Makeup Review: Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 Basics Eye Palette

by PJ on Monday, September 15, 2008

in -Bobbi Brown, 2008 Holiday, makeup, makeup - eyeshadow

(Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 Basics Eye Palette)
(all images from Bobbi Brown)

Bobbi Brown usually brings out a wide range of items for the holiday season. The shades are often slightly more glamorous but still wearable. Today I am reviewing one of Bobbi Brown’s holiday 2008 releases, Basics Eye Palette.

The palette features a base shade, two shadowing shades and a lining shade:

Eye Shadow in Navajo (exclusive): sheer matte off-white cream
Eye Shadow in Cement: moderately pigmented matte medium taupe
Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Heather Mauve: well-pigmented medium taupe with a soft metallic finish
Eye Shadow in Mahogany: densely-pigmented matte dark brown

(The shades are slightly darker and (pleasantly) warmer than how they appear in the photo above.)

Cement and Heather Mauve can be used interchangeably, depending on the overall finish you want for the day. The matte Cement really adds depth for the eyes, while the shimmery Heather Mauve can either be used alone or lightly on top of Cement where you want a bit of shimmer.

Navajo goes on very subtle and sheer. It can be a good base or a very subtle brow highlighter. Espresso glides well as an eyeliner. The effect can be as natural or intense as you want but the shade is very natural in itself.

All the shades, as expected of Bobbi Brown, have a nice texture. (Mauve Heather is particularly smooth and silky.)

Overall, the Basics Eye Palette should suit light and medium skin tones and can create both subtle and slightly more dramatic looks. If you want more intense shades, the new Velvet Plum Eye Palette (seen below), also from
Bobbi Brown’s Christmas 2008 Collection, should be a good choice.

(Velvet Plum Eye Palette)

(from left to right)
– Eye Shadow in Bone
– Eye Shadow in Naked
– Metallic Eye Shadow in Velvet Plum
– Eye Shadow in Espresso

Bobbi Brown will also release a double-decker Lip & Eye Palette for the holiday season. It features four Creamy Lip Colors and four Metallic Eye Shadows:

(Lip & Eye Palette)

Creamy Lip Colors:
– Berry Mauve
– Pink Sequin
– Dusty Mauve (exclusive)
– Ruby (exclusive)

Metallic Eye Shadows:
– Champagne Quartz
– Gold Dust
– Golden Bronze (exclusive)
– Galaxy (exclusive)

All three palettes will be available in the UK in October.

Other holiday 2008 collections:




{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Meko Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I’ll be getting this very soon… Loves it


PJ Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hi Meko,

Thank you for your comment! I hope you’ll like it when you get it. :)


Beauty Banter Sunday, September 21, 2008

I’m noticing a trend here – grey shadow – it’s massive this season! From Chanel, to Nars, and now Bobbi Brown (I do love that top eye palette!).

Grey is a great as a liner too – softer and more muted then black but more sultry and smokey then brown!

Beauty Banter


PJ Monday, September 22, 2008

Hi Beauty Banter,

Yes, grey eyeshadows are certainly part of the fall 2008 makeup trend. Chanel’s latest items, as you mentioned, are definitely leading the trends.

I agree that grey is softer than black as a liner. I personally tend to go for grey more (over black) for a liner for this reason.

Thank you for posting your comment again! :)


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