Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette Review and Swatches
Just when you though Bobbi was all about playing it safe she releases the Crystal Eye Palette. Now Bobbi Brown injects color here and there on occasion but for the most part she’s a professional and keeps to slicker shades of browns, golds, and other colors that work well in a business environment or for more elegant makeup.
I will say prior to starting Musings I was all about loud and outrageous colors of eyeshadow and well into my first years of Musings I was still about that. But I’ve gotten older and I’ve gotten very appreciative of what a single shade of good brown eyeshadow can do for my eyes. I can thank Bobbi Brown for that.
Now for the Holidays, Bobbi got a little crazy and for the first time since I was introduced to the brand she injected a little color into one of her new Holiday palettes.
The Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette for the most part are as wild as Bobbi gets with shades of purple and white however she also included a popping shade of teal eyeshadow that may just surprise you. Go on now Bobbi, getting all crazy on us!
A brand new quad that features four shades of luxurious Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow!
As I mentioned above the colors in the palette aren’t particularly crazy for Bobbi. The palette is made up of a Diamond Shimmer Wash (my fav formula from Bobbi Brown), Star Sparkle Eye Shadow, and Amethyst Metallic Eye Shadow. Combining them all together with Peacock Metallic Eye Shadow is what makes the palette very different for the brand considering the line isn’t about such bolder shades of color. Peacock reminds me of MAC Parrot in a major way. It’s a beautiful shade of teal that pairs up perfect with the Star Sparkle Shadow in the palette.
I imagine Bobbi never considered I’d be layering Peacock all over my lid and following up with Star Sparkle to highlight but that’s exactly how I wore it today and I love it. I think she meant to inject the color very softly into a look but since the shade is so pigmented you can easily wear it all over your lid if you’re a lover of a bolder look.
Amethyst Metallic is a jewel purple and Diamond Shimmer Wash comes across a as lighter lilac so these two also pair up well together.
Although I do admit I’m not sure how I’d combine all four and I wonder what sort of looks Bobbi Brown would come up with for the palette. How would you use it?
Personally I think the shades are best worked in twos. All the shadows are nicely pigmented but Star Sparkle is definitely sheerer than the others but still a very pretty off white sparkle. Diamond Shimmer Wash and Star Sparkle have the most shimmer where as Peacock and Amethyst have a more metallic sheen which comes across faintly sparkling depending how you apply, these also work well wet. They blend and wear well like most metallic shades in the Bobbi Collection and have plenty of pigment to back them up!
Not sure about anything bad here as I felt it was a nice solid palette however I will say that I’m a little puzzled how Bobbi would have used the palette. As mentioned above I think Amethyst and Diamond Shimmer go best together and Star and Peacock are best suited together but in some ways the shades seemed to not suit each other all together or maybe, correct that, Peacock seems the odd guy out.
But no doubt they are all lovely shades!
- Anyone who loves aqua or teals shades of shadow (I know I adore these shades which is why the Crystal Eye Palette was a big yay for me).
- Anyone who missed out on MAC Parrot (this has some aspects of that shade).
- Anyone who loves the idea of Bobbi embracing color (long time fans might be delighted at this injection of color!).
- Anyone lacking creativity (the shades def need a little creative magic to work into some gorgeous look and I obviously lack that creative magic as I went pretty standard with the looks I created with this palette!).
The Bobbi Brown Crystal Eye Palette is a pleasant little surprise with a gorgeous shade in it that should capture the interest of not only Bobbi fans but also new users to the brand considering color is always something that attracts the eye. Peacock makes the palette extra special and it’s a shade that’s worth looking at, swatching, and playing with at your local counter. This is a nice little palette that can spice up your look if you’re wanting to go the less than traditional route with your makeup for the Holidays.
Anyone try or buy it?
What did you think?
Is it on your wish list?
The Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection 2010 is available now at Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and other Bobbi Brown counter locations. And of course at www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com