I’ve been waiting for the Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude collection for Spring 2014 to arrive in South Africa for a while, as the eyeshadow palette was the first I really fell in love with since the Rich Chocolate palette last year, which I ended up not buying and have regretted ever since. The Nectar & Nude palette is quite similar, but a little less chocolatey and containing four mattes, a metallic and a sparkle shade. By the time I noticed the collection was in stores I had nearly missed it completely, but I managed to get the eyeshadow palette and one of the glosses. There are still some items left in store, so if you love this collection I would hurry up and grab what’s left.
Nectar & Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Heaven knows I own enough nude eyeshadow palettes already, but this is such a compact little palette, easy to store and transport, and the combination of shades makes it a perfect everyday palette for me. There are four matte shades, two of which are the exact light beige brown shades I like to wear as crease colours, plus a dark brown which makes the perfect liner. You can create light, shimmery day looks and dark smokey night looks with just these five shadows. And let’s just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful the sparkly pink gold shade is?
The lightest pale cream shade basically matches my skin tone, so it makes a good base colour, and the others show up really nicely on my eyes. All four matte shadows apply evenly and blend easily and have good payoff. The sparkle shadow can’t really be applied with a brush, as I find the brush picks up the glitter but no colour and just leaves a scattering of sparkle on my eyes. But if I apply it with my fingers I can get the shadow to actually show on my lids. The metallic gold/bronze shade does work with a brush but is also more intense when applied with fingers. Retails for R695.
High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Peach
I really wanted to get the lip gloss in nectar which comes in this collection but it was sold out at both Edgars and Stuttafords. So I went for my second choice (and it was a tough choice between the two) of bare peach, which is the one shimmer gloss in the collection. It gives only a light wash of pale peach colour, but it is more of a shimmer top coat of sorts. I have worn it alone and over lipstick and I adore the gold shimmer in it. It makes my lips look really shiny, but without the gritty shimmer texture you can occasionally get with shimmer lip gloss.
The texture is slightly thicker than the Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss or the Bourjois 3D Effet gloss, but much less gloopy and sticky than the Stila lip glaze or MAC lip glass. So it’s very comfortable to wear without the excess stickiness and I am considering getting another shade from the collection, the nude pink. Retails for R280 (I think. I lost my till slip).
The Other Stuff
There is also a gorgeous pot rouge in hibiscus, but I decided that instead of that I would get a Pretty Powerful mascara because 100% of the proceeds go to the Girl Rising Fund which helps educate girls in developing countries. This is their Everything Mascara repackaged in pretty pink packaging. Besides, as I mention in my video, the Clinique pop blushes are arriving next month and the shade Ginger Pop is a good dupe for the pot rouge in hibiscus. The Clinique pop blushes will be around R280. There is also a pretty limited edition apricot shimmer brick in the collection and some beautiful summery nail colours.
Bobbi Brown has a “get the look” page on their website detailing which products they used to get the look of the collection, which was quite useful for me. I used it as a guideline for re-creating the makeup worn by Katie Holmes in the campaign and this is the result…