Bobbi’s new collection is hot! Hot in name, because it’s called the “Hot Collection,” and hot in person.
I mean really, when I opened that eyeshadow palette and saw that hot pink bezel bumping up against those gorgeous nudes (um, why did that sound so naughty?), I was like, “smokin’!” Throw in a few high-voltage lip colors (BAM!) and some chic cheek palettes (POW!), and I start getting hot like that time I thought I accidentally locked myself alone in the sauna at a spa and started to panic.
“Sszzzt!” Or is it “zzhht”?
Why is it so hard to make a sizzling sound in print?
I don’t know…but I do know that if we rolled up to a Bobbi Brown counter and saw these beauties posting up on a display, I’d lick my finger, point at the collection and make that “sszzzt!” sizzling sound like a skillet with hot fajitas. Then I’d say something cheese-ball like “Muy caliente, mami!” in the worst Spanish accent ever (“Accent could use some improvement” is what my Español teacher usually wrote in the notes after oral exams).
So, the collection comes out next month, which still qualifies it for official spring collection status, but I’m getting summer vibes. The hot pink packaging for the nude eyeshadow palette and the bold orange, berry and pink lips seem beachside chic to me, which kinda makes sense since it’s a collaboration with model Kate Upon and was inspired by her Florida hometown.
If you like lined nude eyes, bright lips and softly defined cheeks, that’s what the 11-piece Hot Collection’s all about.
Kate and Bobbi dreamed up the effortless summery pieces to help women (and men!) strut more confidently. Shoulders back, head up, smile on, WERK!
Now, for the Hot Nudes Eye Palette…seriously, if every makeup company could just pop their nude shadows into hot pink palettes for the rest of my life, I would be totally OK with that.
This all-purpose eye palette does anything and everything — smokey, subtle, sultry, you name it. It features four re-promoted shades from the permanent line (Eye Shadow in Ivory, Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Smoke, Eye Sparkle Eye Shadow in Cement and Metallic Eye Shadow in Nude Glow), as well as four new colors (Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Peach Sugar, Eye Shadow in Petal, Metallic Eye Shadow in Bronzed Beige and Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Blackest Brown), and all eight of them wearable.
If you’ve been following Bobbi for a while, you may be experiencing déjà vu, but what I like about this particular palette is how the mid-toned shades are close to each other on the color spectrum (not too contrasty), which makes blending them about 1,000 times easier.
I keep grabbing this palette for everyday looks, especially with black winged liner, because 1) I don’t have to think too hard (always a plus) and 2) because there are quite a few different finishes represented, including glitter, shimmer, metallic and matte.
By the way, there’s also a re-promoted black liquid liner in the collection called Ink Liner in Blackest Black ($28).
As for the lips…THE LIPS! Agh! I don’t even know where to start.
OK, you know what they say — when in doubt, go with hot pink, and for me, I’m all about the Art Stick in Hot Pink ($26).
I wore it the other day, and two (yup, two) makeup artists that I ran into said (in so many words), “Homegirl, I need to know what’s on your lips!”
It’s not just about the amount of pigment, either, or the vibrant hot pink color. It’s something else… The finish. It’s matte, but not a flat matte. All of the Art Sticks have that finish.
Oh, did a mention that the Art Sticks are huge? Because they are. Good thing each one comes with a pencil sharpener that fits.
They’re also pretty darned moisturizing as far as matte lipsticks go, and they last five to six hours on my lips.
I know, Hot Pink looks a lot like Hot Berry. If you’re trying to decide between the two, Hot Berry looks a little bluer to me (similar to MAC’s Girl About Town). I think Hot Pink has more yellow.
I’d go with Hot Berry if you like cool tones and Hot Pink if you prefer warm.
Hot Berry, Hot Pink and Hot Orange (which looks a little like MAC Lady Danger) are all new and limited edition shades.
If you like your lip colors less opaque, check out the new Sheer Lip Colors ($26 each). They might be more your style. There’s Berry, Pink and Orange in the collection, and they’re all limited edition.
These may be called “sheer,” in “air quotes,” but I can still see the colors when I’m wearing them, so thank you, Bobbi and Kate, for addressing one of the problems of my pigmented lip life (my lips are naturally pretty pigmented).
These are so are fab. I’ve tried two of the three shades, Berry and Orange, and they’re both super moisturizing, smooth and last on my lips up to four hours. I’m gonna call these the universal crowd pleasers. Folks of all ages can — and should! — go there.
Question: what would a Hot Collection be without cheek color?
Haha! 🙂 Thank you, thank you! I’ll be back for another set later tonight.
Lame comedy club jokes aside, let’s talk cheeks.
Three limited edition cheek palettes, each with two shades of blush and a highlighter, tie up the collection in a neat little bow. Choose form Calypso, Pink or Berry ($45 each), which I haven’t seen yet in person, but I hope to see and swatch them when I swing by Nordies to torture myself this weekend (that’s what shopping for skinny jeans feels like sometimes).
Want to heat things up with the Hot Collection? Yeah, I feel you dawg. You’ll find the 11-piece collection burning up on Bobbi Brown counters and online this March.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,