Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette


I was attracted to the shimmering bronze-toned shadows in this new Limited Edition Bobbi Brown palette, particularly Olive and Amber, which is bronzy pink.  Unlike the traditional black Bobbi Brown palettes, these shadows come in a mock tortoise shell palette, without brushes.  Six of the eight shadows are shimmery, two - Banana and Espresso - are matte.  The shimmery shadows are subtle enough to wear to the office.  I tried to darken them by applying them with a sponge applicator, and over both Urban Decay and Kanebo eye shadow primers with  no success.

I should have read the blurb on the Bobbi Brown site, which explains that one should "start with the lightest shade, then layer the darker shades until you get the desired intensity."  That worked beautifully, and will make it a more versatile product for all skin tones.  It especially made the pink in Amber pop.  You could even use Espresso as a base for the other colors to interesting effect, or apply a lighter color over the Espresso if you apply too much of it.  I used Copper Cocoa in the crease, which is dark enough to  give my eyes depth without looking too made up.  I used Espresso as a liner on the outer halves of the top and bottom of my eyes; again, dark enough to make my eyes more pronounced, but not too much.  I experienced a bit of fall out when applying Espresso as a liner, but solved this problem by tapping it on, rather than using strokes.

There is another palette, "Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette" that contains more neutral colors.  It is also limited edition. 

I bought my palette at Nordstrom.  It's also available at (don't forget to go through Mr. Rebates), Bergdorf's, and Neiman Marcus.



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