There are names in makeup and beauty and then there is the biggest name, Bobbi Brown. Make up mavens surely are already fans of this high quality and highly coveted line and novices will fall in love with the totally wearable, flattering shades. We heart this got to take a look at Bobbi’s latest and one of the most talked about collections of fall 09, the Ivy League Collection and immediately understood all the hype!
The Ivy League is full of Bobbi’s signature style – contemporary yet classic, with rich, deep colors still subtle enough for any make up wearer. It’s not a coincidence that my true obsession with makeup began in the early 90’s soon after I discovered this goof proof but still dramatic line of makeup. It was my first experience with fashion magazine worthy makeup that was completely wearable for the average woman.
After establishing herself as one of the most sought after and successful professional make up artists in the business (working with iconic names such as Bruce Weber, Francesco Scavullo and Patrick Demarchelier), Bobbi decided to fill a hole in the make up industry. She noticed (even with her access to every line in the business) most products were too artificial to create a beautiful, no-makeup look. Starting with just 10 shades of pinkish/brown-based lipsticks under the name Bobbi Brown Essentials at one counter in Bergdorf Goodman, the line soon exploded onto the market worldwide as woman clamored for the (at the time) revolutionary, highly stylish yet so wearable shades.
Today a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter still offers of-the-moment colors and modern consistency in flattering shades that will last well beyond the season. A Bobbi Brown product will never be the one you dig out of your collection in six months, looking out of fashion already, and wonder why you ever bought it in the first place.
Nope, the much buzzed about Ivy League Collection will be a staple in your make up arsenal this fall and many seasons beyond. True confession time: I still have one, almost empty pan of Bobbi Brown eye shadow in the most perfect eye highlighting ivory shade (Bobbi Brown Essentials White 1) that is over 15 years old! I just can’t bear to throw it out and I’ve never been able to replace it.
Maybe one of our lucky we heart this review team members will have such a long and happy relationship with one of the items from the Ivy League! Check the comments for the reviews on these soon to be classic Bobbi Brown fall 2009 products:
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Forest Shimmer Ink – this wonder of an eyeliner that has all the drama of liquid eyeliner with a (much easier to apply) gel based formula. The Ivy League collection adds a shimmering, deep green hue to this award winning collection (Elle, InStyle, Allure, etc) of potted eyeliner gels.
Creamy Eye Pencil in Midnight – Not ready for or can’t be bothered with an eyeliner brush? Reach for one of Bobbi’s very creamy (but never runny) eye pencils for flawless application. Use the smudge brush on the opposite side of this duel-ended pencil for that smokey effect.
Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Golden Leaf – A classy, modern update on shimmer eye shadows, these soft and subtle shades are so wearable – as well as layerable, blendable and long-lasting. The collection just got better with the addition of Golden Leaf – a gorgeous neutral green hue with a fine golden shimmer that flatters all ages.
Metallic Eye Shadow in Bash – A customer favorite now part of the permanent collection, the Metallic Shadows are a step up in intensity from the washes. More pigment and more shimmer for a more dramatic style. Bash is a bright and lovely emerald green hue that will be on the eyelids of those in the know this fall.
Lip Crayon in Dusty Nude you’ll see the true genius behind the brand in these super creamy, chubby lip pencils with the feel of a lipstick. Use as a liner (or all over lips) and feel free to add gloss for extra shine!
Make up scholars – Is Bobbi Brown once again at the head of the class with the Ivy League Collection?