Two words: training wheels.
That’s what comes to mind when I wear the colors in Bobbi Brown’s new Ultra Nude Eye Palette, a $45 limited edition release of neutral eyeshadows from the spring Neons & Nudes collection.
These are shades that I think someone like my friend Jen might really like. She’s deathly afraid of wearing eyeshadow but still very curious nevertheless. This palette’s baby stepping beiges and browns could be a great place for her to start.
Bobbi plucked the six classic, neutral shades that occupy the limited edition packaging (super cute!) from her permanent line, choosing a mix of matte and shimmer finishes.
Like a staple piece in a well-rounded wardrobe, a pair of black heels perhaps, these neutrals are the kinds of colors many gals could wear regularly, either dressed up or down. On my skin, most of them apply moderately opaque, and they seem to walk the line pretty evenly between warm and cool.
A couple of the browns display some gray on my skin, and I often use grayish browns for contouring and creating sculpted looks. Lovelies with lighter hair may also find them handy for filling in blonde or very light brown brows.
Overall, I like the colors Bobbi picked for the palette, but I would have loved to also see a couple of warm orange-based browns…
I’m a total ho for orangey browns.
You know how much I lurves me some neutrals, but these shades leave me feeling almost naked. I’ll rock a “no makeup” makeup look any day of the week, but wearing these I feel like a cat with a fresh lion cut — exposed to the elements.
Ultra Nude Eye Palette swatches from the left: Eye Shadow in Chino, Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Praline, Eye Shadow in Stone, Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Champagne Truffle and Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Cocoa Berry
For quiet eye looks (shh…), they should hit the spot.
If you’ve been prowling for a nude palette light on glitz and sparkle, the Bobbi Brown Ultra Nude Eye Palette may be a perfect fit.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and also online
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,