When I was asked to write this review for two items from Bobbi Brown’s 2009 Holiday Collection: the Greatest Hits Velvet Plum Eye Palette and the Limited Edition Glitter Lip Balm Palette, I knew that it would be one of the easiest reviews I’d ever had the pleasure to write. And not just because I’m personally obsessed with all things “BB”, but because Bobbi Brown’s reputation as an industry leader for quality, wearable colors for real women is truly unsurpassed.
The words “Bobbi Brown” and “wearable color” are pretty much synonymous in my book. And the review team at wht learned the same lesson when we studied BB’s Ivy League Collection. For as far back as I can remember, I have coveted Bobbi Brown Cosmetics because Bobbi’s colors just plain work. For everyone. If you stop at a Bobbi Brown counter, you will find a fabulous shade of lipstick, or eye shadow or blush (you get the picture) that perfectly complements your skin tone. It’s as simple as that.
If your looking for a holiday gift, but are unsure of colors (what does she like? what would look good with her tone?), you can’t go wrong with one of the carefully edited, universally flattering and full on glamorous gifts from Bobbi Brown’s 2009 Holiday Collection.
Let’s begin with the Greatest Hits Velvet Plum Eye Palette. It’s really no wonder that this falls into Bobbi’s “Greatest Hits” collection, because the colors are ideal for women who want an office-friendly daytime look, plus a little punch of color for evening, and sometimes, a full-blown seductress smoky-eye. You can achieve all three of these looks simply and with no guesswork using the Velvet Plum Eye Palette of silky smooth, powder eye shadows. Not only do you get two of Bobbi’s most wearable matte shades (Bone and Naked), but you also get Velvet Plum Metallic Eye Shadow (and oh what a lovely chocolately-taupish-plum it is!) and the matte Espresso Eye Shadow (perfect for lining to get those smoky eyes). photo: we heart this
The best part? You also receive a double-ended eye shadow brush – use one end for shadow application as well as blending, use the other end for precise lining. This collection of shadows is truly an essential for makeup novices and experts alike, because it’s a workhorse of a palette containing four shades that you can use daily (don’t you hate it when you buy a palette and only end up liking and using one color?)
Next we have the Limited Edition Glitter Lip Balm Palette. The thing I love the most about this palette is that it contains four wearable shades of glittery lip balm. Not lip gloss, but lip balm. How many times have you wanted to wear a pretty, sparkly lip gloss during the holidays, only to find yourself constantly reapplying your gloss throughout the night? This won’t be the case with this palette because, let’s face it, lip balm has much better staying-power than gloss. So apply it once and you’re pretty much set for the next several hours. Genius!
The shades are simply gorgeous as well: Crystal Rose, Crystal Diamond, Pink Crystal and Crystal Gold. Each one looks exactly as its name implies, and even though these balms are sheer, their glitter packs a powerful punch. Oh, I can’t forget to mention that, because this is a balm, your lips stay moisturized all night long. This palette would be a fantastic investment for the holidays, that’s for sure.
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