Bobbi Brown Holiday 2008 Limited Edition Palettes

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I know it’s early October, and you probably haven’t even picked out a pumpkin to carve, but all the makeup lines are unveiling their new palettes and sets for the holidays. They want you festive, dammit, whether you’re ready or not! ๐Ÿ™‚


Yup, Bobbi Brown is starting early this year, releasing a string of limited edition palettes this month.

Last weekend I played with the Tube Tints Set, Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette and Velvet Plum Eye Palette. I think each would make a nice gift for any makeup lovin’ ladies in your life.

Velvet Plum Eye Palette

A few years ago, when I worked a 9-to-5 gig in downtown San Francisco, I’d bring my makeup and brushes with me to work and apply makeup in the bathroom on my breaks. I’ve always had issues packing light, even for work, so streamlined I was not. I’d walk around looking like I had a turkey stuffed in my bag. If I could turn back time, I’d totally give myself this palette along with a note that read, “Streamline, girl!”

From left to right: Bone, Naked, Velvet Plum, Espresso

This gorgeous palette contains four versatile powder eye shadows suitable for business meetings or drinks after work.

    Bone Eye Shadow: off white
    Naked Eye Shadow: medium neutral pink
    Velvet Plum Eye Shadow: shimmery black plum
    Espresso Eye Shadow: dark chocolate brown

Neutral work eye:
Apply Bone all over the lid and Naked into the crease. Wet an angled brush and then line the upper and lower lash lines with Espresso.

Plum night eye:
Wet a shadow brush, and apply Velvet Plum onto the lid and just barely into the crease. Then, with an angled eye brush, line the bottom lash line with Espresso.

Brown-plum smokey eye:
Line upper and lower lashlines with a creamy eye liner like MAC Smolder. Smudge Espresso on top of the liner on both lash lines. Then, apply Plum on the lid and just into the crease.

Out of the three palettes I tried, this one is my favorite. It’s just so flexible, and the colors pop without taking things too far. Gotta give Bobbi much lurve for this one. Go girl!

Tube Tints Set

From left to right: Brown Sugar Shimmer, Posey Shimmer, Bare Shimmer and Tea Rose

Aren’t these lil’ chubbies cute? Each applies sheer with subtle color and shine.

  • Brown Sugar Shimmer: medium brown
  • Posey Shimmer: light icy pink
  • Bare Shimmer: golden peach
  • Tea Rose: brown rose

The Tube Tints taste minty (but not overwhelmingly so), protect lips with SPF 15 and each stays put for about an hour and a half.

Brown Sugar Shimmer

Posey Shimmer

Bare Shimmer

Tea Rose

This would make a really nice gift for a lucky homegirl bound for the tropics this winter (that lucky beeyotch!).

Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette

While the blue, silver and black shades in the Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette are pretty on thier own, I like this palette mostly because the cream shadows and gel liners complement a wide variety of powder eye shadow shades.

  • Rockstar Long-Wear Cream Shadow: medium silver
  • Ocean Storm Long-Wear Cream Shadow: medium blue with shimmer
  • Black Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: jet black
  • Thunder Storm Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: black with golden pearl

Rockstar and Ocean Storm both have similar color payoff and texture to Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows. Black Ink and Thunder Storm remind me of MAC Fluidline liners but are a touch creamier and blendable.


My spider senses tell me that Night Sky will make sweet makeup music with the Chanel Smoky, Chanel Bleu Celestes and MAC Gentle Fume palettes.

If your makeup collection includes lots of blues, blacks and grays, Night Sky would make a fabulous investment.

So, girlfriend, what do you think? How has Bobbi Brown done with her holiday palettes this year?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Tali says:

    Normally im not a BB girl but i NEED those lipgloss minis and that eye liner in thunder storm (just wish it came seperate!!!!)

  2. yadiQ says:

    loln my bag looks like it has a turkey stuffed in it !!

    no matter how many palettes i have i still cant streamline

    and yes i am one of those that has to apply makeup on the subway ride to work

    if i dont i will never get a chance when i get to work as i do not have a break lol

  3. Dao says:

    I love minty lip glosses so I’ll definitely going to check these out. The eyeliners look so gorgeous too.

  4. Amanda says:

    mmm, love these. I actually have a mini posey shimmer in my purse right now (from a previous tube tint set). I’ve been drooling over the long wear palettes, I love all the BB cream shadows and liners that I have. i think I’m going to get one of the palettes to take on my cruise. Right now I’m thinking of moon rock since the colors are a “tad” more neutral. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Tiera says:

    That Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette looks like SO much fun!

