I fell in love with Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palettes this month. To me, each one is a work of art. Something about her colour combinations makes me want to buy every single one. The colours are stunning, and the products are so classy, so elegant, and so wearable.
Fortunately, both budget and storage constraints forced me to choose one—not 12, like I wanted. Sigh. (#FirstWorldProbems, anyone?)
I landed on the Navy and Nude Palette, which released as part of Bobbi Brown's Navy and Nude Collection this summer. It's limited edition, but still available at Sephora.
It's a classic-looking palette of eight wearable shadows. Eight are neutral nudes, and one is an inky navy blue. If you're looking for a neutral palette that is as workable for the office as it is for a night out, this is it.
If, like me, your collection of mattes is limited and you'd like to add a handful of neutrals to your arsenal, this palette is the answer. If you love neutrals, and you also love the idea of adding a French twist to your look with a pop of navy liner, this palette has your name on it.
Trust me, friends. Usually I wait to use a new product until I have a chance to photograph it. But I was far too excited about this to wait. I've been wearing it almost daily since I bought it two weeks ago, and I haven't looked back. It's love.
Here's a breakdown of the shades:
- Ivory is a matte ivory shade that is lightly pigmented.
- Cement is matte, light cool brown that reminds me of Mary Kay Hazelnut. It has light to medium pigmentation.
- Blazing Star is a sheer, glittery peach colour.
- Beige is a shimmer wash eyeshadow. I'd call it a satin finish, and it has medium pigmentation. It reminds me of MAC Jaunty.
- Twilight Pink is a metallic, light, cool pink with light to medium pigmentation.
- Naked is a matte, light reddish brown with medium pigmentation.
- Slate is a matte, medium cool brown that reminds me of MAC Concrete. It has medium pigmentation.
- Rich Navy is exactly that—a matte, rich navy. It has medium pigmentation.
As Jessica of Beautezine reminded readers in her review of this product, it's important to understand the intent of Bobbi Brown colours. They're meant to be simple and wearable. The palette intentionally has a variety of pigmentations and colours so that you can create a variety of looks. For example, the sheer glitter shade is meant to be patted on top of another shade.
I love that about this palette—it's versatile. Some colours are buildable to opaque colour, while others add just a hint of colour, shimmer, or sparkle. I also love the classic, understated, elegant beauty it creates. It makes me want to put on a designer suit and sashay into a Louis Vuitton or Tiffany's...if only, right?
I have only two complaints: I experience a little bit of fallout with the glitter shade, and the navy is a challenge to blend. If you're not one to work hard at your makeup, use it as a liner. If you don't mind putting the time in and you have the right tools, go for a smoky crease. I recommend patting it into place, blending, and then patting a little more on to deal with any patchiness that resulted from blending.
Here's what the colours look like. Note that these are swatched lightly to give you an idea of pigmentation.
The looks you can create with this are endless—I've photographed two for you.
Would I repurchase? If I could, no doubt. I've been loving it. The nudes are easy and beautiful, and the navy adds a bit of pop when I need it to!
Rating: Four stars out of five for the fallout and the difficulty blending the navy.
Available: Sephora.com and in Sephora stores for $70 Canadian. I haven't checked, but it may also be available at Bobbi Brown counters.
What are your favourite Bobbi Brown products? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.