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!
Quick recap: Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette comes with 8 shades, including Ivory, Cement, Blazing Star Sparkle, Beige Shimmer Wash, Twilight Pink Metallic, Naked, Slate, and Rich Navy. Out of the 8, Ivory, Cement, Beige Shimmer Wash, and Slate can be purchased separately from the permanent line-up.
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.
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:
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.