Friday, 18 October 2013

Products that I caved in... #1: Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette & Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

If you are a serious makeup addict like myself, you will have the experience this: you have been refraining from buying a product for some time, because:
a) you have already owned similar products multiple times; or
b) you have bought so much recently that you are trying to save money; or
c) your beauty stash are so overflown into every corner of your room.
However, after the same product popping up on different beauty blogs over and over again, you finally convince yourself that it is THE ONE PRODUCT that you NEED, RIGHT NOW!

Today, I am going to share with you the products that I bought under the abovementioned scenario.


Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette


Why I was refraining from it...
I have a whole drawer full of neutral eye colours, SURELY I don't need another neutral eye palette in the next 10-20 years. But when Bobbi Brown's Rich Chocolate palette keeps appearing in various blogs, my desire to have it just grew & grew. "yes, it's a great travel palette" (as if I am travelling all the time, not!).

The last straw was....
On the Sunday Girl's blog. Her review was quite late compare to all the others. At the end of her blog, she says "... the Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette has sold out like hot cakes and the only place I can currently list as a stockist is John Lewis". Anything that is hard to get makes me wanting it even more! I clicked on the link and John Lewis was sold out. I hunt around a bit, and I found it in Selfridges online!! Ordered right away!


The packaging is sleek and slim. Such a slim compact still has enough space to snug in a double ended eye brush, great for travelling (again, not that I am actually going anywhere!!) or for the handbag (this I do have, obviously).



The colours cover everything you need to have a neutral to smokey brown eye look. Out of the 7 colours, 5 of them are matte, one shimmer and one glitter. As you can see from the swatch on my arm, the colours are not crazily pigmented, which is a good thing, it is always easier to add more rather than starting off with too much.

I would say it is a grown-up version of the Soap & Glory Lid Stuff Eye Quad "What's Nude", which is my absolute favourite and is one of my Makeup Staples (You can check out my post on here). But from now on, I think it is time to turn up a notch and to be more sophisticated!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light


Why I was refraining from it...
With my skin being combination towards oily, matte finishing powder is my best friend. I would stay away from any illuminating, dewy finish products. Illuminating shimmery powder AND expensive? Er... 100% no thank you!

The last straw was....
On Anna's blog. Her blog title was "Now I get it...". At the end of the blog, she says "I'm sorry that it took a while to warm up between us (her & the hourglass powder). My apologies"

Her sentences were like spells, I went to Space NK that weekend, had a good look at all the colours and set my heart on Diffused Light. I sweep on a light dust after my makeup to set everything.... O-M-G!! Do you remember in Cinderella when the fairy godmother waved her magic wand and Cinderella was transformed into a princess?  That was exactly how I felt. The powder set my makeup beautifully, it cover any flaws and make my makeup looks perfect! It's not cakey or shimmery, it just gives a very subtle glow. My skin feels baby soft. It controls oils pretty well too! When I attempt to blot my T-zone throughout the day, hardly any oil comes out. It is a magic setting powder! I have to say the same thing, "Sorry Hourglass it has take me so long to discover you, but now I get it! I totally 100% get it!"


Have you tried any of these products? What product do you cave in?


Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette - Selfridges - £39.50
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Space NK - £38