November 16, 2011

Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Sparkle Shadow, my favorite Bobbi shadow of all time. It’s sparkly, it’s shimmery, it’s oh so gorgeous for the Holidays. The formula has undergone some slight changes since they originally introduced it as I feel like it’s thicker and packed a bit better but overall, it’s still as super as it ever way but it does take a special kind of person to love on it as if you’re not a shimmer girl, this one isn’t for you!

But if you are a founding member of the sparkle club…

Well jump ahead!

The Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette features four shades of Sparkle Eye Shadow. As I mentioned above I feel like the texture of Sparkle Eye Shadow feels an ickle different as it’s packed a bit better in the compact versus the more flakier, loosely packed pigment feel it used to have. This is, of course, a good thing since you’re not seeing alot of kick up when you swipe a brush or applicator across it. I find the colors prove a little more pigmented too although for the most part you have to keep in mind Sparkle Shadows are pretty sheer.

I find the best application method for this formula is over a solid base, I recommend Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Navajo. Also avoid using a brush but embrace the use of a sponge applicator which will build color easily and offer an easy way to pat the shadows into place to avoid fall out. Fall out, yes you’ll see a good deal of fall out here so have a little patience and care during applicator to avoid a mess.

The shades you get are:

  • Pink Rose (soft, delicate shade of almost lilac pink…this one is a bit on the sheerer side of the fence and works best applied all over the lid with Black Ruby worked into the outer v to contrast)
  • Crushed Silver (this is a crystal white which is also very sheer but works best as an overcoat over the other shades for added sparkle as on its own it very light and barely noticeable on lids)
  • Black Ruby (this is a blackened shade plum and the most dramatic shade here. I think it pairs up rather nicely with Pink Rose and offers the perfect contrast to the lighter shade)
  • Onyx (this is a pewter which is a lovely shade for a smoky look. It’s the shade I have on my eyes below)

The Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette does have a little bit of a misleading name as I expected a red shade and possibly some black…there’s something amazingly gorgeous about a sparkling red and black together don’t you agree? But this leans towards the more smoky, mysterious color aspect.

Overall, it has fall out and it takes a little TLC to get these applied correctly but I think the palette is stunning but of course, I’m a bit bias since I adore this shadow formula.

Did you indulge?

What did you think of the Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette?



Do share!

Available now at and Bobbi Brown counters.

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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  • divinem (Melissa)

    Looks pretty in the palette but I’ll bet it’s a glitter bomb when applied. Nice colors on your fair skin!

  • coco

    ooo-lala… lovely! I love the colors, but I wonder about the size of the palette. Is it “normal” size, or a bit on the teensy end? …sometimes BB stuff can be a bit on the small end of the spectrum considering how much you pay for it. I just saw the new lip palette at nordstrom last week and I was surprised by the size! So small! otherwise, I just love these colors!

  • Steph.

    The Black Ruby colour looks incredibly similar to the darkest colour in the Black Honey palette from Clinique!

  • Ruth

    Muse, to help deal with the fallout, possibly Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue style may help! Those colors are stunning. Wants!

  • Christine

    Muse, what is on your lips here?? I just love it & it looks oh so flattering on you :-).

  • Nik

    I love BB sparkle e/s! I kinda hate the packaging for her quads though, she should make the compact open completely! I’ve been wearing sparkles for 2weeks straight! I can’t stop! Have you seen Dior’s single eyeshadow called Golden Spotlight? I got it from Macy’! Sephora doesn’t carry this gem! It’s my very favorite sparkly eyeshadow 😀 it’s worth the price, so gorgeous!

  • Majick

    Oooooo – Glama-ruby! You’ve found a winning holiday look. 🙂
    Love the colors, thank God I’m not fond of super sparkle.

  • LouAnne

    I saw Bobbi demonstrate this on QVC and she, (being Bobbi of course) somehow made the sparkle not look so dramatic on the model, just soft and pretty. And this palette was so beautiful in the package that I had to buy it… but alas, I am not a sparkle girl… so I returned it…. I was tempted to keep it just to look at because the colors are so pretty in the palette. But, I knew I would never wear it … I did try to wear it once or twice… too much sparkle for me… way too much fall out for me… I was brushing small pieces of glitter off my cheeks all day. Plus, there are some other Bobbi Brown eye shadows I want… so back it went… But as you say, if you love sparkle, this is the prettiest palette I have seen.

  • Mary the Muse Militant

    You look gorgeous in that smouldering Pewter colour Muse. And a good dose of bling to satisfy your “sparkle fetish” 🙂

  • Isis

    wooah muse, that is gorgeous on you! I like the look of this, but I’m never sure if BB is up to the hype or worth the price.

  • butterdaisy

    Love the sparkle! This palette is gorgeous. Also have to add that this is by far one of the very best cosmetic blogs. I found this site a little while back and have been hooked ever since. I love reading it through Pulse on Droid! Keep up the fabulous work! Thx!

    • the Muse

      awww thanks butterdaisy that’s a sweet comment/compliment! so glad you enjoy Musings! XOXOXO! Happy T-day!

  • micaela

    Muse, you look beautiful! I tried this on my hand at the BB counter today and couldn’t help but get it. BB has been good with their shimmers lately. I love the chocolate & gold palette too.