Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Collection Overview.

My Bobbi Brown Collection.

My Bobbi Brown Collection.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is the one brand I consider to be a one stop shopping label (apart from foundation).  For the most part, many people are not into outrageous makeup looks, most seek quality products that yield a refined look.  Bobbi Brown has cornered the market in that regard.  Her no-fuss minimal packaging and fresh, natural approach to makeup has lead her to create a line that dominates among professional women world-wide. For your consideration, I present my Bobbi Brown Makeup Collection.

  1. Bronze Shimmer Brick
  2. Medium 2 Bronzer
  3. Twilight Night Shimmer Ink
  4. Denim Ink
  5. Colbalt Ink
  6. Chocolate Shimmer Ink
  7. Graphite Shimmer Ink
  8. Forest Shimmer Ink
  9. Violet Ink
  10. Sandy Gold Cream Shadow
  11. Shore cream Shadow
  12. Gold Dust Metallic Shadow
  13. Bobbi  Brown Bronzer Brush
  14. Bobbi Brown Ultra-Fine Eyeliner Brush
  15. Bone 16
  16. Navajo 53
  17. Black Charcoal 2F
  18. Taupe 4
  19. Soft Pink 7 Blush
  20. Pale Pink 9 Blush
  21. Espresso 32
  22. Bone 2

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Face Products:

My Bobbi Brown Collection Face Products L-R:   Bronze Shimmer Brick, Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Soft Pink 7 Blush, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Face Products L-R:
Bronze Shimmer Brick, Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Soft Pink 7 Blush, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

  • Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick ($42 USD/10.3g) is the one product that I rarely use on a daily basis; personally, it is too dark for me to use as a highlighter.  This shade would look spectacular on darker-skinned beauties as a highlighter.  This compact is reserved strictly for eyeshadow use only.
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder Medium 2 ($38 USD/8g) is a ruddy based bronzing powder.  The finely milled pigmented formula is quite pronounced against my light olive skin tone.  My Chikuhodo Cheek Brush (reviewed here) is the perfect brush to apply and blend this dark horse to gradient perfection.
  • Bobbi Brown Soft Pink 7 Blush ($26 USD/3.7g)  is not a soft pink color by any stretch of the imagination.  This highly pigmented satin blush must be applied with a very light hand.  Admittedly, Bobbi Brown makes some of the best blushes in the business; this puppy lasts well throughout the day with very minimal fading.
  • Bobbi Brown Pale Pink 9 Blush ($26 USD/3.7g) was once upon a time the only blush I would wear.  As you can tell, there is nothing pale about this bright vibrant matte pink color.  The lasting power is amazing and one of the few colors that would suit a variety of skin tones.  If Bobbi came out with a color identical to Giorgio Armani #10 Blush (reviewed here) I would snatch it up in a heart beat.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Powder Eyeshadows:

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Swatches L-R: Metallic Eye Shadow Gold Dust 18, Espresso 32, Bone 2, Taupe 4, Bone 16, Black Charcoal 2F, Navajo 53.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Swatches L-R:
Metallic Eye Shadow Gold Dust 18, Espresso 32, Bone 2, Taupe 4, Bone 16, Black Charcoal 2F, Navajo 53.

