The New Bobbi Brown Summer 2011 Almost Bare Collection Should Look Great with a Tan

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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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜‰

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Denise says:

    I love how the glosses look on you πŸ™‚
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  2. HELLLLOOOO CITRUS! what a gorgeous colour!

    also, tabs is just TOO cute <3.
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  3. Vijaya says:

    Aww. Tabs looks like he just wants to be lifted up. <3
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  4. Heidi says:

    Those bronzers will be way too dark for me, but I think I need that Citrus lip gloss!

    Tabs looks adorable! I love when Missy does that particular pose.

    • Karen says:

      Yes, you need Citrus!

      Hmm, I wonder if Tabs and Missy have the same cat modeling coach (every runway diva needs one).

      • Heidi says:

        I just got back a bit ago from running some errands and Missy was sprawled out in the living room, on her back, with several of her catnip toys laying on her belly. I have NO IDEA how she accomplished this. These kitty models are talented!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I love the glosses! You’re right, though… I wish the size was bigger for the price. You look amazing in all three colors!
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  6. Jessi says:

    Woohoo at the big glosses! I remember the first time I bought a Bobbi Brown lipgloss I was so disappointed with the size. I’m not a huge fan of uber glittery lips, but these look nice. And I want to touch Tabs’ tummy! It looks soft. πŸ™‚
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  7. gio says:

    The bronzers are way too dark for me but I love how the glosses look on you.

    Tabs is so cute!
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  8. Jessica says:

    <3 Tabs!

  9. Eesha says:

    Loved the glosses. Bronzers are darker for me, but look great on you.

    Tabs is so adorable.
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  10. Nina says:

    aww Tabs, such a tough life for you.

    the collection somehow is calling my name – mostly because i do go almost bare when its summer here. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      It’s hard out here for cat pimps, LOL!

      I would go almost bare if I lived out your way, too. When it’s humid I don’t want to wear a lot of makeup, you know?

      • Nina says:

        exactly! so far, ive switched foundations and found a single eyeshadow color that i use as an all over wash. even all that might go away in a few weeks time. πŸ™‚

  11. Ruchita says:

    I like the lip glosses. Thanks for sharing a picture of Rich Cocoa. I thought it was a bit dark from the swatch, but it looks like it could work with my skin tone.

    I love seeing pictures of Tabs. My kitties like to sleep on their backs too and it’s so cute!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ruchita,

      You’re welcome. I hope the color works for you!

      Aren’t kitties so funny? Do your cats ever sleep with you on the bed? Tabs rarely does it but has been really into it lately… he’s such a bed hog, too. He always plops down right where I want to be.

      • Ruchita says:

        We have a cat perch in the bedroom by the window and Mingus will usually sleep there – except when he likes to wake us up by playing with the blinds – usually at 5 AM! πŸ™‚ I would like it if he slept with us, but he likes to be independent. If he does jump on the bed, it’s only for a few minutes.

        Ella used to sleep with us, but lately she’s been staying downstairs. She does like to sit on my lap when I’m on the couch, which is nice. It always relaxes me to pet a purring kitty. πŸ™‚

  12. Kim says:

    The bronzers look really nice and natural on you. It kind of rots about the blending, though. I know I wouldn’t have the patience or skill for that! πŸ™‚ The glosses are super pretty, too. Especially Bellini!

  13. Chris25 says:

    I wish those bronzing powders were not LE! I need them for my pro kit.

  14. Tiffany H. says:

    Those bronzers would make great contour powders for us brown girls since they are matte! I may have to check them out.
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  15. larie says:

    Tabs is so cute! I want to lie in the sun all day, too πŸ™
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  16. lexi says:

    What’s the applicator tip like? I am not a fan of the mini brush tips. Also, I need a good matte bronzer – I may have to check this out.
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  17. Mandy says:

    OMG! Tabs belly looks so soft! What a charming pose, haha.

  18. sarah says:

    hey karen! love ur tan !!! also can u suggest a good bronzer for an indian skinned girl!!! im veing trouble fidning a good balanced bronzer.

  19. Beatrice says:

    Tabs is so cute lol. and I always have issues w/ bronzers, they all end up too dark for me and look totally artificial. (curse this casper-pale skin!) It looked pretty on you though! I just wish they made ligher matte bronzers for the more gohstly girls like myself πŸ˜› lol
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  20. Amista says:

    Im not sure if you’re aware of this (or if you care) but this member uses your photos alot and claims them as her own –
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  21. Jazz says:

    Ooh I want the bronzers and the citrus lipgloss

  22. Courtney says:

    I went out and got the deep chocolate bronzer. I’m so in love with it that I’m gonna get one every week until they pull the collection.

  23. Kim Law says:

    I am a MAC NW45 girl and I am interested in the bronzers. Which of the 2 colors would you recommend? Thnks

  24. Serena says:

    I actually LOVE the fact that she made bronzers that aren’t shimmery because it’s so HARD to find. I do love me a good shimmer but the alternative is not usually available…

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