Showing posts with label Bobbi Brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bobbi Brown. Show all posts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

On My Radar / New in Beauty

On my radar for what's new in beauty. I splurged on almost all the Hourglass blushes and have been testing this week (they are now on They are all amazing. In my mind the best blushes released this year.

Armani has two new products that appear to be exclusive to Saks right now. There are four new shades of a Sun Fabric compact ($54 each) along with seven new shades of Cheek Fabric ($46 each). Have you seen these yet? I haven't seen them anywhere in stores yet. If you have please share in the comments. I'm dying to hear your thoughts.

My heart skipped a beat with the Chanel Jardin de Camélias collection ( limited-edition exclusive). My order arrived last night so I will be busy photographing and swatching this weekend. For curious minds, I ordered the blush, highlighter and all the lip products. (Temptalia has been uploading reviews and swatches of the collection on her blog.)

Le Métier de Beauté finally released the three new Kaleidoscope Kits in Total Face Look, Cheeky Chic and Strada ($95 each) online at Bloomingdales (review on Total Face soon).

I'm dying over all the new NARS Matte Multiples and don't know whether to order now or wait to test in person (now at and Sephora). I know I need the two pink ones.

Finally, Bobbi Brown has a fresh peach collection Nectar and Nude. I haven't bought a Pot Rouge since she repackaged them into compacts but the new Hibiscus Pot Rouge might be worth checking out.

What's on your beauty radar right now?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New From Bobbi Brown: Baby Pink Lip Gloss and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lip Color

Bobbi Brown has a released several new collections this spring including her Nude Glow, Uber Pinks and Shimmer Lip Color reformulations. I reviewed Bronze Nail Polish earlier (which I love). Today I bring some swatches of her Baby Pink Lip Gloss ($25 for .24 fl oz/7 ml) from the Uber Pinks collection and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lip Color ($25 for .12 oz/3.5 g) from her new formula of shimmer lipsticks.

Baby Pink is a soft peachy pink with shimmer. The shimmer shows up more on the lips than what you see in the tube, but it's a natural kind of shimmer. It's fairly pale on me due to the silvery flecks inside but still has enough color in the base to show up and not completely wash me out. I suspect fairer skin girls will love this. Medium-tan girls who love pale colors for more of a contrast will like this too as it will show up on the lips. I couldn't detect any scent although I'm sick with a cold right now and traveling so you may want to try first. As far as I can recall, most of her regular lip glosses are without a noticeable scent. Lasting power is medium for a gloss. It's better than Chanel Glossimers and Armani Flash Lacquers but I wouldn't call it long lasting.

Pink Apricot Shimmer is just as the name implies. It's a lovely pink apricot loaded with shimmer. The texture is fairly smooth for something with this much shimmer. It's not frosty even though I find it very shimmery. There are a number of gorgeous shades it was hard to pick just one. I'm happy to report that these are a quite a bit sturdier than her last shimmer lipsticks (she's reformulated them several times since her original ones). I had four shades of the older formula and found them so soft that all of them broke at the base. The new colors all appeared to be holding up well at the tester counter and they looked like they had been out a week or so to withstand some heavy testing. 

Swatches side by side:

I highly recommend both. The shimmer lipsticks are definitely worth looking into - there's a wide range of shades to choose from. I might have to go back and revisit to try one more.

Bobbi Brown Baby Pink Lipgloss and Pink Apricot Shimmer Lipstick are at all counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bobbi Brown Bronze Nail Polish | Spring 2014 Nude Glow Collection

There's a new nail polish from Bobbi Brown called Bronze ($15 for 0.37 oz, limited-edition). It's one of three new nail polish shades from her Nude Glow Collection. The polish is a beautiful shimmering bronze. It applies smoothly with two coats and without any visible brush strokes. It's quite lovely.

I used two coats to apply it for full coverage. I'm on day three of testing this and so far there have been no chips, tip-wear or fading. I used it with my regular go-to Deborah Lippmann Rehydrating Base Coat and Chanel Laque Brilliance Extreme.

I pulled a few bronzey-brown nail colors to compare. Thumb to pinkie: Chanel Delight (discontinued), Tom Ford Burnt Topaz (reviewed here, also still at, Bobbi Brown Bronze, Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost, Rescue Beauty Lounge Decorous (discontinued).

Bobbi Brown Bronze is a lovely metallic bronze. I give it a thumbs up. I haven't tested it for a full week yet but the formula seems to be holding up quite well.