  • Bobbi Brown Metallic Gold Dust 18  ($22 USD/2.8g) is shimmery warm gold eyeshadow.  I love to pair this powder shadow on top of Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold Cream Shadow.  Due to the high metallic sheen, this particular color would not be suitable for more mature lids.
  • Bobbi Brown Espresso 32 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte dark brown eyeshadow.  This shadow does not budge and looks spectacular applied on the upper lash line against a black liquid liner.  This can also be used in the outer corner, outer “v” and to set a gel liner.
  • Bobbi Brown Bone 2 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte cream-colored shade that is used everyday.  This very unassuming shade is completely indispensable in my daily makeup routine.  Love it!
  • Bobbi Brown Taupe 4 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte brown used as a blend out color, crease color and bronzer.  I purchased this shade to add to my six pan BB compact for its multi-purpose qualities.
  • Bobbi Brown Bone 16 ($22 USD/2.5g) is the illuminated version of Bone 2.  Great all over lid shade for a quick and easy polished look.
  • Bobbi Brown Black Charcoal 2F ($22 USD/2.5g) is a very pigmented matte black eyeshadow.  The smooth creamy formula beats MAC Carbon any day.
  • Bobbi Brown Navajo 53 ($22 USD/2.5g) is a matte cream-white color.  Great blend out color or all over lid color.  I find most of these paler shades need to packed on for maximum color impact.  For more substantial wear and color, pair them with Bobbi Brown Shore Cream Shadow.
Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold Cream Shadow topped with Metallic Eyeshadow Gold Dust and Espresso Eyeshadow in the outer corner.

Bobbi Brown Sandy Gold 4 Cream Shadow topped with Metallic Eyeshadow Gold Dust 18 and Espresso 32 Eyeshadow in the outer corner.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner: Denim Ink, Cobalt Link,  Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner:
Denim Ink, Cobalt Link, Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink 4.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink 4.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner after scrubbing my arm with a makeup wipe: Denim Ink, Cobalt Link,  Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

My Bobbi Brown Collection Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner after scrubbing my arm with a makeup wipe:
Denim Ink, Cobalt Link, Twilight Night Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Shimmer Ink.

  • As mentioned in a previous post (here) Bobbi Brown makes some of the best gel liners ($24 USD/3g) in the business.  I adore the color selection and the multi-purpose functionality of these eyeliners.  I love to use them as eyeliners, eyeshadows and bases for powder eyeshadows.  Denim Ink, Cobalt Ink, and Twilight Night Shimmer Ink are formulated on the drier side and are a bit difficult to blend as eyeshadows.  However, Chocolate Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink, Forest Ink Shimmer Ink and Violet Ink apply smoothly and blend out beautifully.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35, Sandy Gold 4.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35, Sandy Gold 4.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush.

  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Shore 35 ($25 USD/3.5g) is a staple in my collection; I am on my second pot.  This cream-colored shade evens out skin tone and makes an outstanding base for powdered eyeshadows.  My only criticism pertains to the small opening of the pots; I find it quite awkward to get my brush in and around the pot.
  • Bobbi Brown  Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sandy Gold 4 ($25 USD/3.5g) is a golden base cream-colored shadow.  Not a complete necessity, but does add beautiful dimension to powder eyeshadows when used as a base.
  • Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush ($54 USD) is not my favorite brush (seen and compared here).  All Bobbi Brown Brushes are made in China and they do not compare, in terms of quality to Tom Ford Brushes or Chikuhodo Brushes.  After two years, my BB Bronzer Brush continues to shed every time I use it to apply any powder product to my face.
  • Bobbi Brown Ultra-Fine Eyeliner Brush ($27 USD) is not my favorite gel eyeliner brush.  The tip is too wide and the handle is too long for my liking.  I prefer Laura Mercier Liner Brush (seen here) or my Estee Lauder Angled Eyeliner Brush.
Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look: Eyes: Lid color and Brow Bone color Shore 35 topped with Bone 2 Eyeshadow, Espresso 32 Eyeshadow along the upper las line and outer "v", Taupe 4 in the crease. Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look:
Eyes: Lid color and brow bone color Shore 35 topped with Bone 2 Eyeshadow, Espresso 32 Eyeshadow along the upper lash line and outer “v”, Taupe 4 in the crease.
Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look side view: Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

Bobbi Brown Makeup-Look side view:
Face: Bronzing Powder Medium 2, Pale Pink 9 Blush.

**Bobbi Brown Cosmetics can be found in most major department stores and bobbibrowncosmetics.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Bobbi Brown makes some outstanding products.  I consider her powder eyeshadows irreplaceable in my collection.  The amount offered (2.5g) is also quite appealing.  Granted they are expensive compared to other lines, but the quality more than justifies the price.  Keep in mind, Bobbi Brown is sold at CCO locations and I’ve noticed the Bobbi Brown displays always have a great selection of merchandise.  I hope this was helpful.  What are some of your favorite Bobbi Brown products? Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.   *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted. 

