The Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude eye palette is a limited edition palette launched in spring 2016 as part of the Malibu Nudes collection. It consists of five matte eye shadows in neutral colors designed to suit all skin tones. If it seems as if you’ve seen this palette before, you probably have. Bobbi Brown claims it’s been brought back from their archives. I know you’re thinking, “Oh my goodness, not another nude palette!” but I like this one above all the other nude eye palettes on offer because none of the shadows are sparkly, so they don’t accentuate fine lines and they don’t crease on my oily eyelids. In the photo below, the eyeshadow colors are (left to right): Nude, Cement, Wheat, Espresso, Malted.
I wear a medium, slightly yellow-toned Bobbi Brown foundation in the shade “Natural” and these colors look great on my skin tone. They seem to have a cool, pinkish/reddish tint on the photo, which is great if you have a yellow-based skin tone because they won’t enhance the sallowness in your skin. Eyeshadows that have too much yellow or orange look muddy on my skin. On the other hand, eyeshadows that have too much red make my eyes look tired and sad (as if I have allergies or I’ve been crying). I wear contact lenses and my eyes do get somewhat red toward the end of the day, so the last thing I need is an eyeshadow with too much pink or red.
Pros of the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette:
- Silky, soft fine powder in muted matte neutral colors;
- Very easy to apply and build coverage, but does not fall onto my cheeks;
- Goes well with different skin tones;
- Does not accentuate fine lines;
- Lasts a long time on oily eyelids, and in humid climates;
- Ideal for people in a rush to apply makeup;
- Portable travel-friendly format;
- Large wide mirror which makes it easy to see both eyes and eye brows;
- Excellent two-sided brush (one is flat, for applying the espresso shade in a thin line along the lash line and the other is a thicker brush for applying the shadows on your lid).
Cons of the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette:
- Expensive: US$50
- If you already have Bobbi Brown’s neutral eye shadows, you won’t need this palette.
How to apply the Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette:
According to the Bobbi Brown website, you apply the Nude shade all over your eyelid, from the lash line to the brow bone. Then apply any of the other three shades (but not the espresso) from lash line to crease. Apply the espresso color along the lash line.
An alternative is to apply a lighter color (such as Bobbi Brown’s “Bone” eye shadow) all over the eye lid, then any of the colors (except espresso). You can dot a shimmer shadow in a champagne color just above the lash line in the center of the lid to make the eyes pop. I use the Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Chocolate Shimmer along the lash line instead of the espresso color.
Bobbi Brown Malibu Nudes for Spring 2016
In addition to the Nude on Nude Eye Palette, Bobbi Brown released four new sets of Blush Duo and new Art Sticks (for lips). The Blush Duos are Pastel Pink/Powder Pink, Sand Pink/Pale Pink, Tawny/Peony, and Plum/French Pink. The Art Stick comes in Hot Berry, Electric Coral, Punch, Brown Berry, Rich Nude, and Bare. The idea is to have neutral eyes balance out strong cheeks and lips. For people with a light to medium skin tone (wearing the foundation in “Natural” for example), the suggested Blush Duo is Tawny/Peony or Plum/French Pink.