Ladies Love the Purple: Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Heather

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bobbi brown long-wear cream shadow in heather

Ladies, I had a minor incident this morning on the beauty home front.


I was plucking my brows and found my very first white eyebrow hair.

yea… huzzah…

While this stone cold reminder of my trek through my 30s was a bit traumatic, I tried to look on the bright side: at least the hair was dainty and kinda cute. πŸ™‚

If it had been super long and wiry like the hair on a Jack Russel Terrier, I would be singing another tune. That, and I’d have to start getting REALLY creative with all the close-up eye photos on this blog, LOL!


Speaking of close-up eye photos, here’s one of my new favorite cream eyeshadow, Bobbi Brown’s Heather ($22). And no, you won’t be able to find that white hair in this pic. It has been vanquished!

bobbi brown long-wear cream shadow in heather swatch

Heather’s a matte mauve confection from Bobbi’s recent Platinum Collection, and to steal a tune from J-Timberlake in those McDonald’s commercials, “Bah-dah-dah-dah-daaah… I’m lovin’ it!”

I found Heather super easy to apply and blend. The purple has enough pigmentation in it to be noticeable on my eyes, but it’s not so obnoxiously bright that I look like I’m heading to a Barney convention.

bobbi brown long-wear cream shadow in heather swatch 2

Once I get Heather on my lids, she doesn’t budge for nothin’. A few days ago I swatched it on the back of my hand and left it there to see how long it would last. It made it through at least three vigorous hand washings. It’s an unusual but revealing test. πŸ™‚

Lately, I’ve been wearing Heather on the weekends. What I like to do is use my fingers to apply and blend her onto my lids and just into the crease. Then, I line my top lash line with something like Cargo Plant Love Eyeliner in Black and run a makeup wedge sponge lightly along the liner to soften the color. To complete the full eye look, I’ll just curl my lashes with a Shu Uemura curler and add two coats of Stila Lash Visor Mascara.

Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow in Heather

Price: $22
Use: A long-lasting, easy-to-apply purple cream eyeshadow
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

bobbi brown long-wear cream shadow in heather 2

Purple lovers, you gotta check it out!

Green beer… kinda



Well, El Hub and I didn’t get our green beers on last night. We ended up going to a bar across the street and had pizza and pale ale. The closest I got to green beer was this oversized green beer balloon hovering over the produce aisle at the Safeway by our house. They had it flying over a table of grapes… strange.

Anyhoo, I’m off to get my learnings on. Be back in a few! πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. How’s your hump day going?


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  1. Bj says:

    Ooh Karen i really love this, ive been in the mood for purple and you totally satsified my craving. I may have to pick this up. I LOVE LOVE it on you thats fa sho! Hump day is going well, its a beautiful day here. Well I’m off i have to touch up my natural look today, ha it takes more time to do the natural then the regular old stuff!

  2. Briana says:

    Oooh, I love this too! Its so pretty!

    Briana´s last blog post..Yay Spring!

  3. YadiQ says:

    girl dont i know what your going through

    my 30 is fast approaching just a few weeks away and i am not happy about it

    just a few weeks ago i ripped out the grey @ss hair i had sticking out of my eyebrow and girl there was nothing cute about it it was hard and wiry!

    very cool shadow on you and i love the green beer balloon! loll i didnt have any thing st paddys day inspired at all just my street fighting lesson and then a good serving of reality tv at home lol

    hope school is awesome today !

  4. Danielle says:

    Right there with ya Karen! I used to have a BB shadowstick in a similar lavendarish color but that was years ago. When I went to the BB counter asking them about it they said it was discontinued and showed me this instead. I agree, it’s a very nice weekend color that’s a breeze to apply πŸ™‚

  5. evo says:

    i actually thought it was thursday today!

    ooo…..purples….love purples…must resist. LOL. i can’t tho. i should head to holt renfrew to check this out soon!

  6. Karen says:

    Hi BJ,

    LOL about the natural look makeup! Sometimes I feel kinda funny applying three shadows for the non-makeup look, but hey, it’s fun! What makeup did you end up using for your look?

    It turned out to be a beautiful day here, too. The sun is out and it’s actually warm, woo hoo.

    I hope you give this shadow a try. I’m sooo picky about purples and this one really hit it out of the park. πŸ™‚

  7. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    It’s a lovely purple and I *love* how it lasts a really long time!

    Hope you are having a nice Wednesday so far. πŸ™‚

  8. Karen says:

    Hi YadiQ,

    Turning 30 tripped me out, too! I think it’s fairly common to be a little freaked out. We’re not alone. πŸ™‚

    Oh gawd, so I’ve been thinking about the white eyebrow hair sitch and I’ve decided that if more start popping up I’m gonna have to get some kind of tint action going. Isn’t it weird how the hair just shows up out of nowhere? I could’ve sworn that I didn’t have mine yesterday.

    You know I loves me a good gym sesh and a good reality TV sesh. What did you end up watching?

  9. Karen says:

    Hi Danielle,

    I remember those! I had one in baby blue circa 1999. Good stuff!

    I haven’t tried pairing Heather with any shades yet. Have you?

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Evo,

    You know, I do that all the time. I always want to think that we’re closer to Friday. πŸ™‚

    Oh, and it’s hard to resist the pull of the purple! You know you wanna…

  11. jane says:

    that color is gorgeous on your eyes πŸ™‚
    i would think looking at the color in the container.. it’d be slightly darker.. it’s still pretty :]

  12. Michelle says:

    Wow, that shade is just so pretty! I’ve been wanting to try out Bobbi’s cream shadows anyway so I must start with this one πŸ™‚

    We didn’t have green beer either but we took our son to his first hockey game. The Coyotes won (yay!)and we had a good time. We celebrated our St. Patrick’s Day last Saturday when we went to the St. Patty’s Day Faire.

