Until MBBE I was a Bobbi Brown virgin… is that embarrassing? According to my friends it is XD BB is a luxury brand here and it’s always been out of my price range so you can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to try the products out!
Celeste and I were invited to take a tour of the new Bobbi Brown counter opening in Myer and it was very eye opening!
So many pretties and shiny things to eat up my bank account!
They had framed photos of her first notebook where she swatched the lipsticks that lead Bobbi to start her very first collection…
I was very pleased to see lots and lots of their skin care line. I’ve been using the eye cream recently and I really like it!
Holiday palettes=very pretty!
Our lovely hostess Alexis who was absolutely packed full of great information about the products, the brand and also Bobbi herself. It was very interesting to learn about the philosophy and woman behind the brand. It’s all about natural beauty and while that may not be my personal style I have total respect for women that can pull it off!
We were lucky enough to receive awesome gift bags too which I was super excited about!
Now what everyone’s waiting for… palette review!
Bobbi’s Holiday Glamour Set
This set is basically an all in one travel kit. It comes in a seriously cute little zip up bag which is really good quality. I know that the bag will still be with me even after the make up is used up so very happy with that. If you can find one in store, touch the insides because it feels awesomely silky 😀
On the left side it’s filled with 3 brushes (blush, lip and shadow) and a mascara. The mascara is quite lovely, the formula is nice and smooth and it’s dark. It doesn’t give an insane amount of volume or length so I think it would be best used when adding false lashes or going for a pretty natural look. Unfortunately it brought up one of my allergies so no natural look for me >_<
The brushes were really lovely, nice and very soft. Sturdy and no bristle loss at all while I used them.
The palette has 4 shadows, 2 lip glosses, 2 lip colour and 1 blush.
Names of the colours:
The eye colours are definitely for a more natural look than I’m used but the shimmery one on the top right really gives them a boost.
The quality of the shadows were really nice, which is really what you would expect considering the set costs AU$240. I think the shades really don’t suit my skin which is unfortunate 🙁
The colours were very long wearing and lasted from morning until night with no touch ups.
I enjoyed the lip colours a lot, especially “pink bouquet” and “ruby”. They both went on like a dream 😀
VERDICT: Lovely bag, lovely brushes, while the colours of the palette didn’t suit me I think on the right skin tones they would be quite lovely too. The price is the big falling point for me as I would personally never be able to afford $240 on a Christmas gift, it’s not far off being a week’s rent! That said, you are really paying for quality and there is a huge amount in the pack when you think about the value of the brushes, bag and mascara too…. so if I had the kind of budget that would allow it, I probably would splurge on this if the colours suited me.
Day to Night Cool Eye Palette
According to the marketing material, this one is aimed at “the busiest woman on your list”… that sure sounds like me!!
This palette was much more my colours than the previous one, pinks sparkly greys and white. Looks really nice on and the brush was lovely. The one thing that I noticed with most of the shadows that I’ve played with from BB was that they are very light and fluffy. You don’t have to dig to get colour at all which is awesome but you do tend to end up with a bit of a mess at the end XD
VERDICT: Really loved this one. Priced at AU$99, again it’s most definitely a luxury brand but should someone slip this into my Christmas stocking this year I certainly wouldn’t complain ahahaha!
Bobbi’s Beauty Rules
This palette is an accompaniment for the book of the same name. The book is aimed at teenagers using make up for the first time and basically about finding yourself and your style.
The shape and construction of the palette is very clever, it opens like a book, has a magnent closure and an eyeliner which slots into the spine. That said it doesn’t come with a brush or an applicator which I think is an oversight as most teenagers just starting out with make up probably wouldn’t have their own or maybe wouldn’t have the skills to apply with fingers etc.
The lip colours at the top are all very squishy glosses which are quite pretty colours even if they don’t suit me personally. I really liked the blushes and the formula was very easy to use, very difficult to use too much so probably good for teens too XD
Again the shadows were very nice and fluffy. I *loved* the light purple here too, very shimmery and pretty.
VERDICT: At AU$115 I would have needed to save a a long time when I was a kid to afford one of these (I only earned $40 per week at my job during highschool) but I imagine if you had really awesome parents this would have made a good starter kit as a birthday or Christmas present!
So far of all of the Bobbi Brown products my favorites are still the gel eyeliner and eye cream but I’m going to save those reviews for another day! Overall I’m very pleased with quality of products and while I can’t afford them personally I would have no hesitation on recommending them to someone with a higher budget ^_^
This afternoon I’m going to get the 10 Step make up consultation so I’ll let you all know how it goes!