Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2011: Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette ($45.00 for 0.12 oz.) is a limited edition, warm-toned palette that features four shades of the brand’s Eye Paints, which seems like a baked eyeshadow formula. If you’re familiar with MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows, these perform and feel very alike. The shades the palette contains are: Gold (pale gold), Bronze (beige gold), Chocolate (rich brown with gold pearl), and Black Gold (black with gold pearl).

  • Gold is a light-medium yellowed gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It isn’t an overly warm gold–it’s as close to a neutral gold as you’d get. The color payoff is sheer when it is applied dry, and it intensifies to decent pigmentation when applied wet, but it’s never quite opaque. It’s much smoother when used damp as well and has less fall out when used that way. Bare Escentuals Standing O, MAC Treasure Hunt, and Givenchy Lune Mordoree are all similar.
  • Bronze is a medium-dark gilded bronze with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. Like Gold, the color payoff is fairly sheer and the shimmer feels and looks chunky when it is applied dry. When it’s applied damp, the product binds together better so it is smoother and more pigmented. It is similar to MAC Retrospeck,
  • Chocolate is a warmed-up chocolate brown with bronze shimmer. The pigmentation is pitiful when it’s applied dry, and it has a very dry, powdery texture. It’s infinitely better when used wet, where it comes together for a really opaque, smooth result. NARS Galapagos is deeper, but they are similar.
  • Black Gold is a blackened brown color base with cool-toned bronze and champagne shimmer. It’s just like Chocolate–dry, sheer payoff when used dry, but it’s intense and smooth when applied wet. Tarina Tarantino Dream is browner, warmer. The base color is a bit similar to MAC Legendary.

My experience with this palette was as poor as it was with Bobbi Brown’s Onyx & Silver variation. First, if you’re a big fan of MAC’s Mineralize Eyeshadows, you may like these more than the overall rating indicates–because I pretty much have the same issues with these as I do with MAC’s, which are fading and fall out.

These shades have to be used damp, because the results when used dry are too chunky and sheer. However, when you use them damp, the color result fades over time, even over a primer, and I had a good amount of fall out underneath my eyes after eight hours of wear. I was flabbergasted at how much fading at occurred over eight hours–I thought my eyeshadow was missing on the lid (which is where I used the lighter color, Gold). Those are two big no-nos when it comes to powder eyeshadows as far as I’m concerned.

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

D+
6.5
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6
Longevity
3
Application
68%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Gold Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Gold Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Bronze Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Bronze Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Chocolate Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Black Gold Long-Wear Eye Paint

Bobbi Brown Chocolate & Gold Eye Paint Palette
Bobbi Brown Black Gold Long-Wear Eye Paint

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About the Reviewer

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 matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Wow, what a disappointment. Thanks for reviewing this. I really wanted to get this palette, but now I guess I’ll save the money for something else…

Seriously, similar to MAC I am losing interest with Bobbi Brown products. BB used to be so good, but lately the quality is going down the drain. Its like buying a drug store quality item at a high price. What is happening Bobbi?

I’m surprised at how many glitters/metallics she had this year – I always recommend her matte eyeshadow palettes to readers who are looking for them, but I feel like there weren’t many from her this year!

Such a shame…nice colors and such poor quality. I wished these high end brands would be more concerned with the quality of their products.Seriously, 45$ for this?

These shadows look so pretty in the palette; what a shame that they’re of such poor quality! I love some MAC mineral shadows (a few of the better ones) but at the price of this palette, texture and pigmentation should be better.

Didn’t Clarins have a palette (Baroque?) a year or 2 back that looked very much like this one – golds, bronzes and blacks with gold? I think you reviewed it and commented on how little product they were delivering for the price and I think it was also one that looked great in the palette but didn’t deliver either!

I was really excited about this one. :/ So disappointed. I would have still purchased it and used them wet, but if they fade that much then I’ll have to pass.

It LOOKS beautiful, as all baked shadows do (even shitty low rent versions), but also like all baked shadows it’s…*sigh*….just so sheer! Thank you so much for the swatches. Just looking at this palette it’s worthy of a buy, but use says otherwise.

I actually love this pallette! The colors do have to be applied damp and with a cream shadow brush. Colors go on easily and last 8 hrs plus . I have had no problems with them’, in fact I bought two!!!

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