 

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Another year has flown by and we are always left with this overwhelming feeling of contemplation. Reflection, regret and resolutions seem to dominate our consciousness during this time of year.  However, when it comes to beauty purchases, reflection can be helpful, regret is useless and I solemnly swear to be a resolute consumer of all beauty items that make me smile 🙂  I hope you enjoy my Top Beauty Items of 2013.

Top Facial Primer:

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow.

Koh Gen Do Makeup Color Base in Yellow (photo courtesy of sephora.com) here.

Top Foundation:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (here).

Top Setting/Finishing Powder:

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder .

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (here).

Top Powder Bronzer:

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer.

Laura Mercier Ritual Bronzer (LE) (here).

Top Cream Bronzer:

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer.

RMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer (here).

Top Powder Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01 swatched heavily and blended out (here).

Top Cream Highlighter:

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer (here).

Top Powder Blush:

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige.

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush 10 Beige (here).

Top Cream Blush:

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel.

Chanel Destiny 61 Le Blush Creme de Chanel (here).

Top Liquid Liner:

Top Cream Eyeshadows/Liners:

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:  L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java, Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3, YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (reviewed here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (reviewed here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxery (reviewed here) and Copper Strip (reviewed here).

Long Wearing Cream Formulas L-R:
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Bottomless Java (here), Estee Lauder Double Wear Bronze Cream Shadow, Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill in #6, Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (here), YSL #7 Cream Liner, Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink gel liner (here), Clinique Black Honey Gel Liner, Inglot #90, Chanel Stylo Eyeshadows in Moon River (here) and Black Stream, MAC Powerchrome Pencils in Life’s Luxury (here) and Copper Strip (here).

Top Mascara:

L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara.

Top Lipstick Formula:

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge: L-R:  RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203.

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge:
L-R: RD501, RD305, RS404, RD314, RD702, RD203 (here).

Top Nail Color:

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish.

Dior Minut Diorific Vernis Nail Polish (here).

Top Brushes:

Top Brushes 2013: Tom Ford Bronzer Brush, Tom Ford Cheek Brush, Tom Ford Foundation Brush, Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02, Billy B. Brush Set.

Top Brushes 2013:
Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (here), Tom Ford Cheek Brush (here), Tom Ford Foundation Brush (here), Philosophy Supernatural Airbrush Brush, Wayne Goss Brush 02 (here), Billy B. Brush Set (reviewed here).

Top Original Set:

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:  Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil.

Nars Guy Bourdin Fling Lip Set Content:
Damage Lipstick, Roman Holiday Lipstick, Dolce Vita Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Baroque Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you 2013 was a stellar year for makeup and I look forward to the many more cosmetics goodies in 2014.  What are some of your favorite products from this past year?   In the meanwhile, I would like to wish each and everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year!  Be well and stay safe.

-Maria

Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  *Compensation is not given for any reviews.  *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product.  *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.

 

 

 

Eye Looks and Lip Combinations of the Week.

This week in lieu of my Makeup of the Week, I have decided to focus on the eye looks and lip combinations I have worn for the week.  All other makeup and tools remain the same as last week (seen here), unless otherwise noted.  I hope you find this helpful.

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 Eye Look 1:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base (reviewed here).
  2. MAC Cooper Strip Powerchrome pencil smudged on the mobile lid, lower lash line and waterline (reviewed here).
  3. Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencil on the base of the upper lash line (reviewed here).
  4. Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 deep brown pen liner (purchase here).
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color (reviewed here).
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner to tight line upper waterline (purchase here).
  7. Laura Mercier Highlight 01 used as inner corner highlight (reviewed here).
  8. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara (reviewed here).

