This is not a new release from Bobbi Brown, but it is new to me. Although Bobbi Brown left her namesake brand at the end of 2016, I still find it interesting to check out the brand’s new releases. I personally think that they have done a great job maintaining the fresh, natural makeup vibe that made the Bobbi Brown brand famous.
This Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette definitely stays in the lane of the natural makeup. While I do think that the level of pigmentation is nice, if you want depth or impact you’ll have to look elsewhere. My closest shade matches in Bobbi Brown foundation are Golden Honey and Golden, and on my skin tone, the Warm Cranberry palette comes across as soft and natural. If you are lighter than me, you may get a little more intensity from the deepest shade (red rock), but I think it will still be fairly tame. There are 3 other color options in this line of palettes, but based on the website swatches, only one of them goes deeper in tone than Warm Cranberry. The deeper palette is called Bold Burgundy if you want to look into a deeper color story.
Bobbi Brown Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette in Warm Cranberry, $45.00
According to Bobbi Brown, the palette has 3 different finishes: metallic (“rich high-shimmer powder shadow”), shimmer wash (“translucent twinkling lid color”), and Eye Shadow (“silky, soft-matte powder shadow”).
Stone Cold – Eye Shadow (far right swatch, bottom pan of the palette)
After mentioning my favorite lipstick formulas in another post, I thought it would be nice to swatch any formulas or colors that I haven’t shared in the past. Today I’ll be sharing some Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colors.
The Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colors are richly pigmented and have a satin finish. I get my normal 4 hour wear time out of this formula. I am constantly drinking water and typically have at least a snack when I have on lipstick, so to me that is good for a cream formula. They are comfortable to wear but for comparison they are not as creamy as the Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel formula.
I have to give a shout out to Emily Noel on Youtube for this concept. It has been a while, but she has done a couple older videos about What’s OLD at the Drugstore that I enjoyed. So I thought with the Sephora VIB sale starting soon, I’d talk recommendations that aren’t the newest things to the market. The sale dates are 9 April 2021 – 19 April, 2021 depending on your membership tier.
Shiseido Visionary Gel Lipstick – 212 Wood Block, $26.00
This only has 1.6 g of product and traditional lipsticks have about 3.0 to 3.5 g, so that is something to keep in mind. If you are a bang for your buck kind of shopper, I’d pass on this one.
This formula has somewhat of a slick or slippery feeling when you apply it but it does dry down to feel more creamy. It has nice pigment to it and doesn’t accentuate my lip lines. This line of lipsticks is also well reviewed by Temptalia, so you can check her site for swatches of the other colors.
Bobbi Brown Mini Shimmer Brick Highlighter – Bronze, $25.00
If you have ever been curious about the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick this is already a good deal but even better with the extra percentage off. Since highlighter takes a long time to use up anyway, I don’t think the smaller size is an issue. I find the quality to be consistent with the regular $48 size. I think this is a nice formula, it can get a little shimmery if you pack it on, but with a light hand I do think it can be applied in a subtle way.
Sephora only has the shade bronze currently in stock, but the Bobbi Brown website does have the shade rose in stock as well (they are having 25% off until 11 April 2021 @ 11:59 PT). The shade Sunset Pink was a limited edition color, but this was the only picture I had to be able to showcase the bronze shade for you.
Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat, $29.00
In my mind, this is a naked basics palette. I think that if they had marketed this palette as the Naked Heat Basics Eyeshadow Palette, there may have been a better reception. I think that since the marketing focused on the shades being brand new colors, reviewers spent too much time comparing it to the Naked Heat Palette. Not a lot of people talked about it as a stand alone product, or even as a companion to other eyeshadows you may already own. It is easy to forget that not everyone wants or needs 12 shades of eyeshadow.
This is a nice little palette. The texture is slightly drier and a little dusty compared to the Naked Heat and the Naked Cherry, but I don’t find that to interfere with performance. However, if you like a creamy matte texture, I don’t think you’ll enjoy this formula.
Sephora Lip Stories – 10 Yum Yum, $9.00
I don’t have a picture of this product, but wanted to shine some light on it anyway. The formula on this lipstick is smooth and creamy. I was disappointed to find out that something in the formula irritated my lips because I was really impressed by the formula. I don’t think the formula will be in issue for most people. The way they were hyped up back when they were first released, I didn’t hear of anyone else having irritation or sensitivity issues. I do want to warn you that the packaging does feel cheap, but it is only $9.00 at Sephora, so I’d say that should be expected. The entire Sephora Collection will be 30% off during the sale, so that brings the price down to $6.30. This discount can not be combined with the VIB sale code.
9 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB Rouge tier can shop
13 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – VIB tier can shop
15 April 2021 – 19 April 2021 – Insider tier can shop
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I put off writing this post for a while because I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to be strong enough to pass on this purchase. I didn’t want to say I was passing on a purchase and end up buying it anyway. Fortunately for me, I did resist and instead of buying the Sonia G Cheek Pro Brush, I decided to revisit my severely neglected Bobbi Brown blush brush.
I’ve been pushing this brush around my collection for years now. It is a beautiful brush and it works well, I just don’t like using it as much as my other brushes. It is somewhat of a paddle style, but it manages to simultaneously be fluffier and more dense than other brushes. I do find it useful for hard to blend blushes, it can somehow really push the pigment around and blend it out without disturbing my foundation. Although that is impressive, I would just rather get rid of hard to blend blushes.