Just Charlie G

I first blogged about the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl back in 2013. I’m on my second one right now so I wanted to revisit it.

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder

As you can see below, my second one is well loved too and it probably won’t be too long before I need to replace again!

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder So what you have is a palette of face powder in a variety of colour correcting shades. The palette is so incredibly versatile and that’s why its become one of my most favourite products. Primarily this is a finishing powder, blend over your face, just like your average powder, with a big fluffy brush preferably. Used in this way it seems to add a touch of radiance and a soft focus effect. It’s fantastic.

The main way I like to use it though is as a highlighter. It’s not shimmer (only the white shade has a small amount of pearl effect), but because it brightens so beautifully, it almost has extra impact if you use it on your cheekbones, forehead, chin, on top of your usual powder. I use it this way very often. It adds an incredibly natural glow to the skin, exactly where you want the light to catch you.

The final way I use this palette is as individual colour correctors. As you can see the green has a big old dent in it as I use it on  blemishes A LOT. It wasn’t until reasonably recently I started using it in this way, using a small but very fluffy brush to pick out a shade and apply where necessary, personally I use these under my normal powder and you must take care to blend them but they work amazingly well. I use the green on any spots and redness, the purple goes on any yellow or sallow areas, the pink brightens around the eyes while the yellow is great for hiding purple or blue veins or under eye circles. The white highlights like a dream. The blue I don’t tend to use on its own but if your fake tan has gone a bit streaky, apply some blue, since blue counteracts orange nicely.

The palette is a whopping £42 so I don’t use it as an everyday all over powder (but definitely use it for this for special occasions!), but I use it for brightening and correcting every single day. 100% recommend, its an absolutely beautiful product!

I purchased this palette myself from Bobbi Brown but my original product was a sample for review purposes and as such is disclosed on that post.

Bonus picture as my Thor came to investigate what I was up to.

Bobbi Brown brightening finishing powder

I thought the Greige trend was over a couple of years ago but Bobbi Brown are here to prove this trend still has legs with their beautiful new Greige Collection.

The centrepiece of the collection is the beautiful looking Greige Eye Palette £52

Bobbi Brown Greige 8 beautiful grey and beige shades, some classic Bobbi Brown shades such as Ivory and Slate with several new shades, Brown Haze Shimmer Wash, Greystone, Earth Metal Sparkle and Greige. The palette offers a range of finishes making it idea for day or evening wear.

I’m most excited to see the new Intense Pigment Liners £26.50.

Brown Intense Pigment LinerI just think these look incredible. There’s Black Plum, Midnight and Forest and they all look gorgeous but Black Plum looks AMAZING. These are pressed powder liners that you can applying a precise line or smudged out for smoky eyes. There aren’t any fillers or binders so you get just intense pigment. They look gorgeous. There’s a new brush available to go with them, the Dual-Ended Eye Liner and Smokey Eye Liner Brush and thats £31.

There are also two new nail polishes, one a glitter. £12.50 each.


Bobbi Brown Nail polishes are the nicest formula ever. I’ve waxed lyrical about their perfect application and gorgeous finish several times. Greige is a lovely grey-beige creme while Smokey Topaz is a rich metallic. I’d go for four creme nails with a metallic feature nail. Or even a variation on the french manicure. Beautiful.

There are four new shades of the Rich Lip Color as well as two new shades of the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks. The whole collection looks beautiful and is available now from counters and online.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

Bobbi Brown’s BB Cream isn’t a new product on the market, but what is new is that they’ve added four new shades so it now caters for even more skin tones.

Shades available are:

So that’s good news!  What isn’t good news is that I haven’t been getting on too well with this product 🙁 In the official images the models look absolutely stunning with flawless glowing skin and I want that too, I really want that, alas, I didn’t get that!

So unlike some BB Creams, this is more of a true BB rather than some of those on the market that are really just tinted moisturisers. This BB can be used either as base for your foundation or alone as a lightweight foundation. It promises to cover imperfections and even skin tone, draw moisture to the skin and help oil control, brighten dull skin instantly and over time, reduce the look of wrinkles and shield the skin with it’s SPF 35 and anti-oxidants.

