Everything’s Coming Up Denim & Roses for Bobbi Brown’s Latest Fall Palette

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bobbi brown denim rose

Dear Bobbi Brown,

I’m not a crazy fan or anything, but I’ve often wondered if we share a psychic connection. You see, I used to have a picture of Bobby Brown on my algebra folder — I KNOW! What a coincidence, right? Oh, and just last week I spent 15 minutes rifling through my eyeshadow collection, looking for the perfect combo of gray and navy shadows to wear with my new dark rinse J Brand jeans, and now you go and release a jeans-inspired palette for fall called Denim & Rose ($60)? Are you reading my makeup mind??

Much love,


Right after trying on the new Denim & Rose palette, I peeled off my stretchy yoga pants (which were starting to meld into my thighs) and squeezed into my favorite skinny jeans because it just felt right. 🙂


It’s rock n’ roll meets roses today with this palette for sooty, smokey eyes (for your inner bad gal) and soft lips and cheeks (for your angelic side). I LOVE the mix of edgy — well, edgy for Bobbi — dark navy, gray and neutral shades for the eyes, and the ultra femme pinks for lips and cheeks.

The nine-piece palette rides onto counters next month as part of the Denim & Rose makeup collection for fall 2010, and most of its colors are new. The sole exception, Navajo eyeshadow, also stars in Bobbi’s permanent collection.

I really appreciate when makeup lines create palettes from scratch with fresh colors, rather than recycling stuff that’s already part of their permanent line. I don’t mind occasional re-promotes, but big ups to BB and her crew for keeping us on our toes.

So tell me about the packaging. Doesn’t the dark denim case with its zipper closure look totally unlike Bobbi’s typical black lacquer? It’s sassy and almost MAC-like, yah? I kinda wish they’d separated the lip products from the eyeshadows (argh!), though, to help keep dust from getting where it doesn’t belong.

If you decide to get frisky with this palette, please check out Dark Rinse shadow, the inky blackish blue with flecks of glitter, and if you happen to have last fall’s Declaring Indigo Gel Liner from Lancome, I have a feeling Dark Rinse would look amazing layered on top!

bobbi brown denim rose fall 2010

bobbi brown denim rose fall 2010

bobbi brown denim rose fall 2010

bobbi brown denim rose fall 2010

bobbi brown denim rose
Swatches from left: Navajo Eye Shadow (repromote), Gray Denim Eye Shadow (new), Pink Granite Sparkle Eye Shadow (new), Dark Rinse Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow (new), Pink Rose Blush (new), Cool Rose Creamy Lip Color (new), Indie Rose Creamy Lip Color (new), Iced Lilac Glitter Lip Gloss (new), Hot Rose Lip Gloss (new)

bobbi brown denim rose

bobbi brown denim rose

bobbi brown denim rose

For these shots I used all four Denim & Rose palette eyeshadows, Pink Rose blush on the cheeks and Indie Rose Creamy Lip Color/Hot Rose Lip Gloss on the lips. The matte eyeshadows, Navajo and Gray Denim, were a bit of a challenge to blend, but I think a different base might help (I used Urban Decay Eden). Next time I might try using Shore from Bobbi’s Beach Club collection.

The Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose fall 2010 collection

  • Denim & Rose Palette ($60)
  • Highlighter Pen in Bronze, Opal and Rose ($32 each)
  • Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Denim Ink ($21)
  • Sparkle Eye Shadow in Denim ($24)
  • Extreme Party Mascara in Denim ($22)
  • Shimmer Lip Gloss in Raspberry ($20)
  • Denim & Rose Mini Brush Set ($55)

I think if Denim & Rose were an outfit, she’d be a form fitting pair of dark rinse skinny jeans worn with a crisp white shirt and stilettos.


