2008 and 2009 were the years I should have been a Bobbi Brown fan.
Those were the two years she released palettes I still am lemming for to this day.
(Bring back the Shimmering N*des Palette please!)
Since then, every collection, every holiday, every new season I look at the Bobbi Brown palette offerings thinking maybe THIS year will be the year I like it.
This year I purchased my first Bobbi Brown Palette, Desert Twighlight.
Many people may have initially complained about the size (it's quite small) especially stacked against it's price. I loved the size. I wanted something I can carry in my bag everyday, and never think about. A palette I can always have with me and always delivers.
I passed this palette numerous times post release and swatched some of the colors and remember thinking "gritty"
I played with the palette one day and created a look on my eyes that numerous people in the store inquired about and ended up buying it because it seemed complimentary.
Insprired by the Arizona sunsets Bobbi Brown inputted a palette of rosy browns, soft pinks, and beautiful plummy liner shade which I loved.
Shades included in this palette are:
Navajo (creamy pinkish white), Cement (grey beige), Chocolate Mauve (black chocolate plum)
Twilight Pink (pale n*de pink), Twilight (pink bronze), Pink Dust (pink bronze mauve)
Sparkle Eye Shadow in Dusk (silver heather pink), Water Color Pink (silver baby pink)
I am quite new to Bobbi Brown shadows but have come to like some of her formula's and found a least favorite. Sparkle.
In this palette I fell in love with the shade Twilight, if she had sold this as a single, and I asked she does not, I would have snatched it up! A perfect rosy brown in my opinion. I also loved Pink Dust, lined with Chocolate Mauve, which was also not sold in single form! Grrrr, I was in love.
Ok Navajo is just a highlighter which is standard. I know this is one of her best selling shades, and quite creamy. Cement I have never loved and I see it in many of her palettes...because to me it is a bit too cool toned, but what I did not really like about this palette, the Sparkle shades. Remember that word I used? Gritty.
I believe they are designed to be layered on top of other shadows for a sparkle effect, I really do think she would have been fine adding in only 1 of these types of shades since they lack color payoff, so one shade could have easily layered over this mauve and rosy shades but two were added.
I bought the palette knowing I was not in love with the two sparkle shades or Cement.
Full line up
In the end, I returned the palette. I was in love with it's size, it forms, many of it's shades but for me, having three shades in there I would never use was not enough to make this fitting to be my go to Bobbi Palette.
I also realized I owned Mystic Eyes by Chanel which also has a simmiliar purple brown liner shade, and rosy shades along with a sandy brown.
I have since, gone to Bobbi Brown to attempt to make my own palette of her permanent shades, I really do not like her normal palette layout, the 4 pan set up is huge, but this is not her fault, her actual product adapatability is great, but her seasonal palettes really are the best sizes.
If Twighlight and Chocolate Mauve become singles, those will defintly be added to my personal collection.
I am still waiting faithfully for that perfect or at least near perfect Bobbi palette like she used to make but for now, I am still waiting.