Bobbi Brown’s latest collection is called “Nude,” and there have been a good number of Bobbi products called “nude”… which means I’m doomed to mix up their names for the rest of time.
Bobbi says, “Nude makeup doesn’t mean monochromatic, barely-there makeup. It means makeup that’s right for your skin” — and I think that’s why she keeps coming back to nudes. I can agree with the philosophy. I like my makeup to look “like me but better;” I think makeup you can’t see is doing its job well — though as you know, I’m a neutral-lover.
The Nude Collection includes a limited edition six-shade Nude Eye Palette ($60). Each pair of shadows is housed in a normal-sized square pan, and three of these are set in Bobbi’s reusable, 3-pan palette (sold individually for $10). So if you ever use up the whole palette, you can pop the pans out and replace them with something else; or if you want to take this palette to travel, you could replace one of the shadow pairs with a blush (or another shadow, or those square-panned lipglosses).
The shades in the palette are Navajo eyeshadow (beige), Pebble metallic eyeshadow (silvery), Chino eyeshadow (yes, it’s taupe; cool brown), Beige Linen shimmer wash eyeshadow (very similar to Pebble, but gold instead of silver), Maple Sugar metallic eyeshadow (warm gold brown), and Caviar eyeshadow (which looks black). Bobbi’s shadows aren’t the softest texture out there, but these colors look so good for me that I want them anyway.
There’s also a new (permanent) long-wear gel eyeliner shade ($21), also named Caviar, but the liner looks very dark brown compared to the blacker shadow.
The Nude Collection also includes a limited edition Nude Shimmer Brick ($40). I swatched the five shades separately as well as blended together, since I learned from one of my blogging heroes Afrobella that the shimmerbricks can do double-duty as eyeshadow. I really liked the rose-beige look of Nude, though it may turn ashy on darker skintones. Your mileage may also vary with these products; some love them, but some find the shimmer to be overwhelming.
The Nude Collection will hit counters (and the Bobbi Brown website) in July, but Nordstrom has testers out — and is probably offering pre-sales — to get ready for its upcoming anniversary event.