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! 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.
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 bobbibrowncosmetics.com. Grade: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,