Yesterday the Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Collection (inspired by Bobbi Brown's love of the beach) launched on counters here in the UK and with four new lip colours, two limited edition eyeshadow palettes and blushes to collect there really is something for everyone. Here are my thoughts on the few pieces that I was lucky enough to be sent for review...
Bobbi Brown Surf Palette £48 via Selfridges -link
The Bobbi Brown Surf Palette is the bright come pastel eyeshadow palette that might not be as pigmented as I initially had hoped but if you like gentle washes of colour then I would imagine this will be right up your alley. The shades are fairly firm and dry in texture and honestly work best with a primer, the majority are glitter or shimmer based with only one matte shade to choose from. Without a primer I found the glitter fall out was a little overwhelming and messy for my liking. If you want a more intense finish I recommend applying the shadows wet a.k.a foiling which you can do either with a mixing medium or good old water. Although the shades are not the most pigmented in the world I do rather like the sorbet shade assortment mixed with a few golden, neutral hues - variety is the spice of life. If you like the idea of wearing a gentle wash of colour on your eyelids then this is a palette you will enjoy, if you like your eyeshadow to be extremely bright and offer exceptional pigment levels then this will be a skip for you. If I am entirely honest no I don't think this is worth the £48 price tag.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Blush in Pink 2 £34 via Selfridges - link
Now this is a clever idea and I'm guessing the layout of the Bobbi Brown blushes borrow some inspiration from the cult Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks? A trio of shades: two pinks and a white segment which has been added to brighten and lighten the shade. Due to the layout you can easily slip the two lighter shades of the blush and use the large medium pink section or of course swirl all three shades together to form a light, illuminating pink flush of colour. Oh but the multi-functionality of this blush doesn't stop there you can use a small brush to brush on the highlight segment (white) anywhere you desire or even use the smaller stripes as eyeshadow. I love a good multi-purpose product don't you? Unlike the above eyeshadow palette this has a soft, smooth texture that supplies good colour pay off and isn't at all chalky. Despite being a radiance educing blush with tiny flecks of glitter this is one of the few glitter products that doesn't sit in my enlarged pores. Rather it gives a lit form within glow and means you can skip highlighter should you wish. In terms of wear I applied this yesterday and was able to achieve close to 8 hours of wear before it began to fade and that is on my currently oily skin.
Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Sheer Lip Colours £19.50 each via Selfridges - link
Out of the entire collection the new and limited edition shades of the Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colours have to be my favourite item. Within this collection there are four shades to choose from: Sunlit Pink, Summer Nude, Peach Sorbet and Pink Taffy. I have the shades Summer Nude, a mid-toned slightly orange based bronze pink and Peach Sorbet which is a bright coral pink with a golden glitter nuance. Despite being marketed as sheer I find the Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Sheer Lip Colours to be fairly pigmented. They have a soft, buttery texture which glides on with ease and provides a moisturising, creamy, glossy and comfortable slick of colour. They remind me a little of Revlon Lip Butters but have a better level of pigmentation and moisture, if you want something light and nourishing for the summer months this is the lipstick formula that should be on your radar.
Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Long Wear Eye Pencil in Bronze £18 via Selfridges - link
Having blue eyes means I do tend to purchase a lot of warm golden bronze shades as they give the illusion of bluer eyes. This pencil does just that but is a great universal eyeliner and eyeshadow (more on that in a minute) for all especially in the summer months. Bobbi Brown Surf and Sand Long Wear Eye Pencil in Bronze is not your typical bronze rather it is slightly ruddy yet rich brown that glimmer bronze in certain lights. On the waterline it defines without looking harsh, smudged out it looks smoky, carefree and again a lot more flattering than black or grey and as mentioned it can be applied all over the lid for a soft, bronze cream eyeshadow effect. The beauty of this pencil is the soft texture, it glides on to the skin with ease - never pulling or tugging at the delicate eye area and once it sets it doesn't budge. I wouldn't go as far as saying it is waterproof (nor does it claim to be) but for a balmy city afternoon or day spent at the beach this could be the only eye product you need.
As with every make-up collection there is some hits and misses but I think for a Summer collection the shade selection is just right - flattering for all ages and skin tones, wouldn't you agree?
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