If you’re unfamiliar with the Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow formula, it’s designed as a “sheer, lightly pearlized shadow.” There is an underlying sheerness with this shade, so it can easily be used as a wash of color. It is somewhat buildable to semi-opaque color coverage, but the faded quality of the wash is always there in the background unless you layered this over a white or purple base–I think you could get really full coverage that way (true with most sheer products). There is some fall out from the sparkle, unfortunately! Not that much translates from pan to eye, so there is less to contend with as fall out, but there is still some. This wears just around eight hours with very, very subtle creasing without a primer, and it wears all day with a primer.
Fall out is a big no-no for me, so I'm not a fan of this type of eyeshadow texture, where the shimmer/glitter sits more as an overlay than really interwoven with the base product, because it results in fall out.
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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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