Now here is the grown up version of the "jumbo Crayola crayon box" for beauty aficionados that we've all been craving!
In a big departure, Bobbi Brown's latest palette for Spring 2009 consists of 35 bright, fun eye shades that run the full color spectrum.
This palette consists of 35 colors in a double-sided fold out compact. The compact measures 4 1/4"L x 3"W x 3/4"H (10.8cm x 7.6cm x 1.9cm). That means that it is perfect for travel or putting in your bag during the day for touch ups. It opens up with a fold over mirror and the first 4 rows of colors and then you flip out the mirror where the bottom area is housed to reveal the other 3 rows of shades.
What was great about this palette is that there were definately colors that I naturally leaned toward to create my eye looks (pinks and yellows), but the way the shades are presented, there are colors that I thought that I would never wear (for me those are purples), that I acutally ended up experimenting with. Since the acutal pans are small (about the size of an aspirin), I found that the best way to apply them was to tap the brush in it and apply onto my lid. This resulted in a soft wash of color on the lid. Then, when I wanted a strong application of color, I used my finger.
The texture of the shadows range from slightly chalky to a creamy powder. The shadows are all matte except for one, Ultra Violet which is a shimmer. The following list at left, lists the colors, and their order in the palette.
I found that these colors were the perfect compliment to my more neutral palettes. If you are like me and like to play with bright color, but don't want to commit to buyng larger sizes then this is the perfect accessory. In addition, because of the way the colors are fomulated, you really do have the option of having your "brights" show up very light in tone, or more intensely if you are confident in wearing a truly bold eye look.
Some of my favorite combinations were:
1. Electric Pink-hot pink;Gum Drop-carnation pink; Bubblegum-light pink; from Row 1
2. Honey Bell-ochre; Nugget-midtone orange/yellow; Buttercup-buttery yellow from Row 3
3. Royal Blue-vivid blue; Electric Blue-tame blue; Cornflower-light blue; from Row 6
4. Ultra Violet-shimmery mangenta; Orchid-muted flat lavender; Mulberry-flat dark purple from Row
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