Bobbi Brown’s new Black Velvet collection is a mostly uninspiring selection of browns, blacks and a little shimmer. One product really stands out. That’s the BlackBerry eyeshadow:
It’s just beautiful in the pot. Just stunning. Here, take another look:
Now, here’s the rub: NONE of that gorgeous shading ends up on the skin. It’s a black-based burgundy purple. On the skin, it’s really just BLACK:
The shimmer you’re picking up comes courtesy of a flash and other artificial light.
In natural light, it’s just black.
In order to get the ‘berry’ part of this BlackBerry eyeshadow, you’ll need this:
Makeup For Ever Aqua Cream in #17 (I think. The label is worn off of mine. It’s the berry colored one)
Look at the difference:
You can really see the ‘berry’ in the BlackBerry with a little bit of cream base. It also helps if you ‘pat’ on the color, rather than brush it on. I did an ‘eye’ with it, and failed to see that the other thing you’ll want to be aware of is the fallout:
I neglected to clean up with concealer after application… for the purposes of this demonstration, you’ll just have to forgive me.
The lightest pink color from the Chanel ENIGMA quad
Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner (lashline)
NYX Purple Eyeliner Pencil (waterline)
YSL Faux Cils Mascara
With the cream, I really like this shadow. It (along with the Black Garnet lipstick) are my favorites from the Bobbi Brown Black Velvet collection. For the record, I am a HUGE fan of Bobbi Brown foundations and bases. In that department, the brand really can’t be touched. But these latest color schemes tend to be a bit pedestrian. This latest collection is a foray into more drama… but the formulation is a bit chalky and requires a lot of patience for application.
I’m going to keep at it with this BlackBerry. I imagine that with a little imagination and a lot of patience, I can do beautiful things with it.