Bobbi Brown is introducing a series of shadows in a new formulation, Rich Color Eye Shadow. I ordered a few to test drive them. Based on what I’ve seen so far, these are a mix of textures (shimmer and matte). These are said to be formulated for long wear using a type wax that imparts rich, deep color. My first try was Bobbi Brown Rich Color Eye Shadow in Coffee Bean ($24), a rich deep matte brown.
The texture of this shadow was a little unusual. I can tell that there is some type of wax in the mix–I pushed my brush fearlessly into pan with a stiff eyeshadow wash brush (to be precise, this Chanel Blending Brush). My reward was a very rich wash of color. My more tentative stabs with a MAC 217 were less satisfying, to be honest. When you approach one of these pans, dig in. You’ll need to so that you can break into that wax.
To be very clear, these pans do not lack pigment. To the contrary, once my brush picked up the color, there was a gorgeous wash of deep brown that really set off my fair coloring and blue eyes. Absolutely gorgeous. It just seems like you are going to need a good stab to tell that wax you mean business. I’m exaggerating, of course, but my point is don’t be shy. This gives a gorgeous, deep rich wash of color if you rough up the texture a little. Pat it on for an even more dramatic effect.
Coffee Bean is a deep toned matte brown with a very slight red-purple tint. Comparison swatches with Bobbi Brown Coffee Bean, Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Cinnamon and Taupe Grise, and NARS Mekong:
One more, in sun:
I have a few more from this series to test, but I wanted to report on Coffee Bean. By the way, Coffee Bean blended with other shadows well. Looking good so far.