We all know that I'm an eyeshadow palette addict but what I am asking myself is why I've never tried a Bobbi Brown palette before now? I was delighted when World Duty Free sent the new Bobbi Brown Rosy Nudes Edition palette over, not just because I'm new to Bobbi Brown palettes but also the shade selection is different from all of my other palettes. It is limited edition and exclusive to Duty Free for another few weeks so if you're passing through the airport soon, you'll be able to pick it up before it hits the high street or even if you aren't flying yourself but you know somebody who is, you can avail of the Reserve & Collect option, where you reserve your shopping in advance and then collect (or ask somebody else to collect) in the airport!
The high street price of this palette will be £39.50 but in Duty Free, you can buy it for £33.55 - a saving of just under £6, which is pretty great. I think £33 for a palette of this standard and quality is really good value. The packaging feels heavy, sturdy and luxe with both the box and the lid being blush pink to reflect the range of tones in the palette itself. Included is a step by step guide on how to create four different eye looks using the shadows, which is always a nice bonus,
Inside the lid is a good sized mirror and in the palette are 10 eye shadows: 2 large and 8 that I wouldn't necessarily describe as small but they are half the size of the large ones. The two large shadows are ideal base colours and then the eight below look to be in two quads; the one on the left being ideal for day looks and the one on the right, ideal for evening looks but in reality all eight shadows work well together so the quads are just guides.
|Left to right: White Smoke, Nudest, Sunrise Glow, Tan, Milk Chocolate|
On the left we have:
White Smoke - the large shade, which is a pinky-white.
Nudest - pale pink matte.
Sunrise Glow - light peachy-pink shimmer.
Tan - matte light taupe-brown.
Milk Chocolate - cool toned matte medium brown.
|Left to right: Watercolour Pink, Nude, Dusk, Chocolate Smoke, Rich Caviar.|
On the right we have:
Watercolour Pink - a shimmery pale pink with a gold shift.
Nude - a warm medium pink matte.
Dusk - stunning coppery - rust shimmer.
Chocolate Smoke - a shimmery bronze-toned brown.
Rich Caviar - matte deep brown.
All swatches are completely unedited.
I have been wowed by the texture of the shadows - both mattes and shimmers are soft to touch and a dream to apply. I haven't experienced any fall down on my cheeks but always tap my brush on the edge of the palette to get rid of any excess. As you can see from the swatches, the pigmentation is excellent, especially in the shimmers but given that this is a nude palette, the matte neutral shades are sufficiently pigmented too. I love that the colours don't all just blend into one or disappear on the lid. I have been enjoying creating subtle day time looks with this palette but also created a more dramatic eye with some of the deeper shades too. I always prime my eyes and have found that everything is still in place and as applied for up to 8 hours after application, at that point, I have noticed a little fading but no creasing so there are no complaints in that regard.
If rosy shades aren't really your thing ( I didn't think they were mine but I actually really like them on my green eyes), there is also a Bronze Nudes Edition available, which I have to admit, I am very tempted to buy as they are definitely my kind of shades.
Overall, I am very impressed with this palette and it has made me want to try more from Bobbi Brown. I will definitely be browsing that counter in Duty Free next time I am flying because who doesn't want to make a saving when shopping? I think £33.55 is a very fair price for a palette of this quality.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this palette? What do you like to spend your money on in Duty Free?
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