April 24, 2008

Bobbi Brown: Customize Your Own Palette

If you follow me around Cozy you might have noticed I posted about these on the Bobbi Brown thread!

If not you got me babbling about them here on my blog!

These are an interesting concept and since my obsession with Bobbi Brown lately you know that I want to try these out but the price makes me cringe slightly!

First of all these are completely well thought out as the color selection is vast so it’s not a flash in the pan money making scheme. They actually considered this a while prior to releasing them. I love that they have a nice good array of color.

What are they?

Basically you’ll be purchasing an empty quad or trio which you can fill with any combination of blushes or eyeshadows of your own personal choice!

Items available are shimmer eyeshadows, shimmer blushes, and standard blushes and eyeshadows.

The shimmer shadows and blushes are of course something I am highly interested in trying out for myself!

At the moment there are at least 30 shades of shadow available. That number is without the shimmer shadows so the choices and variety are fantastic!

Price wise is where I am slightly raising my eyebrows. An empty quad or trio is $10 USD…mmm not too bad but nearly twice the amount of a standard MAC quad. Blushes are $22 USD each and Eyeshadows are $20 USD.

Break that down with a quad and you’re looking at say over $90 USD for one blush and three eyeshadows.

Bobbi I love you, I really love you but I don’t love a $90 palette!

Holy cow!

If you went the cheaper route and decided on a trio one blush and two eyeshadows would run you over $70 USD!


As much as I am wanting these the price tag is just a tiny bit too high for the Muse!

Love ’em, yes. Price Tag, not feeling it at all!

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Good deal?

Bad deal?

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  • nilla cookie

    Thanks for doing the math, Muse! I was so feeling this, but wanted to do the math myself before I decided. And now, I’ve decided that I must pass on this custom palette – booo 🙁

  • *Jen*

    I was all ready to add this to my “to be purchased” list until i saw what it added up to! silly me i always look at the components separately and never bother to really think, this is a $90 palette. when i think of it that way, it really is quite ridiculous and although nice, a bit too rich for my blood.

    i can buy that beautiful chanel face palette for a comparable amount!

    thank goodness i have you to do my math for me 🙂

    and thanks so much for the watermark info! i’m too lazy to look into it at the moment but may do it eventually.

  • Row

    Good lord, the price! Lemmie think. Two eyeshadows, and two blushes and a case equals – $94? Wow thats a lot.

  • BeautyChick101

    Wow, $90 is so much!! It’s a great idea but I’d rather just find a ready-made palette with colors that I like for a lot cheaper! Too bad since I love everything Bobbi Brown.

  • the Muse

    my pleasure lil!

    I have pass too. It’s too much. These are gorgeous but I’m actually not insane enough to lay out the cash. I’m wondering of the shadows and blush come in their own compact. If so I’d consider purchasing one or two at $20-22 however not with the entire quad or trio. It’s too expensive.

    Beautiful yes, price not so beautiful!

  • the Muse

    hey Jen Jen!

    I was adding it to my wishy list myself but it’s too crazy.

    I’m curious if they come in their own compact. If so I’d consider purchasing one shadow and a blush to see what it’s like but dishing out for the entire thing is a bit too much. Hell even a Chanel Quad isn’t $90! or $72 for that matter!

    I agree very beautiful but the price is obscene!

    Just email and I’ll help out if you have an image already you’d like to use. Gee was a blessing as she sent the app my way!

    I later found it it’s easy enough to do with gimp as well!

    Or I can recommend my webmaster/graphic expert Zoe 🙂

  • the Muse

    hey rows!

    I know! It’s insane! Way too rich for me. Must pass bobbi 😉

  • the Muse

    hey Jamie!

    It’s a wonderful idea but way too insane price wise. I’m a new convert to Bobbi. I’ve bitched about her products for so long it’s surreal and suddenly one day I was a total fan. But this is wayyyyyyyyyy to costly for me!

    love the idea, find the colors gorgeous but find the price obscene!

  • Virtuous Blue

    I was so excited about this…until I read the details. Geesh Bobbi.

    Thanks for the post!

    Teneasha (VB)

  • Nic Nic

    omg Muse! that’s really expensive o_O who in the right mind would buy that 😛 lol.

  • the Muse

    hiya Teneasha! How are you?

    I was too but the price…ouchie!

    you’re most welcome, my pleasure!

    btw I’d actually consider buying a made up palette for say $48-$52 dollars but $90 or $70 no that’s ok 😉

  • the Muse

    hey nics!

    I’m probably nuts enough to consider it lol!

    But the price is just over the top. This has to be thee most expensive palette around at the moment hehe!

  • ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘

    no way would i pay that much! i’d rather drop the $90 on a Chantecaille eyeshadow – have you seen those ocean themed ones? They look so pretty!

  • Askmewhats

    Muse, Artdeco also have this type of create your own palette. But the shadows are smaller…but so far..the color payoffs of Artdeco is really smooth and creamy! But the thing is…the palette ia as expensive as the total cost of the total number of e/s inside the palette! But what I love about them is that have the palette for 4s, for 6s and upto 12 I believe 🙂

  • (g)ezebel

    i love bobbi brown. that’s so cool they’re making those DIY palettes!

  • PaoPao

    Is she crazy? That’s definitely too much for a quad… I’ll stick to MAC…

    Muse, I’ve become NARSaddicted… Today I received Kalahari and Violetta duos, Orgasm Blush and last week I got Frisky Summer, Sayonara and Copacabana… and I’m ordering soon Havanera duo and more things… everything is soooo beautiful!!! I need professional help!

  • the Muse

    hi ‘ * : . b | u 3 . : * ‘!

    Me either. I’m diseased enough to be tempted but I am cringing at it.

    I’d rather drop it on a Chanetecaille palette it’s cheaper lol!

    The ocean themed ones are amazing!

  • the Muse

    hi Askmewhats!

    I’ve seen the ones from artdeco and also a place called nixie. They are really nice! I did the math and you’re right the palette is damn costly lol! WHEN are they going to make a cheaper option for customizing your own palette 😉

    MAC is the cheapest I’ve seen so far 🙁 and BP as well but those are mini versions!

    I’ve never tried artdeco so thanks for the mini review of the shadows lovie 😉

    Happy Weekend!

  • the Muse

    ‘ello pao pao!

    I know! Ghastly price. Bloody frightening!

    LOL NARS is easy enough to become addicted too to say the least!

    LOL!!!!!!! Aww 😉 I’ll stop over to see all these hauls shortly 😉

    Can’t wait!

    Missed you around here 😉


  • Askmewhats

    hi muse, you know what? I’ve always seen people with MAC palettes, and I would LOVE to have the palettes and you know what???? IT’S NOT AVAILABLE here in Manila!!! I just want to screammmmmm!!!! arrrrghhhh!!! hehehe Do they sell it in Pro stores there? Or in regular MAC stores? I have a friend who will go to Canada and I am planning to ask a huge favor from her and buy a palette for me…a palette or 2 or 3 hahaha 🙂

    I’m thinking about the Artdeco mini e/s and put them onto my ELF quads (i’ll remove the thingy inside to maximize the space hehehe). Will let you know how it goes…sorry ELF…hehehe I have 2 ELF e/s (in fairness) hahaha

  • *Jen*

    thanks izzy!

    no image to use as of yet, since i’m not even sure where to get an image for my blog.

    i was actually showing my bf around your blog yesterday. i was like look this is what i want my blog to look like someday, look how pretty her header is and how she has all this stuff on the sides!

  • ???

    pretty, but too pricey!
    it’ll be like retailing at nearly rm300 here in malaysia if i convert your price in USD into my currency

  • Emilee @ GMM

    I saw the review in Allure this month, and couldn’t help but cringe at the price. Ouch.

