of six eyeshadows: White (pure white), Iced Blue (pale icy blue), Rockstar (medium metallic grey), Sterling (medium silver blue), Gunmetal (dark charcoal blue), and Onyx (black sparkle). The palette has approximately $73 worth of eyeshadows inside, if you were able to purchase them individually (and with the exact same quantity; full-sized Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are typically larger when sold individually).

  • White is a cool-toned snow white that’s so cool-toned it almost reads bluish white. It has a matte finish and good color payoff; despite its starkness, it’s not chalky. It’s similar to Bare Escentuals Cheers and Inglot #373.
  • Iced Blue is a pale silvery white with a mere hint of blue. It’s more silver than it is blue. It has a metallic finish, which comes off as part metallic, part frost. It has good color payoff. It’s similar to Inglot #447.
  • Rockstar is a soft, mushroomy brown with a touch of gray. It has a metallic finish that looks a bit frosted. The color payoff of this shade was dismal, though; sheer and soft–not much like it looks in the pan. NARS Grand Palais is deeper.
  • Sterling is a medium-dark gray with a subtle silver sheen and blue tone. It has a Shimmer Wash finish. It has decent color payoff but slightly dry in texture. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is a bit lighter.
  • Gunmetal is a silver shimmered brown-black. It had nice color payoff and applied very smoothly. It has a Shimmer Wash finish. Estee Lauder Black Chrome is similar but not quite as dark. theBalm Inspirational is a little lighter, grayer.
  • Onyx is a mostly matte black base color with silver and multi-colored sparkle on top. It’s a brown-based black. Like many silver sparkled blacks, it is dry with uneven and sheer color payoff.

Two of the six shades were less than impressive in this palette: Rockstar was a bit dry and sheer, while Onyx was extremely dry, sheer, and uneven–plus the sparkle was prone to fall out. The other four shades were good, though, and they all work together with strong, cool undertones and a smoky bent. It will work well on cooler complexions, especailly those looking for a solid smoky eye palette.

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette

B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette ($45.00 for 0.28 oz.) consists of four Sparkle Shadow shades: Pink Rose (pink multi-colored pearl), Crushed Silver (light diamond pearl), Black Ruby (black plum with pearl), and Onyx (plum charcoal with pearl). Onyx is the only shade that isn’t new (and exclusive) to the palette, and the palette itself is limited edition. Sparkle eyeshadows is Bobbi Brown’s take on glitter; it uses shimmer and fine glitter in a creamy, translucent base that is supposed to apply smoothly and never crease or travel. From what I understand, these are not opaque in color but should provide some color punch.

  • Pink Rose is a semi-sheer light pink with subtle yellow undertones and darker rose and white shimmer and sparkle. It’s similar to Cle de Peau #207 but glittery. Giorgio Armani #8 is less pink.
  • Crushed Silver is a sheer pale white with iridescent pink and white shimmer and glitter. Chanel Fantasme is whiter.
  • Black Ruby sheer is a brown-burgundy color base with iridescent pink and plum shimmer and sparkle. I couldn’t think of a shade quite like this one with all the shimmer/glitter it has going on. The base color here is a little dry, though, so it has an uneven look.
  • Onyx is a gray-mauve brown with silver sparkle. The color actually reminded me of Illamasqua’s Bacterium Nail Varnish, because of the way it shimmers. Urban Decay Bust is somewhat similar but less purple in the shimmer.

These eyeshadows feel almost wet and creamy, but they’re not like a cream. They have a wet-looking finish, because of how high the shine is. While they have a lot less fall out compared to your traditional glitter eyeshadow in powder form, there are still a few stray glittery bits found along the under eye area after eight hours. I don’t find glitter on my nose from it, though! Generally, the color payoff is semi-sheer but can be built up a bit if used wet or patted on.

Bobbi Brown’s formula could be more consistent, because I initially loved these when they first debuted, but I wasn’t impressed by last year’s holiday palette that included these. This year’s holiday palette is much better and more in line with the ones I do like.  The palette contains around $51.69 worth of Sparkle Eyeshadows (normally $24 for 0.13 oz.).

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette

B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total

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Dior Or Divin Vernis / Nail Lacquer


Dior Or Divin Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Or Divin Vernis / Nail Lacquer

Dior Or Divin (221) Nail Lacquer ($22.00 for 0.33 fl. oz.) is the brand’s take on your traditional holiday gold, which is part of its recently launched holiday collection. It’s new but limited edition. Or Divin is a pale yellow gold with a part metallic, part shimmer finish. It’s a bit warmer compared to NARS Versailles but much paler and less orange compared to Chanel Gold Lame.

You can see the threads of gold shimmer running through the color as well as visible brush strokes. I used two coats, and there was a fair amount of visible nail line; a third coat would have softened it still, but I don’t think it would have eliminated it. The color didn’t apply as evenly as I would have liked; it seemed to sheer out as it was pulled, even with waiting between coats.

Dior’s formula wears a week on me with minor tip wear but no chipping. The brush is larger than the average brush, and it’s tapered at the top, which works if you have larger nail beds, but if you have really petite ones, you may find it difficult. I like it, and it makes it easy to avoid too many brush strokes and do one or two pulls per nail.

Dior Vernis Or Divin
Or Divin

Bobbi Brown Party Collection for Holiday 2011


Bobbi Brown Party Collection for Holiday 2011

Bobbi’s NEW Party Collection is inspired by those memories—and by the glitz and glamour of screen sirens like Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall. To get the party started, Bobbi’s iconic Shimmer Brick is now available in silver and gold and embossed for the first time ever with martini glass and shaker—a toast to the 20th anniversary of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics! Metallic Eye Paint Palettes also make an appearance, but the life of the party is the elegant yet modern Bobbi’s Party Fragrance, a rich bouquet of violet leaves, rose petals and sandalwood that makes a lingering statement. Party is about feeling like a star—glamorous and with all eyes on you. It is sure to be a collection to remember…

Lip Color ($23.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Party Rose
  • Party Alice

Eye Paint Palette ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Chocolate & Gold Gold, Bronze, Black Gold, Chocolate
  • Onyx & Silver Tinsel, Silver, Blue Onyx, Lava

Party Shimmer Brick ($40.00) (Limited Edition)

Our iconic Shimmer Brick dressed up in silver and gold. It’s the perfect choice when you want to achieve that holiday glow. Even more festive, it’s embossed with a martini glass and shaker.

Dual Ended Eye Liners ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Jet Black / Chrome Silver
  • Bronze Bronze / Chocolate Brown
  • Caviar Black-brown / Gold Gold

Bobbi’s Party Eau de Parfum ($60.00)

Destined to be a classic, Bobbi’s most feminine scent makes any moment feel special. With a rich bouquet of violet leaves, rose petals and sandalwood, you’re sure to be the belle of the ball.

availability: Now @ Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bobbi Brown

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— Christine

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