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.
“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?
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…
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.
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.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,