This mini collection from Bobbi Brown launches in September and all of the items are limited edition. I have never got along with the Long Wear Gel Eyeliners until now and have no idea why but it’s like a switch has been flipped on! I was curious about the dual pots – there are six of them – but more about the dual ended brush because one end reminds me of the brush end of my favourite Clarins eye liner. So, I tried it (one shade on each eye and the postman didn’t notice) with the fatter brush end and it went on perfectly. More than that, it stayed in place all day. So, the moral of that story is never stop trying things! Maybe it’s that I have used that type of brush to smudge kohl every day and suddenly it just all felt like the right fit – the glide of the gel liner, the feel of the brush and actually, the lack of necessity to be completely precise – perfect. At last, I’m a gel liner convert!
These are my top picks from the collection even though the brush is expensive at £28 – if I’m going to use it every day then may it’s not so unreasonable. I love two colours in one pot – I have Dark Chocolate Ink/Black Scotch and of the two I prefer Dark Chocolate – not so severe as black but very present and eye defining. The pots are £19.50 and come in six colour-ways.
The palette itself, Downtown Cool Eye Shadow Palette (£32.50), is very dark. I think it’s skewing a little bit lighter in these pictures but the shade I love is the second in the swatch, a concrete/taupe shade. There’s enough pigment for it to look like a colour on the lid rather than a behind-the-scenes shade, and it’s good for day time wear with just a flick of gel liner. I love a dark eye but you really do have to be up for a very intense look unless you whisper your brush over the colours and pick up just a tiny amount of powder. The shades are all matte which makes the colour even denser.
The Cream Glow Highlighter (£21) has peach tones – it feels like a lip and cheek product because it has that slightly glossy slip. I expected it to be very shiny on my cheeks but it wasn’t particularly and did give a wash of highlight. It’s not spectacular but it is pretty.
It’s swatched here with the gel duo – my new favourite thing! I’ll try and flag when the collection launches.
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Jane, try the gel liner on your waterline. Nothing beats it for lasting power & no irritation for me
ooh okay! thanks for the tip x
I used to use Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner but found the pots fried out before I was even half way done because I was using other colours etc. Time to try it again. Might be less waste with the duel pots.
Try the Maybelline gel liners Jane. They’re £7 or something, come with a brush that’s ok if you’re doing the smudgy thing – use thin side on to deposit then turn to buff out. They do a lovely dark brown shot with gold that’s both soft & very defining at the same time.