Do You Know The Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules? This Palette Has Them Memorized

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bobbi brown beauty rules palette

Last week a stranger, who was obviously one of the politest men in California and/or vision impaired, called me “a young girl” (I’m in my 30s, yo!), and I’m not gonna lie — it was awesome.


I remember being 14 and totally obsessed with makeup… My, how things change! πŸ™‚ If I’d seen something like the Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules Palette ($45) back then, I would’ve been all over it in a hot second, assuming, of course, that I would’ve been able to talk my mom into buying it for me.

I mean, it’s sure not cheap, but talk about pretty starter palettes! The colors strike me as great ones for girls just getting into makeup (and for parents who don’t want to worry about their teenager looking like jail bait).

The palette itself looks like it was built for bookworms. Literally. It comes with 10 products for eyes, lips and cheeks, all wrapped up in a slim, trim ensemble that looks kinda like a book, and it was released to coincide with Bobbi’s new makeup book for teens, Beauty Rules, which I can’t wait to read.

Bobbi’s general approach to beauty is to subtly enhance one’s features (ala “the no makeup makeup look”), and the limited edition Beauty Rules palette fits her philosophy to a tee.

Still learning the ropes when it comes to blending? Try one of the four sheer, yet buildable powder shadows, or one of the two cream blushes; kiss your lips with one of the three included lippies, none of which go overboard on pigment.

I am a little surprised that Bobbi went with a black eyeliner here just based on the other products she selected. I love ’em, but I think they can make teens/tweens look a little older than their age… A brownish black, a gray or maybe even a dark plum might have been more appropriate, but maybe that’s just me acting like an overprotective crazy cat lady.

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bobbi brown beauty rules palette review swatches on nc35 skin
Beauty Rules Palette swatches on NC35 skin: 1. Ivory Eye Shadow, 2. Lightning Sparkle Eye Shadow, 3. Orchid Sparkle Eye Shadow, 4. Eclipse Eye Shadow, 5. Jet Creamy Eye Pencil, 6. Baby Pink Pot Rouge, 7. Homecoming Pink Pot Rouge, 8. Air Kiss Lip Gloss, 9. Rum Lipgloss, 10. Crystal Gold Glitter Lip Balm


I like the whole idea of Beauty Rules, but I wish Bobbi had released a kit of starter brushes to accompany everything. I think it would have been a welcome added touch.

If you do decide to gift this to someone, you might want to think about throwing in an eyeshadow brush or two; the cream blush and lip products could be applied well with fingers, but I think the eyeshadows could really benefit from a brush, like one from Sonia Kashuk, because they’re inexpensive and great for the price.

Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: It’s not the most affordable palette on the market, but this Beauty Rules and would make a lovely gift for a young girl looking to explore the world of makeup. Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and Grade: B+

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    in one of my many trips to Target, i picked up the Sonia Kashuk large crease (or blending) brush and id have to say it doesnt disappoint.

    what seems like it wont disappoint either is that palette up thar – it looks so lovely, so wearable and so practical! πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Sonia Kashuk brushes rock my socks. Does your brush have a black or white handle? I like both, but I find the black ones work better for me.

      • Nina says:

        surprisingly i like the white handled ones better. i had a contour brush w/ the black handle and i found it to be a bit too dense.

        i like the white handled crease brush, bent eyeliner brush and stippling brush.

        he black handle blush brush is pretty much awesomesauce though! πŸ™‚

  2. jen says:

    What a great palette! I hadn’t heard of this one yet. Could have used it this weekend on the two teens who came up for makeovers for Homecoming. πŸ™‚


  3. Megan says:

    That is the cutest packaging I’ve ever seen!

  4. Emma says:

    I have to say, as a TOMU (teen obsessed by makeup πŸ™‚ ), that I love her beauty rules palette and her philosophy on teen makeup. I am so excited to try this palette! I did all of my friends makeup for homecoming by the way and used Bobbi Brown’s black sparkle eyeshadow (look at my avatar!) I love bobbi brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jessica says:

    I already bought the book but I’m quite tempted to get the palette too!! One of the nicer BB palettes that I’ve seen- I would definitely use all the products in it!

