Bobbi B. is back with a new makeup collection for summer, and judging by the look of things, she’s been chillin’ at la playa.
The new Bobbi Brown Almost Bare Collection, available now in stores and online, looks just like a day at the beach. As she so often does, Bobbi kept things simple and clean, incorporating two dark matte bronzers, three glittery glosses and a repromoted scent (from where the collection gets its name). I think the products seem more Mexican Riviera than Jersey Shore, but the two bronzers, which are both quite dark, will probably thrill Snooks all the way from the top of her pouf down to her Uggs.
“From bronzers to the light shimmery glosses, The Almost Bare Collection creates the gorgeous sun kissed look you get after a day at the beach, one of my favorite sources of inspiration.
— Bobbi Brown
High Shimmer Lip Glosses, $22 each
From left to right: Bellini, Citrus and Pink Tulle
Am I the only gal who gets grumpy about tiny 0.14-oz. tubes of $20+ gloss? I bet I’m not. By comparison to 0.17-oz. MAC Lipglasses, these new 0.24-oz. limited edition High Shimmer Lip Glosses are practically huge! And they come with a doe-foot applicator, too.
Despite the glitter they contain (there’s a lot, but it’s not party glitter), they don’t feel gritty. They also don’t feel sticky, either, which surprised me considering how thick they are. The sheer-to-medium pigmentation makes them easy to apply. As for taste and scent, let me put it this way: Violet Beauregarde would probably approve. Both faintly remind me of spearmint gum.
They’re still kind of expensive, but I can’t wait to wear these to the beach! MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Bronzing Powders, $33 each
Rich Cocoa (left) and Deep Chocolate (right)
I’ve always loved how Bobbi caters to a wide range of skin tones (remember how hard it was to get good colors for brown girls back in the ’80s and ’90s?). This release comes with two limited edition Bronzing Powders perfect for darker-skinned damsels. The Deep Chocolate and Rich Cocoa Bronzing Powders contain a blend of red and brown tones, which Bobbi says mimic and complement real tans.
I like the colors and how smooth they feel, but I wish they shimmered, as mattes tend to take me longer to blend. I’m more of swipe-and-go girl when it comes to bronzers, but if you’re willing to spend the time, I can see liking these a lot. MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Swatches from the left: Rich Cocoa, Deep Chocolate, Bellini, Pink Tulle and Citrus
Rich Cocoa on face and Citrus on lips
Pink Tulle on lips
Bellini on lips
Even though Almost Bare is almost bare in terms of actual makeup, I think there’s a couple of good basics in the release.
What do you think? See anything you like?
We can cross Monday off our lists, boo
Woot, woot! Tabs had a really tough day today. At one point he had to move from one sunny spot to another. Yup, it’s a hard knock life. 😉
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,