Exactly a decade ago, Bobbi Brown surprised us all with a colourful palette. I mean, at the time, the brand was known exclusively for ten thousand shades of beige so this really did appear out of the blue and unexpectedly. I think it’s still my favourite thing that ever came from the brand even though I’ve never used it. In ten years, I don’t think the colours have faded one little bit.
And, for what is pretty much a standard sized palette these days, she managed to cram in 35 shades! All matte by the way.
The dots of colour are really small – maybe under a centimetre each so they really are just little dots but manage to go across the colour spectrum of brights fairly comprehensively.
Back in 2010, the palette would set you back $70 and it was really before the days when super-expensive palettes were standard. There’s a mirror incorporated and the whole thing expands out so the 35 colours sit in front of you with the mirror propped at the end.
The palette is about the same proportions as a larger iPhone (a bit thicker) to give you an idea of size. If you want to see swatches, Temptalia has some HERE. I know that the brand ventures into brighter shades now but ten years ago, they really didn’t (other than red lipstick and gloss) so it really was stepping out of the box for them at the time. A lot has changed for the Bobbi brand but I think this signifies a moment in time when Bobbi was a) more in control, creatively and b) felt a shift for something different. If it came back, would you buy it?
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OH! I own this one and still have it some colours I never used. I think it was £35? when I bought it. It was so different from the normal Bobbi Brown neutral eyeshadow shades.
Wasn’t it?! I remember being stunned by it because it was so unexpected!
That’s a lovely palette and yes I’d buy it in a flash (if it wasn’t too pricey obviously). It’s a year round selection of colours and hours of fun to be creating brighter tonal, mono, contrast looks. The yellow / goldy shades remind me of when I tried to copy Boy George’s lovely yellow eye makeup back in the 80s. Happy days. Thanks Jane, these posts are great. xx
You’re so welcome – it is – it would be as good today as a decade ago.
I’m really enjoying these posts about your beauty treasures!
I’m prone to dyshidrotic eczema on my hands (a type of eczema that causes little itchy blisters rather than flaky skin) and hand washing more than usual has taken its toll. I found a surprisingly good new hand cream – from the #6 line at Poundland! It says it’s anti ageing (ugh) but has no spf, but has a much more luxurious texture than I expected and glycerin and coconut oil are impressively high up on the ingredients list. It has a light coconut scent when being applied which fades to a generic hand cream scent. It’s nice to apply and sinks in quickly – really moisturising but not greasy. Worth sampling I think.
Thanks for the tip 🙂
I am loving this rummage through your drawers madam! These posts are a perfect antidote to both Covid bad news and new release fatigue.
Thank you so much – can’t wait to see what you’ll produce next!
Thanks Lisa – I thought I’d brought all my boxes up from the basement but I think there is still one down there with all my Chanel treasures. Mr BBB is being sent to investigate.
Brilliant!! It sounds as if Mr BBB may be some time non? I have images of Mr BBB going down cobwebby tunnels Indiana Jones style with a blazing flame past piles of crates labelled with museum type stencil lettering… xx
Haha… I am sure there are a few spiders down there!
I have bought a couple of Bobbi palettes and while I love the colours something in them really irritates my eyes. So I would have to pass, even though I agree this is lovely.
Love that comment on 10,000 shades of beige. Even the BBrown lipsticks were beige! Bit like the million brown eyeshadows from all the beauty companies in the last 4-5 years and utterly boring!! However, I love your blog, Jane. Always so interesting and uplifting. Thank you so much.
Stay well and safe,
Thank you Ann… always love to have your comments.
I remember this! I think it was probably one of the first times Bobbi Brown really caught my attention. It’s still a lovely palette!
It really is!