By Mimosa B.
“The eyes shout what the lips fear to say.”- William Henry
Hi Gorgeous ladies,
A woman’s eyes…well what can I say! Other than being the evident organ of vision and the most magnificent at that, they have been the subject of many a poem across the world. Men drool over them sending them into a heart fluttering frenzy. They reveal your inner-most desires, showcase your soul’s secrets and never lie. They come in all sorts of hues and dimensions. They are like a labyrinth where one can lose themselves never wanting to be found. They weep, they laugh, they speak, they roll, they are alluring, they are mischievous, they penetrate, and they sparkle with love and affection. So my ladies, do whatever you want with them as they are God’s gift to you and our weapon of mass (male) destruction and we cannot deny that we simply adore it when our love interests are captured by our beautiful and enigmatic eyes. They can be so talkative that I would love to alter the phrase “my lips are sealed” to “my eyes are sealed” as there is no limit to what power they have, to reveal and mesmerize. We can play our eyes up (or down) and give them a different avatar with a swoosh of our magic wands (brushes). You name it girl, from the winged look to the smokey look to the barely-there look to the dramatic look and all there is in between, our eyes define our mood; they define who we are.
For as long as I can remember, wearing some basic kajal was a dream come true and had been only wishful thinking till I was in my high school. I’d flaunt my kajal with pizazz and highlight my eyes by brimming them with a thick black outline and that was my signature style. I was even compared to Ozzy Osbourne by some friends and I didn’t take that as a compliment, but I stuck to my look like super glue! I remember my first eye makeup was an ugly looking Lakme kajal pencil (sorry but it was back in the day and thankfully it’s chic and sleek now), but steadily I graduated to mascaras, eye shadows, primers, different coloured eye pencils, concealers etc. Oh and I must tell you about the stick-on diamantes that were a craze and I would stick them on the inner and outer corners of my eyes…..Thank God I’ve grown out of that. Phew!
Till date, most of my eye shadows have been from MAC as I looooove their display of bright shadows in every man-made hue possible. However, when my friend and I were visiting the Bobbi Brown store, I decided to sample a few of their eye shadows as I wanted something neutral to achieve the barely-there look. I have quite a few eye-popping shades but had nothing going on for me in nude. That’s when God answered my prayers and sent a little angel, in the form of a shiny silver box beckoning me to try it out. It was lust as first sight! It was like the cutest puppy you’ve ever seen in a pet store giving you those puppy dog eyes. How can you resist, right?! Okay so enough of the drama. I think we women just say these things to justify just about everything we indulge in that comes with a cost and everything that sparkles or is pretty hypnotizes us into buying them. Right? Wrong! We are not impulsive, we just make reasonable choices when it comes to beauty products and every item becomes an “essential.” Not a good-to have but a must-have! Ohhh I can feel men rolling their eyes at this one! It is not a cardinal sin to want to look downright fabulous, it’s because we’re worth it!
So, I took the puppy home, seeing that it was homeless and needy and I felt like a Good Samaritan. …Ahem ahem! The palette comes in four adorable shades all complimenting each other and hence I couldn’t say no; Nude, Dove Grey, Ballet Pink Sparkle and Cement Sparkle. So two nudes and two shimmery shades.
The outer box is Bobbi Brown’s typical black with white embossed product details. The palette is in a super shiny silver colour with a mirror and a magnetic lid for extra security of the product. There are no brushes inside. That’s okay for me as I don’t really use the ones that come inside palettes.
My Experience with Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette:
I have only worn this a few times as I have been doing dramatic eyes lately and softer lips, but now that the winters have settled in, I’m going to go for bolder lips and hence will be using this palette a lot more for softer eyes. I really love the two sparkly shades that can help you achieve a festive look even with nude colours. The nude shades are light powdery matte beige and a powdery matte light grey. The shimmery shades are in a glittery baby pink and a glittery grey cement colour.
One can apply the nude beige on the inner corner of the eyelid, and then use Dove Grey on the outer corner of the upper eyelid and smudge together and then apply the two sparkle shades to highlight wherever you want. Voila! I have also mixed and matched these shades with some of my darker shadows as it goes with most colours. What I have also done is used the nude all over my eyelids and then applied a shimmery shade over it to get a fresh dew drop kind of look that is very light but glistens too. The texture is creamy and glides on effortlessly to create the classic Bobbi eye look. This palette is perfect for daytime and night if you fancy a dose of iridescence or you can blend with brighter colours from other palettes and create multiple effects. I love wearing both the neutral shades to work too as I don’t want heavy makeup for business and then I can take the glamour quotient up a few notches by adding the shimmer in the evening.
Pros of Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette:
- Ophthalmologist tested, so safe for eyes.
- Comes in a beautiful mix of nudes and shimmer.
- Contains a mirror which is handy when travelling.
- Velvety smooth finish that glides on with ease.
Cons of Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette:
- Palette does not contain a brush, so you will have to carry your own if travelling.
Would I Repurchase Bobbi Brown Nude Eye Palette?
It will take a fair amount of time for me to get through this, but yes, I love these shades as they will never go out of vogue.
Bobbi Brown has become one of my favourite cosmetic brands now especially since they cater well to Asian skin tones. My introduction to them was through their much pigmented lipsticks which I can’t get enough of and now this palette. I can’t wait to get my hands on more.
Ciao for now!
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