Lip combination 1:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Ruby Glow Lip Lacquer (reviewed here).

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Eye Look 2:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas used as a base.
  2. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink smudged on the mobile lid and used on the upper lash line as a liner (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line (reviewed here).
  4. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Pencil used on the waterline.
  5. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper waterline.
  7. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 2:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick (reviewed here).
  3. Shiseido RD203 (purchase here).

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 Eye Look 3:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas EC-3 used as a base.
  2. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as an eyeshadow smudged on the mobile lid (reviewed here).
  3. Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple used as a liner for the upper lash line.
  4. Shu Uemura Tokyo Lights Palette W2 used with a damp brush for lower lash line.
  5. MAC Copper Strip used in on the water line.
  6. Inglot #90 matte liner used to tight line the upper water line.
  7. Chanel Destiny (61) used as a crease color.
  8. Tom Ford Cognac Sable Palette dark brown/purple color smudge on the edges of Blackish Satin Purple (purchase here).
  9. TF Cognac Sable Palette copper glitter shade patted with my finger over Blackish Satin Purple.
  10. Mary Kay Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Lip Combination 3:

  1. MAC Red Enriched Lipliner.
  2. Tom Ford Pink Adobe Lipstick.
  3. Estee Lauder Pure Color Liquid Petal Lip Lacquer (purchase here)..Yes, I bought another one–don’t judge!!

**MAC Pressed Amber Mineralized Blush used on top of Chanel (61) Blush (discontinued but found at the CCO).

THE VERDICT: If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to start breaking-out the plums, purples and burgundy in your collection..Fall officially starts on September 22nd and we (makeup addicts) must dress our makeup autumn best 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

This Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes will feature a brightening, quick and low maintenance look.  My gel liners worked as the ideal multi-purpose product, giving me a long-lasting and smudge-free eye look.  People will think you spent hours on your eye makeup, when only ten minutes were employed.  There is something about pairing gold with navy blue, which I find so attractive and universally flattering.  I hope you enjoy.  *click on each photo to enlarge.

Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Eye Makeup of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).
  2. YSL cream liner in #07 Gold Star all over the mobile lid (purchase here) 2-3 layers best applied with fingers.
  3. Bobbi Brown gel liner in Cobalt Ink for liner (reviewed here).
  4. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer in the crease (purchase here).
  5. Inglot # 90 in for the upper waterline (purchase here).
  6. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Life’s Luxury for the waterline (reviewed here).
  7. MAC Powerchrome pencil in Copper Strip on the lower lash line (reviewed here).
  8. Prestige My Blackest Lashes 2 coats (purchase here).
  9. Shu Uemura Brow Pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here).
Makeup of the Week:  Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Makeup of the Week: Seventh Edition Golden Eyes.

Face Makeup of the Week:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here).
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (reviewed here).
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here).
Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

Lip Combination of the Week:

  1. MAC Enriched Red lip pencil to line and fill-in the lips (purchase here).
  2. Tom Ford Aphrodisiac Lipstick (reviewed here).
Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (reviewed here).
  2. Tom Ford Cream Foundation brush for my highlighter (purchase here).
  3. Philosophy supernatural airbrush brush (purchase here).
  4. Burberry #09 brush (purchase here).
  5. Billy B #8, 11 (reviewed here).
  6. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner brush (purchase here).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would reveal this makeup look took no time to put together.  Try to utilize multi-purpose products if time is of the essence in the morning.  Gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows, bronzer can be used for crease color/eyeshadow, and lipstick could also take on the role of blusher.   Learn to be creative with the use of your cosmetics to suit your life style.  You may come up with unique one-of-a-kind colors, and save money to boot.  Of course in my case, this only leads me to spend more money to see if I can duplicate my success.  Oh well…every theory has it’s flaws 🙂  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews.  **Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

This Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition will feature all the lovely goodies I acquired last week from my visit to the CCO.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet), it is an outlet store the Estee Lauder Company has cleverly established to sell all of their overstock merchandise from their subsidiary brands.  All cosmetics/fragrance brands included are: Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Joe Malone, Flirt, Smashbox, Bumble and Bumble, Origins, Donna Karen, Tom Ford, Ojon, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors and Prescriptives.  All items in store are sold at a 30% discount off the original retail price.  As an added bonus, the sales women are lovely and customers have the comfort/freedom to swatch and roam for as long as one desires.  Who could ask for more?

