Grab your passport, Boho babe, because Bobbi Brown is taking us to Marrakesh!
Available now on counters and very soon online, the new 17-piece Marrakesh Chic collection’s shades of pink, plum, taupe, beige, gray and peach suggest it’ll be a casual, comfy trip, so pack accordingly (might I suggest a flowy floral top, wide-leg flares, feather earrings, chunky heels and that turquoise ring I know you have? ).
The limited edition release invokes exotic street markets, broken-in jeans and buttery soft leather saddlebags handed down from an adventurous great grandmother. I think it also has some of that whole “lady of the canyon” vibe that’s been a big trend in fashion for a while.
While it’s a complete launch with pieces for eyes, lips and cheeks, the focus appears to be on the eight new limited edition Rich Color Eyeshadows ($30 each) it contains.
Right away, I noticed something peculiar about the pans. They’re circular, and not the usual (for Bobbi) squares.
And that’s not the only break from Bobbi’s norm. The powder shadows themselves feel softer than usual to me, almost like creams, and the pigments and finishes look unlike anything I’ve seen from Bobbi before.
Picture the complexity of a MAC duochrome with the soft sheen of an eyeshadow from Becca.
According to the Bobbi Brown makeup artist I spoke with at the counter the other day (hi, Charmaine!), Bobbi used a completely different shadow formula this time around, one supposedly longer-wearing than usual that doesn’t crease, but it can be tricky to apply without the right tools.
Rich Color Eyeshadows from the left: 1. Royale; 2. Sand Dune; 3. Desert Lily and 4. Rich Slate
Rich Color Eyeshadows from the left: 5. Pink Silk; 6. Coffee Bean; 7. Wine and 8. Rich Kashmir
Lip products from the left: 9. Metallic Lip Color in Violet Glaze; 10. Rich Lip Color in Desert Plum; 11. Rich Lip Color in Desert Rose; 12. Creamy Lip Color in Pink Blossom; and 13. Creamy Lip Color in Pale Plum
Sheer Color Cheek Tint from the left: 13. Sheer Pink; 14. Sheer Mauve; 15. Sheer Coral and Sheer Blackberry
These things just love sponge applicators; brushes and fingers won’t do (well), and they struggle to pick up and deposit the powders, which then appear quite sheer on the skin.
An eyeshadow sponge applicator, on the other hand, results in much more intense color and really helps these powders push through.
For a quick, easy look, try using a sponge applicator to apply one of the darker shades on your lid first, and then add a lighter color directly above that, blending out the edges with a fluffy domed eye brush.
Oh, one other thing — you might find that the Rich Color Eyeshadows, while they blend well with each other, don’t blend quite as well with other eyeshadows in the Bobbi Brown line. Your results may vary, but you might want to consider a test introduction if you already have some of the older Bobbi shadows, and you’re thinking about investing in a few from the new Rich Color line.
The entire Bobbi Brown Marrakesh Chic collection includes…
- Rich Color Eyeshadows in Royale, Sand Dune, Desert Lily, Rich Slate, Pink Silk, Coffee Bean, Wine and Rich Kashmir ($30 each)
- Metallic Lip Color in Violet Glaze ($23)
- Rich Lip Color in Desert Plum ($23)>
- Rich Lip Color in Desert Rose ($23)
- Creamy Lip Color in Pink Blossom ($23)
- Cream Lip Color in Pale Plum ($23)
- Sheer Color Cheek Tint in Sheer Pink, Sheer Mauve, Sheer Coral and Sheer Blackberry ($22 each)
And then my heart broke into a million tiny pieces…
Sleep? — what’s that? I’ve been too busy shopping for heels during the Kate Spade Sample Sale and catching up on True Blood to sleep.
STOP HERE if you’re averse to spoilers, babe!
I’m still in major denial over the “real” Vampire Eric’s return! I think I actually heard my heart break (crack!) when he told Sookie that he still loved her on the couch.
The other Eric is still here…
It’s not hard to imagine where this boat is heading — straight into the Bermuda Triangle of Lurve!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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