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Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows Have Arrived!

August 25, 2009

Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows ($22) take Bobbi Brown’s award-winning cream shadow and add a touch of glistening sparkle. The sheer, lightweight formula goes on comfortably and leaves a soft, velvety finish. Stays color-true and crease-free all day.

Click HERE to see my post on the shade currently available in this formula (and the amazingly stunning promo image plus additional product photos). I’m lemming Antique Gold and Brown Metal (mainly because I’m hoping one of these will give me the eye look on the promo model) as well as Black Pearl, Starry Night and Starry Purple. What shades are on your wishlist?

Bobbi Brown Introduces Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows for Fall/Winter 2009

August 14, 2009

Very rarely does a Bobbi Brown product inspire the “OMG I need that” feeling deep within me, but these seem to have done the trick. The last Bobbi Brown product that I was just dying to own was the Brights palette, sadly I never managed to get my hands on – it was just too pricey.

The model in the promo image just looks absolutely stunning – polished, refined and chic. Does it remind anybody else a little of Vermeer’s Het Meisje met de Parel or is it just me?

Coming to a Bobbi Brown counter near in late fall/early winter, the Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadows will include:

  • Antique Gold
  • Black Pearl
  • Brown Metal
  • Chrome Patina
  • Gold Stone
  • Mercury
  • Starry Night
  • Starry Purple

You can be sure that I’ll be adding one or two of these to my collection, so stay tuned for swatches when these launch!

Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection for Fall 2009

August 4, 2009

Greens aren’t my favorite, although the right khaki can create a beautifully understated smoky eye, but I’m finding that I have a soft spot for Bobbi Brown’s Fall 2009 Ivy League Collection. I suspect that a large part of that may be a result of the collection’s name, but in my defense the Illamasqua artist that I spoke to told me that I should experiment with more greens as they look great on me! See I’m not entirely illogical!

  • Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink ($21): For me this looks to be the highlight of the collection. As many of you know, I happen to love Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Gel Liners for their smooth, skip-free application and beautiful pigmentation, and when they include shimmer, well that just makes for an even happier Jen!
  • Eyeshadows in Golden Leaf, Bash and Ivy ($20): I need to check these out in person but I’m confident that at least one of these deep greens will catch my eye.
  • Creamy Eye Pencil in Jet, Walnut, Charcoal, Caviar, Hunter, Midnight, Brown Plum, Mahogany and Dusk ($20)

  • Lip Crayon in Honeysuckle, Coral Pink, Raisin Berry, Posey, Dusty Nude and Wild Rose ($22)

Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette Swatches

July 28, 2009
Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette ($60)
Bobbi Brown’s newest take on nude makeup—a concept she created. ‘Nude makeup doesn’t mean monochromatic, barely-there makeup. It means makeup that’s right for your skin,’ says Bobbi. Fall’s must-have eye palette takes you effortlessly from day to night with a sophisticated and universally flattering selection of nude shadows in three different textures: soft matte, lightly pearlized and metallic high-shimmer. Three eyeshadow duos come in a customizable 3-Pan Palette, which can also be filled with your choice of any Bobbi Brown eyeshadow or blush shades.

Swatches (Left to Right):
Top Row:
Navajo, Pebble, Beige Linen Wash, Chino
Bottom Row: Maple Sugar, Caviar

I don’t actually own this palette so I can’t offer any deep insights into it, but based upon my cursory experience with it I wasn’t all too impressed. The nudes are all very wearable and there are some beautiful neutrals in here, but they’re all rather sheer, with the mattes feeling a little chalky/powdery, and for $60 I know this isn’t the palette for me.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 Review & Swatches

June 29, 2009
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in #1 Warm Ivory ($45)
A truly modern foundation: Skin Foundation SPF 15 offers invisible, weightless coverage that looks like skin, not makeup. This long-wearing formula evens tone, minimizes the appearance of pores, conceals imperfections, and offers broad spectrum UV protection. Its hydrating technology leaves skin feeling cushioned, comfortable, and clean.

I know that Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is recommended for normal to dry skin, but I couln’t resist purchasing this for my dry yet oily complexion as I’d been hearing such good things about it. BB’s Skin Foundation is an ultra-light water-based formula that hydrates our complexion, providing buildable coverage while leaving behind a nice dewy glow.

