Inspiration really can come from the simplest things in life - and I love that the colour palette for Bobbi Brown’s new Greige Collection was inspired while mixing paint to decorate her own home. On counters in September, Greige is all about creating chic, neutral looks with touches of intensity. I’ve already shared my personal highlight, the Intense Pigment Liners (review here), but expect that most will be drawn to the Greige Eye Palette encased in sleek, navy satin. The line also includes two new shades of Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick, four Rich Lip Colors and two nail polishes.
GREIGE EYE PALETTE
I was pleased to see so many cool, matte shades in the Greige Eye Palette, with subtle variations in tone meaning that it can be used to create a number of different looks. There are five mattes, one shimmer and two sparkles. At first swatch, I was unsure if it had enough pigment, but on my eyes, the mid tones are perfect for adding definition in a way that looks polished, yet not overdone. Possibly not one for show stopper looks, but if like me you’re into using eye shadow to contour and enhance the eye area, I think you’ll appreciate this. The most swoony shade is Brown Haze Shimmer Wash (the one the brush is resting on above), chocolate with a satin finish that catches the light without looking showy or full on metallic… I use this on my lids with Greystone (bottom left) in the crease.
I’ve been reaching for this palette most days lately and find it more versatile than Clarins new Pretty Day Palette, reviewed here. The Greige Eye Palette RRP is £52; if you don’t mind skipping the sparkle and glamour, Urban Decay’s Naked Basics 2 (£23) has similar cool toned mattes, which I like the look of, though haven’t personally tried.
As it was a dull day when I took these pics, I’ve included swatches taken indoors by the window (above) and outdoors (below). These are quite heavy finger swatches… the colours are clearly buildable, but the matte tones look softer and almost skin-like when applied with a fluffy brush. I will be forever grateful to the Space NK MUA who taught me how flattering skin toned eye shadows can be for contouring the eyes in a very natural looking way.
LONG-WEAR CREAM SHADOW STICKS
If you fancy amping things up a bit - or doing your eyes in a hurry - it’s worth checking out two new shades of Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks, Greige and Midnight, both with impressive lasting power and colour intensity.
Greige is taupe with silver shimmer and mauve undertones, more shimmery on my eyes than it looks here. Midnight is a very wearable blackened navy and great for a quick smokey eye. Slick these all over the lid and blend out the edges with a finger or fluffy brush. I really like Midnight as a smokey liner too... use the edge to draw along the lash line and smudge with a pencil brush or Q tip. I’ve included a fine line smudged out with my finger to show how the colour can be applied softly for a more subtle look.
I’m wearing the Greige Eye Palette and Intense Pigment Liners in this pic. Look out for the Greige Collection on counters from September 2015.