Wearing Bobbi Brown Brightening Nudes collection Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight on my eyes, Brightening Finishing Powder on my cheeks and Brightening Lip Gloss in Pink Opal on my lips
Girl meets glitter. Girl wears glitter. Girl leaves a trail of glitter in her wake! — on her husband and her cat — and then slicks a moisturizing lip balm on her lips.
That’s the Cliff’s Notes version of the Saturday I spent last weekend with the Bobbi Brown Brightening Nudes collection, a new nine-piece limited edition release of shimmery makeup for eyes, faces and lips, available now on counters and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
With Brightening Nudes, Bobbi wants skin to glow, eyes to sparkle and lips to practically leap from the face, and since the pieces look like the kind of sheer, luminous, lit-from-within makeup I like to wear on weekends, I decided to take it for a spin.
Brightening Lip Gloss
The first thing I did was introduce it to yoga! As I twisted into an awkward triangle pose, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. What a pretty pearly glow, I thought, seeing Brightening Lipgloss in Lilac Pearl.
It momentarily distracted me from the burning in my hamstrings (so not stretchy)…
Lilac Pearl’s sticky, thick formula clung to my lips throughout the 90-minute class and the trip to Trader Joe’s I made afterward, but by then my lips felt so dry and tight that I had to pause to apply a layer of moisturizing gloss in the parking lot before driving home.
NOTE: If you have pigmented lips like I do, Lilac Pearl, Pink Opal and Pink Lilac may look very much alike. To my eye, all three of them could be triplets! — or at least close first cousins. $23 each.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Sparkle Eye Shadow
Later, after yoga, the grocery store, and then a shower, lunch and laundry at home, I plopped down on the couch next to El Hub and Tabs for a break.
I started re-watching a few episodes of Downton Abbey, and just as O’Brien committed her dastardly deed with the soap, I spied some sparkle on Tabs’ coat and El Hub’s cheek.
What the what!? Oh, yeah… I’d patted Sparkle Eyes Shadow in Mica on my eyes after my shower, and since Bobbi loaded it with glitter, some of the sparkle must have made its way on to the boys.
For what it’s worth, Mica does seem to adhere better to my skin and transfer less product than most of the other glittery eyeshadows I’ve worn.
As with the Brightening Lip Glosses, sheer is the name of this game. All four of these shadow shades (Silver Moon, Mica, Ballet and Sunlight) deposit very little pigment, so brace yourself for sheer. $28 each.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+/A-
By the end of the Downton season finale, my tummy was rumbling for carbs, so El Hub and I hit up a local Italian restaurant for pasta.
Before leaving, I touched up my makeup with a layer of Crystal Glitter Lipgloss on my lips and some Brightening Powder on my cheeks.
From the left: Brightening Lip Gloss in Pink Lilac, Pink Opal and Lilac Pearl ($23 each)
Brightening Finishing Powder ($50)
From the left: Sparkle Eye Shadows in Silver moon, Ballet, Mica and Sunlight ($28 each)
Crystal Glitter Lip Gloss ($18)
Swatches from the left: Brightening Finishing Powder, and Sparkle Eye Shadows in Silver moon, Ballet, Mica and Sunlight
Brightening Lip Gloss in Pink Lilac, Pink Opal and Lilac Pearl; Crystal Glitter Lip Gloss
Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight on my eyes, Brightening Finishing Powder on my cheeks and Brightening Lip Gloss in Pink Opal on my lips
Brightening Finishing Powder
Bobbi made this silky powder into a triple threat. It works as a cheek blush; a highlighter for foreheads, noses and chins; and an all-over face powder.
It whispers on the skin with barely-there pigment and moderately-sized flecks of silver glitter. As I gobbled up my plate of fettuccine, I felt more like a sophisticated lady than a glittering club kid. $50.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Crystal Glitter Lip Gloss
Thick and sticky Crystal Glitter Lip Gloss easily withstood a glass of wine and a round of gourmet olives, but it gave up the ghost shortly after the main course arrived. Although the large flecks of green, purple, gold and pink glitter sparkle hypnotically in the light, the formula leaves my lips profoundly parched. $18.
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
All told, I love the sparkles and sheer shades in this collection, but I wish Bobbi had done a little more with a wider range of pigments. Some of these shades look surprisingly similar on my tan skin.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,