Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Bobbi Brown Ivy League Collection- Eyes

Bobbi Brown's first offering for fall, the Nude look might have been a huge snoozefest, but she has fully redeemed herself with the Ivy League collection. It has a cute "back to school" vibe, pretty colors and green eye shadows. I couldn't ask for more.

The Ivy League collection offers a new Long Wear gel eyeliner color, Forest Shimmer Ink. It's a dark almost-green brown with gold shimmer. The color is very pretty, perfect for daytime (don't be scared of the shimmer- it's low key) and it coordinates well with green eye shadows as well as with taupe and brown neutrals. The quality is the same as always- this eyeliner stays put and doesn't budge. The color, however, loses some intensity after 8-10 hours.

By the way, Bobbi Brown re-did the Ultrafine eyeliner brush. It is now cut even slimmer, making it easier to draw the finest line. I've seen SA for other lines use these brushes on customers, so I feel even more justified in loving Bobbi's tools.

My eyeshadow of choice from the Ivy League collection is Golden Leaf (Bash is a stunning metallic deep emerald green, but I've already bought the new Chanel Murano quad, so my greens are covered). It's a delicate shimmer golden khaki/brown color. Hard to describe, beautiful to wear. The pigment is substantial and can be deepened if you pile it on, but I see no reason to go that way. I wear it over a primer and the shadow stays on without creasing, crumbling, flaking or fading until I take it off. The golden green color is very flattering and brings out my eye color- they look extra chocolaty brown.

Bottom line: Love.

The model for this collection speaks to the 80s preppiness in us and Ralph Lauren lust, but I looked for older fashion inspiration and found this cuteness from vintage Seventeen magazines. All photos are from 1948-1953:

Bobbi Brown's Ivy League Collection is available from most decent department stores and from bobbibrown.com.

Product photos are mine
Vintage scans from myvintagevogue.com

1 comment:

  1. I, too, love Bobbi's Ivy League look, but unfortuntely I couldn't replicate it with any of her shadows. Golden Leaf made my dark hazel eyes look muddy and Bash was overpowering :-( SA to the rescue! She applied Bobbi's Soft Peach to my lid up to the crease. She then used Guerlain's Ombre Eclat in L'Instant Emeraude along the lash line and as a contour color and blended well. L'Instant Emeraude is a deep, warm green with a subtle gold shimmer which made the green in my eyes really pop. So, I was able to get that gorgeous Ivy League look after all thanks to an SA who was willing to think outside of her line.


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