    I’ve yet to try Bobbi Brown (except for her concealer), but at this price, it looks like it might be a while before I do!

  • Girl-Woman

    Oh, I know it’s a little pricey, but I owned the round ones for years and loved the convenience of the case. I might be weak and give in. Help me!

    Great post!

  • Anonymous

    WHOA NELLY! I wonder if Bobbi did the math on this her self?! Geez! This is why I’m not a complete Bobbi convert. LOVE most of her products, but her prices often scare me. And this is downright INSANE!

  • psychoexgirlfriend

    Hey Muse! The exorbitant price tag for this palette turns me off f’sure. I’d much rather get a MAC custom palette for nearly half the price!

  • the Muse

    hey Askmewhats! Happy Monday!

    AH 🙁 Sadness! That stinks!!!! Both pro and regular stores sell ’em but not at the counters 🙂

    She can get them easy enough from either one 😉

    If they are too expensive in canada let me know and I’ll happily get them from here for you!

    Good idea! hey I heard mac singles fit into ELF Quads as well I think?

    LOL Elf forgives you 😉

  • the Muse

    hey jen jen happy monday!

    You can use anything really. Make one up or google to see if anything is available. Or even a pic with your compacts, makeup, etc…!

    LOL aww thanks 🙂 It’s not all me. My little webmaster graphic extrodinare, Zoe, has helped tremendously!

    The side bars and such are easy to do! If you need help just email me and we can arrange a time to be online together to chat about it.

  • the Muse

    hi ???!

    Way! Agreed! Looks nice but def not my price tag 😛

    Too costly!

    Happy Monday lovie!

  • the Muse

    hey beautiful Emilee!

    The price is ridiculous. I’m curious if these things are small or as big as they seem! bet tiny!

    Her cosmetics are costly to say the least. I really like alot of it but the prices make me wince in pain a bit!

  • the Muse

    hey Girl-Woman!

    I know. I feel the same. I’m very weak and I really want it but I kept help thinking I can get alot of product for $100 and this is nearly that price!


  • the Muse

    hi Anonymous!

    I doubt it lol! B/c seriously $92 per a palette?!

    worst part is I’m fearing this is the size of the concealer palette….

    can you say TINY!?

  • the Muse

    hi psychoexgirlfriend!

    Me too 🙁 Plus the MAC is prob more pigmented!

    Although I’m diseased enough to try this!


  • [a}

    Interesting idea, Bobbi..but I’m afraid Art Deco’s already come up with this. And they use magnetism…you get basically an empty metal box, and all the compacts and every one of their sets is magnetic..which is cool, ne?

    And the price..yes..>sigh<

  • the Muse

    hi a!

    You’re right plus cheaper too 😉

    I wish these were cheaper sigh 🙁

  • Anonymous

    Something to think about:

    Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are .1 oz for $20 while Mac eyeshadows are .05 oz for about $14. In the pan (palette form), MAC shadows are about $10.50.

    I think B. Brown is actually the more budget friendly route if you are looking for everyday staples.

    Anyways I just wanted you to know that I absolutely adore your blog!

    – a loyal reader

  • the Muse

    hello Anonymous!

    I believe you’re right 😉 Thanks for bringing this up! However, I was a bit scared of filling a palette and it coming down to $100+ dollars! But I’m made my peace with these little guys and I can’t stop buying them lol!

    Aw thanks so much! I really appreciate your reading my mad babblings here 😉

    I hope you’ll comment more often! I love speaking to my readers!

    Happy Weekend!

    Something to think about:

    Bobbi Brown eyeshadows are .1 oz for $20 while Mac eyeshadows are .05 oz for about $14. In the pan (palette form), MAC shadows are about $10.50.

    I think B. Brown is actually the more budget friendly route if you are looking for everyday staples.

    Anyways I just wanted you to know that I absolutely adore your blog!

    – a loyal reader

    July 31, 2008 8:37 PM