The Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Palette is a recently released palette from the new Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Makeup Collection for Holiday 2012.
This limited edition palette features eight shades of eyeshadow as well a Ballet Sparkle Highlighter.
Let’s take a look!
This is a little pricey at $75 considering the eyeshadows are a mere .03 oz each. I haven’t really been comparing my older Bobbi Brown Palettes to the new ones but I do believe the shadows in my older Holiday palettes are far bigger.
The palette was created for stronger smoky looks or soft and pretty ones however, most of the shades are sheerer and more subtle so you might get more softer looks here than stronger ones. The palette caters to a more mature woman who wants to wear a bit of sparkle but not over do it. Considering so many brands warn us against wearing sparkle after a certain age it is refreshing that Bobbi keeps creating shades that older woman can easily wear without over doing it. There are a few bolder shades here that will create a more smoky eye look but the majority of shades are sheer, subtle, and soft. If it’s pigment packed eyeshadows you’re looking for I don’t recommend the Caviar & Oyster Palette. However, if soft, delicate eye looks are your thing I do suggest checking this out.
The collection features a variety of finishes including mattes, metallics, and shimmers. I’m a HUGE fan of Bobbi Brown Shimmer & Sparkle Washes and was pleased to find some in this palette. You’ll want to use a sponge tipped applicator for most of these shades as regular brushes will not work very well with them. I find swiping a sponge over the shades and building the color on lids produces the most dramatic finish. Verses a traditional brush which will have a harder time picking up color here. All the shades produce sheer color with some exceptions, those offer more of a medium color pay pay off. They blend easily enough and produce a nice bit of sparkle…you’ll want to use some of the darker matte or metallic shades as a base and apply the shimmer or sparkle bases on top if you’d like to add a bit of a dramatic Holiday finish to the eye look.
You get the following shades:
- Sandy Pearl (metallic)
- Pink Opal (shimmer)
- Grey Sky
- Plum Steel (metallic)
- Rich Caviar
- Heather Grey
- Pearl Oyster Sparkle
Possibly the greatest thing about the palette is the Ballet Sparkle Highlighter. I love Ballet Sparkle Eyeshadow, it’s one of my HG (holy grail) Eyeshadows. Imagine my delight with an entire cube of sparkly highlighter in the shade. The color is a soft baby pink sparkle that produces a luminous glow on cheeks. The best part is you can multitask with the powder so it’ll be good as an all over color wash on lids or on your face and cheeks. Be careful on face as it is extra sparkly so use a fan brush for the lightest finish possible. That’s how I used it on my cheeks below! I think it came out nicely as it wasn’t too disco-ball-like!
The Bobbi Brown Caviar & Oyster Palette won’t be a hot pick for everyone especially if you’re more of a bold kinda girl. But those who want a natural, soft, pretty look for the Holidays I’m sure you’ll enjoy this. I would like a shave off the price tag a little. I do remember Bobbi being a little more generous with the size of her eyeshadows in her past palettes and these are a bit high for what you get. Perhaps $60 Bobbi? Let’s make a deal?
I actually like the palette. I’m starting to get to an age where more natural eye looks are far more flattering. Gone are the days I can wear aqua but I imagine some will be disappointed with how sheer and subtle these are. I guess it really depends what sort of formulation you like in your shadow formula. It does cater towards a cooler skin type though and darker tones might be a little left in the cold with some of these pastel shades.
Dare I say the Ballet Sparkle Highlighter should be a product all its own? I’d buy a full size!
This is available now on at Bobbi Brown counters or online at BobbiBrown.com
Have you spotted at your local counter?
Played with it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!