Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review: Bobbi Brown Black Velvet Sparkle Eyeshadow

Black Velvet is a Sparkle eyeshadow Bobbi Brown released with their eponymous Fall 2010 collection

Swatches and more details after the jump!

Black Velvet is a smoky purple/plum base with iridescent lilac glitter.  It has a smooth formula but is somewhat difficult to work with and an absolute pain to photograph because of the glitter!  In pictures, the smoky purple base gets overpowered by the glitter; it's very pretty IRL, I swear!  Also, the pan comes across as more blue in photos than it actually is; it is definitely feels like a dark plummy purple.  In fact, it's gorgeous.  I was struck by how it sparkles in the light.  I also find it to be a unique shade; I definitely don't have anything like it in my collection.  Here it is taken with flash:

This eyeshadow needs to be patted on rather than brushed.  In the beginning I experienced moderate fallout with this eyeshadow, which you can see in the swatch.  However, once I learned how to apply the formula correctly, I experienced very little fallout. It stayed put after applied, and overall I was happy with how it wore.

Here are some more swatches, just because it was difficult to get this shadow to come across.  Black Velvet in daylight, no flash:

 Black Velvet with flash:

The packaging is Bobbi Brown's standard square eyeshadow pan, but this also includes a clear plastic guard on the inside that flips up. 

This was the only piece from the Black Velvet Collection that I picked up, although I was eyeing the Black Plum eye kohl and the Black Maple lipstick.  I may still get the lipstick (although I am debating this because I bought Kittenish lipstick from MAC's Fabulous Felines and I really don't wear dark lips that often), but I have heard mixed reviews about the eye kohl.  Any thoughts?

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