October 27, 2010

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Navajo Review, Swatches, Photos

You have it on my authority that Bobbi loves herself some Navajo. Girl slaps that shadow in every single eye palette she introduces.

By now, I got all kinds of a headache from an overdose of Navajo. Every single Bobbi Brown Palette I own has Navajo in it so just like trouble, I don’t go out of my way looking for Navajo, it seems to find me.

At first Navajo was a bit of a novelty. It was a good all over color base and even it’s matte formula wasn’t too, too bad speaking as a self proclaimed shimmer-a-holic here. But than Navajo was rehashed too much and I noticed I was being force fed Navajo when I didn’t ask for a second helping.

In the end I started to hate Navajo.

Until I realized Bobbi Brown made Navajo in a cream eyeshadow.


Well wow what a pleasant little surprise. First off I didn’t realize Bobbi did this popular shade in a cream. Secondly, I love that it’s in a cream simply because the powder formula is matte and well, I don’t dig the matte.

I noticed that Navajo seems to come in different variations every time I try it. In some of my palettes it blends dreamy however in other I seem to have the difficult problem getting it on my lid and blending it out due to its matte formula. Maybe I’m imagining things but the fact is I’ve noticed sometimes it works for me, other times it doesn’t.

The good news is when it works, it really works. It’s a great all over color wash to create a nice working canvas for your other eye makeup. It brightens the eye area up, refreshes it, and makes it look lively and awake. However, as I said, the formula varies and I’ve stopped using it because the matte simply doesn’t do it for me.

However, I’ve discovered it’s available in a cream! Happy days!

Now I love me some Benefit Lemon Aid and I can’t live without it however Navajo does the trick too. This is a fabulous cream shadow for prepping, priming, and creating a fresher eye look. You can use it on its own as a natural, minimal eye look. Or use it with your favorite shadows to get a more vibrant pay off. Or use it with pigments, sparkle shadows, or glittery bits and bobs to minimize fall out. The possibilities of Navajo Cream are endless.

One thing that Navajo does excel at it creating a perfectly nude eye. My eyes tend to be sleepy, not quite awake, and just generally tired in the am. Blending a bit of this in place does wonders at waking the area up and giving a more flawless look to my eyes.

Now I wouldn’t give up my Lemon Aid for anything however Navajo as a shadow base is incredible and just for the days I want to sport a nude eye plus hell I can use Lemon Aid first and Navajo followed up for even better results.

Do you need it?


It’s one of those essential items you’ll be reaching for daily.

Definitely check this one out your next trip to Bobbi Brown. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how well it works!

Are you a Navajo junkie?

Love the powder?

Tried the cream?

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • JoElla

    ooh nice!
    I agree with the overdose of Navajo overdose and when it works it really works… kinda like the little girl with a curl in the middle of her forehead type thing isn’t it 😉

    • the Muse

      LOL! it is indeed, it is indeed!!!!!!!! when it works it’s awesome but sometimes it can be overdone or just doesn’t blend right, amen someone understands ;D

  • Anna

    LOL on the bright side of this: Once it’s gone in a palette, you have another one to replace it with. It’ll never run out!

  • jerseygrrrl78

    This looks a lot like Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Shore which you reviewed back in May. How do the two shades compare?

  • Bora

    Navajo for Bobbi might like to challenge Showstopper for MAC for most guest appearances in palettes!

  • katrosado5

    Quick question please? Is this more of warm, cool or neutral beige? I have such a hard time with colors sometimes. I love the way that looks and want to try to it, but…here comes the but…:-D, I wear 5N1 suntan in EL double duty as a winter foundation. I have a deep complextion and it can be so hard to work a color on my skin. Thanks for giving me a heads up on where this ES leans towards in the color range. 😀

    • the Muse

      hi katro it runs more cooler. I’m not really sure of the 5n1 reference…? but if your tanned at the moment and a deeper complexion it may come across a tad too light.

  • katrosado5

    Thank you so much Muse. I’m just have a very deep complextion. Think Latina. 😀 I’m not, but I get asked constantly if I am. LOL. Yes the benefit lemon aid looks white on me and a bit garish . I’ll have to pass on this one.

    • the Muse

      ahh katro if lemon aid looks white you’ll def want to pass on this girl ;-D no go! my pleasure!!!!!!