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Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection: Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows: Black Velvet, Black Berry, Black Charcoal, Black Chocolate

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection: Eyeshadows

Bobbi Brown’s Black Velvet Collection includes three new Metallic Eyeshadows ($20 for 0.10 oz.), two new Eyeshadows ($20.00 for 0.08 oz.), and two new (and limited edition!) shades of Sparkle Eye Shadow ($24.00 for 0.13 oz.). I have four of the seven to review for you!

  • Black Velvet is a blackened purple base with darkened lavender glitte and multi-colored shimmer. It has an almost wet, slightly tacky/sticky texture and feel, but it’s surprisingly blendable. It’s something you’d pat on rather than sweep on. There was some fall out when I used it, but it wasn’t much at all–definitely a lot less than you’d think for a glitter shadow.
  • Black Berry is a deep brown-burgundy with flecks of red-burgundy shimmer. It doesn’t quite feel or read like a real metallic finish to me, but it’s a pretty shade nonetheless. It reminded me of a shimmery version of MAC Sketch.
  • Black Charcoal is a dark black with soft gray tones and a matte finish. It’s opaque, smooth, and doesn’t look chalky.
  • Black Chocolate is a blackened brown with cool undertones. It’s also smooth with a soft texture that doesn’t look chalky.

P.S. — I also realized something I hadn’t before, which was that Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows are not all the same weight! They just look the same size, so it never occurred to me that they may not actually be that way.

RECOMMENDATION: Black Velvet is my favorite out of the bunch–it’s the one that feels the most original to me as well. If you love the way glitter looks but hate the mess it often makes, Bobbi Brown’s Sparkle Eyeshadows do a good job of giving you that fun, sparkly effect with minimal fall out.

AVAILABILITY: Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows: Black Velvet, Black Berry, Black Charcoal, Black Chocolate

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Berry Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Berry Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Berry Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Charcoal Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Charcoal Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Black Chocolate Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow: Black Velvet, Black Berry, Black Charcoal, Black Chocolate

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow: Black Velvet, Black Berry

Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Eyeshadows
Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow: Black Charcoal, Black Chocolate

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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These swatches are pretty! Bobbi Brown really did a great job with this collection (IMO)…Christine, are you going to review the metallic lipcstick that came out with this collection? Or did I somehow, miss it? If I did, sorry!

Black Velvet is GORGEOUS!!  Do you think this would be a good product for dewy lids?
It looks a lot like the Stila palette you reviewed a while back…which do you think is
better for that wet shimmery look?

Thanks Christine!!

woa black velvet shadow looks crazy. in a good way of course. love the blue/green/pink shimmers in it. i could see it really adding dimension and interest to an otherwise simple eye look

I love them all! Black Velvet is so unique. I must have it! Thanks for swatching all of these for us! The look you did with Black Velvet was too gorgeous, I’m so glad we can see a swatch of the eyeshadow now. 🙂

Black Berry looks interesting in the pan but looks brown in the swatch. Would you say that color is more brown than burgundy? Ive been trying to find a nice bright burgundy with less brown in it but every one that is released seems a little disappointing to me. So you have any suggestions Christine?

Hmm, I don’t think you’d love this one – it does have prominent brown tones to it. Have you tried maybe MAC Cranberry? It’s not exactly burgundy, but it doesn’t have brown in it.

pretty.
i (obviously) like black velvet, but wont be buying because i barely use the eyeshadows i already have like it. what do you think from mac is comparable to black chocolate?

Hey Lauren! I believe I mentioned my experience with fall out in the above post – there was some but very minimal, noteworthy minimal given it is a glitter eyeshadow.

MAC does the same thing with their veluxe pearl shadows only being 1.3g, instead of 1.5g like all other finishes. It’s not as big of a difference as some of these shadows though. I’ve always wondered why, maybe something about different densities of the textures and fitting them into the same size pans…

I LOVE Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows, and these are right up my alley! I already bought 2 of the metallic ones, and am waiting on the 2 matte ones via UPS. Bobbi Brown’s eyeshadows make the best powder eyeliners out of any other brand of eyeshadow I’ve ever tried. Wet or dry, doesn’t matter, they stay on my lids and lashline without smudging or fading longer than any other powder eyeshadow and pencil… and they are good enough to rival the staying power of the best liquid and gel eyeliners. If anyone hasn’t tried them, you should! But- warning: You might get hooked! :o)

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