Fanciful Fall: Marrakesh By Way of Bohemia with the Bobbi Brown Marrakesh Chic Collection for Fall 2011

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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.

bobbi brown marrakesh chic swatches

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.

bobbi brown marrakesh chic swatches
Rich Color Eyeshadows from the left: 1. Royale; 2. Sand Dune; 3. Desert Lily and 4. Rich Slate

bobbi brown marrakesh chic swatches
Rich Color Eyeshadows from the left: 5. Pink Silk; 6. Coffee Bean; 7. Wine and 8. Rich Kashmir

bobbi brown marrakesh chic swatches
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

bobbi brown marrakesh chic swatches
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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  1. Heidi says:

    I’m thrilled to see the return of the Sheer Color Cheek Tints. I have the Sheer Mauve and the Sheer Coral and I use them frequently.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Aren’t those great? I love ’em on days when I just need to get some blush on and GO!

      Okay, so you’ve totally inspired me to order Tim Gunn’s book on Amazon. Maybe Tabs can get him to sign it, LOL!

      • Heidi says:

        I think you’ll really enjoy the book, and signing it for Tabs is the very least Mr. Gunn could do after not making Tabs his top priority lately!

  2. BethL says:

    Thanks for the swatches! How red-toned is wine? The little pic does not look extremely red toned (can see the brown in it) but the swatch shows up more red.

    I am LOVING True Blood this season! A friend recently gifted me with the latest Sookie book autographed by Charlaine H. herself! Anyhow, becoming a REAL Alcide fan here. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Beth,

      It’s pretty red on skin. I have a hard time pulling off those types of colors (makes me look like I’m crying), but the makeup artist said it’s wearable and looks pretty when lightly applied in the crease. I’ll probably have to stay away…

      That is an amazing gift! What a thoughtful friend. What was the occasion? Or was it “just cause”?

  3. Stacey says:

    I’m really liking the look of these colours! I must check out that desert rose lipstick!

    As for tb…nooo! I haven’t had enough of amensia Eric x Sookie yet!! I much rather the love triangle be between Eric x Sookie x Alcide…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stacey,

      Me too! I loved them together — they had such a tweet and tender relationship.

      Speaking of Alcide, what the heck happened to Debbie? 🙁 She’s gonna break the poor guy’s heart.

  4. Aileen says:

    I love just about everything in the second row of eye shadows! Thanks bunches for sharing!

  5. Gah! Absolutely LOVE the look of Rich Kashmir – what a gorgeous taupey bronze. <3

  6. marisol says:

    All those cheek tints look amazing and I am not a cheek tint type of gal.

    Whaaaaaat is Alan Ball doing with this love triangle? I, for one, am glad that Eric is back. Although he needed to be a bit more RAWR but maybe that will be in the next episode. I love how they ended it with all four vamps ready to kick some booty.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Marisol,

      I like them — they travel well and are just super easy to use when I’m not in the mood to deal with brushes.

      Sooo, I have to say, this is probably my favorite season from the entire season. Every episode has kept me on edge! The show feels like it’s gotten it’s groove back.

      And I know you think he’s too much of a wimp, but I will always have a soft side for the kinder, gentler Eric. *tear*

  7. Bisbee says:

    Love this – I’ll have to check them out. And…Bobbi Brown used round pans for YEARS before switching to square, so she’s just revisiting an old format!

  8. peach_ says:

    I’m liking Rich Slate and Rich Kashmir! And slightly off topic, but I’m really drawn to the model. I liked her showcasing the Tortoise Shell collection and now this one! I think she really fits the image.
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  9. Rachael says:

    I love, love, LOVE Kate Spade stuff. I joked to the boyfriend that I want an iPhone just for the Kate Spade cases I could get.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rachael,

      Me too. 🙂 Did you end up getting anything from the sample sale?

      • Rachael says:

        I wish. I just paid off the MacBook Pro I bought to replace the laptop that got stolen when someone broke into my apartment and then a car payment on my Yaris and school books. I am gonna have to wait for the next sample sale, until then, my Kate Spade glasses will have to be enough.

  10. omg!

    Royale, Rich Slate & Rich Kashmir are stunning!
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  11. Chris25 says:

    Oh, I so want everything from this collection. I don’t even have any room for more makeup!

  12. Sonya says:

    I love the rich colors – especially the eye shades!
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  13. Emily says:

    Woah woah woah let me get this straight……

    Sookie, instead of waiting a few days to tell Eric about her feelings, shoots down a vulnerable old Eric a half an hour after his memory returns, basically ensuring that Amnesic Eric will stay locked away and things will return to how they were before, with him scaring the shiz out of everyone.

    Way to go Sook.

  14. Dovey says:

    Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m totally in love with this collection, especially the eyeshadows. My current list included Slate, Pink Silk, and Sand Dune. I’m so glad they look awesome in your swatches. I’m also on the fence about Desert Rose . I love the Rich Lip colors, but it’s hard to get a handle on how dark this shade actually is.

    And THANK YOU for the Kate spade. I’ve been dreaming of the Stevie handbag all week. I thought it was only available in outlets, but apparently I was wrong. I think I forgot to blink while I was browsing your web link.

  15. Marina says:

    I really love this collection, especially the wine eye shadow.
    As for TB, I am happy to see Eric (and his normal clothes) back. I am looking forward to season 5 because there will be some Eric/Pam action.
    The video you’ve posted = the best part of the last episode.
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  16. Crystal says:

    Royale eyeshadow looks beautiful! I want to start with that, nice!
    And I really want Eric to tell Bill “SOOKIE IS MINE” ten times in a row or something. Since Bill seems to love saying that. I couldn’t help saying out loud at the tv EVERYTHING’s changed during this part…ahhh I love this show!
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  17. Nina says:

    the lipsticks are so so pretty!

    ugh sookie is so wishy washy — make a choice and stick to it, girlfriend!

  18. Kaitlin says:

    1, 7, 10, and 13 are things I would go CRAZY to have! Need!!!

  19. Kim says:

    Gosh, so many things. First of all, I think it’s awesome that you numbered the swatches. If you’ve done this before and I haven’t noticed, I apologize. I really thought it was helpful here, though. 🙂 Second, I guess I really must be in autumn mode because all the wines and deep reds are appealing to me. Not to wear, but just to admire in the swatches, I guess. Third, those shoes are sweet. Again, from an “admiring on someone else” standpoint. Last, and I know I keep saying this, but I love that Eric is back. He’s just so darn hot when he’s a b*stard. 🙂

  20. Chelsea says:

    I played with these at work the other day (I work at a competing beauty counter) and they are so much fun. Love the cheek stains, and they eyeshadows are amazing.

  21. mulberrytea says:

    Thanks for that True Blood clip! I’m catching up on the seasons and am about to start 3… I don’t have HBO but I’m really excited for 4! I want to see more of this Sookie-Eric thing and no more nasty old Bill.

    Not a BB fan at all, but love the little TB tidbit at the end of this post 🙂

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