I seem to have become abit of a Bobbi Brown addict over these past 12 months, I have always loved her stick foundations and blushers and I couldn’t be without her long-wear gel eyeliner but her eyeshadows have often passed me by, that was until the moment this delightful eye shadow palette caught my eye. As someone who prefers a more natural to enhanced makeup look, this looked right up my street, add to that 8 beautiful colours and variants of cool-toned beige and greys (hence the name greige) I almost feel like this palette was made for me.
Packaging: I really like the size of this palette, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, yet large enough to work with easily and a generous size mirror is always a plus. This palette is perfect for an everyday makeup bag and ideal for travelling, its slim, sleek and sophisticated looking. The outer material is of a navy satin which I wasn’t sure of at first but I like the fact that it makes the palette feel non-slip in the hand. On the back the shades are listed, and on the front the ‘Bobbi Brown’ name is embossed. Once opened you have your 8 shades to the base of the palette and the mirror to the lid.
Shades: There are 8 shades featured in this palette – 4 shades from the existing Bobbi Brown range and 4 new ones. They range from a light ivory to beige, taupe to various greys with some sparkles thrown in there too. The subtle variation in tones allows you to create many different looks and the softness of the neutrals allows you to build from a barely there to a heavier intensified look with ease. The sparkle shades make this palette a great day-to-night palette to add a touch of glam for an evening or more fun look.
- Ivory – a delicate warm matte ivory – perfect for the inner eye or under the brow bone
- Brown Haze – a wash of shimmer neutral chocolate brown
- Twinkle – a sparkly light grey/silver – luckily it doesn’t scream ‘glitter’ when on the lid
- Slate – a matte medium grey – I find this to be a deeper version of greystone (below), I often find shades with the name slate or concrete flatter my cool skintone well in a neutral way
- Greystone – a pale matte grey/taupe – I find this to be a lovely gentle lid colour for a natural look
- Earth Metal – sparkly brown
- Greige – medium matte taupe
- Fog – matte charcoal grey – great for a smokey eye, I also like to use this to enhance my eyelid crease on my eye shape
Formula: The matte shades as expected have decent pigmentation, the soft, almost buttery smooth texture on application makes them a dream to blend, layer and build, they are a pleasure to work with. The sparkles are a little gritty in texture and not so smooth on application, they may work better wet so I look forward to trying that.
Value for Money: At £52.00 GBP this is palette is not by any means purse friendly and even for a name like Bobbi Brown with just 8 shades I think it’s still rather high. Do I regret paying that amount for the palette? Actually I really don’t, I adore this palette and for me this is a real quality over quantity palette and I love how well each shade works with the next. A slightly cheaper price tag would have been preferable but with this being a limited edition I am really glad I snapped it up.
This is me playing around with the shades Ivory, Greystone, Slate and Fog to create my eye look
My thoughts: This was never going to be a showstopper type palette however this is a really strong palette and the versatility with it is more than what it may first appear to be. I love that this palette can take me from a day in the office to a night out with ease and in a handbag friendly way. I also love that this palette suits my cool toned skin so well, often with neutral palettes there will be quite a few shades I wouldn’t touch but with this palette because its limited to 8 shades I find myself playing around with each shade more and more to try different looks and different variants on looks. Subtle but sophisticated and for me that is why I love Bobbi Brown.