A few weeks ago I had the most pinch-worthy package turn up on my doorstep. My friends at Fabled by Marie Claire, had sent me the new Bobbi Brown Nudes Edition Palettes along with some other amazing goodies. And it made not only my day, but my week and probably my month too. Bobbi Brown is one of those brands: the creme-de-la-creme, elite and one of the very best in the beauty industry. Polished in appearance in everything from products to their make up counters, Bobbi Brown is without doubt one of make up’s finest and most highly ranked brands. So receiving a PR package of their goodies was a really exciting moment for me. (Thank you Fabled, for making it happen!)
If you haven’t shopped with Fabled before then you’re going to want them on your radar. A beauty source of not only the very best items, Fabled showcase the newest products and launches at a great price. They stock all the brands you’d expect – from the very best of the best. And you get a copy of Marie Claire with every order too – what more could you want than make up and magazines?! And as if that wasn’t enough, they’re partnered with Ocado, so much like when you would order your food shopping to be delivered, you can pick a custom delivery slot for your order to arrive when is most convenient. Shopping the elite way!
So naturally when the Fabled delivery arrived, I couldn’t keep my hands off the palettes inside. So much so that I got my camera out right away, snapped pictures and got to the good stuff within a very short amount of time…trying them out! (The pain of beauty blogging means that you have to wait to try new products out until you’ve photographed them, and I’ve never moved quicker to capture the images so I could get playing!)
There are two Nude Edition Palettes for you to pick from. The first is the Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and the second is the Rosy Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. Each one offering a completely different shade selection but with one common trait – each is designed to create those soft, delicate, nude eye looks that can carry you through day time into the evening effortlessly. I’m talking about the sort where the shadows blend perfectly into each other, creating natural shadows and they look absolutely flawless.
The palettes contain a mix of finishes – matte, metallic and soft shimmer. All of which are within the theme shades of the palette. (I should point out that both palettes are limited edition so snap them up quickly.) Let’s start with the…
Bronzed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
I’m very drawn to bronze tones. As a teenager I spent most of my eye make up time applying these sort of colours and I really got to grips with making them work for my various hair colours at the time (which changed a lot!) As someone with naturally dark hair and very fair skin, I learned quickly that cool toned bronze works very well for my coloring and I became obsessed with smokey eyes thanks to palettes like this. So fast forward a decade (3-0 now, yep) and the Bobbi Brown Bronzed Nudes Palette is like the adult version of the palettes my teenage self adored. And I adore this one every bit as much. The tones are more of a cool variety, which I find suits me perfectly and means you really can create those perfect smokey eye looks. Although a couple of the shades pop with warmth when worn, so you do have the best of both. In a make up world where everyone is loving warm tones and golds these days, it’s so nice to find a more cool toned palette within the bronze spectrum.
Rosy Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
The Rosy Nudes Palette has a more pink spectrum on the sparkling champagne side of things, but it also retains it’s title nude colour selection as well. The tones within the palette are warmer than the Bronzed Nudes – just slightly. So between the two palettes you’ve got the very best of both. I find the pink tones in this one really do give a nice twist on typical nude palettes you get, and because the added colours are so subtle, it still qualifies as a nude. If you’re looking for a nice daytime nude with a twist of subtle colour then Rosy Nudes is for you.
Having never tried a Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Palette before, I really couldn’t wait to see what they were like. Not just in the way they applied, but in the pigmentation, colour payoff and formula as well. I had high hopes because hey, it’s Bobbi Brown, but my expectations were surpassed – hence why I’ve become obsessed with these palettes since they arrived. (I even wore this Bronze Nudes Palette at the weekend when I went to my wedding venue and booked it – a very special occasion for me!)
The formula of the shadows themselves is in two parts. I found the mattes to be very powdery – in a good way. Surprisingly for a powdery texture they had very little kick back or fall out. Nailing a powder texture is hard and I don’t think there’s any other brands I’ve tried who have successfully done this because with powder eyeshadows the kick back is usually massive. However there was very little kick back with all the mattes across both palettes – which is a great sign of quality. And the powder texture means you can really go in as lightly and subtly as you want with the shadows when applying – and build up from there. There’s no product fall out either. I’m rarely impressed with matte shadows – their texture is just far less impressive to me than a shimmer or metallic. But these really impressed me with their quality and how well they created a subtle colour that I could build up and create perfect and natural looking shadows around the eye crease.
The metallics and shimmers in the palettes were less of a powder texture, more creamy with a slight similarity to butter – and so when I was running my fingers over them to swatch, they very quickly had a high colour payoff. They blended perfectly and smoothly and you really need very little of them on the lid to give the maximum look. I tend to find that applying the matte shadows as my transition and crease shades first works well, then applying the metallic colours over the lid. And finish with a darker crease shade to blend. The subtle nudes in both palettes lend themselves to this style and create the perfect all day smokey eye.
The other thing I will say is how well the colour selections work together. I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder – I have a lot of them. A lot. But these colour selections work perfectly for an elegant and professional looking eye. The shades perfectly compliment one another – no matter which ones you’re using, and I’ve created some really natural looking eye looks which have carried me through day time and into evening.
Another benefit of these two palettes is that both are great seasonal transition palettes. By that I mean they’re great for this pre-autumn time of year. We’re not in the midst of a hot summer anymore but not quite in the autumn yet either. These two palettes offer timeless shade selections that will wear the test of seasonal changes in your make up.
As mentioned, these palettes are both limited edition, and I checked – they’re SOLD OUT on the Bobbi Brown site now. So I recommend picking them up from Fabled asap!
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