The colour I’ve been using, Light, is perfect for me and what I do really like about this is the level of coverage, it manages to look as though it’s not there whilst doing exactly as it promises and evening out skin tone and covering small imperfections (you’ll still need a concealer on pesky spots)…but alas, that’s where my love of this BB ends and I so wanted to love it. You all know I’m a big Bobbi Brown fan and I have quite high expectations but alas this didn’t suit my skin type at all. It settled in to every dry flake, (I didn’t know I had) every pore, and every line. It just didn’t work for me at all. If you really zoom into the second pic below, you can see how it’s settled into all the lines on the back of my hand, although it’s not really noticeable unless you’re up close.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

I think this would suit anyone who doesn’t have stupid skin like mine. On the plus side it’s totally reminded me how much I DO love the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick. My love for this grows daily, easy to tweak your coverage where you need it, convenient to apply and I love the finish.

Sorry Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35, it’s not you, it’s me.

If you do fancy this, you can purchase it from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*


Well, recently I showed you the Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette which is the star product from the current Navy & Nude collection, and today I’m going to show you some of the things from the supporting cast!

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

So lets start with the two eye products. Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Suede (£18.50) on the Left and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink on the Right (£17.50).
Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection
Starting with the Cream Shadow in Suede. This is my first experience of the long-wear cream shadows and this is a great start. The colour is fantastic, it’s a brilliant base for any shadows, but especially the Navy &Nude one of course but it’s also great on it’s own, it’s just a good colour. Very warm in tone but goes with most things. Wear time is, as you would expect, exceptional, very good indeed. Recommended, even though the price is a bit ouchy… And moving onto the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. Steel Ink looks to be a black in the pot, but it’s not. There’s a hidden surprise, it’s actually a blackened navy filled with shimmer. Not my first experience with this product in general but it’s in keeping with the others I’ve tried. Applies smoothly and easily and lasts all day with no transfer to the upper lid. Super. Swatches of both of these can be seen lower down. The Liner is Limited Edition. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them, combined with the Navy & Nude palette.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

Then we have the Limited Edition Brightening Brick in Pink (£40)

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I have mixed thoughts on this one. For a start, I really object to the £40 price tag. It’s nice but it’s not that nice if you know what I mean. I certainly wouldn’t have paid for this item. That said I do like it and I really love the Porcelain Pearl one I have and use frequently. I’d say if this was more around the £25-£28 price point it’d be something I’d highly recommend. The shade is beautiful, it’s a warm pink but be warned, it’s very very sparkly, something I don’t mind at all, but if you do, this one to avoid. I actually love this on me, it’s a very subtle way to wear a blush, and there’s something really classy about it.

Here’s how it looks on me.
Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection
The final item is the Limited Edition Sheer Lip Gloss in Sailor (£18)

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I like the formula of Bobbi Brown Lip Glosses very much, they seem to stay on my lips for a long time. This is a sheer red, but it’s not a must have unless you don’t own anything like it and you’d like to. It gives just the merest hint of colour on the lips and it is pretty but it’s not very exciting. Still, a sheer lipgloss is a handy thing to have and I’m sure this will be worn.

And here I am wearing all of the above and the Navy & Nude Palette.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

I really love this collection, I love the look all the products give, it’s a natural and pretty look with interest added with the navy. Not all products are must haves, but I’d strongly recommend the Eye Pallet and Cream Shadow, along with the Liner. Other items are nice to have, but not must haves for me!

Oh and before I go, here are swatches of all the products shown above. L-R Sailor Lip Gloss, Pink Brightening Brick, Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Steel Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Collection

All items available from www.bobbibrown.co.uk now.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I was really excited to see this new collection from Bobbi Brown, the combination of Navy & Nude is really appealing. There’s something classy and sophisticated about it. Of course once in my paws it ceases to be classy and sophisticated, but I’m a fan despite initial doubts!

The whole collection is lovely and I could have gone mad, I’d love to have got the Brightening Brick, and the Nail Polish in Navy, I find the formula of Bobbi Brown nail varnishes to be really lovely and I realised that I don’t actually own a navy polish. I was quite surprised when I checked. The thing I’ll definitely go back and get at some point is the Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. I’m a new convert to Bobbi’s much acclaimed Gel liners and I think the palette could do with a navy liner. Another thing I realised I don’t actually have!

Anyway, the Navy & Nude Eye Palette had to be mine. I received Spring’s Lilac Rose version as a PR sample and I really love it, it’s a daily staple so I wanted this one too. Although it’s similar and you probably don’t need both. The colours are all different and I don’t own a navy shadow so I was sold.

