[samples/affiliate] Unlike most brands who are paring down their Christmas offerings, Bobbi Brown has gone large and oh so gold with their collection! I’m splitting it into three posts.
The jewel in the crown of the collection is the Luxe Gems Eyeshadow Palette. At first I thought it was very un-Bobbi but actually, when I swatched, it’s more muted and wearable than you’d expect unless you’re a die-hard colour seeker, in which case, it might not be bright enough. It’s so stunning though – the shade line on the top row is: Bijou (matte), Sunstone (sparkle), Electric Sapphire (metal). Bottom row is: Incandescent (multichrome), Volcanic (sparkle), Ultra Violet (matte) and Black Pearl (sparkle). It’s pricey at £50 but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this from this particular brand.
When the right light hits them, the sparkle shades burst into life – they’re super-twinkly and I like the fact that the colours are muted but the effect is not. It’s a way to wear shimmery shades without veering into over-bright territory – a more sophisticated take on the metallic mood.
I took so many pictures of this palette – surprisingly, there are several palettes to choose from but this is the most wow of them all.
It’s not all about the big splash though – there are smaller individual items too including mini lipstick sets and individual shimmery shadows.
I love anything mini so the Lipstick Duo for £19.50 with shades Hibiscus and Desert Rose (there’s a red toned duo too) is right up my street, as are the Luxe Eye Gemstone Shadows shown here in Opal Moonstone and Citrine (yellow gold). They’re £27 each. They’re best used to add a coat of lustre over other colours or on a bare lid as a tinted shimmery top coat.
Like several other brands, BB has gone for a sugared effect lipstick, the Luxe Jewel in two shades, Rose Quartz and Tahitian Pearl (shown), £28, alongside a super-shimmery Luxe Liquid Lip Lustre (don’t try saying that after a wine) in three shades, £28, shown in Gold Lustre. The least exciting thing (to me) is the highlighter (not yet listed on the site) and I prefer their existing bestseller ‘glow’ highlighters instead.
From bottom to top: Luxe Jewel Lipstick (very subtle but handy as a make-me-sparkle lip topper), Luxe Liquid Lip Lustre, Hibiscus & Desert Rose minis, Gemstone Shadows in Opal and Citrine. It’s a real pick and mix selection – go large or go pared back, but you will definitely sparkle! Head HERE. Non affiliate HERE.
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Not a collection for me, but it’s been interesting to observe the evolution of the brand’s vibe, from cool Manhattan minimalist (which I loved, myself) into full-on Glamazon.
I’ve just purchased the Autumn Avenue palette – am so disappointed. No colour payoff, lots of fallout and a pair of eyes that look as if they’ve had a session in a boxing ring. No more palettes for me from BB no matter how pretty they look.
I miss the Manhattan Minimalist as mentioned by your reader above. Now I feel as if I’m visiting just another Mac counter.
I think the brand is very much in a transition period – the pay off in the palette I swatched isn’t as intense as other brand palettes but I think
perhaps the brand is catering to people who don’t want Huda type intensity but more of a nuance and nod towards colour. How disappointing re the Autumn Avenue – can you try using a wet brush? That often brings up the pay off. x
How beautiful are they!? I have been playing around with these this week too. That palette is so pretty!
xx Jenelle | inspiringwit.com