Bobbi Brown Bronze (limited-edition) should be at all Bobbi Brown counters now. Online at Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bobbi Brown Sequin Shimmer Brick Eye Palette | Holiday 2013

This holiday Bobbi Brown has introduced a new version of her Shimmer Brick Eye Palette in Sequin ($48.50 for .14oz/4g, limited-edition). This palette packs in 10 different high shimmers in pale colors. It's probably the smallest palette I own at a little over 4 inches long. The pigment is excellent for these shades similar to her regular-sized shimmer bricks. I never purchased her prior shimmer brick palettes for eyes since they either sold out instantly or were a bit heavy on the aqua colors (light greens tend to make my olive skin look too yellow). I was happy to find this holiday's version contained more neutral colors better suited or my skintone.

The colors apply quite shimmery on the lids. I usually don't like frosts but find Bobbi Brown shimmers, metallics and sparkles are very wearable for everyday (sparkles are ok for me with a very light hand). Shades from left to right include a pale cool pink, a tan gold brown, bright baby pink, soft mauve, golden oyster, mauve pink rose, platinum blue, mauve purple, silver taupe and cool silver beige. Close ups of each side.

Left side:

Right side:

Application tips I've received include swiping your fingers or brush over multiple colors and blending over the lid or picking 2-3 individual shades and layer them one by one. Since each bar of shimmer is very tiny (brushes shown below for size comparison) I find it hard to take a regular sized fluffy brush and only get one color on. I've been experimenting with this for a few weeks now and love using 1-2 shades individually or mixing any number of colors. Since most of the colors are neutral you really can't go wrong with any combination.


 On the nails, Tom Ford Black Sugar (reviewed here)

For size reference to brushes you can see that some of my smaller brushes can barely fit into each block of shimmer. MAC #219 is a pencil defining brush which I usually like to use for smudging darker colors. You can use this one to highlight corners as well. MAC #239 is one of my holy grail basic shadow brushes. The width is bigger than the blocks but you can still fit into one color by tipping it to the side or at an angle. Trish McEvoy's Smudge Brush is another one of my tiny brushes (shown for size reference).

Swatches below. Note the combination of sunlight with flash and shimmer highlights the frost.

This one shows the color a bit better:

Overall a huge thumbs up. It's such a pretty petite palette. Although pricey I love the combinations of colors in this set. It's small but once you open the compact you can't help but gasp at all the gorgeous sparkles. It's neutral enough for everyday wear or to add a bit of shimmer to your look.

I bought mine in store at a recent trend show - it should be available at all Bobbi Brown locations now (while supplies last since it's limited-edition). You can also find it online at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Comparisons for #100, #103, #105 and #508

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As promised, here are comparisons to the new Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks in Androgino #100, Incognito #103, Ambiguous #105 and Daybreak #508. Here are all the colors that I could fit in swatches on one arm.

Below you can see NARS Buenos Aires, NARS Biscayne Park, Rouge d'Armani #100, Rouge d'Armani #103, Rouge d'Armani #105, MAC Viva Glam V, Tom Ford Spanish Pink, Tom Ford Nude Vanille, Bobbi Brown Bare Pink, Bobbi Brown Uber Beige, Bobbi Brown Uber Pink.

Note: I double checked the swatches on Bobbi Brown Bare Pink and Uber Beige since they looked so dark in the swatches below. They look extra dark and extra pink mainly because they are swatched next to paler peachier nudes.

The Rouge d'Armani shades with the same numbers as the Rouge Ecstasy are in the same color family for the colors I picked out. They aren't identical though. The original Rouge d'Armani Lipsticks are glossier in finish and slightly more sheer.
  • Androgino #100 Rouge Ecstasy is more opaque and beige
  • Incognito #103 Rouge Ecstasy is warmer and more pigmented
  • Ambiguous #105 Rouge Ecstasy is more brown
For colors I thought would be easily dupeable, turns out I couldn't find any dupes, but I ended up picking out colors I thought would be similar but turned out to be quite different. Have you tried any of the Rouge Ecstasy lipsticks yet? Did you find any dupes?

