Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

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 Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4
Application
87%
Total
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Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown White Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Iced Blue Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Rockstar Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Sterling

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Gunmetal Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Cool Party Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Onyx Eyeshadow

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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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Thanks for the review Christine! I know you covered dupes in the individual reviews but I was curious if you noticed any similarities to any MAC or Urban Decay shades? For example, I thought Onyx looked similar to MAC Black Tied and Urban Decay Oil Slick…

It’s pretty much like every other black with silver sparkle, which is why I just linked to the black eyeshadow gallery since there are quite a few, haha! 🙂

Do not purchase Rockstar from the permanent collection either – absolutely horrible eyeshadow!
I’m a huge Bobbi Brown fan, so I was gutted with how bad it is. Using mixer or water just makes it even worse!

Her metallic shadows can be a little harder to blend being black based. Use your finger and press it into the lid as opposed to doing a window washer motion. It helps 🙂

The black is meant to be more of a liner shade. In most cases when there is a dark shade like Onyx in a palette she makes, it’s meant to be used as liner. 9.9 times out of 10, if Bobbi has a dark, black based shadow, it’s not meant for application all over the lid and it won’t blend well. It’s just not the Bobbi way 🙂

You can use the LE, double ended gel pencils that are in the collection to make awesome smokey eyes easier with this palette. Use the black end on the lash line and blend it out with a liner brush. It makes a great, dark base for the start of a dark smokey eye!

Maybe she should consider not calling it an eyeshadow then 🙂 For a brand that seems geared to streamlining makeup routines and being an approachable line to the woman who doesn’t spend an hour on her makeup, it seems like an eyeshadow should be used as an eyeshadow. It’s a pretty poor liner, though – very sheer and takes forever to use that way.

I know, it’s… different haha. It’s still an eye shadow if it’s meant to be used as a shadow liner, though! In her permanent shadows, a lot of the darker shades are meant to be used as a shadow liner (Charcoal, Navy, Mahogany etc.) She teaches shadow liner first before any other type because she believes it’s an easy, natural way of defining.

That being said, I’m probably wrong about Onyx. It’s just usually that is where the liner color comes in, but looking at it, you’re probably right. It may be just a semi-useless addition to the palette, haha. Now that I think of it, the only time I’ve used it was pressing a bit of it over Gunmetal with my finger.

Gotcha! 🙂 Lining with a shadow is a great technique, though I’ve always found that it needs to still be decently pigmented – unless you can wet it, then it usually comes together OK! It seems like a lot of brands don’t do SUPER pigmented black eyeshadows!

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