My Warm Skin Tone Is Warming Up To the Neutral Cool Shades in the Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

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Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Wearing the new limited edition Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette ($49.50)

The Sisterhood of Sparkly Shadows will probably kick me out of the sorority for this, but eff it! — I’m saying it anyways: Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Cool palette could really use one fewer glittery eyeshadows and one more matte brown.

There. I said it. 🙂

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Hello, smokey!

“This carefully edited mix of six eye shadows is the perfect palette for those who prefer their smokey eye look on the cool side. Featuring everything you need to take eyes from day to night including Bobbi’s beloved base shadow in Ivory and an array of sparkly and shimmery textures in cool grey hues. A Mini Dual Ended Shadow/Liner brush completes this mirrored compact-all it needs now is a bow.”


I’m really not trying to hate on the sparkly stuff, ’cause you know I love me some glitter.

WOO-HOO! TEAM GLITTER! *fist bumps*

It’s just that I tried to make this work using only the six shadows in the set (it comes with three mattes, one shimmer and two glitters), but I couldn’t tie them all together without a medium brown shade to ease the transition from the lighter shades into the darker ones.

It’s like a piece of the puzzle is missing, ya know?

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Truffles and caviar? YUM!

Now, if I were able to swap one of the Sparkle Eye Shadows, which are Bobbi’s take on pressed glitters, for an easy-to-use golden brown along the lines of MAC Cork, it would be so on…

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette swatches from the left: Ivory Eye Shadow, Graphite Sparkle Eye Shadow, Smokey Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Truffle Eye Shadow, Platinum Sparkle Eye Shadow and Caviar Eye Shadow

Swatches from the left: Ivory Eye Shadow, Graphite Sparkle Eye Shadow, Smokey Grey Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Truffle Eye Shadow, Platinum Sparkle Eye Shadow and Caviar Eye Shadow

No fallout, easy-to-blend shadows that don’t look like they’re packed on your lids and — best of all — shadows that seem to have a softening effect on fine lines? Um, yes? It’s almost like something from over at Dolce & Gabbana — something that would undoubtedly have a much higher price tag.


Coupled with a sturdy eye primer like NARS Pro Prime, the shadows even last from 7-9 hours with almost no fading.

On my warm skin tone, the neutral-ish cool colors tend to lean a little purple, which I like. I think it might have to do with the color temps being slightly warmer than straight-up cool.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Additional makeup worn in the look: I’ve got MAC Cork Eyeshadow in my crease and lower lash lines, Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Amethyst and Noir on my lash and water lines, Bobbi’s Smokey Eye Mascara on my lashes, MAC Blushbaby Blush on my cheeks and Urban Decay Naked Lipstick on my lips

As for the transition color I wish this palette had, you could always just add your favorite brown to the mix, which is what I ended up doing with MAC Cork (I swept it in the crease and along my lower lash lines), but if you do end up using a brown shade to tie everything together, I’d stick to neutral golden browns and steer clear of warm reddish or orangey ones, since the latter could look pretty jarring against the backdrop of the cooler grays in the palette.

PRICE: $48.50
AVAILABILITY: Available now online and at Bobbi Brown counters

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Xuvious says:

    It’s look gorgeous on you! I’ve always wanted to try their sparkle eye shadows (not that I need more of those!)
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  2. Sunny says:

    Hey Karen, I love how this palette looks on you! I agree with the analysis though. It would have been better to throw a transition shade in the mix. Still, I’m glad to hear the quality is good!
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  3. Sylvia says:

    Karen! There you go again killing it with your smokey eye skills, I am so jealous!!
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  4. Nati says:

    Wow! a gorgeous look <3 I'm liking this palette, and I also play with other colours even when I have a palette, specially matte highlighters which almost every palette lacks.
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  5. Maddie says:

    Aaaaand back on my wish list it goes. I was so trying to justify skipping this as well. Really gorgeous though. Damn you woman! >_<

    • Karen says:

      LOL, Maddie. 🙂 What’s on your Bobbi wish list so far?

      Happy Tuesday!

      • Maddie says:

        A LOT! (shamefully): the nude glow shimmer brick, as I only have one shimmer brick so far, this palette, the chrome nail polish AND the old hollywood palette. It adds up to a hefty sum on a student’s budget haha! Might watch this space in case you swatch that one too though as I have a lot of goldie-based palettes 😀

  6. hanna says:

    These look so nice!
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  7. perfect bobbi brwn smoked palette

    kisses karen and Tabbys
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  8. Chris25 says:

    I see what you mean about the matte brown. But it could be that the BB team thought most women likely already own a brown shadow, so they decided to add a fun sparkly shade. 🙂
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  9. Chic Lapin says:

    This palette reminds me of a limited edition Dior clutch-like palettes from years ago. It’s very pretty 😀

  10. Natalie says:

    This palette looks really pretty. The lack of fall out is pretty awesome. I would just throw my bronzer in the crease, since I would have it with me anyway if I decided to travel with this bad boy.
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  11. You wear cooler shades so well Karen! I generally stay away from gray shades but you’ve done such a great look here, I’m tempted!
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  12. Jess says:

    Another awesome smokey eye…le sigh.:-) I saw this palette in person a few weeks ago and sort of shrugged, but you’re making me think I should take a closer look!

  13. Shae says:

    Hi Karen! You look gorgeous with this palette on. What foundation are you wearing???… your skin is glowing:-)

  14. Amy says:

    Could you do a smokey eye tutorial or just a step-by-step breakdown of how you did this? It’s stunning, and I have a few Bobbi Brown palettes (including this one) that it would work with. I’ve observed her palettes are often made up of the same kinds of shadows….a cream matte, a dark matte, a nude or two, and a couple of shimmers/glitters.

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