Thursday, 30 September 2010

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Palette: Review + Swatches

I bought this a while ago but refrained from using it so just so I could keep it in pristine condition until I photographed it for my blog. Here goes.

Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Palette - £45

It is the most unusual palette I have seen from Bobbi Brown, most renowned for her neutrals, but I think it is a worthwhile departure.

The outside of the Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Palette
The soft case is obviously made of denim, as the name suggests, and there is a chunky denim style zip that goes round 3 sides of the square palette. In terms of size, it is smaller than Bobbi Brown's usual face palettes, approximately the size of a shimmer brick (maybe 6.5cm by 6.5cm, I don't have a ruler at hand). This compact size makes it perfect for travel and handbag touch ups.

The face palette is on the cooler side shade wise and contains:
  • Powder Blush in Pink Rose - 2.5g
  • Eye Shadow in Navajo - 0.9g
  • Eye Shadow in Gray Denim - 0.9g
  • Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Dark Rinse - 1.1g
  • Sparkle Eye Shadow in Pink Granite - 1.1g
  • Creamy Lip Colour in Cool Rose - 0.8g
  • Creamy Lip Colour in Indie Rose - 0..8g
  • Lip Gloss in Hot Rose - 0.6g
  • Glitter Lip Gloss in Iced Lilac - 0.6g
So in summary, for £45, you get to try out 1 blusher, 4 eyeshadows in a range of finishes, 2 lipsticks and 2 lip glosses.

Top to bottom, left to right: Navajo, Gray Denim, Cool Rose, Pink Rose Blush, Iced Lilac, Hot Rose, Pink Graphite, Dark Rinse, Indie Rose

I have to be honest and say that I thought I would love this a lot more than I do. I was a bit disappointed when I swatched the colours today, not especially keen on chunky glitter or glitter lip glosses. The blush is a nice colour, reminded me a bit of Benefit's Dandelion, but I think it would have been better to include 1 or 2 pot rouge instead of lip glosses as I can see powder getting mixed up in them and everything getting a bit messy.

When I swatched the shadows, Navajo didn't really show up at all as it the same shade as my skin colour. Good as an eyeshadow base but I have about 10 of these now, as this or Bone tends to be included in every palette.
Left to right: Applied dry - Gray Denim, Pink Granite, Dark Rinse. Applied wet - Gray Denim, Dark Rinse, Pink Granite.

When applied dry, I didn't think much of the shadows, especially the sparkle shadow as it looked like you'd get a lot of fallout. However, once I applied them wet things got better. Dark Rinse, the shimmer shade looks great wet, a beautiful foil, and pink granite improved considerably.

Left to right: Cool Rose Creamy Lipstick, Indie Rose Creamy Lipstick, Iced Lilac Glitter Lip Gloss, Hot Rose Lip Gloss & Pink Rose Blush.
The blusher and lipsticks are good shades on me but I am a bit indifferent about the glosses.

All in all I think I will still get some good wear out of this palette even though I am not too keen on the glitter colours. It is a well thought out combination of shades and the eyeshadows look better when paired with the new limited edition Denim Ink Long Wear Gel Liner.

Good for travel and for pale skin tones, not sure how well these shades would work on warmer skins or darker skins. I think the blush could definitely look a little ashy on olive and darker skin tones. The darker eyeshadows when applied wet should look great on everyone. My favourite is Dark Rinse applied wet, if you wanted a less full on look you could always use it as a liner shade.

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