  13. Suri says:

    Beautiful color on you..I wish I could find a good way to keep cream shadows on my lid..UDPP works great for me with powder shadows only..

  14. Bj says:

    I used MAC studiosculpt for foundation, some cargo concealer. Wet-n-wild bronzer on the cheeks in tahitian sun, wetnwild i know but the color is pretty fab. A lil painterly for a base on the eye, and for shadow i used a combo of mac honey lust and this cool eye palette from Pantina(cool company i find it at rite aid, awesome palettes!) ,then Mac Liner in Teddy and some lipglass in c-thru (my trusted companion). It looked pretty good. and Im goin to check out Heather tomorrow and hopefully buy!

  15. Mercedes says:

    Just wanted to share with you ladies, Bobbi Brown is offering 25% off all orders but only until tomorrow the 19th…. act fast!!!

  16. Holly says:

    hi karen!

    love the bobbi brown, and i apologize for being off topic… but do you think you could help me?

    my skin is soo dry from the past few winter months, and i admit, being a recessionista, i had to start using drugstore moisturizer. i have combination, sensitive fair skin… dry on the cheeks, shiny on the t-zone. what do you think the best moisturizer is for a reasonable price? i appreciate your assistance!


  17. Heidi says:

    Purple eyeshadow is gorgeous. It makes brown eyes *POP* like no other. Btw, do you happen to live near Nordstroms Rack? i went there today and scored a SMASHBOX shadow/blush palette for just 15 bucks! They also carry stila shadows, tinted lipbalms, and other lip products.

  18. lexi says:

    Hey Karen,
    How does this compare to Benefit’s ‘flying down to”? I like that one – which is ironic since I tend to shy away from orchid pinks on my lids…

  19. lexi says:

    Okay my bad – this one is purple and the benefit is more on the pinkish side – so how does it compare with blending with other colors?

  20. Stephie says:

    Ooh. Looks very nice, ya know Bobbi Brown’s site is having a 25% off sale on everything PLUS free shipping w/ the code INSTANT, I believe. I think it ends tomorrow. Have you ever tried her foundations? I want to take advantage of the sale but I’m not sure what I want…

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Jane,

    I know, I thought it would be more plummy when I first saw it in the container!

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Bobbi’s shadows are lovely — the colors aren’t always as edgy as MAC’s or Benefit’s but they last a really long time and you can wear them with everything. πŸ™‚

    It sounds like you guys had fun! Did your lil’ one enjoy the game?

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Suri,

    Have you tried Too Faced Shadow Insurance? It works fab as a primer for cream shadows like Bobbi’s.

  24. Karen says:

    Hi BJ,

    Sounds pretty! I haven’t heard of Patina so I’ll check it out next time I’m at Rite Aid. I *love* going to the drugstore to cruise the makeup and eat ice cream, LOL!

    How are you liking the Cargo concealer? I’m in the mood to try a few new things and I’m looking into Cargo, DuWop and Lancome concealers. πŸ™‚

    Anyhoo, lemme know if you end up getting Heather!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Mercedes,

    Thanks for sharing that! Yay!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    There are a lot of great drugstore moisturizers out there. Lately I’ve really been liking Clean & Clear Soft Oil-Free Moisturizers. They have one with SPF for day and one without for night. The moisturizers non-greasy and they don’t seem to irritate my combo skin. πŸ™‚

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Heidi,

    Oh snap, I live nowhere near a Nordstrom rack! I know there’s one in SF, but it’s a real trek to get there.

    Sounds like you snagged a good deal, though. πŸ™‚

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Lexi,

    Quick question for ya — do you mean blending with other cream shadows, or blending powder shadows on top?

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Stephie,

    Sweeeet! Thanks for the info. Gotta love a sale, yay!

  30. mishel says:

    oh wow, i love that purple shade on brown eyes! i was gonna ask if i haven’t missed it, when do we get to see pics ppl submitted for the “share ur makeup” look? =)

  31. Misti says:

    Wow! That looks so unassuming the pot and so amazing on!!

  32. This color is stunning on you! This should be a must have in your makeup bag!

  33. Lauren says:

    After seeing how beautiful Heather looked on you, I had to have it! I finally got a chance yesterday and it is just as beautiful on my coloring (blonde, hazel eyes, fair skin). It looks a little more sheer on my complexion but still my new favorite! I wore it with Shiseido black kohl eyeliner and Nars the multiple in Copacabana on my brow bone! I’m in love! By the way, they were sold out at Bloomies, so I had to go to Saks, clearly others LOVE it too!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that you love it! I hope that Bobbi adds it to her permanent line. I’m actually thinking about stockpiling a put or two, ha ha ha!

      How are you liking your Shiseido kohl liner? I’ve never tried it before.

  34. Marisol says:

    I am always afraid of cream shadows. Crease city for me even when I apply a primer before hand. Boo!

    Marisol´s last blog post..Sisterly Love

  35. Alex says:

    Omg karen a grey eyebrow :/ i get freaked out enough by my grey hair lol. I got my first grey hair at 27, thanks mum lol,same age as she did. Im 33 now,and,have to dye my hair lol, always seems as soon as i dye my hair,i find another one. That cream shadow looks so pretty. I wonder how much it is over here πŸ™‚

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