  6. Karen says:

    Hi Tali,

    Thunder Storm is my *favorite* item from that palette. It has very pretty, fine glitter that would look fab just by itself on the lid. I would totally buy it separately…

  7. Karen says:

    Hi YadiQ,

    I did that when I took the train to work a few years ago. It then evolved to just me sleeping on the train, LOL!!

  8. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    The liners are very pretty… Thunder Storm is the real star of that palette!

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Amanda,

    How cute! I put her in my purse this morning, too, cause I like to switch up my lipgloss through the day (gotta love variety)

    I am auditioning palettes for my trip in November right now, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Yeah, especially if you have lots of blues and grays! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Okami says:

    Karen, you should totally check the new Tarte holiday 2008 items! They’re viewable on Sephora’s site right now! There’s a palette called “The Vanity” that’s in the same style as the We Wish You Wealth palette from last year (16 shadows, 16 lipglosses, but this time, the bottom tier has 4 powder blushes, a bronzer, a luminizer, and a little tube of Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara), a gorgeous lipgloss set with 9 mini glosses in a clutch, and a mini cheekstain set in three pretty colors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Fie says:

    Oh god I want that Brown Sugar Shimmer! It looks so delish! And the Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette!! Ah I have no money T_T

  13. Bisi says:

    I *heart* Bobbi Brown.

    I think the only thing I don’t want out of all of those is the Velvet Plum Eye Pallete because I already have some of those colors.

    Lately I’ve been obsessed with the Shimmering Nudes palette… it’s my go-to eye palette right now.

    Thanks for the reviews, Karen!

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    Sometimes it’s just fun to add to your makeup list! Maybe put the colors on so that when do you have some chump change in the future you can pick it up?

    Have a great week!

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Bisi,

    You’re welcome!! I didn’t know you were a BB fan! Do you have the infamous Black Pearl gloss?!

  16. Brittany says:

    I’m loving the Night Sky Long Wear eye palette. It’s gorgeous and I can see myself getting tons of use out of it. Maybe it’s time to start my Christmas list already ๐Ÿ˜›

  17. Tami says:

    Hi Karen,

    I love the Night Sky and Plum Eye Palettes. Heck, who am I kidding, I love them all lol. I don’t have much Bobbi Brown in my collection, except a lipgloss who name escapes me at the moment. But it looks like I wil have to change that. I can totally relate to bag overstuffed with cosmetics. What can I say? I like variety..

    Have a great week

    P.S. What is the infamous black pearl gloss? I have to know!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Brittany,

    ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s time! I already have a few on my list (ahem, El Hub, if you’re reading this I’m thinking Chanel Eau Premier and Chanel Allure!).

    Hope you’re having a good night… I’m about to have some dinner in a few and then settle in for Terminator and The Hills!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Tami!

    Oh… the BLACK PEARL! If you say its name out loud you have to pretend you’re Elmer J. Fudd for the full effect (“bwack pewl”). It was a limited edition gloss released a few months ago with the BB Mauve Collection. It’s a very uncharacteristic color for Bobbi — grey and purple for the lips! You can see it in the Mauve Collection post, just scroll down a few pics. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jen says:

    Hey Karen!

    I NEED to have those chubbies!

    Birthday present? … Sounds good to me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Responding to your question from an earlier post… Im not doing much for my birthday. Going to work (psyc. hospital), going to school (grad school) and then having Taco Night (homemade YUM) with the Hubster and parents! Pretty exciting stuff! LOL.

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Jen,

    LOL, El Hub and I have homemade Taco Night sometimes, too! It’s fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I really hope that you have a fab birthday. Celebrating with your loved ones is what it’s all about!!

    Okay, time to eat some dinner (salmon, rice and salad). Have a good night!

  22. Marisol says:

    omg… I am going to be soooo poor this holiday season with all the make-up collections.

    Night Sky Long-Wear Eye Palette is mine!

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  23. jessica says:

    This is kind of a tough week for me (when is it ever not anymore?). To soften the blows, I am taking a trip to Ulta tmrw to find a couple new OPI colors for fall. ^.^

    I love those gel liners, by the way. I’ve never tried to use gel liners via brush before.. I have recently started using liquid liner a lot lately– too bad I still can’t figure out how to make it look good under my eyes, or if I’m even supposed to put it on there. My lashes always get in the way and it’s just a mess. Sorry for the rambles.. it’s 1 in the morning and I have had a crazy day. Have a fab night! =)

  24. Lilan says:

    Hey Karen,

    I love BB liners and I might need to get that palette plus the lip glosses – stat!

