Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette: Shimmery, Subtle Colors

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Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review closed

Bobbi Brown’s new Chrome Palette for lips and eyes costs a pretty penny at $75 (yikes), but, hey, at least BB & Co stuffed a *lot* into this limited-edition cutie.


Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review open

Chrome packs a whopping ten eyeshadows in shades of shimmery and matte gray, taupe, mauve, white and black.

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review eyes
Top row: White, Polar Ice, Storm Cloud, Iron, Thunder; Bottom row: Moonlight, Cyber Grey, Foil, Chrome, Charcoal Haze

Also up in the mix: four large pans of lipgloss in neutral colors and two mini brushes. A sleek, minimalist chrome case keeps everything warm and safe at night. 😉

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review lip
From left to right: Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Mist, Glitter Lip Gloss in Winter Bronze, Glitter Lip Gloss in Berry Shimmer, Shimmer Lip Gloss in Chrome Pink

Chrome arrived yesterday so we’re still getting to know each other, but from what I’ve seen so far, the textures and shimmer are fab. The variation in colors, though, are very subtle on my skin, so I’m guessing this palette might look better on lighter beauties.

A few initial thoughts:


  • Textures feel smooth, and colors apply with medium pigmentation
  • Several of the shimmery mauve and gray shades look very similar on my skin; the differences are almost *too* subtle
  • Light-to-medium skinned babes who wear cool tones well will probably look smokin’ hawt in these shades
  • Medium-to-dark cuties looking for colors with more obvious variation might want to think twice about this palette


  • Texture feels non-sticky on the lips
  • Glosses are taste- and scent- free
  • Pigmentation differs depending on the color: Winter Bronze offers pigmentation, and the other three shades apply sheer


  • Shiny chrome case picks up fingerprints easily
  • Medium-sized mirror is a nice touch
  • Palette is fairly compact and should fit into a medium-sized makeup bag

You might like this palette if…

  • You have light skin and you wear grays colors and cool tones well
  • You travel often or take your makeup with you on the go
  • You like having all of your eyeshadows/lip products in one place

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review lip-1
Shimmer Lip Gloss in Pink Mist

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review lip-2
Glitter Lip Gloss in Winter Bronze

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review lip-3
Glitter Lip Gloss in Berry Shimmer

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review lip-4a
Shimmer Lip Gloss in Chrome Pink

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review swatches-eyeshadow-3a
Eyeshadow from left to right: White, Polar Ice, Storm Cloud

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Iron, Thunder, Moonlight


Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review swatches-eyeshadow-4
Cyber Grey, Foil, Chrome, Charcoal Haze

Bobbi Brown Chrome Palette Swatches Review swatches-all

What say you? Yay or nay on the chrome?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Rebecca says:

    It’s those shadows are so pretty! But seventy five dollars? Gah! That’s not much less than I make in a week! Still, I might be swayed…
    .-= Rebecca’s last blog post… Super Simple Smokey Eye: Neutrogena Nourishing Eye Quad =-.


    i’m a big bobbi fan…

    i’m going to need to get my mitts on these soon!
    .-= ines, felix and kitten (the office kitties)’s last blog post… 10 Wintertime Beauty Tips =-.

  3. You know, I’ve become a bit “addicted” to palettes, but for some reason when lip product is thrown into one, I immediately cross it off my list. I cannot stand it when the eye shadow falls into the lip color. Drives me nuts. Great review, thanks!!
    .-= Houstonblogger’s last blog post… Early Voting is on!!!!!!!!! =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Houstonblogger,

      The good thing about this is the lip products are a good distance away… I feel there’s enough room between them to prevent cross makeup contamination! 🙂

  4. Kristen says:

    I wish Bobbi would stop making incredible palettes that are unjustifiably expensive. Her Shimmer Body for Body compact had the most amazing fine shimmer in the powder, and it too cost $75. With the holidays approaching, I can’t justify dropping so much cash on one product (although there is a LOT jammed in that palette!).

    I do love it, though…so pretty.
    .-= Kristen’s last blog post… Get the Look: Kim Kardashian’s Glam Nude Lips =-.


    although i hate her lip glosses. they’re truly horrible.

    my favorite things are probably her blushes/eyeshadows (because they’re nice and silky and click into large palettes – i’m a neat freak) and the gel eyeliners 😀
    .-= ines, felix and kitten (the office kitties)’s last blog post… 10 Wintertime Beauty Tips =-.