As the name indicates, Skin Foundation is supposed to mimic the appearance of healthy, radiant skin, but I was understandably skeptical since it’s pretty rare that a foundation can really mimic the look of natural, bare skin. And is Bobbi Brown successful?

I’d have to say yes. The first time I applied this stuff I was amazed by how well it blended and how the formula just disappeared into my skin while still providing coverage. After hearing some griping about Skin Foundation’s lack of coverage I was expecting super super sheer coverage, but in actuality you can build anywhere from light to medium coverage and that’s enough for me on most days.

A blob of Skin Foundation in shade #1 Warm Ivory.

The somewhat runny formula slides on really easily, feeling really comfortable against my skin, and I’d have to say it looks pretty great on too. Immediately following application my complexion looks naturally dewy and polished while still looking like my skin (not some cakey, scary mess)–it just looks like I’ve naturally got nice skin! Skin Foundation skims over pores, tones down redness, and just gives skin an overall freshened appearance.


Shade #1 Warm Ivory blends beautifully into my MAC NW 15-20ish complexion, but sadly this foundation isn’t perfect. I love so many things about it, but the lasting power really just doesn’t cut it for me, although I can’t blame the foundation since this is meant to be hydrating and I have oily skin. After 2-3 hours, Bobbi Brown’s foundation will start sliding around on m T-zone and it’s all downhill from there. I can salvage my makeup by blotting with powder ever 2 hours or so, but honestly who has the time!

All blended and dewy!

Don’t get me wrong though–while I’m having a little trouble dealing with Skin Foundation’s lack of staying power, I happen to love this stuff! I fully intend to get through my bottle, although I just might save some of it for winter when my skin is dryer and definitely could use the additional moisture. If you veer towards the normal/dry end of the skin spectrum, this might be a really nice option for you since other than the sliding-off-my-face aspect of it, I really couldn’t find much else wrong with Skin Foundation. The color stays true all day and it makes my skin look naturally beautiful–it’s not necessarily perfect for me but it could be for you!

List of ingredients in case you’re curious 🙂

Happy Summer from Bobbi Brown: Save 25%!

June 8, 2009

Today through June 11, 2009, enjoy 25% off all your Bobbi Brown purchases (plus free shipping with any $60+ order) by entering code: SUMMER1 at checkout!

As many of you know (thanks to my constant babblings on the blog), I’ve been wanting to get my hands on their Skin foundation for the longest time but haven’t been able to justify it. Now may be my chance! If only I knew what shade I was…

Bobbi Brown Moon Rock Long-Wear Eye Palette Review & Swatches

April 21, 2009
Bobbi Brown Moon Rock Long-Wear Eye Palette ($55)
This celestial-inspired palette includes two NEW and exclusive Long-Wear Cream Shadows–the warm Gold Drop and the steely Mineral Dust–to impart a pretty shimmer to lids, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners in Espresso Ink and the NEW, exclusive Black Topaz to beautifully define eyes.

All of the formulas are silky, making the pigment a breeze to apply. Both formulas are long-wearing and water-resistant. Palette includes a dual-ended Mini Cream Shadow / Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush for professional application.

I picked this up this past Saturday while shopping @ the CCO ~ it was such a gorgeous day that there was no way I was going to spend it cooped up indoors. There were a million other items that I was eyeing, but I figured this palette was the most practical buy for my upcoming trip to Korea, plus I liked the box! =P

The packaging consists of these little pop-up tabs that are supposed to form an air-tight seal, ensuring that your cream shadows and cream liners don’t dry out. Unfortunately these don’t work out too well in practice, as the lids don’t seem to fit quite right and they kind of pop open on their own. I’m perpetually worried that they’ll dry out!

But packaging aside this palette is pretty great! Inside we have Cream Shadows in Gold Drop (a pale shimmergy gold) and Mineral Dust (a gumental gray) and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners in Espresso (a deep brown with no shimmer) and Black Topaz (a deep brown/black with gold and bronze glimmer).

Swatches (L to R):
Cream Shadows in Gold Drop and Mineral Dust; Gel Eyeliners in Espresso and Black Topaz

Bobbi Brown’s Cream Shadows are super super long-wearing and essentially crease-resistant (even on my super super oily eyelids which is saying quite a bit), which means they’re great as stand-alone shadows and also make fabulous bases. My one gripe with these particular shadows is that they’re both rather sheer, but I actually do like the sheerness for work, and the colors area definitely buildable/layerable, especially Mineral Dust.