    Hope you had a great Monday – the boys and I are playing with the Wii Fit right now and are having good times with the ski jump ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lilanร‚ยดs last blog post..Just a Sunday Afternoon at Candlestick Park

  25. Tami says:


  26. jojoba says:

    oh no, i am liking the eye palette as the black does look black! i am not a fan of BB stuff but this season is speaking to me. I gotta check it out in person but the only problem is that I will be away to a beach town for a month when this is out here. grrr…

    love all the pix esp those lips!

    jojobaร‚ยดs last blog post..Review: Cle de Peau BEAUTE Eye Color Quad #1

  27. Anna says:

    oOohhhhh nice !!! Thanks for those Karen ;)I’ve got my eye one that eye palette ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I brought the Shimmering Nudes palette, which is soooo pretty ! perfect for work ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    That’s a great work palette. I bet it’s useful and that you don’t ever get tired of using it because it’s so pretty.

    Oh! Which eye palette are you thinking about? I am pulling for the Velvet Plums! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    Yup, that one’s a beauty! You will love Thunder Storm!

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I hope that you get through this week okay. I hear you about tough weeks… I know those all too well.

    I am not the biggest fan of liquid liners (a la MAC Liquidlast). They do last a long time, especially on the waterline, but I don’t always like the finish and they usually don’t smudge the way I want them to. I did find one a few weeks back that was pretty easy to use, even in the lower lash line area by JK for Jemma Kidd. The brush that came with the product was user friendly, too. Let me know if you want me to re-post a link to the review here.

    What brush do you use with your gel liners? I’ve heard great things about the bent eyeliner brush from Sonia Kashuk, but I can never find it when I go to Target.

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Fun! I’ve never played with the Wii, but it looks like a good time!

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Tami,

    Girl, that’s one amazing lip gloss! LOL — I get called to those makeup missions, too. I’m still on the hunt for a decent plum mascara!

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember, the Elmer Fudd accent is necessary! B-wak p-werl!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Jojoba,

    Thanks! Are you going to the beach for vacay? Sounds like fun!

  34. Lilan says:

    Hi Karen,

    The Fit is pretty fun – I’m actually sore this morning from doing some of the strength training exercises. I guess it’s not a bad trade-off to look silly doing lunges in front of a video game ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Lilanร‚ยดs last blog post..Stila Must-Have: Paint Your Pout Red

  35. Daya says:

    I love the new BB lip/eye combo! All the colors look so pretty! ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure what to do with the more brown lip colors though, since I’m quite pale! ๐Ÿ™

  36. Okami says:

    Hi Karen,

    If you’re looking for a good plum mascara, you might try Blinc Kiss Me mascara in Purple. Blinc has fairly good lengthening, but not a lot of volume, but it stays put really well. The mascara forms little tubes around your lashes. I have very sensitive eyes and Blinc’s mascara doesn’t flake on me, and it doesn’t irritate my eyes at all. It’s pretty expensive ($24 for a tube), but for me, it’s worth it (watery, irritated eyes are never in style).

  37. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Hey, at least it gets you moving. If only I could somehow go back in time and work some ab exercises into the many hours I spent playing Tetris I’d have a frickin’ washboard stomach by now, LOL!

  38. Karen says:

    Hi Daya,

    Pretty! What’s your favorite from the combo?

  39. Karen says:

    Hi Okami,

    My BFF mentioned that mascara awhile back. They come in other colors too, yah?

  40. Shefali says:

    I tried ALL of these palettes last Thursday and didn’t like any of them ๐Ÿ™ I really wanted to, but I just wasn’t impressed with the texture of the cream shadows (and the testers were already DRY!) after a couple of days. Not good.

  41. Lilan says:

    Oh how I miss Tetris! I wonder why they don’t make that game for the newer game consoles; I’d be all over that!

    Hope your Tuesday was a good one!

  42. Okami says:

    Hi Karen,

    Yes! Blinc Kiss Me mascara comes in black, two shades of brown, blue (my favorite!), purple, and green, but green’s getting hard to find. I don’t know if they discontinued it or what.

  43. Karen says:

    Hi Shefali,

    Ahhh, well. I guess in a way that’s a good thing… there will be so many tempting things coming out in the next few weeks so I’m sure you’ll find a nice palette amongst all the holiday offerings!

  44. Karen says:

    Hi Lilan,

    Dude! I rocked the Tetris on the old school Nintendo Game Boy. That game is my jam. Sadly, it’s the only thing I can play. It was like the gods gave me one gaming talent and Tetris was it, ha!

  45. Karen says:

    Hi Okami,

    OHHH, I’ve been looking for a really great blue mascara so I am now a woman on a mission. Do you think the “tubes” make a difference?

  46. Diva Style says:

    Damn that Bobbi Brown! I went to Neiman Marcus on my lunch break and bought like 4 quads and a damn lipstick. And I’m going back tomorrow to pick up my free gift…oh, and one more quad! Dammit, dammit, dammit! LOL.

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