  6. Vonvon says:

    Thunder and Chrome are such nice colors. I think the whole palette has some really gorgeous e/s colors…. and 10 colors is a lot…compared to last year’s 4 e/s and 4 lipglosses…..but the price…whoooppss…
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Photos: My New Purple Passion =-.

  7. Vonvon says:

    And thank you for the beautiful swatches, Karen!
    .-= Vonvon’s last blog post… Photos: My New Purple Passion =-.

  8. amy says:

    This palette sounds like a decent buy with all the product choices in it, but the colours just ain’t capturing my heart.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… FOTD Autumn Slavic Princess Look Using Guerlain Tsarina Ombre Eclat 4 Couleurs Palette #406 =-.

  9. Dear Santa,
    I would like this palette.


    LOL. Great post. Love the look of this!
    .-= Michelle (Lipstick Rules)’s last blog post… RANT: Why shopping for makeup at the drugstore sucks =-.

  10. Glosslizard says:

    I like the shadows, but I’ve really developed a strong aversion to lippies in pan form! I might shell out $50 for the eyeshadows (hello gorgeouses! 😉 ) but I wouldn’t pay $75 for the shadows +lippies!

  11. karen, for your medium/tan skin tone, i would totally recommend:

    nectar matte powder blush (even i can pull this off even though it’s freaking bright in the pan) – a true coral-pink

    flame & plum wine shimmer blushes – a shimmery red-brown and medium wine-pink

    and lastly, pot rouge for lips and cheeks in raspberry (a raspberryish medium pink) or pink truffle (a reddish pink).

    (little devil that looks like ines on left shoulder says:) these all last fantastically and give you a really flattering glow! go ahead… try them…. you could get all the three powder blushes and put them in a three-pan palette…
    .-= ines + cha cha’s last blog post… 10 Wintertime Beauty Tips =-.

  12. Marce says:

    Hey I don’t know why it didn’t post my entry! It took me time to write! 😀
    Inés, I couldn’t help but LOLing at your comment. I can imagine you dressed up as a little devil, making people suddenly want to buy makeup! I like the sound of Nectar 😀
    I wish Bobbi would make these palettes in different colours, like gold, or purple, or green variations, oh my! Though I wouldn’t be able to buy them, at least I could see you guys having fun with them!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Nivea Star Fruits Labello – Review & Swatch =-.

  13. Nora says:

    Definitely yay, but probably won’t be able to afford this until sometime in the next decade.

  14. *jen says:

    Karen, this is SPECTACULAR-looking, in my opinion. Of course, I’m fair with cool undertones, so it’s like Bobbi made it for me! I can’t believe I’m going to say this (because of the price) but I’m going to check this out!
    .-= *jen’s last blog post… 8 Days of Halloween ’09 | Day 7 – The Monster Mash =-.

  15. Christy says:

    Nice palette, but they look like a lot of colors I have already. Plus I don’t like lip palettes. I hate how gucky they can get and I’m lazy to use a lip brush.
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… MAC Holiday Mineralize Kits: Pinkazoppin! & Fun In The Sun Swatches =-.

  16. Tavia says:

    I like most of the colors from this palette and even the lipglosses are on my taste:)
    .-= Tavia’s last blog post… Guerlain Cherry Blossom Collection – Spring 2010 =-.

  17. Sheila says:

    Wow, that is really gorgeous! But I hate it when sparkly eyeshadows and lip glosses are placed together in one palette. The sparkle from the shadows always get to the glosses and then you ingest some of that shimmer that may or may not be safe to ingest… =(
    .-= Sheila’s last blog post… Review: Bare Escentuals Buxom Lip Plumper in Sugar =-.

  18. Frances says:

    I love the pallette and the colors would work well (blond hair blue eyes pale skin) -the only thing giving me pause is the price

  19. Jenny says:

    I think I’m going to be picking this one up, price be damned. I really hate how the lip palettes work but it might be okay if I use a lip brush and use them quick (I can’t tell the difference between the last two but winter bronze is gorgeous). Also, Karen, is iron lacking pigmentation compared to the other colors or is it just the way you swatched it?

  20. lauren says:

    the colors in this palette seem to look different in every picture I see of them, sometimes they seem more purple and sometimes more blue. some shades are pretty but it seems like the overall effect it creates is not worth the price tag.
    .-= lauren’s last blog post… I’m sure you’ve met…Mentha =-.

  21. *joyce says:

    Thanks for this review, I have the palette but haven’t used it yet because I can’t decide if I really like all these colors. I’m going to take it back and look for something else after reading your review.

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