Bobbi Brown’s ‘Rich Chocolate’ Eye Palette just became available at Nordstroms for $52. It’s a mostly matte eyeshadow palette with shades of brown that do make you think of chocolate – and caramel.
Because this palette is limited edition and these can tend to fly off the shelves, I’m reviewing it after just three days’ wear and some serious swatching. I prefer to wear things at least a week before reviewing, but you can actually tell a lot in three days if you focus entirely on that product. And I did.
The short review: buy this one for the mattes. If you love the matte colors in this (and I’d been wanting some cool brownish mattes to contrast with the warmer brownish mattes from Urban Decay’s Naked Basics), this palette will add 5 really lush, creamy, pigmented mattes to your collection. They are so easy to work with. They go on opaque in one swipe, but you can also sheer, blend and soften them as much or as little as you want. Even with just the brush that comes with the palette. You can also use them wet as shadow or liner.
Unfortunately, a lot of people are buying this one mainly for the other two shades, which look stunning in the package. If you read through the unfavorable reviews at Bobbi’s website, you’ll see it’s mostly about Champagne Truffle (which I personally didn’t have trouble with) and Caramel Sparkle (which I did). So I’m calling this a good palette – not great, but not bad either. It’s got 5 exceptional shadows and 2 which are still usable to me, but don’t deliver what you expect from looking at them in the pan. I’ll detail this more in the swatches.
Despite the shortcomings, I have really enjoyed wearing this palette and expect I will go back to it as soon as I’m done testing some other time sensitive limited edition shadows for you guys. This palette comes with a very nice double ended brush – one fluffy, one flat – and a nice mirror inside the compact.
Now for some swatches and closeup photos!
Bone is a an off-white matte that leans beige. Stone is a medium brown matte with slightly warm undertones. Frappe is a matte cafe au lait with yellowish undertones
And now for the problem child of the palette. Caramel Sparkle is a medium warm caramel brown with micro-glitter. It goes on sheer – I had to build it up a good bit to get this color. And, as you can see around the watch, building up a glitter shadow results in lots and lots of fallout. I had actually blown some of the fallout off my arm before taking this picture! I have actually found that you can pat this one on carefully into a moist primer and get decent color payoff with minimal fallout. But it’s much tougher to get a good performance out of this one than the mattes. Champagne Truffle is a light pink-gold shimmer that’s intentionally sheer. I’ve read complaints that it’s too sheer, moreso than others from the same line. I wouldn’t know about that since I haven’t played with the others. For me, this one works well as a sheer wash with some shimmer. My one issue with it is that somehow all the pink disappears on my lid (but not on my arm) and it just ends up looking like Frappe with shimmer.
Cocoa is a medium chocolatey brown matte with plummy undertones. It’s about the same depth as Stone, but noticeably rosier/cooler. Rich Chocolate is a deep dark chocolate matte. You can use this one as a liner wet or dry.
That’s with Bone all over, Champagne Truffle layered on top of it from lashline to crease, Rich Chocolate along the upper and lower lash lines and up into the outer corner, and Cocoa as a transition color between Rich Chocolate and Champagne Truffle. I really like how easy it is to do a look that’s smokey yet matte with these!