Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bobbi Brown Fall 2008 Mauve Collection

I doubt Bobbi Brown would release any numbers, but I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the Mauve collection is the biggest bestseller since the Chocolate palette of fall 2006. It's practical, wearable, flattering on just about anyone and looks very cute.

Out of the entire collection I chose the palette (of course) and a gloss- the non-shimmery one called Mauve. The other two didn't work for me. They had too much shimmer and the pigment was too light. I considered the gel eyeliner but it's basically a shimmery Black Plum, so I didn't feel compelled to have it.

The gloss looks very nice by itself. It's an elegant dark mauve that will go nicely with a more somber fall wardrobe. But it looks even better layered on top any of the lip colors in the palette. Together they give a beautiful, rich finish.

The two dark eyeshadows are pretty and go well together. I use the middle one, Vintage, on the crease and the darkest, Chocolate Mauve, to enhance my eyeliner (or create a semi-smoky eye). The lightest one, Navajo, is completely useless for me. It might as well be a transparent powder because it doesn't show up at all. I had the same issue with Bone from the Chocolate palette. It's just not pigmented enough to appear on my skin.

The blush is the biggest winner here. I was a bit worried it'd be too pink for me, but it turned out to be the most natural looking blush I own. It's the first cheek color I tried that really has the effect of a true flush. Not sun-kissed, not shimmering, just a healthy glow.

The palette doesn't come with brushes. It's a serious flaw because otherwise it'd be perfect to toss in your purse and skip the makeup bag altogether. But you must add a brush case and make sure you have a lip brush in it, because it's the only way to successfully apply the lip colors. They are too thick and unyielding to be finger-friendly (and it'd take you some work to clean your finger if you try).

All photos are mine. Models: Lizzy and Gracie.

The Mauve collection is a limited edition, currently available from most department stores and online. I bought mine at my local Bloomingdale's Bobbi Brown counter. Lip Gloss $19, the palette $55.


  1. I love this Palette! The main reason I bought it was for the Mauve lip color. I tried the same color in the gloss tube, but it was way too sticky (the same color in the Palette is not sticky at all). I also love the Dusty Mauve. Both are beautiful alone or over another color or lip pencil. I agree that brushes would have been a very useful addition!

  2. Love your kitty-cat props in these photos!!


  3. I did love my chocolate palette and this one looks like it will be really nice also. Love the kitties they are too cute.

  4. navajo and bone aren't meant to be pigmented. They're an all-over eyeshadow that are meant to even out skintone and brighten the eye area. If you can't see it, it's doing it's job. If you can see it, it's the wrong shade. =)
    it's meant to be really sheer, not to be used for color.
    Like I said, it really is a highlighting, all over sheer wash to even out and brighten.
    navajo, white, ivory, bone, banana, and toast are all highlighting shadows. They don't have much pigment to them, and are extremely finely milled.


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