November 8, 2011

Bobbi Brown Party Eye Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Bobbi Brown Party Eye Palette is part of Bobbi’s Holiday 2011 line up. These are available in both a cool and nude selection of colors. The palette takes on a new shape this year as Bobbi normally favors a slim, straight across rectangle versus the chunkier rectangle which features two rows of colors in this palette. Don’t let it fool you, it looks chunky but it’s actually slimmer than her normal compacts!

I normally like Bobbi’s slimmer straight across palette but I must say the new slimmer, small size of this year’s palette makes it ultra easy to store and travel with.

Let’s take a peek!

Outside of the packaging nothing has changed this year so you’re getting the same great Holiday palette in new shades with slimmer packaging. The palette is $45 and features six shades of Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in various finishes plus a dual sided applicator.

This palette is going to appeal to the folks that favor a more minimal makeup look as it does not contain any truly vibrant shades nor does it contain more traditional natural, nude shades since many of the colors are very subtle, sheer washes of color that create a natural, pretty look sans a ton of drama. I think older eyes can appreciate the softer shades as these have the ability to create a delicate eye look without emphasizing flaws like puffiness, dark circles, or finer lines.

Shades include:

  • Bone Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (Creamy off white)
  • Champagne Quartz Metallic Eye Shadow (champagne peachy pink)
  • Pebble Metallic Eye Shadow (slated grey)
  • Pink Blaze Sparkle Eye Shadow (golden rose)
  • Copper Sand Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (golden brown)
  • Black Chocolate Eye Shadow (rich brown plum)

Pink Blaze is a new shade and available in my favorite finish from Bobbi, sparkle. The Sparkle Eyeshadows are normally chunky, much like a loosely packed loose pigment but in this case Pink Blaze has a super smooth finish that gives a beautiful wash of golden rose on lids. Although I favor the looser formula, I do admit that fall out is minimal with this smoother texture.

All the shades have a lovely, subtle, more natural finish with a smooth, blendable formula that applies on lids easily and flawlessly. The palette is pretty much a no brainer since it creates super easy yet elegant eye looks. One thing you do have to worry about is the shades don’t contrast so well together. You can use Bone to highlight and a single shade on your lid and into your crease but since the colors are lighter they don’t contrast well together should you like to use a darker color within the crease to off set a look. I find the texture of the shadows are a touch harder than Bobbi’s normal range, not sure if I’m imaging this…either way they still have a silky feel so long as you use a sponge applicator to pick color up and build onto your lids however working with a brush I thought it was a tad difficult to get color onto my brush, thought this deserved a mention!

I happen to be a big Bobbi fan girl so I could be bias but I enjoyed the color selection here as they are fresh and new. It won’t create the most dramatic looks for you this Holiday season but it will do up some very pretty, natural, and super flattering looks with very little effort on your part and during the busy Holiday season who doesn’t want a simple makeup look that makes us look elegant in seconds?

I wasn’t particularly a fan of the cooler, bluer shades in the other shade variation of this palette but I highly suggest checking out this warmer one as it may gain your interest particularly if you’re a no nonsense type of makeup girl. It’s a little less than typical for Bobbi since it explores a different aspect of nude. Bobbi definitely favors more mature colors which is one reason I love her line so much but this takes things in a little bit of a different direction in terms of fresher, more natural looking colors.

I liked this one!

Anyone try it?

Do share what you hauled from the Bobbi Brown Holiday 2011 Collection and what you are or aren’t loving about it.

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P.S. Spend $150 on her site and use promo code GIFTS11 for Free Shipping and to get two mini palettes for eyes and lips!

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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  • Liz

    I got the chocolate and gold palette, party alice lipstick, and two of the double ended liners. So far I’m liking all of them! I might go back for more, lol.

  • JenJ

    very nice! of course i have looked at the holiday offerings several times. this and the eye paint palettes have caught my eye **hides** i don’t need jack!!!!! lol! been having some BB play the last few weeks and i’m in love all over again.

  • bombergal

    Muse, I’m a large BB fan too! One thing I’ve learned recently (beginning with the “Sand” Tortoise Shell Palette, is that Bobbi is now into “layering” shadows for a multi-dimensional effect rather than blending. I happened to see her on QVC lately discussing this same technique to achieve a smokey eye too (as opposed to smudging a heavy liner up from the lash line). I started using my Tortoise Shell Palette in this manner and fell in love with it!!! Not all the shadows at once, of course, but pick two or three and layer them, from lightest to darkest, over your lids in a “wash” manner.
    I’ve ordered this same Party Eye Palette too and can’t wait till it gets here so I can test this theory on it… bet it works!!
    Let me know if it works for you. Here’s a link to Bobbi using this technique: