Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bobbi Brown Choose Your Glam Holiday 2010: Smoldering Eye Palette


I know this isn't anywhere near vintage, but it *is* limited edition and I'm in serious lust with it. For the holidays this year, Bobbi Brown has released three eye palettes designed to make a classic smoky eye. Each one contains a matte base color, a metallic shadow, a matte liner shade, and one of the new long-wear eye paints, designed to be used either wet or dry.


This one, called the Smoldering Eye Palette, comes in a heavy case with a logo on the top, and it contains a double-ended brush. The brush surprised me; most brushes that are included with palettes aren't very good quality - even from the higher-end brands. This one is nicely made and quite usable.

Swatches were done on clean, unprimered skin. Shadows are shown in the same order they sit in the palette: Ivory, Heather Lilac, Charcoal, and Port, with Port being swatched first dry then wet.

Full sun

Shade

I wasn't really crazy about any of the new palettes based on the photos I had seen online or even how they looked in-store, but that changed pretty quickly when a makeup artist used this palette on me at an event a couple of weeks ago. She used a lot more makeup than I usually do, but once I got used to it I really liked it. She had real talent - and took the time to show me what she was doing. I learned a lot from her that day.


The subtle plum tones of the Smoldering palette really bring out my baby blues! The makeup artist used Ivory all over, then Heather Lilac on the lid, a thin line of Port used wet as a liner, followed by a thicker line of Port dry over the top of that. She said I could darken things up with a light application of Charcoal if I wished, or use it as a liner. My waterlines were coated in Black Long-Wear Gel eyeliner, then she finished the look with two coats of Everything Mascara.  Photo was taken 5-6 hours later - you can see how well the colors held up.

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