I can’t get enough of Bobbi Brown’s Navy & Nude Collection for Summer 2013. I love wearing the classic colour palette of neutrals and navy blue, and Bobbi Brown has captured a nautical summer perfectly in this small collection.
The star of the collection is the limited edition Navy & Nude Eye Palette ($70 at Bobbi Brown; Sephora). The super chic blue tortoiseshell compact opens up to reveal two tiers of eyeshadows. The shades included are:
- Ivory – a creamy white (matte, permanent shade)
- Cement – a grey beige (matte, permanent shade)
- Blazing Star – a pale beige (sparkle, exclusive shade)
- Beige – a light beige (shimmer, permanent shade)
- Twilight Pink – a light golden pink (metallic, exclusive shade)
- Naked – a warm nude (matte, exclusive shade)
- Slate – a medium grey (matte, permanent shade)
- Rich Navy – a deep royal blue (matte, permanent shade)
I admit I was stumped when I got this palette, asking “how the heck am I supposed to access the bottom tier with this packaging?” The answer is: it’s a pull out shelf, with a groove underneath the palette. Derp.
Top: Ivory / Cement; Bottom: Blazing Star / Beige
Top: Twilight Pink / Naked; Bottom: Slate / Rich Navy
In terms of texture, all except the sparkle eyeshadow feel silky smooth to the touch and swatches smoothly. They are definitely sheer, and build up to a medium intensity. The sparkle eyeshadow is meant to be patted on to add a sparkly touch to the eyeshadows. These nude shades are meant to be sheer so they seamlessly and easily blend with one another, and this is probably not for everyone.
Having said all that, I think it’s a well-executed palette that’ll be perfect for sleepy weekday mornings when I can’t be bothered to take the time to blend my eyeshadows. I’d smudge the navy along my top lash line to complete a navy & nude look. Rich Navy, by the way, swatches drier than the rest, so I will do a look and give an update on its performance then.
Ivory / Cement / Blazing Star / Beige
Twilight Pink / Naked / Slate / Rich Navy
Long-wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink ($27 at Bobbi Brown; Sephora) looks like a soft black with silver sparkles in the pot, but is kinda magical when swatched. On closer inspection, it is actually a blackened navy with silver specks. Pretty, huh? This gel formula is drier than MAC Fluidline. As for wear time? Solid as a rock. If you love the colour, you can’t go wrong with this. This is part of the permanent collection.
And here’s limited edition Sheer Color Lip Gloss in Sailor ($28), a sheer pink. This is a sheer creamy lip gloss with no shimmer. It’s a workhorse shade that works by itself for a casual summer lip colour, or it can be layered over nude, pink or pretty much any lipstick for added oomph. The slightly tacky formula makes this lip gloss last longer than others, but it’s not as painfully sticky as a MAC Lipglass. Ugh, Lipglass. Worst lipgloss formula in the world. But I digress. Sailor‘s kinda cute, no? Hey, Sailor!
Other items in the collection that you might fall in love with…
- Brightening Brick in Pink ($52, LE)
- Nail Polish in Navy ($21, LE) – WANT.
- Long-wear Cream Shadow in Suede ($29)
- Lip Gloss in Honey ($28, LE) — WAAAAAANT.
What do you think of Bobbi Brown’s Navy & Nude collection? Are you like me and is navy part of your summer uniform?