I love the case, it’s a classic Bobbi case, but this time the black is marbled with navy.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

And the contents…sorry, I used it before I took pictures. Not like me, but I couldn’t wait.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Here are the swatches.

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Just in case you have the Lilac Rose Eye Palette and you are wondering how similar they are, here’s the swatches for that one. too

Bobbi Brown Lilac rose Eye Palette

Lets just say you probably don’t need both unless you’re a bit mad like me….

When I first used this Navy & Nude palette I was a bit underwhelmed. The navy (which I think is the selling point of the collection) wasn’t all that impressive. Add a base or a primer though it it performs really well. Now I strongly believe that an eyeshadow should work without a base, I don’t want to have to add an extra step to my routine in order to get a product to perform how it’s supposed to and I still think that now. But shallow Bobbi Brown fangirl that I am, I’m prepared to let it slide on this occasion because I love the combination of colours and the looks you can achieve with it, even if you do need a base or primer!’

And here’s how I’ve been wearing it!

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette

It’s a really expensive £48 but the quality of all the shadows is really good, except the navy, which just needs a little TLC.

You can buy from Debenhams or Bobbi Brown.

*Product purchased myself, but post does contain an affiliate link*

 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick

I’ve had Bobbi Brown’s Tulip Lipstick for ages now and can’t believe I’ve not blogged about it before. I am drawn to lipsticks and have way way too many to even think about, but in truth I rarely wear them. That’s today’s shocking confession out of the way. This changed with Tulip. This is the perfect daily shade for me, it’s pigmented and colourful but it’s not bright. Nor is it dull. It’s the perfect every day shade.

Here’s how I’ve been wearing it most days, minimal effort but the lipstick pulls it together to make me look a bit more polished than if I hadn’t put it on.
 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick


 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick
 Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick

I’m struggling to think what else I’m wearing but here’s the things I can remember:

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Cool Beige, with Cover FX concealer* in Extra Light.
On my cheeks I have Clinique Fresh Bloom All Over Colour in Almond and Blossom Blend.*
On my eyes I’m wearing Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadows in Sugar Biscuit which is a softly shimmering cream and Twilight Rose (a limited edition shade no long available) but the softest pink. *
Magnetic Lash Mascara *
HD Brows Palette on my brows. *
Bobbi Brown Tulip Lipstick.

Unfortunately, Tulip is no longer available. It was discontinued quite some time ago but re-released for a limited time at the end of last year. It’s the kind of colour that I suspect you could dupe quite easily. It’s a very flattering shade and very wearable.

So there we have it! My most worn make up at the moment!

* Denotes items previously received as PR Samples

A few months ago I reviewed the Yellow Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder which has become a staple item of me, with a light dusting around my nose and another signs of redness but now I’ve added another of the Retouching Powders to my arsenal, in an attempt to get a flawless finish. Namely the Peach version.

Bobbi Brown Peach Retouching Powder

Whereas the yellow powder is for neutralizing red areas the peach is for either warming up pale skintones or evening out darker or tanned skin. Naturally I count as pale and I find the lightest touch of this across the high points of my face does indeed add a bit of warmth, nothing obvious mind, but we don’t want obvious. I say I used it on the high points of my face, but I have a little routine going where I get the yellow powder and lightly dust around my nose and well the peach… I seem to have gravitated to using it all over. It’s ultra fine, HD if you will, except for me, the white HD powders seem to sit in my pores and have a tendency to look dry, whereas this is invisible on the skin, absolutely invisible.

The opts are small, at 4.7g, but they are not supposed to be finishing powders for the entire face, it just so happens that’s how I’m using mine. That said, as I learned on my Bobbi Brown make up lesson a few months ago, I was using far too much powder (even though I was thought I wasn’t) so I still envisage this pot will last me a long time, the yellow even more so.

Bobbi Brown Peach Retouching Powder

Far from being gimmicky as you might think with these powders, these are truly awesome tools to have, to help create that flawless finish. I have a hankering for Rose now… and White to see how it compares to other white HD powders I’ve previously tried….

