Bobbi Brown’s Aquamarine Palette ($60) is a limited edition eye, lip and cheek palette that is part of the line’s Color Strips collection. It includes five eyeshadows and three Pot Rouges, a cream product that can be used on either lips or cheeks– some of the nicest cream blushes currently on the market.
In this palette, Bobbi Brown does something that many women do not particularly like–that is, she frequently mixes cream and powder products in the same container. I typically do not buy such palettes, because it seems inevitable that the powder product will get mixed into the emollient products and you’ll have a real mess. One does not want to go around all day with a bit of blue eyeshadow stuck to one’s cheek or lip, because they mix up.
Bobbi’s Aquamarine Palette appears to address this concern by an intriguingly engineered system of folding and clear plastic covers. I like the design very much–this is the first eye/cheek/lip palette that I’ve felt would comfortably work. I’m happy to report that I was able to fold and unfold it several times–it intuitively works. Even better, I could do it without gouging a nail into the product.
There’s a small brush included for emergencies:
Here are a few more pictures that show how the palette folds and unfolds. The most easily accessible pan holds Pot Rouges, which can be used on the cheek or lip. This makes sense, because this pan is readily available if one needs to re-apply the pot rouge as a lip product during the day:
One flips open the black upper lid to reveal the eyeshadows, which are also covered with a clear plastic protector. This flip-top lid includs a mirror:
The case seems quite sturdy. I own several of Bobbi’s other palettes, and I can confirm they hold up well for years of travel and at-home use.
The Pot Rouge colors are beautiful, with three colors that seem to go with everything. There is enough variation between them to keep it interesting. Personally, I love the clear pink of the center shade–Pale Pink. This is available as a single Pot Rouge in Bobbi’s regular line.
Here are swatches in the same order:
The eyeshadows include five shades:
- Ivory: A grey-cream highlighter, which applies sheerly
- Lightening Sparkle: A grey-taupe in the pan, this appears as a taupe-sheer-fairy-sparkle with little color payoff
- Aquamarine Metallic: A pigmented light shimmery blue
- Grey Sky: A pigmented matte taupe brown
- Storm: Although designated as a “deep navy black” on Bobbi’s website, I found this applied as a dark matte nearly-black color
Here are swatches in the same order (click to enlarge):
The shades in this palette are very understated and subtle. After working with these eyeshadow colors for several days, I’m not fully able to make these colors really coordinate with my coloring. (I’m pale–my foundation shade is Chanel Cameo, MAC NC15, with blue-green eyes). The colors seemed to look muddy but not in a good way. The tones aren’t deep enough to be smoky or dramatic. I believe the main base color for me is Grey Sky, which is too matte and too cool to really bring out my coloring well. I think if Grey Sky had a little more drama, it would be easier to wear with the Aquamarine in the palette.
Lightening Sparkle looks like a pretty taupe in the pan, but the sparkle formulation means that its really a “sheer taupe sparkle.” As you can see from the swatch, Lightening Sparkle leaves a a light fairy-dust effect but practically no color density. It’s a color to layer over other colors and so can’t be used as a basic all-over lid color.
I have more hope for Bobbi Brown’s Bonfire palette, which is also in the Color Strips line with the same palette design.