Loving purple for Spring? The Bobbi Brown Peony & Python Palette brings the shade to your Spring wardrobe in a wearable selection of six shades.
The shadows are all Bobbi but the case was created exclusively for the collection by Amy Smilovic, design and founder of Tibi.
A Spring shadow palette featuring six shades of Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in various finishes.
If you remember last year’s Denim and Rose Palette you’ll pretty much recognize the design of the Peony & Python Palette.
This kinda reminds me of a zip around wallet. It features a “python” skin design and larger blooming purple peonies plus a hang tag featuring the Bobbi Brown emblem on one side and the Tibi one on the other. It’s a very classy piece of makeup. It’s pretty sturdy as well so the shadows housed inside will withstand some jumbling around should you wish to travel with the piece.
Unzip the palette to reveal six shades of Bobbi Brown eyeshadow. The shades are somewhat a rehash and kinda resemble palettes past one of which that comes to mind are the recent Color Strip Palettes.
Bobbi decided to combine pink, lilac, and gray to create equal parts pretty with a bit of an edge. I always find myself wishing Bobbi would put out a few face charts to go along with her releases so I can get a feel for how she envisioned using the palette as I admit I was slightly stumped.
The first row of shadows consists of Opal (soft gray), Lavender (metallic lilac), and Cool Ivory (taupe-y gray matte) and the second row contains Cobra (shimmery deep gray), Plum Orchid (matte royal purple), and Eclipse (matte black).
I paired up Lavender all over my lid with Plum Orchid blended into the outer V for my look below but I’m honestly still brainstorming how to best pair up the gray with purple.
I also got Pale Peony Rich Color Gloss and Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Plum to pair up with the look. I liked Pale Peony alot and thought it looked fab paired up with the palette. The shade is a pale pink that contrasts nicely with the darker shades of shadow. Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara in Plum creates a nice full fringe of lashes and gives an nice stain of plum to lashes, you’ll notice it even more on paler lashes.
In my experience the shadows swatch sheer however color builds up well on your eye so don’t let the swatches fool you into believing all the shades are sheer as they do have medium pigmentation and color pay off.
There are a few too many mattes here for me. I’m a sad-o when it comes to matte and always have a difficult time blending them out well. The palette is split into three mattes, one metallic, and two shimmer finishes. It’s a nice well rounded selection of finishes but I wish it contained an easier to blend formula.
The colors are a tad difficult to get down right. I tried several looks but blended out they all came out muddy for me particularly when trying to use the grays with the purples.
The $60 price tag is typical price range for Bobbi Brown but may prove an ouch factor for some.
- Fans of purple!
- Bobbi Brown fans (if you love Bobbi I think the LE factor might tempt you here particularly with the Tibi named attached too).
- Those seeking an easy to create Spring look (I had issues with the colors, contrasting, and pairing them up).
- Those who aren’t keen on mattes (50% of the palette is a matte finish).
- Those unwilling to dish out on makeup with a high end price tag ($60 could prove to much to spend for some).
I loved the idea of of the palette however I did find it a little difficult to use. The shades are hard to contrast and even if you decide to depend on the matte shades for lining (which I do think Bobbi intended) that means you’re looking at a mere three eyeshadow shades and one too many liners in my humblest. I love the design and do think that Tibi’s name attached to the palette makes it extra special and lust worthy however I just wish I had better ideas on how to pair the colors up.
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