Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

Availability: Nordstrom, Bobbi Brown, Sephora
Price: $47.50

Company’s Description

Ready for wrapping-our Black Pearl Eye Palette was made for party-luxe eyes. Six velvety-rich shades were handpicked to help you create dramatically smokey looks with mesmerizing shimmer (depending on how they’re applied). Includes a Mini Dual Ended Shadow/Liner Brush for precise application wherever you go.

Bobbi Brown’s new, limited-edition Black Pearl Palette is releases with its Holiday 2012 collection. This palette includes the following shades:

  • White: Pure white
  • Tin: Pale lilac
  • Black Velvet: Shimmering deep purple
  • Oyster Grey: Pale grey
  • Grey Denim: Deep neutral grey
  • Charcoal: Dark grey

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Packaging: 9/10

The Holiday Eye Palettes come in glossy, black, rectangular, plastic compacts. The special packaging displays a collegiate-type logo on the lid. The light-weight compact has a snap-shut lid that flips open to reveal a mirror inside.

Quality: 8.25/10

The Rich Caviar palette has an array of smoky-neutral and purple-based eye shadow shades. The colors provide a good selection for both a natural daytime or work-appropriate eye look and a neutral purple smoky eye look.

This palette’s matte shades are quite good but the shimmery shades are less impressive. Compared to the other Eye Palette in Bobbi Brown’s Holiday 2012 collection–Rich Caviar–this palette has better-formulated shades.

Oyster Grey, Grey Denim, and Charcoal have good-to-great pigmentation and have formulas that are fairly soft and smooth.

White is a matte shade, but barely shows up on the skin, even with multiple layers. Even when used as a subtle highlighting shade for under the brow bone, this shade doesn’t look like anything on the skin.

Tin‘s underlying pale lilac shade is weakly pigmented, but the pay-off improves with an additional layer or two. Similarly, Black Velvet suffers from a somewhat stiff formula and initially patchy pigmentation, but this color also greatly improves with an additional layer. Compared to the shimmery shades in the Rich Caviar palette, these are far better-formulated shimmery shades.

The wear time for the eye shadows is also good: they began to crease after three (3) hours when applied over bare skin and after about six (6) hours when applied over a primer.

In the end, the two (2) shimmery shades in this palette could certainly use a softer formula and better color payoff. But the shades are actually quite beautiful when you add additional layers of them. The matte shades look natural while holding good pigmentation and having a good formula.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

The matte shades apply more smoothly and evenly than the shimmery or glittery shades, but the shimmery shades can easily be worked with by applying them in short strokes or by applying additional layers.

Price: 9.5/10

For $47.50 you get 0.33 ounces (9.4 grams) of product. Bobbi Brown’s single shadows cost between $21.00 and $28.00 and contain about 0.08 ounces (2.8 grams) each. You are certainly getting more product for your money by buying a palette like this than by buying the shades individually.

Final Grade

Bobbi Brown Eye Palette Box Packaging

Bobbi Brown Eye Palette Box Packaging

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Packaging

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Packaging

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatches

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatches

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatches

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: White

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: Tin

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: Black Velvet

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: Grey Denim

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: Oyster Grey

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette Swatch: Black Pearl
Disclosure

This sample was provided for consideration purposes by the brand or a PR company. Reviews are always honest and never paid for.

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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Eye Palette

  1. Stephanie says:

    I bought this on sale just after Christmas and I hated it. The fall out was appalling with the glitter and shimmer shades. But then I watched a tutorial on YouTube and she mentions using a damp brush, which I know you can do with her shadows but didn’t occur to me. Anyway pleased to say the fall out has definitely reduced and what is there is wet so wipes away easily – doesn’t leave you with glitter all over your face. I still don’t love this but at least I know I will now use it.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    This one is better than the other 2 palettes you reviewed lately, but I wonder what’s going on with all these mediocre holiday palettes!

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