This post comes to you from the "why has it taken me so long to discover?" department.
Bobbi Brown offers quite a wide range of unassuming cream eye shadow colors. Twenty one neutral shades in little glass jars similar to the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner. I've often played with them at the counter, liked them but every single time I left the store with something shinier in my shopping bag. A couple of months ago, though, I decided to take advantage of Bobbi Brown's friend & family sale (a national holiday, if you ask me) and do my beauty blogger duty.
Sandy Gold (#4) and Sand Dollar (#15) were my first pick. Both have a somewhat shimmery finish that's more obvious on my hand than on the lid. Sandy Gold is a warm pale gold. It surprised me to see that once on my lid the color loses a lot of the yellow gold appearance and looks far more beige. It has to do with the natural pigment of my skin, of course, and this time I'm not complaining as true gold is not that easy for me to wear. Sandy Gold creates a base, evens out and lightens the lid, looking very pretty just by itself or with (and under) other eye shadow colors, cream or powder.
Sand Dollar (#15) is darker and cooler. The color is a light taupe, a little gray but without any hint of purple. It's a bit more assertive than Sandy Gold, both in shimmer and in pigment and looks lovely as an almost nude crease color. I often wear them together.
The formula of Bobbi Brown cream shadows is fantastic. It's as creamy as you'd like it to be, as long-lasting as Bobbi promises and incredibly easy to use. These eye shadows are among the lowest maintenance products I know. The eye shadows cooperate with every and any brush I've dipped in them (one can also use fingers, but, eww, germs). They lend themselves to the simplest almost naked looks but can also create sophisticated depth and dimension if you take the time and brushes to do so. The cream shadows are perfect by themselves, with a hint of bold eyeliner (teal or turquoise for summer) or as a base for powder eye shadows (try them under any Le Metier de Beaute layered Kaleidoscope colors and see what I mean).
Bottom Line: six is not enough.
Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold & Sand Dolar Long-Wear Cream Shadows ($22 each) are available at the counters and from bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
All photos are mine.