Look & Final Verdict of Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette FOTD

A few days ago I shared the swatches and first impression on the new Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette, and today I’m back with a look and my final verdict!

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Palette

Quick recap: Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette comes with 8 shades, including IvoryCement, Blazing Star SparkleBeige Shimmer WashTwilight Pink MetallicNakedSlate, and Rich Navy. Out of the 8, IvoryCementBeige Shimmer Wash, and Slate can be purchased separately from the permanent line-up.

Bobbi Brown Ivory, Cement, Blazing Star Sparkle, Beige Shimmer Wash closeup

Bobbi Brown Ivory, Cement, Blazing Star Sparkle, Beige Shimmer Wash swatch

Ivory has a slightly drier texture when swatched, but I didn’t encounter any problem using it as a brow bone highlight. It looks very natural that way, not dry or powdery at all.

Cement has excellent quality and performs well.

Blazing Star Sparkle is unfortunately quite unusable. It seems like no amount of scraping (with finger or brush) can pick up anything more than a few sparse pink glitter. It doesn’t really produce fallout during or after application, but it’s probably because there is hardly anything on the brush to begin with.

Beige Shimmer Wash is quite a lovely shade that can be used as an overall lid color or inner corner highlight. It does take a bit of layering for the color to show on my skin tone (I’m closer to NC30 now), so it might work better for fairer ladies.

Bobbi Brown Twilight Pink Metallic, Naked, Slate, Rich Navy closeup

Bobbi Brown Twilight Pink Metallic, Naked, Slate, Rich Navy swatch

Twilight Pink Metallic doesn’t have a very metallic finish on the lid, but that’s why it’s very wearable (I like that)!

Both Naked and Slate perform very well. In fact, I would say matte Bobbi Brown shades have better quality than many matte shades I have tried/swatched!

Rich Navy is meant to be an eyeliner shade, and I have to say it works incredibly well as one! I use it wet on my upper/lower lash line and waterline (the eyeshadow hasn’t hardened as the result of being used wet). It stays put as well as a gel liner on my upper lash/waterline (over an 8-hour period on top of a primer. I didn’t test it for longer), and it holds up better than most pencil liners on my lower waterline without causing any irritation! The only issue I see with this shade is if you want something that will look like a true navy blue/cobalt on, you might be disappointed. I enjoy how the subtle cobalt in Rich Navy adds depth to my dark brown eyes, but it is much darker on compared with how it looks in pan.

For the look, I used Twilight Pink Metallic on the inner half of my lids, Slate on the outer half, Beige Shimmer Wash in my inner corners, Ivory to highlight my brow bones, as much Blazing Star Sparkle as I could scrape off in the center of my lids, and Rich Navy wet on my upper/lower lash line and waterline:

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude review

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude FOTD

For the rest of my face, I have Dior Coral Glow and Bobbi Brown Pink Blossom on.

Bottom line: Quality-wise, It is a real pity that Blazing Star Sparkle is so hard to work with. It barely works as a layering shade, as it is almost impossible to pick anything up with a brush (or even finger). I like how there are 5 matte shades in Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette, as it will be a good choice for those who enjoy mattes. Bobbi Brown makes virtually all my go-to matte contouring shades, and I see Cement, Naked, and Slate joining the club. I do wish there were one more pop of color in the palette, and maybe one more shimmery shade so I can play more with different textures, but that’s just me!

What do you think? Too plain for your taste or right up your alley?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

PS: Look who got tanned? I didn’t even do it intentionally, but my skin has a knack of soaking up sunlight pretty fast! It will be interesting to see what shades look better/worse with my current skin tone.

Mostly Sunny disclosure



  • Lily

    The palette is a little too plain compared to many others which are out there. Even though Bobbi is known for her neutral wearable shades, this palette seems quite boring to me.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I know what you mean. I do enjoy the matte shades in here, but I will probably spice things up with a different lid shade!

  • beauties

    i’m not completely convinced :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Well we can’t like everything!

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    You already know that the shades in this palette are a little too subdued for my taste, but I think you look great in this kind of soft nudes.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Melissa! I used to love emphasizing my eyes, but nowadays I go for soft eyes and a bold lip!

  • Icaria

    Oh my, I guess I’m really going to have to see this one for myself and play with it a little. I need a good neutral selection, love the blue and was all excited about it. Now I’m not sure. I may get Slate on it’s own. As usual, great look on you girl! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Helene, I would encourage you to check this out yourself! Slate is a pretty good shade that I see myself reach for often!

  • Sasha

    There’s nothing navy in this palette, that’s pretty disappointing :( . But I do like the look on you, really fresh !!

    Kussjes !

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sasha, yeah Rich Navy turned out to be very inky from a normal viewing distance. If you want something obviously navy it’s probably not a palette for you!

  • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

    Hi Sunny! It does sound a bit plain, but then I think I realise that all my eye shadows are sparkly and I must only have one matte “boring one”. I do have to say that the look you created looks so gorgeous with the colours and patterns of your dress/top (sorry dont know what it is!)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sofia, I started out with only shimmery eyeshadows in my stash, but then I got into contouring with a matte shade. Nowadays I wear a combination like this often, and I like Bobbi Brown Wheat/Sable for that!

      PS: It’s my new dress from Lavand! I’ve been wearing Lavand for several years and I can’t get enough of it!

      • http://papayapieces.com/ Sofia

        I’m usually in a rush in the morning so I dont contour daily because of that.
        The material of the dress is gorgeous!!!

  • http://www.pinklavenders.com/ Rainy Days & Lattes

    You look great Sunny! :) You are glowing from a pretty tan =) i think the palette would be too hard for me to work with. Honestly, I love BB so much but these shades are quite hard to work with. They are very nice looking but I think I wouldn’t want to buy something with so little pigmentation. Too expensive for a starter palette but I think starters would enjoy it =)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Jen! We’ve had some SERIOUSLY warm and sunny days here, and I’m happy about looking a bit healthier!

      Actually there is only one truly problematic shade in the palette. Everything else works fairly well to really well. I know what you mean though. We have most probably accumulated many similar shades already

  • http://www.madlooker.blogspot.com/ Heavy Hedonist

    I share your feelings about useless sparkly stuff. Not that I dislike a bit of shimmer, but why can’t we ever see a cream, beige or nude palette in all matte?

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, I actually like it when there’s a bit of everything in a palette just to make it more versatile. It’s just that unfortunately the sparkling shade in this palette doesn’t perform too well! Have you checked out UD Naked Basics or theBalm Meet Matt(e)? I don’t own either but from what I know they’re both all-matte palettes.

      • http://www.madlooker.blogspot.com/ Heavy Hedonist

        I checked out the basics at an Ulta store last week! It’s on my wishlist for the fall.

  • http://nothingspaces.com Carina

    Beautiful palette and the look you threw together makes me want it, no matter how neutral it is. Pity about that one color, though.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Carina, I know what you mean. I have great impression on the first BB sparkle eyeshadow I tried, but unfortunately this one is nothing like it!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    I’m not a fan of BB for some reason. I find most of the products kind of boring actually. But that’s me and I realize a lot of people like the line a lot! You look lovely tanned Sunny!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, BB makes some of the staples in my routine so I can’t complain! I’m hoping the tan will stick around for a while! I get tanned easily but I also lose it fast ;)

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    the palette is still just meh to me, but the Dior blush and that lip color are A+ on you! Such a beautiful summery look!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! Except for Blazing Star Sparkle, this palette is actually pretty good for an understated nude eye to go with something bright in summer!

  • wheetnee

    Oh I hate it when you have an eyeshadow and when you try it, it’s more glitter and colour. I’m really boring with eyeshadow so the only brown I use mostly is from my UD Naked Palette! Oh I wish it would tan here in Vancouver..tan’s always look great :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Whitney, I actually like some of the layering shades I’ve got in palettes/quints, but I don’t really seek them out. I hope the weather will get better in Vancouver soon! You never know when it’s going to rain for days on end here, so you have to seize the moment when there is some sun!

  • Marijke

    This palette looks so so pretty!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s good for an understated neutral eye for sure!

  • VickyM

    This is a nice palette for a neutral and soft eye, not too impressive but not bad either, but your lipstick is lovely :) .

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Vicky, definitely check the new Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color line out when you have the chance! Pink Blossom isn’t all that sheer, and it reminds me of Dior Addict Extreme!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Not too plain! I find neutrals very exciting :-) that one shade is unfortunate. I love Coral Glow on you gorgeous!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww thanks, Taylor! I like neutrals as well, and Bobbi Brown mattes are my go-tos!

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    Aside from the navy, I think the palette’s kind of a dud. It looks awesome as liner! I still need a matte navy powder shadow. Hmmm.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, I do really like all the matte shades in there, and I’m not big on mattes! Too bad Rich Navy is not available as a single. I know there is a similar shade in Hourglass Neo Classic, but again that’s a palette you probably don’t need.

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com/ Caise

    they look great on you:)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Daria!

  • http://midwestglam.com/ Lisa @ MidwestGlam

    The mattes really do look nice. Not chalky at all like most mattes I own. Nice looking palette and swatches! And that Coral Glow was made for you! Wow!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much, Lisa! You should look into Bobbi Brown mattes. She makes good mattes!

  • Strawbry_Blonde

    I really like the look of these for everyday looks. Love your necklace too!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Nic! That’s about the only necklace I wear haha. I have a lot of earrings but I seem to wear one necklace at a time!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk/ Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    the colors look good in the palette but tad bit pale for my taste :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenni, I know what you mean. I think this will work better for those on the fairer side of the spectrum.