Despite issues with the pans being too close together and the $60 price, I can’t wait to take these colors for a date night ride. Available next month at Bobbi Brown counters and online at bobbibrowncosmetics.com. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+/A-

You might like the Bobbi Brown Denim & Rose Palette if…

  • You love the look of dark blue smokey eyes
  • Your cheeks and lips look fab in rose
  • You like funky packaging and don’t mind occasional product cross-polination

Neighborhood watch

Holy crap, ladies! There was some drama next door a little while ago. Apparently, my neighbor’s house caught on fire! I was sitting at my computer just typing away when I heard sirens approaching, so I looked and saw smoke streaming out from my neighbor’s kitchen window, no more than 30 feet away!

Next thing I knew, there were firemen on the roof, water and chainsaws roaring… I was FREAKED OUT! As far as I can tell and from what the firemen have said, there was no one inside the unit at the time, so that’s the most important thing. Trust me, though, I was ready to grab Tabs, a pair of running shoes and fly out the door!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    Oh my gawd – the packaging on that palette is super edgy … LOVE IT! 🙂

    The colors are pretty nice and very unexpected for BB as well!

  2. Nina says:

    ps — that was quite a scare you got … I hope you and Tabs are okay!

  3. Trinidad says:

    I am loving this palette! It looks super pretty on you! I love this blog! I want to run out and buy this now. I have to wait a whole month? BOO!!!!

    That’s so scary! I hope everything is ok.
    .-= Trinidad’s last blog post… Hump Day Hooray! The Kitchen Sink Edition =-.

  4. joods says:

    Hi Karen,
    You look fab.u.lous. in those palatte colors! I do believe I need to add this one to my own little collection.
    The fire next door must’ve been scary! Glad to know you and Tabs came out unscathed.

  5. Martha says:

    Girl that palette was made for you!! Stunning look.
    .-= Martha’s last blog post… Adventures in Organization =-.

  6. Amber says:

    Whoa, glad everything came out okay!

    You look smokin’ — I am constantly envious of how navy shadow looks with dark brown eyes. I like this palette but I am afraid most of it may be a little cool for me.
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Aloha! =-.

    • Karen says:

      It took a while for me to figure out that navy + brown eyes = yay. I wish I learned the lesson sooner.

      How was your day? Anything interesting happen?

  7. Eileen says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous in those colors and all those layered pearls over the gossamer top is sheer perfection. Wow!

    But now I have a couple of Dear Bobby questions: What were you thinking when you put cream products in the same palette as powders without any way of protecting one from the other? You know that is a mess waiting to happen. As for the palette itself, the zipper is mighty cute, but zipping around all the corners is going to get old real fast. And how are you supposed to clean the darn thing? Sorry to be such a killjoy, but . . .

    Regarding the texture of BB’s matte shadows, is it just me or have they become more chalky lately? I recently returned two old standbyes because the texture looked flat and dry on the lids and I use a very good, moisturizing eye primer (Kanebo Sansai). Sorry for the rant. 🙁

  8. bluematilda says:

    yay more bobbi brown that i actually like! the colors look wonderful on you…could you maybe take some pix of your shadow with your eyes closed? i’m still trying to just experiment beyond eyeliner, i’m always curious where to put the colors…thanks!

  9. lily says:

    loooove the dark rinse shimmer wash color!!! also, you look so cute!!!! the hair, necklace, shirt and all XD

    • Karen says:

      LOL, I am having one of those rare good hair streaks. I really should get better about getting it cut consistently… when I remember to do it, it actually behaves!

      How was your day? Did you run into any good makeup?

      • lily says:

        my day’s alright 🙂 I worked out and … that was all haha. I haven’t worn make up in days and it’s kind of liberating in a way.and because I don’t have the need for it since I’m home mostly 🙂

        what about you?
        .-= lily’s last blog post… Just Keep Swimmin’ =-.

  10. Michelle says:

    Goodness sakes, girl! All of these looks you have been doing lately are amazing!!

  11. marisol says:

    Glad that the fire didn’t do much damage and that no one was hurt.

    I really like this palette. How’s the glitter fallout on Dark Rinse?
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Haulidays. . . =-.

