Bobbi Brown Greystone Eyeshadow Palette | Review & Swatches

bobbibrowngreystonepaletteI have loved Bobbi Brown’s products from afar for many years. I distinctly remember reading an article about her in Girls Life magazine (did anyone else read that?) when I was 10 or 11 and dreaming of the day when I would own her makeup. Honestly, much of my makeup philosophies were inspired by her then, but perhaps that’s a story for another time. Last year I bought my first Bobbi Brown products and after loving them so much (especially this BB Cream) I had to add to my collection. The first thing that I bought (and what I’m discussing today) with some Christmas money was the Greystone Eyeshadow Palette. For a while I was trying to decide whether I wanted this palette or the Greige palette, but decided to go with this one because it was less expensive, and I thought the packaging was prettier.

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bobbibrowngreystonepalette-swatchesThis palette consists of five eye shadows that are perfect for any neutral shadow lovers. A couple of the shades are found in other palettes, like Cream (a creamy beige) and  Caramel Sparkle (a rich brown sparkle), but the rest are exclusive to this palette. Cream, like I said is a creamy beige and is the perfect all-over-the-lid shade. It’s barely perceptible, but makes a great base for other shadows or as a matte inner highlight. Chiffon, a soft champagne is a shimmer wash. I like using it for my day looks when I want a bit of shimmer, but nothing overpowering. Winter Grey, a soft grey, is my favourite shade in this palette — or at least tied for first place. It’s the perfect grey crease shadow (a slightly darker version of Urban Decay’s Frisk), and works well for a subtle crease shade during the day, and builds up well for a smokey night-time look. Carmel Sparkle is my other favourite and is exactly what the name would suggest. In order to get the full effect of the sparkle, I like to use my finger to apply this all over my lid or just to the centre for a highlight effect. Lastly, there is Black Steel, which is described as a “rich slate grey”. This is a great shadow for a dark smokey eye, but I generally prefer to use it as a liner with an angled brush to add definition to my lash line.

All of the shadows are creamy, and blend well. While they do have a decent amount of pigment, they are not the most pigmented shadows I’ve ever used. For me though, it’s not a bad thing that they aren’t extremely pigmented, and it’s not what Bobbi Brown is known for. The blend-ability and wearability make it worth it, especially if you have a love-love relationship with neutral shadows but also enjoy a little sparkle now and then.

Like most Bobbi Brown palettes, this one is limited edition and only available from certain stores (currently it’s still at Barney’s and Neiman Marcus). However, there is good news: Bobbi Brown’s eye shadow palettes always have shades in common or at least similar ones so you’re bound to find something you love in the Spring collection (I’m currently eyeing the Nude on Nude Eye Palette but I know I don’t need it).

Have you tried this palette? What is your favourite product from Bobbi Brown?

ps. Bobbi Brown BB Cream, Long-wear Cream Shadow Sticks and my travel makeup bag.

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