Happy Holidays, everyone! What a better way to get back into blogging after a little Christmas break than by reviewing the glamorous Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Palette? Warning: This is an expensive luxury palette. I got it as a birthday gift and wouldn’t have purchased it myself as it’s out of my price range. I don’t think I would ever spend $75+ on a single makeup item unless it was a set that came with over 20 different products (or if I made thrice as much money as I make now). Let’s see if the Old Hollywood Palette is worth the splurge…
It’s the first point I want to address because it’s the first thing you notice in any palette. The Bobbi Brown nailed it, in my opinion. It’s the perfect combination of pretty and practical. The gold and black color scheme looks very classy. The mirror is large and there are no unnecessary empty spaces (The Balm, I’m looking at you!) that make the palette bulky. It’s as compact and sturdy as they could make it, perfect for traveling.
This is a neutral palette with a touch of holiday glam. It has three sparkle-finish eyeshadows which help the Old Hollywood stand out from the plethora of neutral palettes on the market. Sparkle eyeshadows are like pressed glitter. They add a reflective, wet quality to the eye when worn alone. When layered on top of other eyeshadows they work just like loose glitter. The palette also includes matte and metallic finishes.
Ivory: is a matte vanilla color. I wish more palettes included matte pale, highlight-type colors. This is perfect under the brows and all over the lid. I don’t like to highlight the brow bone with shimmery colors (especially if I’ve already used shimmer on the lids) so I’ve been using Ivory tons. It’s a little powdery but otherwise a good eyeshadow.
Golden Pink: is a bronze glitter. It’s a more orange-y gold (like MAC Amber Lights) which looks gorgeous on warm skin tones and blue eyes. It has a little fallout but it’s not too bad.
Gold: is a yellow gold glitter topcoat. Because it’s close to my skin tone in color, it’s surprisingly daytime appropriate. I’ve even work it for work. It gives your makeup some oomph but without being all “night club”-ish.
Opal: is a taupe-y silver glitter topcoat. The sparkle finishes deposit mostly glitter without a base color. Opal is great for those who want to wear silver on the eyes but don’t want it to be super saturated. It looks gorgeous on top of other eyeshadows and on the inner corners.
Fog: is a cool-toned dark brown. A matte brown is very versatile of course. It’s great on the crease, on the lid, and along the lash line. The texture is soft and the pigmentation is great.
Beige: is a light matte brown. This is the perfect crease and transition color. Beige is like the color Naked in the Urban Decay Naked 1 palette. It’s the type of versatile shade most people will hit pan on first.
Chocolate Bronze: is a warm metallic brown. This is probably my favorite color in the entire palette (surprising because I’m usually loyal to mattes). On the eyes it looks very metallic, almost foiled. The pigmentation is good and it’s just beautiful.
Candlelight Gold: is a shimmery yellow gold. Similar to Gold, except Candlelight Gold is a traditional eyeshadow not a sparkle overcoat. It has nice texture and pigmentation but it’s just a gold, nothing groundbreaking here.
Eclipse: is an off-black. It’s not the darkest black ever, more like a very dark grey. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on intense you like your makeup. I love when palettes include black shades because then I can do daytime look and dramatic looks too. I’m definitely not the type that only uses the light shimmery shades in eyeshadow palettes.
All the eyeshadows wear well, have nice texture, and good pigmentation. There’s a nice mix of glitter and mattes. I really love the sparkle finishes and didn’t find them to have too much fallout at all. For some, however, they may be the palette’s downfall. If you’re not a fan of glitter (or like to keep your makeup toned down) you may not see the point of glitter topcoat-type shadows. And at $75, you better get a lot of use out of every color.
At first, $75 seems like an exorbitant price tag but upon closer inspection I found that it really isn’t that bad. What do I mean by that? Yes, you can get 12 eyeshadows in the UD Naked 1, 2 or 3 for $52 plus a brush and primer (which is one of the best values on the market for high quality eyeshadow palettes). But when you compare it to other high-end palettes like the NARS And God Created The Woman Palette (which I bought for $59 and adore) that only offers a measly 0.03 oz per shade, the Old Hollywood Palette doesn’t seem that bad. Each shade in the Old Hollywood comes with 0.050 oz of product (except the sparkles which have 0.070 oz). On a disappointing note, the Bobbi Brown palette does not include an eye primer (like the NARS and Urban Decay palettes) but at least the dense flat side of the brush it comes with is great for patting on the sparkle shadows.
Using only eyeshadows from the Old Hollywood palette. On the lid (left) Gold sparkle eyeshadow and Chocolate Bronze sparkle eyeshadow (right). Beige on the crease in both eyes. Ivory beneath the brows. Fog and Eclipse along the lash lines.
Phew! I hadn’t posted such a long review in a while. I’m almost done, I swear. I like to review palettes thoroughly, specially for those coming from Google trying to figure out whether to purchase or not. Overall: It’s a solid palette. I love it and have been using it a lot these past two weeks. It does has a specific audience though: those who wear glitter and those who splurge on makeup. There are many affordable neutral palettes in the market so the Old Hollywood is no must-have.
I do want to address the sparkle finishes Gold, Opal, and Chocolate Bronze (because of reviews I’ve read on Sephora.com). Sparkle finishes are pressed glitters. You can’t apply them like traditional shadows or else you’ll only get a few barely visible stray glitters. You can’t sweep them on with fluffy brushes. Use a dense brush and pat them on instead (like you would loose glitter).
I hope you all had nice holidays. Did you get any beauty presents? What do you think of the Old Hollywood palette?
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