Sunday, 8 March 2015

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection: Spring 2015 Colour

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If you thought Bobbi Brown was neutral-only territory then think again; her new Spring collections are all about adding a pop of colour - from peachy coral cheeks to WOW orange lips. I’m more than ready for a brights at this time of year and a bold lip with neutral eyes is right up my street, so I’m all over this! Read on to find out more about the Hot Collection, Monday to Sunday Lips and a Pretty Powerful product in support of International Women’s Day.

THE HOT COLLECTION

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Calypso is my favourite of three new Limited Edition Cheek Palettes, also available in Pink and Berry. These are designed to be applied using a sweep of the softest colour across cheek bones, with a pop of the brightest shade on the apples, finished with the highlighter shade. Highly pigmented and buttery soft, I really can’t fault them. I’ve mostly been wearing the lightest pinky coral with a little of the highlight on upper cheekbones. Unlike the more subtle Brightening Bricks, these are all about bringing the face to life and a little goes a long way. A light dusting is all I need and the colour is very buildable, so I think this shade would also work beautifully on medium/tan skin tones.  (I’m wearing it in this Instagram pic). My swatches show a single swipe of each, with a blend of all three at the top.

See all three Cheek Palettes, £34 here

 

HOT LIPS

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The lip colours for this collection come in the form of mega bright, highly pigmented Art Sticks with a matte finish, or a softer - but still bright - sheer lipstick. Both formulas are right up my street and also work well layered together (sheer on top for extra moisture). The Orange Art Stick (a red-orange) has a similar effect on me to a new hairdo, pair of killer stilettos or a caffeine shot, but quicker, easier and available on repeat.  LOVE. I do need a slick of balm underneath, but I can live with that. (Swatches show a single swipe of colour.)

Find the Hot Collection, from £19.50 here.

 

MONDAY TO SUNDAY LIPS

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A tonne of new Monday to Sunday lipstick shades (around 30) hit Bobbi Brown counters this month in 3 formulas: sheer, creamy and matte.  I love all 3 finishes to be honest and have worn the nude matte shades a lot this winter, but the creamy formula is my favourite as it combines a truly creamy, moisturising texture with great lasting power. My love for these goes way back. I first featured ‘Brown’ 3 years ago here and it’s still an absolute favourite and one of the most flattering shades I own. In fact you can see me wearing it in this Instagram pic a few weeks ago.

The swatches above show Pink Tulip Creamy Lip Color, a slightly blue pink, which I think is really pretty but doesn’t do a lot for my skin tone and Hollywood Red Sheer Lip Color, a filmstar red that I love. Not exactly what I’d call sheer as it’s very pigmented (compare it to the Hot Collection sheer swatches above) but *feels* like a balm on the lips. Despite transferring easily, it has pretty impressive lasting power, but if you’re after a lasts-through-dinner red, I’d go for Hot Red in the creamy formula or Heart in the Matte.

You can check out all the new shades here, £19.50 each

 

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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Last - and far from least - a limited edition Pot Rouge for International Women’s Day (today!):  Bobbi’s best-selling, multi-tasking lip and cheek formula in Pretty Powerful ll. 100% of the £19 cost (exc VAT) will be donated to Smart Works, the chosen charity for this year's Pretty Powerful Campaign in the UK. Smart Works is a non profit charity, which helps out-of-work women find employment by providing them with a set of interview clothes, styling advice and interview training.

Pretty Powerful II is a lip and cheek cream in a medium toned pink, specially designed to suit every skin tone. I’ve tried it and it’s a beaut. This the first time I’ve heard of a beauty brand donating 100% (exc VAT) to a worthy cause. Kudos.

Get yours here.

 

Anyone else get mega excited about new Spring makeup?!

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