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser

My usual go-to for brush cleanser is usually Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel in the Original version or occasionally MAC Brush Cleaner. Although baby shampoo is often a popular recommendation from many, I tend to avoid it as I find it sometimes leaves a slight residue on the brushes. At my latest Chanel event, I asked the artist what she thought was the best brush cleanser for foundation and concealer brushes. Although I find soapy warm water can clean these, I usually have to wash in at least 3-4 rounds to get them fully cleaned. She said hands down Bobbi Brown's Brush Cleanser ($16.50 for 3.4 oz)  and Brush Cleaning Spray ($22 for 3 oz). I decided to try the cleanser and give it a thorough test (the reviews online seemed very favorable).

Bobbi Brown's Brush Cleanser is a clear liquid that comes in a black squeeze tube. It's not quite as fluid as toners, but not thick like a gel. The cap flips open.

I tested the Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser with about a dozen brushes this weekend. I'll show the before and after results below with three different sets of brushes. Although I'm sure most know how to wash their own brushes, I'll do a quick tutorial of the steps I used to test the Bobbi Brown. The instructions on the box were fairly simple and easy to follow. Basically wet the brushes, squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand (I found a dime size worked for 3 brushes at a time), massage the cleaner into brushes, rinse completely, squeeze water out, reshape and lay flat to dry.

I found the brush cleanser to work extremely well with all of my brushes. There was a slight minty scent to the product, but it disappears after washing the brushes. You only need a small amount and it foams up just slightly as you work it into your brushes. I was really impressed at how well the brush cleaner cleaned my foundation brushes. My used foundation brushes usually needed 3-5 rounds of cleaning with strong dish soap before the creams budge. With the Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser, I only needed 2 rounds to get them completely clean. Huge thumbs up! The only brush that didn't come completely clean was the MAC Duo Fibre 130 (probably because I had remnants of a darker Armani Fluid Sheer sitting on it for a few days).

Three sets of testing with before and after photos. Below, the dirty brushes, scroll to the bottom to see the after look:

Brushes after cleaning and drying (I let them dry through the afternoon):

Overall extremely impressed. I found Bobbi Brown's Brush Cleanser to be extremely effective but not too harsh. The brushes dried nicely without any residue left on them. I'm ecstatic my foundation brushes were cleaned very quickly and effectively. The cleanser seemed to be versatile for all different types of bristles and hairs. Most of the white brushes returned to their original white cream color. The only one that did not was the MAC Duo Fibre (which probably needs a few more rounds of cleaning). The price of $16.50 is reasonable since a little goes a long way. Still, given the frequency which I wash my brushes, I would probably want to reserve this for the brushes that need an extra effective cleanser. Neutrogena is a cheaper option (Costco size bottles that is) and just as effective for most of the brushes (except the ones I use for cream products). Bottom line: huge thumbs up. I think I need to try the brush spray next.

I bought my Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaner at Nordstrom. It's also available at all Bobbi Brown counters and retailers.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown has released a gorgeous new limited-edition Shimmer Brick called Lilac Rose ($42 for .4 oz/ 10.3 g, made in Italy). I've been a long time fan of her shimmer bricks even though the frost/shimmer factor is on the higher side (for me). A light swipe across the cheeks can make any blush glow. Lilac Rose has five shimmering shades of pink, gold and lilac. Blended all together creates a light pale frosted cool-toned pink. On me it goes on paler than what you see in the compact. These are designed to be worn on both eyes and cheeks, but for this one I prefer on the cheeks only. I'll show each shade swatched individually and blended down below.

Individual swatches (left side is from the top of the shimmer brick to the right for the bottom of the shimmer brick)

All shades blended together, light then heavy:

I found that Lilac Rose applied quite frosty on the arm but not so much on the face. I'm a Chanel B30 right now and am at the skin-tone shade where this color looks very natural. On me I can't say that it works as a blush, it's much too light for me. It does add a lovely glow when layered over any pink blush. I love it - but you may find it has a similar effect compared to other frosty pinks. I pulled a few to compare for you:

Swatches, same set twice (in different light):

If you have Wild Rose from Bobbi's last collection or Dior's Pop Diamond (I think it was also limited), then I don't think you need Lilac Rose. However, if you're anything like me then you know how hard it can be to resist a pretty feminine pink shimmery highlighter. I give Lilac Rose a huge thumbs up, but since it is on the lighter side, I do recommend you try in person before buying.

I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus to take advantage of the beauty week gift with purchase (classic cheek/eye palette with minis). Saks is also having a gift this week as well (lip palette with minis). For the moment both gifts are available online. I suggest you order soon or call your local counters to secure the a gift before they are gone. Also sometimes stores will have step up gifts that aren't available online.

Did you check out the Lilac Rose collection and bring anything home with you?

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