Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bobbi Brown Earth Metal Palette Holiday 2009 Collection

It feels like we're always rushing the seasons. Fall collections appear in July and often sell out before August 1st. Halloween is still 10 days away, but the makeup counters are already in full sparkly Holiday mode. I'm not sure I'm ready for any of that, but the Earth Metal lips & eyes palette from Bobbi Brown was too pretty to ignore until the right mood and weather arrive (and, let's face it- most chances it'd be gone by then).

The palette consists of six metallic eye shadows in some of the nicest colors of the season, including a golden green and a rich evergreen. There's a taupy plum and a couple of warmer shades. All have the familiar Bobbi Brown metallic finish which is both subtle and elegant. The colors are quite neutral and can easily be office-appropriate as long as you don't pile them up, while giving many options for a stunning evening look. Most of these eye shadows go beautifully with Bobbi's newest gel eyeliner color, Forest Shimmer Ink. I'm very happy with the pigment level in this palette. Then again, the metallic colors of the last couple of years have always been rich.

The lip colors pale a little in comparison. They are lower in pigment than they appear in the palette and are mostly nude washes. It took me a while to warm up to the texture, which isn't as creamy as I'd like (I've been spoiled by the gel-like consistency offered by several of the top brands like Chantecaille and Le Metier de Beaute). You absolutely need to use a lip brush (there's one in the palette) and work it thoroughly through the pan, almost like you're whipping it. Mixing and blending is also a good idea, as it allows you to customize the color to your exact preference. The final results are very pretty, but I won't deny it takes a bit of work, unlike the eye shadows that are am instant thrill.

I don't like the thin eye shadow brush. It's too flimsy for my liking. The lip brush is decent and I'm getting a good use out of it, though it also could have been thicker.

Bobbi Brown Earth Metal Palette ($60) is a Holiday 2009 limited edition, available right now at decent department stores and online. I ordered mine from

All photos by me.


  1. I took a look at this lovely holiday set just the other day. The eye palette is made up of beautiful pine forest colors which go on silky smooth. It's a natural extension of BB's ivy green Fall 2009 look. The fall and holiday looks both seem to be tailor made for all the lovelies with brown, hazel, or green eyes.

    The lip palette, however, was another matter and is the reason I decided to forgo the set. The texture seemed heavy which was surprising since the colors are, as you so correctly said, basically nude washes.

  2. Cool palette


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