All of the Retouching Powders are £25 and I got mine from www.bobbibrown.co.uk/

When I had my Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful make lesson a couple of months ago they used the Long Wear liquid foundation on me and I fell in love. It lasted well on the skin but it seemed to have the perfect balance between wearing for a long time, but not being heavy and matte, in fact I’d go so far as to say it’s the opposite of that. I’d not got round to buying a bottle yet as I am working my way through some other foundations I must finish up before I buy more, but I was delighted to received the new Long-Wear compact as a sample recently.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Available in 18 Shades this foundation promises 12 hour wear, flexible breathable coverage, no caking creasing or settling, controls oil and shine and protection against sweat and humidity.

My shade in all Bobbi Brown foundations is Warm Ivory. It always looks completely wrong for me in the bottle or in this case, in the pan, but it’s always just right when I apply it.

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
The foundation comes in a lovely solid black compact and comes with a sponge for application, I’ve used both the sponge and a foundation brush (seriously loving the Liz Earle Foundation Brush at the moment) and both apply really well, I think using a brush has the edge though and of course, it goes without saying that the sponge is perfect for out and about.

In terms of all the claims made about the product, I think they all hold true except for one. This does last all day, it gives a fantastic natural looking medium coverage, it doesn’t crease or settle (usually a problem for me around my nostrils) and it seems to hold well whatever situation I’m in, although I’m yet to put it through it’s paces in the tropical biodome a the Eden Project (ooh but I will later this month!). The only thing I don’t find is that it’s not terribly matte on me, that’s not a criticism, I actually love the finish on me, it’s more natural. It has a hint of shine about it that doesn’t scream oil slick. It’s very nice and brightening.

Not the most flattering pictures ever I admit, but you can see what I mean about the finish.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
The Bobbi Brown Long-wear Even Finish Compact Foundation is £32 and if you purchase from www.bobbibrown.co.uk use the code LWCOMPACT at checkout to get yourself a 7ml sample of Vitamin Enriched Face Base.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Roza

Bobbi Brown don’t seem to do much in the way of nail polishes, in fact on the website I see a grand total of two polishes. One of which is Roza which was new for for Spring as part of the Lilac Rose collection. I am not sure if Roza is limited edition or not but I can’t see any evidence to suggest it’s limited.

Roza is described on the site as a pink grey, I’d call it a beige with a hint of pink but who cares really, this is LOVE. I don’t do neutral shades. You won’t find many on this blog, in three years of blog posting. This one, well lets just say I’ve just put it on tonight, for the fifth or sixth time.  Unheard of for me. Not just to wear a neutral, but to war any polish this often. I don’t know what it is about this polish, it’s just perfect. It wears for days on end on me, it’s glossy, it’s chic, it’s understated and classy. I don’t know, I just love it, and formula wise it’s perfection. I get far longer wear from this than any China Glazes or OPI’s I own. Love.
Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Roza
Roaza is £11 and available from www.bobbibrown.co.uk

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl

You could be forgiven for running away from this gorgeously pretty but funky coloured face powder but I urge you to not run away, but indeed order it (seriously when are Bobbi Brown going to actually just employ me?!). This stunning powder is an all over powder for brightening the face and fear not, you will not end up with a multicoloured face, you’ll just end up looking radiant (minus the shimmer).

The palette is a generous size with a great mirror in the lid. The top left shade, the white, is lightly shimmery and the rest of the colours are matte so far as my eye can see, but I suspect that actually there’s something a little luminous in there. The best thing about this product is that it does what it does without actually being noticeable…which of course makes it impossible to show you in photographs.

Personally, whilst this is a finishing powder to be used over the entire face, to add some contrast I choose to use it only in selected places. I use my usual face powder all over and then add this along the tops of my cheek, my lower forehead (between my brows), chin, down the nose. All the areas I want to brighten. This isn’t a highlighter, it doesn’t highlight, it does brighten.

Anyway, here’s my mug yesterday.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl


Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl

So there you have it. Another highly recommended Bobbi Brown product. Yes this was a sample provided for review purposes but I swear to go I mean every single word of this (ALL of my) review(s).

For me this is the final step, like the icing on the cake as it were, once I’ve completed the rest of my make up.

The only thing I don’t like about this product is the price, at £40 a pan, its another reason I don’t use this all over, and just on selected parts of my face. I want this to last. Although  I should add, that although I use this daily, I see no signs of wear on it yet. Time will tell I think!

Available now from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.

*Product provided free of charge for review purposes