Eye Makeup of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Eye Makeup of the Week.

Eye Makeup:

  1. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-3 (reviewed here).♥
  2. Clinique Black Honey Brush-on-Creme Liner used as an eyeshadow (purchase here). [CCO]
  3. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner (reviewed here).♥ [CCO]
  4. Inglot Matte 90 AMC Eyeliner Gel for tight lining the upper water line (purchase here).
  5. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer used in the crease to add dimension and warmth (purchase here).
  6. MAC Copper Strip Powerchrome Eye pencil for the lower lash line and in the lower water line (reviewed here).♥
  7. Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (purchase here) not my favorite. Does not layer well and flakes by the end of the day. [CCO]
  8. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator for an inner corner highlight (reviewed here). ♥
  9. Shu Uemura Brow pencil in 02 Seal Brown (purchase here). ♥
Makeup Of the Week:  Sixth Edition.

Makeup Of the Week: Sixth Edition.

 Face Makeup:

  1. Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer (purchase here).♥
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3N1 (purchase here) I have the new formula and it does not oxidize and feels less drying compared to the original. ♥ [CCO]
  3. Edward Bess Concealer in Soft Beige (purchase here).
  4. Chanel Le Creme Blush de Chanel in Destiny 61 (reviewed here).♥
  5. Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (purchase here) and Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (reviewed here) used to highlight the cheek bones. ♥
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer applied to the forehead and jaw bone only (purchase here).
  7. Skindinavia Finishing Spray (purchase here). ♥
Lip Combination of the Week:  Daliia My Best Friend's Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination: Daliia My Best Friend’s Red w/Shiseido RD702.

Lip Combination:

  1. Daliia Herbal Lip Stain in My Best Friend’s Red (reviewed here) ♥
  2. Shiseido RD702 to add shine and moisture throughout the day (purchase here). ♥
Brushes of the Week: Sixth Edition.

Brushes of the Week.

Brushes of the Week:

  1. Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (purchase here).♥
  2. Billy B Beauty # 12, 8, 11 (reviewed here).♥
  3. Smashbox #7 brush (purchase here). [CCO]
  4. Philosophy “the supernatural” Airbrush foundation brush (purchase here).♥
  5. Tom Ford Bronzer (reviewed here) , Cheek (reviewed here) and Cream Foundation brushes.♥

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you to locate your nearest Tangers Outlet Mall (location finder here) and visit a CCO pronto!  Plan a trip for the day with your family/friends and roam all the stores to your heart’s content.  CCO are fantastic for discovering some limited-edition jewels that were hard to obtain during the original release. I have yet to spy any TF brushes..Darn!  Do call ahead of time to check inventory before making a trip.  I hope you find this helpful and informative.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me.  Compensation is not given for any reviews. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner review, photos and comparisons.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-wear Gel Liner.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner.

During my visit to the CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) one of the delightful young ladies working there had this amazing gel liner scrolled across her upper lash line.  Turning on my Steve Austin Bionic Eye to infrared zoom,  I spied the liner was not black, but indeed an amazing navy blue hue. When I asked her what she was wearing, she immediately lead me to Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long Wear Gel Liner ($23 US/3 g).  My purchase was even more sweet, because I was in possession of the last Cobalt Ink in the store; why does this give me such a sense of victory?

Bobbi Brown Cobalt gel Liner eye swatch.

Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner eye swatch.

The Pros/Formula:

Bobbi Brown gel liners are renowned throughout the cosmetics industry, and rightfully so, they are wonderful.  What makes Bobbi Brown liners a cut above the rest is the color options she provides.  There is a color and texture for every mood and occasion.  The shimmers are not offensively glittery and the matte formulas have a beautiful velvety finish.

