Put "Paris" on anything and I'm toast. Seriously. I have this silly obsession with all things Parisian, because I not-so-secretly wish I could live there. I want to sip chic drinks at French cafés, look effortlessly chic all the time, be fit without trying (ha!) because I walk everywhere, and eat croissants for breakfast every day. I own not one, but two pairs of Eiffel Tower earrings. Real Parisian girls are probably too cool and chic for those (sigh), but I tell myself they're meant to remind me to go someday soon.
So when, as part of Bobbi Brown's 25th anniversary, the brand released the Paris Eye and Cheek Palette as part of the City Collection, I was instantly intrigued. It didn't matter that the palette is dupe-able collection of neutrals. It didn't matter that I own more brown and taupe shades than I'll ever be able to finish. I was pretty. It was Paris. (Just look at that art by Richard Haines.) Beautezine said it was must-have. And it was limited edition. (Evil, evil ploy to lure addicts like me.) So, of course, I needed it. Off to Nordstrom to fetch it I went.
Here's the low-down:
It's a double-decker-style palette, which is common in the Bobbi Brown line. I like it because the palettes feel more portable this way. They're certainly easier to handle. On the top "shelf" you'll find four shadows: Ivory, a matte cream shade, Stormy Grey, a shimmery, cool grey, Brushed Granite, a shimmery, cool, greyish brown (they say it's metallic, but it just looks like a shimmer to me), and Eclipse, a matte charcoal-grey—almost black.
On the bottom "shelf," which you pull out after opening the palette, you'll find a matte, bright, blue-toned pink called French Pink.
Ivory and Eclipse have light-to-medium pigmentation. They're not really meant for opaque blocks of colour, in my opinion. I use Ivory all over the lid as a base and to blend. I use Eclipse as a soft liner, to darken my crease and outer corner, or both. Stormy Grey and Brushed Granite are much more pigmented, and really sing when packed onto the lid. They're not quite as pigmented as, say, a Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, but you can definitely get opaque or almost opaque colour with some layering. There is fallout, but I expect that with most dark eyeshadows. I always do my concealer after my eyeshadow as a precaution.
French Pink has just the right amount of pigmentation for me. I'm not always a fan of blushes that I can easily overdo (I'm talking to you, Illamasqua and NARS). They're beautiful, but I reach for them much less often because they make me nervous—I don't want to be trying to fix clown cheeks when I'm running late for work!
Longevity in a blush is much more important to me than high pigmentation—and this blush delivers. I get a lovely, girlish flush on my cheeks with a couple of swipes of my favourite blush blush, and the colour is still there when I remove my makeup at the end of the day.
Is this palette especially unique? No. Is it perfect? No. Is it a little overpriced? I think so. But do I love it? YES! To me, it's a perfect mix of sultry and sophisticated. And I smile whenever I look at it. Therefore, it's worth it.
Here's the look I came up with today:
Eyes and Brows
- MAC Paint Pot in Painterly all over the lid
- Bobbi Brown Ivory Eyeshadow all over the lid
- Bobbi Brown Stormy Grey Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow packed all over the lid and slightly into the crease
- Bobbi Brown Brushed Granite Metallic Eyeshadow in the crease
- Bobbi Brown Eclipse Eyeshadow to deepen the crease and outer corner
- Charlotte Tilbury Rock n' Kohl Iconic Liquid Eyeliner Pencil in Marlene Midnight on the upper lashline and waterline, and the outer part of the lower lashline and waterline
- Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Black on the upper lashes
- MAC Extended Play Mascara in Gigablack on the upper and lower lashes (I always layer mascaras on the upper lashes for extra oopmh and staying power)
- Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown to fill in my brows
- Anastasia Clear Brow Gel to hold them in place
- Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow (to prime)
- Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in 1 Fair
- Giorgio Armani Master Corrector in Pink (just under the eyes, to correct)
- Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher in 1 Fair (under the eyes to conceal, and on areas where I needed a bit more coverage)
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer (just patted onto a few of my blemishes)
- Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (to set under the eyes)
- Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair (to set everywhere else)
- Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer in 10M
- Laura Mercier Matte Radiance in Highlight 01
- Bobbi Brown French Pink Blush
BITE Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Musk (discontinued—sorry!)
If you'd like to give the Bobbi Brown Paris Eye and Cheek Palette a whirl, you can find it at thebay.com and at Nordstrom for $75 Canadian.
What do you think? Is the Bobbi Brown Paris Eye and Cheek Palette something you'd like to try? Have you tried any of the other City Palettes (New York and London)? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: All products except the bronzer were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.