I have quite a lot of Bobbi Brown, so I thought I would take the opportunity swatch a bunch of her midtone brown eyeshadows from different palettes and singles all together so that they would be easier for people to compare. Her palettes usually contain at least one cream or white shade, some midtone browns, and then a really dark brown that I only ever use as a liner. So here is a comparison of the midtone browns I own swatched on my pale skin. I'll do a separate post of some of the lighter shimmer colors another time. Most of these are the matte browns.
1. Pale Rose 2. Stormy Grey 3. Barely There 4. Heather Brown 5. Saddle 6. Taupe 7. Stone 8. Cocoa 9. Frappe 10. Antique Rose 11. Cement 12. Naked 13. Slate 14. Downtown
A little closer:
1. Pale Rose 2. Stormy Grey 3. Barely There 4. Heather Brown 5. Saddle 6. Taupe 7. Stone 8. Cocoa 9. Frappe
7. Stone 8. Cocoa 9. Frappe 10. Antique Rose 11. Cement 12. Naked 13. Slate 14. Downtown
My favorites are Cement and Stone. Cocoa is extremely close to Stone, so the Rich Chocolate palette is almost like getting double the Stone (which is fine by me since I love that color). My least favorite color is Taupe, which oddly is the least taupey to me.
Also, I think I've finally figured out how to tell if a Bobbi palette will have good payout or not. All of the mattes are the best, great payout. The shimmers are all pretty good too. The metalics are usually okay but starting to get to not so great. It's the ones labeled sparkle that are horrible, crumbly, and no color payout. So if a palette is mostly mattes and shimmers, it's going to be a good one. If the palette has a lot of sparkles, I'd stay away.
What's your favorite matte brown eyeshadow? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.
SirenPrincessBeauty Rating: Varies by shade, but in general Bobbi Brown mattes get an A from me.
Disclaimer--I bought these. Saddle is from a GWP. Taupe was sort of free because BobbiBrown.com messed up my order and let me keep it. Otherwise I paid for them all with my own money.