Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems | Look Details
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems | Look Details
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems | Look Details
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette
Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette

Luxe Gems

Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holiday season that features seven shades of the brand’s Luxe eyeshadow (which is their more expensive formula). The Luxe formula can be used dry or wet, though the current description of the formula indicates to use it with a wet brush to intensify the shine–and that seemed to be true for most shades in the palette. They are supposed to wear for eight hours, and most of them lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

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Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow

Incandescent

Incandescent is a brighter, yellowed-peach base with peach-to-pink shifting sparkle and a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation that applied similarly dry as it did with a dampened brush, though the wetter application yielded a shinier finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan, so it was easy to pick up and apply. This shade wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

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Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow

Bijou

Bijou is a soft, muted peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and opaque (slightly darker) coverage applied with a dampened brush. The texture was denser and firmer in the pan, but it wasn’t stiff, so I was able to pick up product easily with a brush and didn’t have any issues with fallout or blending. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadows | Look Details
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadows | Look Details
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Volcanic Luxe Eye Shadow

Volcanic

Volcanic is a deep purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single layer applied dry, though it needed to be applied with a dampened brush to get to full coverage. The texture was dense, fairly smooth but felt a bit more textured based on how much sparkle was in it (relative to the other shades), and blended out well with a touch of fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours with light fallout over time. This shade was released individually before, but the version in the palette was better pressed and was easier to work with.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow

Sunstone

Sunstone is a soft beige with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry with light fallout during application, whereas dampened application yielded opaque coverage and a smoother finish with just a smidgen of fallout. The texture felt smooth to the touch, dense but not too firmly packed into the pan, and it was blendable without having issues with lots of fallout. It wore well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow

Ultra Velvet

Ultra Velvet is a blackened plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and slightly deeper color but similar coverage when applied with a dampened brush. This was the only under-performing shade in the palette as it seemed firmer, stiffer, and a little drier, so it was harder to diffuse and blend out. The color lasted decently for seven hours on me.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow

Electric Sapphire

Electric Sapphire is a deep, blackened navy blue base with tons of sparkling flecks of blue and lighter blue throughout. The texture was dense, more substantial, and creamier, which ensured that the sparkles mixed with the base pigment for a smooth, even lay down of product that had minimal fallout during application.

It had rich color payoff that applied the same dry as it did wet, though it seemed to have a slightly smoother sheen applied with a dampened brush. It wore nicely for eight hours on me with a smidgen of fallout over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow
Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow

Black Pearl

Black Pearl is a darker taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a silver shimmer-sheen that gave it a more metallic finish. It had good color coverage that applied similarly dry as well as wet, though the dampened application yielded a more metallic, reflective finish that made it appear a touch lighter.

The texture was smooth, dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan that it became stiff to work with, and it applied evenly and had no fallout. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. - $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be "applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look" that "glides on and blends easily." The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It's a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand's formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand's lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that's a real commitment to a single shade.

Browse all of our Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Shadow swatches.

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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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I held off on purchasing this palette pending seeing reviews and so I am glad you were able to do so before the sale. I haven’t gone to the site to look for it but doubt it will be sold out before the sale. I love the eye look you did with this palette and that was really what prompted me to pay attention to this palette. It is still a maybe for me, though.

Man, I really do wish that Ultra Velvet had been as rich as its pan shade! If so, I would have loved to get this palette. Other than that one failed e/s, it really did give you a stunning eye look, though!

Such a lovely palette. I almost bought it. How does Incandescent compare to previous single release? I wish those purple and blue sparkle shades weren’t a black base. I find that it just turns charcoal throughout the day as the sparkle disappears.

This is one of the nicest palettes that Bobbi Brown has released for quite awhile, although there are a couple of under performing shades. The jewel tones are beautiful and have a lot of depth to them.
I really loved your eye looks Christine.

What a pity that Ultra Velvet was a letdown. It looks so good in the pan. Bijou isn’t very exiting and with two eye shadows, one under-performing and one I don’t care for it’s an easy, well, kind of easy pass.

This palette is just stunning to look at and I love a majority of the shades. I’m not going to rush out and buy it, but it is on my “think about it” list and I’m weighing my pros and costs (not sure if I’d get enough use out of every shade to make it worth the price, but swatching in person may change my mind). I really love Black Pearl and don’t think I have anything similar.

They are so pretty in person, but I couldn’t get any pigment at all at the Bobbi Brown counter with my finger or a brush! that doesn’t include the blue and purple of course, but I feel like those are in so many palettes now. This is too much money for nothing new.

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