    Great review Karen πŸ™‚
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica!

      What do you think of the book? I haven’t had the chance to check it out, but I’m really curious.

      Hope your week is off to a great start!

  6. mm I agree, some nice starter colors in here. I think a dark brown would have made a great replacement for black as well, you could use it as a subtle liner or in the outer corner. The packaging is supercute!
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  7. Tracy says:

    This really looks like a great palette for someone starting out. Those blushes look fantastic!
    Do you have the book Karen? Is it any good?
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  8. Jenn says:

    I love BB’s makeup philosophy, though I haven’t tried many of her products before. πŸ˜›

    • Karen says:

      Some of the stuff is just okay, but some of it’s great! I really like her cream eyeshadows… they last all day long and are totes easy to blend.

      Hope you had a nice Monday! Did anything exciting happen?

  9. Erica says:

    I checked this palette out a few days ago at the counter, the makeup artist told me that all the products in it are designed to be used even with fingers. Well of course I doubt that, ha! But the eyeshadows seem way too sparkly for everyday use, anyway.

    • Karen says:

      The blush and the lip stuff, totally, but the eyeshadows — no way! Maybe if you wanted to do a simple wash of a single color but anything beyond that would look a hot mess.

  10. mumla2010 says:

    Cuuuuute! Makes me wish I had a younger sister so that I could get it for her πŸ™‚
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  11. Rachael says:

    I want to drag all the girls who are younger than me, and wear more makeup than me to the closest Bobbi Brown counter and school them on how to look. I see 14 year olds who look like their my age!
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  12. Blovetbeauty says:

    The blushes look cute

  13. Tiffany H. says:

    This would be great for the little sis πŸ™‚
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  14. Amee says:

    Awww…very beautiful palette!!! best to gift it to frnds… thanks Karen..

  15. kali says:

    What do the pot rouges feel like? Drying? Moisturizing?
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  16. Aparnaa says:

    See I could see hanging on to this for emergency kits or surprise travel, if you get my drift. This looks so simple and pretty that I could just toss it on and head to work. Price point isn’t quite emergency kit worthy, but neither is it really teen-affordable either, so… hell. I’m not the springiest of chickens, but I might indulge anyhow!

  17. Vonvon says:

    No wonder the lilac looked so familiar. It’s Orchid eyeshadow which I already had from one of the Color Strips released in Spring!
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  18. saku says:

    The blushes I love and lipgloss. But the eyeshadows looks too sparkly and frosty, and I thought the purple would be more darker. I was going to get this, but may wait till I see it in person. I can’t wait to see BB holiday ones.

  19. Kim says:

    Oh, Karen, I haven’t heard the term “jail bait” in ages and it made me giggle. On a side note, a gal this weekend thought I was 23 (I’m 39). She didn’t get offended when I asked incredulously, “How much have you had to drink??!!”. So, clearly, it was a lot. Which totally explained things. I agree that it’s still nice to hear, though. Even if the compliment-giver is impaired. πŸ™‚

  20. Michelle says:

    My daughter is just 11 and already talking about makeup! I saw a clip of Bobbi Brown and how she applied makeup to girls of different ages. She only put lipgloss and an extremely sheer wash of eyeshadow on the lid of an 11 year old — I love that she wasn’t trying to make them all look 25! lol She did a great job with the older teens makeup. I definitely want to get that book for my daughter. I hope Bobbi does another palette for young girls — maybe with neutral browns for the eyes and powder rather than cream blushes. My daughter would be all over it πŸ™‚

  21. knownever says:

    Wow, it is a different world now. $45 palette for pre-teens? What, Wet and Wild isn’t good enough for the teens anymore?

  22. Rachel says:

    I love Bobbi Brown! I really want to go in and build a custom pallette with them. I have some gift certficiates to Nordy’s too…hmmm…
    I also want a new pair of jeans though…what’s a girl to do?

  23. Diana says:

    So my daughter just turned TWELVE and is BEGGING ME to let her start wearing makeup? What are your thoughts/recommendations?

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