Darth Vader: Bobbi, you do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy.
Bobbi Brown: Speak to me.
Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side…
Actually, Bobbi does know the power of the Dark Side. She joined it this fall, but not in an evil empire kind of way (I would totally buy a Vader lipstick! ).
Bobbi’s new 14-piece Black Velvet collection (pieces $20-24 each) features, as one might expect, a selection of sooty black-based makeup for eyes and lips, and since we’re talking about the Queen of Wearable Makeup here, there’s nothing too cray-cray in the mix. The colors have all been dialed down enough to make them suitable for sidewalks AND catwalks.
Yes, each of the new permanent collection products and limited edition shades is influenced by black, but Bobbi kept everything street- and workplace-friendly, adding plums, cherries and maple tones, as well as a few semi-transparent shades.
My lips like these dark lipsticks; they totally take me back to the gothy mid-’90s, when night shades and black lips were all the rage. Those were my college years, and I remember getting a lot of use out of a color that was similar to Bobbi’s Lip Color in Black Maple (can’t remember the name, but it was also a semi-matte blackish plum), which I’d wear with plaid shirts, ripped jeans, big hoop earrings and Converse high tops.
Here are some swatches and pics from the new collection… Let me know what you think!
Clockwise from bottom: Sparkle Eyeshadow in Black Velvet ($24), Metallic Eyeshadow in Black Berry ($24) and Eyeshadow in Black Chocolate ($20)
Clockwise from bottom: Sheer Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate ($20), Lip Color in Black Maple ($22) and Creamy Lip Color in Black Cherry ($22)
Swatches from left on NC35 skin: Sparkle Eyeshadow in Black Velvet, Metallic Eyeshadow in Black Berry, Eyeshadow in Black Chocolate, Kohl Eyeliner in Black Chocolate, Kohl Eyeliner in Black, Creamy Lip Color in Black Cherry, Lip Color in Black Maple, Sheer Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate
Lip Color in Black Maple
Creamy Lip Color in Black Cherry
Sheer Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate
Wearing Sparkle Eyeshadow in Black Velvet, Eyeshadow in Black Chocolate and Kohl Eyeliner in Black
Wearing Creamy Lip Color in Black Cherry with Sheer Lip Gloss in Black Chocolate
I like that Bobbi tried to make sooty black lips and eyes more accessible with this release, but I wonder what die-hard Bobbi Brown fans will think about it.
When I picture the classic Bobbi look, I think fresh, pretty and easygoing — makeup for women who lean toward the conservative end of the makeup spectrum.
My hat goes off to her for trying something new, and I always love nods to the ’90s, but from what I’ve seen of Black Velvet so far, I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite BB releases to date. Apart from the Sparkle Eye Shadow in Black Velvet (glitter!), the eye colors aren’t exciting me. It all feels very serious to me, more serious than MAC’s similar Style Black collection did last year.
Let me know what you think… Inquiring minds want to know!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Comrade cat ladies, have you seen this incredible MAC Fabulous Felines widget/site?
SO AWESOME! You can upload pics of your kitty and then browse the gallery of fabulous felines from around the world (recognize this guy?!?).
If you share pictures of your kitty, please post a link in the comments! Tabs and I would to see.