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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Bobbi Brown 20th Anniversary Lip Palette

I was shocked - shocked - when I realised that Bobbi Brown was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of her iconic lipstick line, not least because I realised when I bought this that I actually owned at least three of the original shades, and I hadn't realised I'd been buying designer cosmetics for that long ...

I digress, the original line of lipsticks from Bobbi caused a bit of a stir when they first debuted in the early 90s, as I recall, they were different because there were just ten of them, and they weren't at all dramatic, merely good lipshades.  This palette includes samples of those original ten shades, alongside ten shades which date from this year.  Let's take a look:

Now, even without the headings, it'd be fairly easy to see which side was which, don't you think?  All those (slightly rusty) neutrals compared to the brighter (bluer) shades on the left!  It gets easier to see which side is which when you add in the names of the shades too:

The 1991 shades all have simple colour names red, beige, orange etc, and the 2011 are all Atomic this, Party that, Cosmic the other, [sigh].  Now, I have to say that I've grown less interested in Bobbi Brown as a brand as she's moved away from her initial launch of wearable neutrals to suit everyone and started throwing glitter into absolutely anything and everything, but I think I'll actually get more wear out of the 2011 range of shades.

What say you?  Any shades you want to see swatches of? And can you guess which three shades I owned when I was a student?

The Fine Print: Purchase.  A nostalgia trip I couldn't resist.

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  1. I love Bobbi Brown lipsticks - you can't got wrong with them! Thanks for the post!

  2. I'm liking the look of Blackberry in the 1991 side.

    It's that time of year for me when only a lipstick with berry in the name will do

  3. I think a palette of lipsticks which could be removed would be much more user friendly.... i dont buy lip palettes as I dont see the point you apply at home and cant take it with you xxx

  4. I'd like to see the reds swatched, please?

    I'd say you owned: Red, Rose and Rasin?

    Leah, I'm with you on lip palettes, but this on is pretty and I've toyed with buying it.

  5. I have always liked the idea of BB but find that I rarely repeat purchase, the 2011 palette looks brighter and more interesting but I yearn for a lipstick palette with some wearable neutrals and of the two, the 1991 palette looks the better bet. Great post. Thankyou.

  6. It is a nice palette but I was shocked to see at how small it was.


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