The Empire Strikes Back With Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish in Black Pearl

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Nail Polish in Black Pearl

Because we’re friends, I’m going to tell you the real reason I’m head over heels in love with Bobbi Brown’s $18 Black Pearl Nail Polish without you thinking that I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.


Okay, here goes…

It’s the color of Darth Vader’s helmet.

bobbi brown black pearl shimmer nail polish

I spent years scouring the universe (and nail polish displays) for a nail polish the color of Vader’s helmet, and finally, after all these years, success! Mwahahahahaaa!

Emperor Palpatine will be pleased…

($18; available now at Bobbi Brown counters and

Sure, Vader’s a really bad guy, but you have to admit — that helmet holds a certain allure.

It’s shiny, which I like, and the color’s quite complex (like Vader himself). Sometimes, it looks more gray than black, and when the light hits it right, I see dark, gloomy purple undertones…

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl swatch

If I ever bump into George Lucas again at the movies, I’m telling him about Bobbi’s Black Pearl Polish because I think Darth would totally love it, especially on his toes, where he could probably get away with a single pigmented coat.

I can see it now… Vader, at the end of a long day hunting down rebels on the Death Star, takes off his boots for a few minutes of “me time” while painting his nails.

And you know he isn’t reaching for Essie Ballet Slippers.

No way. 🙂

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Shimmer Nail Polish

But back to the color! In the bottle, I see a pretty standard shiny black with shimmery silver pearl, but when I get it on my fingertips, it flashes from black to a deep eggplant in the light.

Cool! I love surprises…

Speaking of surprises, have you sniffed Balenciaga’s new Florabotanica?

When I saw the bottle, I thought, “drugstore shelf circa 1989…right next to Exclamation and Electric Youth,” but then I gave it a sniff.

bobbi brown black pearl shimmer nail polish

Wow! Talk about unexpected.


To me, it’s like an oddly refreshing mix of mint and roses (no, not like a pack of Spearmint gum potpourri).

I know it sounds a little weird, but give it a sniff some time. It comes in two sizes (a smaller 1.7-ounce bottle for $95, and the larger 3.4-ounce bottle shown above for $125) at most department stores and

Right! Now that we’ve covered our beauty bases on this lovely Thursday morning (nail polish and perfume — we have our priorities, LOL!), I’m grabbing a second cup. You down for some coffee?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Marla says:

    That black is beautiful. Very classy.

  2. Dominique says:

    Ok Karen, Vader does not wear any nail polish even when exhausted after those battles in the space lol !
    I have Chanel Black Pearl but I don’t have Bobbi brown polishes.

    Yes I’ve had FloraBotanica, it smells like Nature and water I think.

  3. Sunny says:

    OOO I like this color! Really really not sure about the perfume packaging, but if it smells good I guess that’s what really counts!
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  4. Trisha says:

    Exclamation! I remember that drugstore perfume. Did you ever check out Malibu Mist? I bought that at a Walgreens when I was a kid and used it for years, that one can. Now, I get even a whiff of it and it transports me back to childhood.
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  5. Kim says:

    I love this post. I actually like Vader better than Anakin. Sure, he’s evil and all, but at least he’s not whiny. HAHA!

    Speaking of, are you excited for a new crop of SW movies from Disney?

    • Karen says:

      Yeah! When it’s time to get sh*t done, Vader just does it. LOL!

      I think it’ll be interesting to see how Disney handles the new movies. I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to end up all warm and fuzzy, ya know?

      • Kim says:

        Yes, I know exactly what you mean. I keep hoping it’s more Avengers and less John Carter! 🙂 I’m keeping my fingers AND toes crossed for Joss Whedon being involved.

  6. Icaria says:

    Beautiful color I could leave my red behind for it! The bottle? I would describe it as Retro-Fun! I like it! 😀

  7. Susan says:

    Ha! Was at a L&T beauty event Black Friday weekend and smelled the perfume – had it sprayed on a card. I liked it so much when I got home I left it on my kitchen counter… the whole room smelled lovely for two days! And the nail polish looks great on you 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan,

      Isn’t it wonderful? I would’ve never expected that scent to come from the bottle. Looking at it, I just assumed it would be a typical sort of foodie-floral…but it’s so fresh and light.

      Did you pick up any beauty goodies during the Black Friday event?

  8. gio says:

    That nail polish is gorgeous!
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  9. Nina says:

    Gorgeous nail polish!

  10. Yeah! Star Wars for LYFE baby!!! 😛

    *ahem* Anyway, I really do like the color–it’s pretty! I was unsure about this one because I know up close, you can really see the brush strokes, but from afar it’s just too gorgeous! Also, I was curious about that Florabotanica perfume but I had no idea that it had hints of mint in it :/ Pass!
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  11. DJ says:

    I am in love with Florabotanica. It’s my Christmas gift to meee!

  12. Melissa says:

    Black Pearl! Thats the name of Jack Sparrow’s Ship!

  13. Jennifer says:

    That is so gorgous!!! I really love it!
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  14. Leigh says:

    Wait, wait, wait, HOLD UP THERE GIRL! You saw GEORGE LUCAS at the MOVIES?! may all of RIT with it’s 95% nerd population behold his glory! I am serious, we have our own anime convention. And yes that nail polish is beautiful. On a sidenote of all things SW related, my bf met Harrison Ford once, said he was a very interesting guy. He’s been known to participate in local search and rescues in the mountains. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Leigh,

      Yup, he stood in line right behind me when El Hub and I went to see Watchmen a few years ago. 🙂 We were both too starstruck to say anything, unfortunately.

      • Leigh says:

        You lucky, lucky person. =D as I said, 95% of RIT swoons enviously at your luck. May SW remain unfuzzyfied by Disney for all eternity!

  15. Chelsea says:

    Love the nails! I never paint mine…

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