This year I’ve been trying to step out my comfort zone and explore new brands – obviously, I have my favourites but there are others on the market that I just haven’t checked out properly. Bobbi Brown was most definitely one of those brands – their releases were always beautiful, their products were raved about everywhere but I just hadn’t tried much out from the brand.
So when I was offered a chance to get my makeup done at one of the newly-opened counters, I jumped at the chance. The whole experience was a great way to get to know the brand and, of course, play around with lots of new bits and pieces. Since then, I’ve been trialling a bunch of stuff from the range and falling just a little bit in love.
For foundation, I almost exclusively reach for liquid formulas but after being assured that this cream stick foundation would work wonders on my skin type, I gave it a go and I’m definitely impressed. I’ve got a full Foundation Files in the works but so far, it’s been providing a beautifully natural finish, medium coverage and a wonderful lasting power. The formula blends into the skin seamlessly with a fluffy buffing brush and the shade match is actually almost spot on, unheard of for my very pale skin.
One of the most talked about products from Bobbi Brown is the corrector – a little bit peachy to cancel out blue tones under the eyes. We all know by now that I have a bit of an obsession for a bright under-eye and this has become an everyday obsession. The formula is creamy but lightweight and you only need the tiniest bit to really brighten up the under-eye area before going over the top with a concealer.
The creamy concealer kit – with a slightly less salmon concealer and a lightweight setting powder – has been the perfect follow on from the corrector. The formula is the same, very creamy but easy to seamlessly pat in and wears comfortably all day long. I’ve found that it’s important to only work with a little product at a time or it can start to crease and feel a little too heavy on the delicate under eye area. The accompanying powder is beautiful too, lightly setting the area to increase the longevity.
L to R: Skin Foundation Stick in Porcelain, Corrector in Extra Light Bisque, Creamy Concealer Kit in Porcelain.
One product from BB that I’ve loved for a while now has been the blushes – the shade range always manages to catch my eye when I’m browsing the stand and the two I’d tried previously have remained on high rotation since I bought them. Pale Pink was a shade that I wouldn’t of thought to pick up but after having it applied at the counter, I was pleasantly surprised with how the sheerest application works wonders to brighten up my complexion. This one will be making plenty of appearances in the spring time. Each shade I own is incredibly pigmented but the colour diffuses out onto the cheeks beautiful when applied with a fluffy brush.
Another product I never would’ve thought to purchase was a bronzing powder which wasn’t the standard bronze shade. When getting my makeup done, they explained that on my fair skin, a shade such as Antigua would still add warmth and definition to my face without looking out of place or too orange. I remained sceptical but the more I’ve been using it the more I fall in love – when applied to the skin it doesn’t appear pink, instead it just warms up my complexion and adds a little more life.
L to R: Blush in Nectar, Pale Pink & Apricot, Illuminating Bronzer Powder in Antigua.
Another BB product that’s been hanging out in my drawers for a while – a no-fuss rose gold cream shadow that does not budge once I get it on the lids. It works beautifully as a base for a rose gold eyeshadow look but I also frequently reach for it on it’s own. The formula is super soft but I do find that this shade can get a little too glittery and not sheeny enough for my liking if I go too overboard.
One of the latest mascaras to be launched by Bobbi Brown has a name that I can definitely get behind – I’m all about a mascara that adds a bit of length, gives a bit of volume and holds a serious curl. The brush on this one does feel a little huge when you first start using it but it’s surprisingly easy to work with, I also like to remove the excess from the brush before applying. It does a beautiful job of separating the lashes and holding a curl, it hasn’t quite overtaken my love for BB’s Smokey Eye just yet but it’s another awesome option.
When it comes to favourite mascaras of all time, this one comes pretty close to the top of the list, in fact, I’m well overdue for a repurchase. It adds so much length and volume to my lashes and never fails to hold a curl so it’s no surprise that it’s my number one for natural yet slightly dramatic lashes. The brush is a little smaller and more traditional than the Eye Opening wand and I find it works well for getting every single lash.
I don’t think there would’ve been any chance of me purchasing this lip balm on my own but after having it applied before lipstick at the counter it was pretty much true love. Now I have two – one sitting near my bed and one in my handbag – because I refuse to be without this stuff. It smells like delicious marshmallow and actually gives your lips a subtle pink tint but most importantly, my lips are feeling happy and hydrated, even in winter. It’s definitely a pricey lip balm but I’ve fallen deeply in love.
Tulle was a perfect pick for me – a little rosy, a little mauve-y and super flattering for my skin tone. The formula is super smooth and comfortable, adding a little bit of sheen to the lips. It can tend to pick up on imperfections or dry patches on the lips so that’s why I always throw on a bit of the lip balm beforehand to give it a bit of a more hydrated base. I was pleasantly surprised by the wear time of this one, considering the slightly sheeny finish and because it’s such a natural colour on me, it wears off subtly and is easy to reapply. It does have that traditional, powdery lipstick smell that I don’t dig but I can look past that for the great formula.
L to R: Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Golden Pink, Lip Color in Tulle.
Overall, this has taught me the power of the in-store makeup application. Even though I totally think I know what does and doesn’t work for me, sometimes there are hidden gems in a collection that might just blow my mind. From this bunch, there have been a few absolute revelations that have easily made it into the daily rotation – including the bronzer, the corrector and concealer kit combo and the lip colour and I’m already raring to get back to a counter to continue having a play with the range.
Have you tried out Bobbi Brown makeup? What are your favourites from the range?
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