Swatches (L to R):
Cream Shadows in Gold Drop and Mineral Dust; Gel Eyeliners in Espresso and Black Topaz

I know I’ve never reviewed them on the blog, but Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners are amongst my favorite eyeliners ever! They make lining your eyes manageable even for the most unpracticed neophyte, plus they’re long-wearing as the name indicates and super pigmented. Espresso is a nice deep brown but nothing all too unique–but Black Topaz is really special thanks to the shimmer interspersed throughout.

Close-ups of Gold Drop and Mineral Dust in the pots.

Close-ups of Espresso and Black Topaz in the pots.

This palette also comes with a double-ended liner/shadow brush, and the liner end actually comes with a cap making for no-mess travel. I already have Bobbi-Brown’s mini fine-tipped liner brush which is fabulous, so I’m always happy to have a spare. The shadow end, though, sucks. The shadows are sheer to begin with, and this brush’s inability to properly pick up and deposit color just makes matters worse.

A Quick EOTD Using Gold Drop & Black Topaz:

See I wasn’t kidding when I said sheer! I actually should’ve shown you a photo of Mineral Dust, though, which is gorgeous–it can be layered to this gorgeous smoky/shimmery gray.

This is pretty much all the eye makeup I’ll be taking with me to Korea as it’s quite versatile and portable. While the palette isn’t really spectacular, it’s definitely practical and I’ll be carrying it in my purse everyday for makeup emergencies!

Some ‘Haute’ New Products for Spring 2009

April 17, 2009
Dior ‘Haute Couture’ Palette ($80)

The inspiration: Dior’s luminous spring fine leather accessories. Now, beautifully reinterpreted into a luxurious travel case filled with the ultimate diva essentials for lips, face, cheeks and eyes: a multitone sun powder for allover glowing, a sculpting Golden Touch eye and cheek highlighter, a juicy coral-melon tinted gloss and two brush applicators. Zip it up and get ready to glow.

Dior Addict ‘Lip Glow’ Color Reviver Balm ($28)

Nobody will ever kiss quite like you with Dior’s sensationally sheer lip balm that responds to the color chemistry of your own lips to create a shade uniquely yours. Smooth it on to moisturize, add sun protection and enhance your own natural lip color instead of hiding it. A summer Dior sensation.

I don’t think I can live without this!

Dior ‘Diorshow Iconic Extreme’ Waterproof Mascara ($27)

Dior’s classic, lash-curling black Diorshow Iconic Extreme Mascara is now waterproof! Even more long-wearing. Even more smudge-proof. Even more irresistible. Plunge in. Play all day. Beat the humidity. Get swept away with new Iconic Extreme Waterproof Mascara.

Yay this is finally available in waterproof! Check out my mascara series to see my thoughts on this one!

Yves Saint Laurent ‘TrĂ©sor d’Afrique’ Collector Lip Color Palette ($62)

Inspired by the warmth and exoticism of African shores, this summer’s must-have lip palette is filled with five pearlized shades to give your lips a luminous shine. Palette contains three lipstick shades (pearly pink, shiny orange and fuchsia) and two lip gloss shades (pearly plum and light shimmery pink).

Yves Saint Laurent ‘TrĂ©sor d’Afrique’ Collector Eye Palette ($62)

Inspired by the warmth and exoticism of African shores, this summer’s must-have eye palette is filled with pearlized shades to give you a luminous look. Palette contains five shades: beige, turquoise, plum, navy blue and toffee.

Bobbi Brown Sheer Color Cheek Tint ($22)

Bobbi’s new Sheer Color Cheek Tint gives cheeks natural-looking color. The translucent, lightweight formula glides on and blends evenly into skin. Packaged in a swivel-up stick for convenient and easy application.

Bobbi Brown ‘Sheer Color’ Gloss ($20)

Bobbi’s newest gloss formula is super-sheer and super-wearable. The see-through finish makes it easy for any woman to wear the season’s punchy shades.

