We review a few key pieces of the Black Velvet Collection and the Hydrating Skincare Line
Whenever I hear the words Bobbi Brown, I not only get giddy, I also immediately breathe a sigh of relief. For me, Bobbi Brown products are just so easy. You can get online, or walk up to a Bobbi Brown counter, and feel confident that whatever you purchase is going to be of excellent quality, and it’s going to work. I have yet to come across a Bobbi Brown product that hasn’t worked with me, including the ones I’ll be reviewing here today.
First let’s talk about a new(ish) line from Bobbi Brown, the Black Velvet Collection which contains so many must-have shades for fall and winter that it’s actually a little bit overwhelming (in a good way!) I received the new Black Raspberry Lip Sheer and Limited Edition Black Velvet Sparkle Eye Shadow for review, and let me tell you, if you like deep burgundies and plums, you are not going to be disappointed with these products.
I am declaring the new Black Raspberry Lip Sheer ($22) my Official Go-To Lip Color for Fall/Winter 2010. I like to pride myself on being a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to sheer red and burgundy lip colors, so it’s no surprise that I swooned when I opened this lipstick case. Described as “black burgundy” on the Bobbi Brown site, I’d say that this is how it looks in the tube, but once on my lips, it becomes an incredibly wearable (even for daytime) shade of sheer, yet rich plummish-brick reddish-burgundy.
It’s a difficult shade for me to put into words, but even if I can’t accurately tell you the color of this lip sheer, I can tell you that you that if you love sheer reds and burgundies, you probably need this one. I haven’t worn another shade for day or evening since I opened the lid. Oh, and did I mention that, as with every other Bobbi Brown lip color in my collection (I own dozens), the staying power is incredible as well? I can get five to six hours of wear from Black Raspberry.
Next up is the Limited Edition Sparkle Eyeshadow in Black Velvet. Ooh la la! This shadow has “New Year’s Eve Party” written all over it! Just looking at this shadow in the compact makes my mouth water.
It’s the most stunning shade of shimmery, deep plum, ($24) with what Bobbi Brown describes as a “grown-up take on glitter”. What exactly is a grown-up take on glitter? Try dazzling, multi-colored microglitter that dances in the light! When I wear this shade on my eyes (I like to wear it as a wash of color from lashline to crease) it’s like I’ve got a jewel box on my eyes! The richness, the colors, the sparkle—this one’s got it all.
And last last but certainly not least, let’s talk about Bobbi Brown’s new skincare, shall we? Hydrating Skincare is her latest and greatest collection of skincare products described as “a drink of water for thirsty skin.” From Bobbi herself: “This Enriched Mineral Water-infused line gives your skin exactly what it needs to stay healthy; moisture. The creams have lightweight texture so they melt right in, keep your skin soft and glowing all day, and make sure that foundation and concealer go on smooth and evenly.”
I received the Hydrating Face Tonic ($26) for review, and I’ve been using it for a little over a week now, once in the morning and once at night. Packed full of great ingredients such as Vitamin B5, cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf and lavender, I’ve found that my skin really loves this stuff. The best way I can describe Hydrating Face Tonic is that it’s like a toner that adds moisture back into your skin, instead of sucking it out.
After I apply it to my face with a cotton pad, my skin feels smooth, soft and hydrated, but not heavy or greasy. I’ve found that since I’ve been using this (after cleansing and before my regular moisturizer), my makeup seems to go on smoother (just as Bobbi promised!) and it also seems to last a little bit longer.
I find this toner perfect for the chilly weather we’ve been having lately, because it gives my oily skin a little extra kick of moisture without having to switch to a heavier moisturizer. I also love the soft, herbal fragrance of this tonic, which smells like lavender and chamomile to my nose.
Have you tried anything from the Hydrating Skincare or Black Velvet collections? Or have a new favorite Bobbi Brown item in general? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
Gianna is our expert on drugstore and budget beauty. She is the writer/editor of Nouveau Cheap, a blog that’s devoted to finding quality products that don’t break the bank.
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