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Last but not least, we have Wheat (Buff) and the palette’s namesake, Black Caviar.
Wheat is a matte taupe-y beige that works well either as a sheer wash to equalize the skin tone on the lids or as what I call an “eraser shade.” If I accidentally blend anything too high, I can use this to fix things easily. Unless it is patted on, the taupe in it isn’t very obvious, but I think it makes my eyes look less tired and lids less muddy (as opposed to skin-tone shades that are warmer).
Rich Caviar is a matte blackened brown. The texture and pigmentation are again great with this one, and I like how it is less harsh than a full-on black (for example, I would not contour with a true black, but I have tried with this and was pleasantly surprised). It also blends very easily for such a dark shade, and it’s great for lining the eyes as well!
Also, can we talk about the brush? If there were a competition of the best enclosed brushes, Bobbi Brown would definitely be crowned as the champion! Usually we get sponge applicators that I do nothing with, or when we’re luckt something that’s almost usable. This one? This one is GOOD!
The eyeshadow end can both lay colors down as well as blending them out:
The eyeliner end is probably the best brush I’ve tried for lining my eyes with an eyeshadow, or going over the eyeliner on my lower lash line:
Even for my pretty big hands and long fingers, I don’t find it awkwardly small. I’m pretty sure the eyeshadow end is made with natural hair, and it is very comfortable on my lids.
You have seen this palette in some other posts. For example, here is the minimal look with Candlelight on the inner half, a mix of wheat and Sable (which is not in the palette, but if your skin tone is similar then a matte medium-tone brown would do) to contour:
This look is done with Benefit Skinny Jeans as base, Olive Sparkle on the inner half, Candlelight to highlight the inner corners, and Black Topaz on the outer third and outer v:
For the look I did today, I used Olive Sparkle on the inner half, Black Topaz on the outer half, Bone to highlight my brow bones (as what I do with 99% of my looks), Candlelight in the inner corners, Wheat to blend out the edges, and Rich Caviar on my lower lash line.
It is still a friendly everyday look, but a bit more glamorous with the bling!
Here is why I personally can’t get enough of the palette:
1. Antique gold and shimmery blackened olive. Need I say more? Oh and my go-to brow bone highlight is in there as well!
2. It works well with the cream/hybrid eyeshadows that I have, including Benefit Skinny Jeans, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill #14, #25, and so on.
Here is why I think you will love the palette:
1. The quality is great across the board. The only finicky shade is Olive Sparkle, but like I said, use your pinky and you’ll get the opaque sparkliness with minimal fuss!
2. Especially if you are warm-toned, this palette has all you need from the most basic and safe office looks to shimmery, sparkling nighttime diva ones! However, I don’t think the shades are overly warm-toned, and that gives this palette a very chic and modern edge.
3. The balance of light, medium, and dark shades as well as the balance of matte and shimmery ones are very well thought-out.
4. Only two out of the six shades can be purchased individually. Some have made it into previous palettes, so unless you have been collecting them you won’t have many repeats.
5. At the moment, there is no information available about how much each shadow weighs, but if we assume it’s the same as last year, you’re getting 9.35 grams (0.33 oz) of eyeshadows for 47,5 USD (I don’t yet know the recommended retail price for Belgium, but I will update when I find out). An individual eyeshadow weighs 2.5 grams (0.08 oz) and goes for 21 dollars, which means you’re getting roughly 4 eyeshadows’ worth for a bit more than 2 eyeshadows’ price. Now that’s what I call value!
Bottom line: If you’re warm-toned or prefer warm-toned eyeshadows, get the Bobbi Brown Rich Caviar palette already as an early Christmas present for yourself, or at least put it on top of your Christmas beauty wish list! For work, for play, for the holiday season and beyond, you’re looking at something impressive!
As a general principle, I try to think for everyone and pick out things that might bother others even when they don’t bother me. However, except for Olive Sparkle the shades are just so easy to work with (I don’t want to play favoritism, but for an antique gold I’d personally go greater length), and the palette is extremely well thought-out and executed. Well done, Bobbi Brown, well done!
Does the palette interest you? Is it something you might want to put on your Christmas wish list or buy already? What is your neutral palette of the year?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
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Disclosure: The post contains one (or more) sample provided by the PR for my consideration. All opinions are honest and my own. I am in no way compensated for this review. I have always been, and will always be committed ONLY to my readers.