Smokey Nudes pretty much sums up my taste in make-up - leaning towards the more subtle nudes for everyday and smoked up for evening. Actually I’d quite happily wear a smokey eye daily if I had the time, but alas that’s not an option. Bobbi Brown’s Smokey Nudes Collection had me swooning at first glimpse and after indulging in each of the products for a while, I’m happy to report that the products perform as beautifully as they look. The queen of the collection is the Smokey Nudes Eye Palette, paired with a limited edition Sandstone Shimmer Brick, 4 Creamy Matte Lip Colors, Smokey Eye Kajal Liner and Mascara.
Smokey Nudes Eye Palette
This two tier palette is cleverly compact as the lower level slides out when in use and tucks away when you’re done, making it similar in size to the Shimmer Brick. The mix of creamy, well pigmented mattes and metallics come in a range of warm and cool tones: Watercolour Pink, Cream, Nude, Naked, Smokey Brown, Woodrose, Smoked and Silver.
Both the finger and arm swatches are a single swipe of colour and the pigmentation and payoff are pretty much perfect for me, with minimal fallout. The two sparkle shades (centre swatches on my arm) are the least pigmented as they are designed to be pressed over colour to add sparkle.
Sandstone Shimmer Brick
While I’m not the biggest Shimmer Brick fan, Sandstone does have pretty tones with more shimmer than glitter - and works well as a highlight. Avoid fallout when sweeping the colours together by patting the palette with the side or tip of your brush and swirling colour across tops of cheekbones. The copper and bronze Autumnal shades also work well on the eyes, so don’t restrict this to your face! One of my favourite colour combinations for eyes is bronze and grey - and I’ve enjoyed combining both the Shimmer Brick and eyeshadow palette with metallic grey Storm Eye Kajal Liner and lashings of instant-bold-lashes via Smokey Eye Mascara.
In the pic above, I’m wearing the eye shadows, liner, mascara and lipstick in Warm Nude. I’m going to save the creamy matte lipsticks for a separate post tomorrow or this will go on forever - and they’re so lovely they deserve an ode of their own. If you want a sneak peek, you can see them on my Instagram.
Anyone with me in my love of smokey nude tones?