Dude, I got lost this morning.
Not the kinda lost that requires map quest but the kind that requires a face chart, ASAP, pronto. The Bobbi Brown Smoldering Eye Palette is rock-a-locking like nobody’s beeswax but I was so clueless how to use it. The palette is made up of four decadent shades of color and looks so amazing but damn I was really lost for a while trying to figure out a look using it.
A smoldering eye palette made up of rich shades!
I imagine the most talked about item in the palette will be the new Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Paint. These are a highly pigmented metallic eyeshadow that can be worn wet or dry. Kinda reminds me of the Metallic Eyeshadows from Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Collection in some aspects as they apply a tad matte-like, patchy, and blend difficultly when dry. However, wet them and you get WOW! Very intense color pay off.
The Long Wear Eye Paint has what appears to be a baked formula and applies best wet in my opinion. You can use all over eye or you can use as a liner.
Also included in the palette are Ivory and Charcoal Eyeshadow (both matte) and Heather Metallic Eye Shadow (soft taupe lilac). See where I am running into a problem here?
All the shades are pigmented however Heather blends the best of the three. The palette also includes a dual sided brush.
Ahhh so lost in translation.
The Port Long Wear Eye Paint I guess should come across as a dark, deep plummy wine but it reminds me more of a brown splashed with a bit of golden shimmer. When I wet it and swatched it was an excellent dupe for Black Cocoa from Black Velvet. Now I understood Port and Heather pairing up well together. I guess the best way to use them would be applying Ivory as an all over cover wash, Heather on the lid, and Port as a liner of some sort but that leaves Charcoal out right? Plus I was all about a bit more drama so I wanted to wet Port and do all sorts of fancy stuff with it, which I overly did as you can see below, but that prevented me from using Heather or Charcoal. Dilemma!
I’m so over thinking this right?
Needless to say I lack the skill and imagination to use this palette for some reason and I was a bit lost and was hopeful a face chart would magically appear so it could guide me to the right eye look. In the end I highlighted with Ivory and applied Port, wet, all over my lid and blended up.
My main beef with the palette is the shades just don’t see to go well together?! What do you think?
- Anyone who loves Bobbi Brown (you’ll have an unbiased love for Smoldering as soon as you see it).
- Those with skill and imagination who can create intricate eye looks (anyone who has super skills can easily work this palette into a killer elegant look).
- New makeup users or clumsy ones (this might prove a bit advanced for new users or anyone that’s clumsy or lacks skill like, hey, me!)
I admit I was slightly disappointed but I’m taking the fall out this one. I just lack the skill to make this gorgeous piece work. Someone call map quest, see if they can scrunch up a face chart for me!
Anyone haul any of the Smoldering, Sultry, Smoky Collection?
What did you think of the palettes?
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