You can always count on Bobbi Brown to make getting up in the morning and looking good effortless and chic! I’m missing the easy, breezy yet well put together fashion sensibility of SoCal, and am so happy to see it perfectly executed in Bobbi Brown’s Malibu Nudes Collection for Spring 2016!
I used to live in San Francisco, and would spend vacations in Southern California visiting friends and enjoying the warmer weather of SoCal’s beaches (it’s permanently freezing in SF!). The biggest difference I noticed about the ladies in LA is how they always manage to look expensive while being quite casual. Two often contrasting concepts, but when done just right, it looks impossibly chic. I would love to wake up and just get out completely bare faced, except I look like the walking dead. And so I really appreciate makeup that helps accentuate my features, make me look groomed, without trying too hard.
Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette [SGD$89] is a popular classic returned from Bobbi Brown’s archives. This is my first nude palette, and to be honest, I was very sceptical! However, the moment I applied it on my lids, I was simply blown away by its simplicity and sheer prettiness!
To be sure, the shades are mostly rather pale washes of colors that are meant to blend effortlessly into the skin. This is punctuated with a dark espresso for some definition. From left to right, the shades are:
All 5 shades are cool- to neutral-toned with a matte finish. They tend to lean towards a slight pink-tint on my skin even though they don’t look that way in the pan. Some of the shades swatch smoother than others, but I had absolutely no problem applying and blending all of them on my lids.
For this eye look, I applied Wheat all over my lid as a base, then layered Cement on two-thirds of my lid. Thereafter, I applied Espresso on the outer third and blended the crease with Malted. Finally added a little Nude under my brow bone for a subtle highlight. I did go overboard using all the shades on the palette to push things a little, and for any ordinary day you could do just as well with 2-3 shades, even just 1 if you are in a hurry. And just for the fun of it, I popped a little bit of this sparkle on the middle of my lid and lined with black liner.
Even if we are hiding under a big hat or just endlessly dreaming of a day out in the sun, we can at least fake that healthy flush with Bobbi Brown’s Blush Duos [SGD79]. There are 3 varieties to choose from, each featuring a softer more natural shade to be brushed along the cheek bones and a brighter shade to be popped on the apples. Here are the swatches for your reference:
These Blush Duos are incredibly pigmented, even just a light sweep with the least dense of all my cheek brushes resulted in almost too much! I suggest just gently dab your brush and build up as needed for the most natural-looking flush. I have the Tawny / Peony duo and the colors are on-point for my skin tone! Tawny gives me a natural flush and helps to sculpt my cheeks, and Peony gives a luminous flush on the apples.
Bobbi Brown Art Sticks [SGD38] have been very popular ever since they were launched a couple of years back, and they return this season with 3 bold pops of colors and 3 everyday nudes. Rich Nude was missing when I got to swatch them, but here are the other 5 for your reference:
Hot Berry was a limited edition from Spring 2015 and has now returned as a permanent offering! Electric Coral and Punch are both limited edition for Spring 2016. These are incredibly easy to use – pointy enough to outline the lips and wide enough to fill in color quickly. They also aren’t so soft that the pencil just crumbles when pressed against the lips (I have that problem with NARS), and yet they glide smoothly on my lips with minimal dragging. I love the satin sheen they leave on my lips and the bold pigmentation of course! Left on their own, these Bobbi Brown Art Sticks last a long time, but they do go away with eating and drinking like any lipstick.
And finally, here is the complete look – Nude on Nude Eye Palette on eyes, Tawny / Peony Blush Duo on cheeks, and Punch Art Stick on lips. Fyi, I’m also wearing Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact [reviewed here] as my base with no powder.
I am really loving this look and have been wearing this quite a lot lately! If the bold shades of Art Stick feel like too much, you could also rub it in with a finger for that just bitten stain that is so on trend at the moment. In Singapore, Bobbi Brown Malibu Nudes Collection will be launching on 31 March exclusively at Robinsons Raffles City, The Heeren & JEM; and available Islandwide from 7 April onwards. Has anything caught your eye here?!
This post featured products that were kindly provided for my consideration. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own honest, unbiased views.