Thursday, 27 February 2014

Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Collection: Review & Swatches

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Nectar & Nude is Bobbi Brown’s new Spring Collection, designed to add soft, subtle colour and the gentle glow of Spring to all skin tones. I’m hoping that wearing it all at once will speed the arrival of warmer days and bright nights! Yesterday I featured the star of the collection: Nectar & Nude Eye Palette - and promised I’d be back with the rest, which includes a new Shimmer Brick, 3 lip glosses, 2 nail polishes and a bright pop of creamy colour for lips and cheeks.

“A soft cheek, nude eye and flattering nectar lip - the ultimate beach to cocktail look” Bobbi Brown

Apricot Shimmer Brick

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Designed to be lightly dusted on cheeks or worn as individual eye colours, this is so pretty to look at and the individual tones are lovely.  In my book, this much shimmer is best used as a highlight (on younger skin than mine) and I think this would work especially well on dark skin tones or as eye shadow colours. The palest white-gold makes a lovely brow or inner corner highlight, but in all honesty I shy away from these kind of textures.

Hibiscus Pot Rouge

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This generously sized pot of creamy colour packs a punch of bright orange toned coral. It’s pigmented enough to add opacity to lips in one layer (this swatch is a single swipe) and blends well on the cheeks, without stickiness. A little goes a long way and less is definitely more... it’s always easier to add more than take away when it comes to cream blush, though if you do overdo it, just soften the look by blending with a clean brush and adding a sweep of powder.  I found the excess on my finger after doing my lips was enough for one cheek, though blending out edges with a brush is always best to avoid the Aunt Sally effect.

Limited Edition Lip Gloss

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Nude Pink is a beige peachy-pink and Nectar, a peachy coral that can be layered up to look quite bright. These contain botanical extracts, vitamins and oils to treat the lips during wear, so no need for balm underneath. Bare Peach is a High Shimmer gloss, packed with fine gold glitter that hangs about after the gloss has worn off, best layered over another colour. It was difficult to capture the sparkle in swatches as the light was starting to fade - you can see it better in the above left pic.

Limited Edition Nail Polish

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These two polishes are my second favourite pick from this collection. Nectar is a juicy, bright-yet-soft coral and Bare Peach Glitter, a very delicate gold glitter in a slightly milky base. I used two coats for the swatch of this on its own (centre),  and one when layered over Nectar (right). I actually love very fine glitters like this, which add a little sparkle and interest without looking too in your face D.I.S.C.O… more like you’ve just trailed your fingers through fine golden sand *gets lost in that moment.*

RRP Prices:

  • Nectar & Nude Eye Palette £37.50
  • Apricot Shimmer Brick £32.50
  • Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks £19
  • Limited Edition Lip Gloss £18
  • Limited Edition Nail Polish £11

The full Nectar & Nude collection launches on counters in March. Will you be trying any of it out?

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