ABS’ Five: The Bobbi Brown Edition

April 7, 2009
Bobbi Brown BBU Palette ($250)
This limited-edition palette was inspired by the hand-filled palettes used by Bobbi and top artists at photo shoots and fashion shows. The BBU Palette includes filled pans of every Bobbi Brown shade of Corrector for extra dark circles, Creamy Concealer for average undereye darkness, and Foundation Stick to give skin a smooth, even finish. This sleek, easy-to-use palette also features an empty well for mixing shades

I know that most of us have absolutely no use for this palette, but I think this is absolutely amazing for makeup artists! If I needed foundations & concealers in all shades, this palette is what I’d go for.

Neiman Marcus Exclusive Shimmer Brick for Body ($75) & All Over Body Brush ($85)
Limited-Edition Exclusive Shimmer Brick for Body:
Create head-to-toe glamour with the Shimmer Brick for Body. Lightweight, silky powder can be used on arms, legs, decollete, or anywhere you want to glow; the deluxe oversized compact features three shimmering bars of color.

Limited-Edition All Over Body Brush:

The softest, most luxurious brush imaginable, the All Over Body Brush is the perfect companion to the Shimmer Brick for Body. It’s designed with ultra soft bristles that feel amazing on the skin and offer sheer, even application.

I’m not one for bronzers and all that stuff, but if I were this is what I would go for. I stumbled across this Neiman Marcus exclusive while browsing through their new arrivals the other day, and there’s just something so simple yet beautiful about it.

Build Your Custom Palette
This empty mirrored palette fits your favorite eye shadows, blushes, or lip shades.

Limited Edition Sandbar ($16)
Back by popular demand. This soft, creamy, lathering soap contains sand to gently exfoliate, while lightly scenting the skin with notes of Beach fragrance.

I had my eye on this last year when it was released, but just couldn’t bring myself to pay $16 for a bar of soap. I saw this months later at my CCO but again decided not to get it–stupid me!

Face Touch Up Stick ($22)
Keep your foundation looking fresh all day with Bobbi’s NEW Face Touch Up Stick. Carry this mini stick in your makeup bag, and use it to conceal any imperfections, redness or blemishes. Its creamy, full-coverage formula is perfect for the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin (not the under eye area), and is ideal for normal and combination skin types. Available in our full range of 17 shades.

See my recent review of this product HERE~a great on-the-go solution for those of you who like to touch up your foundation midday.

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick Review & Swatches

April 6, 2009
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick ($22)
Keep your foundation looking fresh all day with Bobbi’s Face Touch Up Stick. Carry this mini stick in your makeup bag, and use it to conceal any imperfections, redness or blemishes. Its creamy, full-coverage formula is perfect for the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin (not the under eye area), and is ideal for normal and combination skin types.

The Formula: I received Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick (in Shade #5 Sand) as a gift a few weeks back, and it’s become an indispensable part of my makeup bag ever since. The formula is creamy, pigmented, and blends relatively easily while maintaining good staying power–everything that I look for in an on-the-go foundation/concealer product. I love how tiny and portable this is, and the fact that I can just dab it directly onto my blemishes without the need for carrying any additional brushes.

My oily skin does mean that this doesn’t stay put on me all day long, but the staying power really is decent for such a nice creamy formula. The other day I discovered this gigantor disgusting monster of a pimple taking up residence on my nose. I immediately whipped out my Touch Up Stick, ran to the bathroom, and my mini makeup crisis was averted! While I do wear foundation, towards the end of the day my face could use a little bit of a refresher, and Bobbi Brown’s Touch Up Stick is the perfect little tool to achieve that end.

Swatch of Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick in Shade #5 Sand

All Blended

The Shade Selection: One thing I wasn’t entirely crazy about was the shade selection. I have this in #5 Sand, whch I happen to think is a bit too dark/yellow for me, although once blended it really does conceal beautifully. I’ve heard many complaints that Bobbi Brown’s face products all learn towards being on the “too-yellow” end of the color spectrum, and I’d definitely have to agree.

The Verdict: Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick was recently awarded ‘Best Undercover Agent’ from “O” Magazine’s 2009 Spring Makeup O-wards, and while I’m not 100% satisfied with the shade, I’m definitely loving the portability, creaminess and coverage. If you’re like me and feel the need to touch up your makeup throughout the day, this could be the product for you!