Novato never hustles and bustles like San Francisco does. It’s a sleepy village compared to the city.
In the city, everything moves so fast! Sometimes when I visit I feel like a fish fighting up stream, or like I’m a raft caught in a current, totally out of control.
And then, suddenly, something — sometimes it’s colorful crocheted animal hats — stops me in my tracks!
Other times, it’s a window display with sparkly butterflies that have glittery wings.
Today at Saks Fifth Avenue in the city, it was Bobbi Brown because — ohmigosh! — they have so many new things out for spring.
The Brighten, Sparkle & Glow Collection
Like the Brighten, Sparkle & Glow collection, with its mix of brand new and previously released products.
I’m particularly interested in these new Brightening Face Powders ($50 each), which come in all sorts of crazy colors! Like, one of them has pastels in it, with blue and yellow and green pans, and another one has purples and pinks and mauves.
My first thought? That these were eyeshadow palettes, but they’re actually products for your face.
Alexandra and Whittany (hi, gals!), two makeup artists I chatted with at the Bobbi Brown counter, broke it down for me. For a subtle glow, they suggested swirling the colors together with a brush, and then buffing the mixture all over your face.
Apparently, wearing highlighter all over the face is a big trend for spring, as a few different makeup artists mentioned it today at Saks.
Another spring trend? Bright under-eyes — a look you can get with Bobbi’s new $30 Tinted Eye Brighteners from the collection.
Oh, and I can’t forget about the Sparkle Eyeshadows, which for the most part are re-promotes here, with the exception of Gold Star, the one new spring shade.
Alexandra had a good Sparkle Eyeshadow tip. She said that when you’re applying them, use a stiff brush instead of your fingers, because the oils on your skin can make them harden.
The Cool Lilac Long-Wear Eye Collection
In other news, the Cool Lilac Long-Wear Eye Collection, a Saks Fifth Avenue spring exclusive, also looks pretty cool (pun intended)…
The $46 four-piece set comes with a full-sized Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, a Long Wear Cream Shadow in Cool Lilac, a deluxe-sized sample of Bobbi’s Cleansing Oil, and a dual-ended brush.
The Retouching Powders
Then there are the $36 Retouching Powders, and these look really neat. That’s four of the six shades pictured above.
In a nutshell, these look kinda like setting powders, but they’re not. They’re all-over face powders to correct and brighten the skin.
After applying your foundation and your regular powder (doing this first makes it easier to apply the Retouching Powders), dust a Retouching Power on top.
The white shade, the one designed for fair skin, brightens and cuts down on redness. The yellow shade, which should work with most skin tones, also helps eliminate redness. For darker skin tones, there’s the brown shade, with its hint of brightening rose. And then the pink shade can actually be used as a blush, although it’s intended to be worn all over the face, and should work well for guys/gals who don’t have a lot of yellow tones in their skin.
The Full-Coverage Face Brush and Sheer Powder Brush
If you’re thinking about picking up a Retouching Powder, consider also snagging one or two of Bobbi’s new brushes.
I’ve got my eye on the Full-Coverage Face Brush, which is the one with the shorter handle and fuller brush head.
It’s $42 and has some of the softest bristles (synthetic fibers) around! “Aww! Feels like my Tabby’s fur!”
Use it to apply loose powders, pressed powders, liquid products, and basically anything.
Hello, brush lust…
Now, if you’re just after a really light dusting of powder, there’s also Bobbi’s Sheer Powder Brush (also $42), which Whittany and Alexandra highly recommended for use with any of the Retouching Powders.
THe Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks
Doop-da-doo, moving right along — OH! So, I kinda freaked out when I saw the new Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, which weren’t even out on display (they’re that new). Alexandra pulled them out of a secret squirrel drawer.
They’re $28 each, come in eight shades, have OFF-THE-CHAIN pigmentation and are more waterproof than a wetsuit. Use ’em as bases for powder eyeshadow, or by themselves.
I’ve got my eye on some of the jewel-toned colors… They’re so rich!
Extra Hand Cream
Which reminds me — did you know that Bobbi has a hand cream? I had no idea. Her Extra Hand Cream moisturizes and exfoliates dry paws to make them even softer. It absorbs quickly, too, and smells a little like oranges.
A big 1.7-ounce tube costs $30.
Swatches on my NC42 skin
If you ever visit the Bobbi Brown counter at the Saks store in SF’s Union Square…
Stop by and say hi to Alexandra and Whittany. They’re sweethearts and know a lot about the brand…and if you ask nicely, they might hook you up with samples.
Just pop in, or schedule an appointment with either of them at (415) 438-5488. Tell them hi for me! — and have fun playing with the new spring products.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,