  12. gina1234 says:

    I really love the way the colors look on you, stunning. I think that the colors may be a little light for me. I wish they sold that blue shadow separate, that would be am awesome liner, by itself or over MAC smoulder or Bobbi`s black ink gel liner. I brought the Denim ink gel eyeliner from this collection and it is deep and rich…beautiful. I am becoming a big BB fan, that beach sb and bronzer have won me over.
    I am sooooo glad you and Tabs are ok, a fire right next store is SCARRRRY! Love your blog, I am new to it.

    • Karen says:

      Good call to wear the shadow over MAC Smolder! I’ll try that. 🙂

      Have you tried Bobbi’s Shore cream shadow? It’s a great neutral base.

  13. Lisa S. says:

    Love a smokey eye and love the rose lippies!

  14. Amy says:

    OMG – I’m so gonna get this palette! Really love the colors on you; and I think they will look good on me either, haha!

  15. Paris B says:

    This palette calls to me but I’m leery about the powder/cream combo. I find that I almost never use the lipsticks and they look horrid with the loose powder shadow all over it. But still… sigh… you look gorgeous! 😀
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Guerlain Super Aqua Triple Protection Shield SPF30 – Yes its moisturizer and sunscreen =-.

  16. Kristin says:

    I love it.. But I dont like the powder and cream combination. Its so messy. But maybe I buy it one day. Time will show;)
    .-= Kristin’s last blog post… Pakke i posten- Strawberrynet =-.

  17. This is also made for mei! I WANT WANT WANT this 🙂
    .-= misswhitemilkyway’s last blog post… Review L’oreal Texture Expert Smooth Essence =-.

  18. Seren says:

    O M G i love it!

  19. lo says:

    oh wow… this is so cute! i love hot pink and navy together, such a pretty palette!

    and i’m glad you and tabs are ok 🙂

  20. mkdallas says:

    That is one of the prettiest looks I’ve ever seen on you, Karen…seriously, that palette is just made for you. The lip color is so unexpectedly demure and fresh with the smoky eye. I don’t know how you manage to get such gorgeous color with your smoky eye look without going overboard and looking harsh. I have brown eyes (somewhat lighter than yours) and anything darker than a bronze just looks hard on me. What’s your secret??

  21. I agree with everyone’s comments these colours really suit you. I’ve seen a few other bloggers testing it out with different skin tones and it looks like this palette is going to be really flattering for a lot of people. All hail Bobbi Brown!
    .-= Annabella Freeman’s last blog post… Annabella’s Review – Dead Sea Spa Magik Black Mud Soap 100g =-.

  22. Ru says:

    Karen, can you please tell us how you did that eye look? It is devine and it looks great on you!

  23. Miss Melissa says:

    Nordstrom has the entire Denim and Rose collection online as well right now – in addition to the chocolate and navy anniversary set. If you are lemming, you can order it right now!

  24. Patty says:

    I love BB and LOVE this combo, but also worry about the fallout from the powders onto the creams. Although, I have other BB palettes with no problems like that, but there’s separation between the two.

    Glad you and Tabs are safe! Do you know if the neighbor had any pets in her house? If so, I hope they’re ok.

  25. Jeri says:

    Karen – you look beautiful in these colors.

  26. BeautyMaven says:

    You look SO pretty!!
    .-= BeautyMaven’s last blog post… Maybelline Galore! =-.

  27. Carina says:

    Gorgeous, and I really liked your description of the set: “I think if Denim & Rose were an outfit, she’d be a form fitting pair of dark rinse skinny jeans worn with a crisp white shirt and stilettos.” Love it! Definitely picking up this palette when it’s available.

  28. Carolina says:

    Classy looking.
    Painting like!

  29. Kim says:

    I love the package and the colors look really great on you! That’s very scary about the fire next door. Glad you and Tabs are OK! PS Are these the neighbors who like to help you fill your garbage bins with their trash? No one deserves a fire, but if it’s them, it might be a sign for them to work on their karma ASAP!

  30. knownever says:

    love that zippered palette and dark wash shadow looks delicious.
    .-= knownever’s last blog post… New Kat Von D: Adora, Fall ’10 =-.

  31. Danielle says:

    I love the look you did with this. The pearls are a classy touch!

  32. Anita says:

    wow…that palette looks sooo good on you!!!

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