My makeup bills have quickly shot up lately and I don’t dare add them up. It was a necessary evil though as I felt my makeup was getting boring and my looks stale. I love makeup, but I don’t love makeup enough to have 50 palettes and 100 lipsticks and every new thing that comes out. I like quality over quantity. Yes, I own about 12 YSL lip stains but then I only have a few other lipsticks and that’s it.
So 3 months ago I started doing a lot of research into new makeup to see what was good and worth the investment to revamp my style. I fell into Tom Ford simply from a perfume sample that came in my Sephora order. It was Tom Ford Noir and I loved it, and I bought it. I had never strayed from what I believed was my signature scent, Burberry Classic. I knew Tom Ford recently went into makeup and had even pinned some lipsticks but $52 seemed like a lot at the time.
So I started looking into Tom Ford quads. At $80 each it’s a big investment. Is it worth the price? Yes, I found out. I watched a lot of videos, swatches and first bought Silvered Topaz (will review separately). I loved it. So when I went to buy a second one I kept seeing that Cocoa Mirage was their best seller. I quickly dismissed it because it looked sooo boring. Just some browns, mostly matte. But it kept popping up and I kept seeing videos and liking the results. One of the things I was also trying to get away from was always doing bronzey shimmers, basically anything with glitter. I needed mattes. I lacked those greatly, so I drank the kool-aid and bought cocoa mirage.
From the onset it looks just like plain browns but it’s more than that. You really do get what you pay for when you buy Tom Ford. If you’re like me, I have super sensitive skin, as well as my eyes. Any little fall out makes my eyes go red and irritated. Tom Ford literally has no fall out. They are creamy and buttery. You can apply them lightly or heavy for my dramatic looks. So with four simple colors you can do endless looks. I’m enjoying trying more matte looks, but I have to say that one shimmer brown in the quad is a real winner. Sometimes I just wear that on the lid for a simple smoky eye and it builds up really nice. It is a coppery brown with just the right amount of shimmer. Temptalia ranked it an A and I agree. Cocoa Mirage is not boring. It is a high quality quad that has many looks and is amazing quality to justify the price.
I swipped about three times and you can see where the edges of the swipe are lighter and the center more bold. So you can see how the color builds up nicely.
The new Bobbi Brown HOT Collection has just launched! It is currently available at Sephora. I “like” Bobbi Brown but I don’t tend to “love” Bobbi Brown. I’m more of a Nars girl. Bobbi Brown tends to be more neutral based so I think this new Hot Collection really steps up and offers some bright pops of color for lips and shimmery lids and cheeks for spring and summer. Until this collection, I haven’t seen any blushes that have come close to the cult classic Orgasm by Nars. The blush kits offered in this new collection give a similar pink shimmery flush.
I ordered the lip pencil in Hot Berry and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived yesterday. It is bright and fun for spring and summer. It reminds me of YU by Nars. It came with a nice big sharpener too. I’m going for the eye palette next!
Bobbi Brown teamed up with Kate Upton as the poster girl for this new line. Kate is from Florida and Bobbi wanted her to showcase that beachy look with a woman who exudes easy confidence.
“This collection channels hot summer days, sexy summer nights and Kate’s easy confidence.” – Bobbi Brown
What the collection includes:
Limited Edition Hot Nudes Eye Palette [$65] Housed in a sleek black compact with neon pink accents, this flirty palette features eight totally wearable shades that flatter all skin tones. Layered or worn alone, the shades in the Hot Nudes Eye Palette create a variety of signature Bobbi looks—from subtle and sultry to super smokey.
- Ivory Eye Shadow
- Smoke Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
- New Peach Sugar Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow
- Cement Sparkle Eye Shadow
- New Nude Petal Eye Shadow
- New Bronzed Beige Metallic Eye Shadow
- Nude Glow Metallic Eye Shadow
- New Blackest Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow
Art Stick Limited Edition [$26]
- Hot Berry
- Hot Pink
- Hot Orange
Limited Edition Sheer Lip Color Shade Extensions [$26]
Sheer Lip Color is now available in three electric shades that deliver the perfect pop of color with a beautiful, sheer payoff. The creamy and lightweight formula is comfortable on lips, making it easier than ever to wear daring color.
Limited Edition Cheek Palettes Bobbi introduces Cheek Palettes [$45] A no- nonsense, natural-looking approach to highlighting cheeks. Featuring two shades of blush and a pearlescent highlighter, this palette enhances cheeks for a healthy, lifted effect. To achieve Bobbi’s signature “just pinched” cheek look, dust the softer shade of blush onto cheeks, and then follow with a pop of brighter blush, applied just on the apples of cheeks. Finish with the highlighter shade on top.
Ink Liner [$28] Perfect for Kate’s jet-setter lifestyle, this travel-ready, pen-style liner is the ideal on-the-go tool, delivering a perfect-every-time line. Available in blackest black, it’s Bobbi’s go-to trick for standout eyes.