Cobalt Ink is described as a dark blue,  personally I see this liner as a straight-up matte navy blue.  The texture of Cobalt is on the drier side.  I know many of you are shaking your heads thinking, well that’s why it is at the CCO.  No my friends, my Bobbi Brown Denim Ink (freshly purchased at my local L&T counter) has the same dry consistency as Cobalt Ink.  I suspect the blue pigment used in manufacturing is the culprit for the lack of creamy goodness.  In this case I really do not mind the drier texture, this ensures the color will last all day.  Nothing is worse (makeup wise) than blue pigment smeared across your eyelid; which has happened…(shaking my fists mid-air) Darn You L’Oreal Infallible Navy Gel Liner…..”M” breathe and continue.  Application is best executed with a thin liner brush such as my prized Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush (seen here).  Bobbi Brown makes a thin liner brush, but I do not get the precision I require with that offering.

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Both Photos:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.

As an added bonus, most Bobbi Brown gel liners work beautifully as cream eyeshadows and bases for powder eyeshadows, this method gives more dimension to any look.  When used as an eyeshadow, Cobalt applied smoothly and layered quite well without any patchiness.  I used my beloved Billy B #12 brush (reviewed here) to carry out this crucial task.  The matte velvety appearance lasted all day and was so flattering, I received several complements the day I wore the above look.  Removal is easily achieved with any facial cleanser and/or makeup remover.

The Cons:

The drier texture does make application a bit more time-consuming.  I had to dip my Laura Mercier Brush in Cobalt Ink a least three times (for each eye) until I reached my desired intensity.  Of course, my fine-tuned inner Zen is able to deal with such adversities in my cosmetics 🙂

L-R:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L'Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

L-R: Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L’Oreal Infallible Navy.

L-R:  Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L'Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

L-R: Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink, Bobbi Brown Denim Ink, L’Oreal Infallible Navy (does not dry down and smudges).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liner Swatches:  

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:  Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink. Top Row:  Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner:
Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink.
Top Row: Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:  Bottom row: Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink. Top Row:  Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel liner Swatches:
L-R:  Cobalt, Denim Ink, Twilight Shimmer Ink, Graphite Shimmer Ink.
 Forest Shimmer Ink, Violet Shimmer Ink, Chocolate Shimmer Ink.

Comparisons/Swatches of Bobbi Brown Gel Liners:

  1. Bobbi Brown Cobalt Ink:  Drier in texture, suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (1 week old).
  2. Bobbi Brown Denim Ink:  Drier in texture, suitable for liner application. The shimmers do not allow the gel to layer well for eyeshadow application (9 months old).
  3. Bobbi Brown Twilight Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture, suitable for liner application.  The shimmers do not allow the gel to layer well for eyeshadow application (9 months old).
  4. Bobbi Brown Graphite Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  5. Bobbi Brown Forest Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  6. Bobbi Brown Violet Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (3 years old).
  7. Bobbi Brown Chocolate Shimmer Ink:  Creamy in texture suitable as an eyeshadow and for liner application (2 years old).
Bobbi Brown Violet Shimmer Ink Long-wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.

Bobbi Brown Violet Shimmer Ink Long-Wear Gel Liner used as an eyeshadow and liner.  Chanel Destiny (61) used on cheeks (reviewed here).

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liners come in 14 different colors and can be found at  Sephora, Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks, Bergdorf, bobbibrowncosmetics.com, etc.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup will state the obvious, if you are in the market for a gel liner you cannot go wrong with any of the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Liners.  I have heard people say that these liners dry up very quickly, however with proper care they will last a very long time (as I’ve noted above).  Tip: Take great care to tighten the cap after each application and always store your cream products upside down, to minimize the amount of air entering the pot.  My work here is done, pick a color and use it as a liner and eyeshadow for a quick, classy, polished look.  Be well and stay safe.

-M-

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