Bobbi Brown's Sequin Eye Shadow offers dazzling, rich color…depending on how you apply them, that is. Despite the fact that Brown's own site makes no mention of using these "baked" powder shadows wet, we found that method offered the best results as it intensifies the pigmentation and melds the metallic and glittery elements with skin for a gorgeous pop of dimensional color. These aren't necessarily the most practical go-to shadows for everyday wear, but when you want to kick things up a notch, Sequin Eye Shadow is a stunning option that lasts well into the night.
As eye-catching as each marbleized shade is in its packaging, when you swatch Sequin Eye Shadow on skin while it's dry, the color and pigment is a bit of a letdown. The powder formula goes on patchy instead of smooth, the pigmentation is faint, the glitter tends to flake and the color is prone to fading. That's where wet application makes all the difference, as it transforms this shadow into a rich, resilient, sparkling formula that resists creasing, fading or flaking!
Let's be very clear: The rating for this shadow is all about using it wet.
Alternatively, you can also layer Sequin Eye Shadow over a primer or gel eyeliner (a tip we got from a Bobbi Brown sales associate)—either method will help the sparkle adhere to skin and intensify the color, though we found the wet application was more impressive in terms overall performance. Whether you dampen a brush or pat Sequin Eye Shadow on wet with your fingertips, it's helpful to blur the edges out with a softer shadow to create a beautifully smooth, smoky-eye effect.
Of the four limited edition shades currently sold (some retailers only carry three shades), the hunter green "Comet" shade was a favorite among our staffers. Applying it wet brings out beautiful metallic and glittery elements that can make any eye color pop. You can also choose from hues of brown, navy blue, or a nearly-black purple shade. The level of sparkle varies from shade to shade, but each is done in a tasteful way.
As much as we love Bobbi Brown's Sequin Eye Shadow, it falls short of a five-star rating is due to the extra effort that the wet application takes, which not everyone will find easy (or convenient) to do and applying them dry simply isn't worth it. Otherwise, if you can master the application they're a beautiful option to consider!
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone’s makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point—but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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