Today: swatches of Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Eyeshadows, the final component in her eyeshadow offering. (Hurrah!)
Former Bobbi artist pixichik77 was so kind as to share her insight on the cream shadows:
I’m not as familiar with the newest shades, but I can tell you that they were never intended as eye bases (though people do use them that way — even counter artists). Actually, the cream shadows never worked as a base for me, I always used them on their own. I use Urban Decay’s primer potion or Art Deco as a base.
It’s something to keep in mind; it may change the way you use these.
Though I don’t have a strong preference for cream shadows over powders, I did see a couple of colors that I really loved. I especially appreciate Bobbi’s interpretation of “sand” here. It’s a much cooler “sand” than many brands: more grey than brown, like a cold morning on a northerly Atlantic beach.
Sandy Gold is this fascinating beige-and-warm-grey with gold duochrome (you really have to click and appreciate this one at full size). Sand Dollar is a reflective mauvey, heathery, warm grey.
Speaking of reflective, it’s interesting that many of these cream shadows are matte… but a few are shimmery, sparkly, frosty, or reflective. It’s almost like Bobbi needed to recreate her powder shadow categories, and make both “cream shadow” and “shimmerwash cream shadow.”
I really loved warm, soft grey Cement (but I love the powder version too); deeper warm grey Ash, and beige-skintone Shore (introduced with the Beach Club collection). Steel is a surprisingly warm dark grey, and Stone is much more rose than I would have expected. Want a very cool/blue grey? Try Slate.
The Cream Shadows, like the Metallic Cream Shadows, are $22 each.