Naked and nude makeup palettes have undoubtedly been a thing this year. You can get them at all price points (just search them on British Beauty Blog, there’s a new one along every week) but for me, you can’t beat Bobbi Brown. The formulations are beautiful, the shades are supremely wearable and they work hard for day and night so that even the expensive ones earn their keep. As with fashion, I think it’s easier to splash out on classics as there’s less danger that you’ll get bored of them. Plus, Bobbi’s packaging at the moment is extremely luxe.
Recent weeks have seen a bumper arrival of lavish palettes, from posh tortoiseshell-effect finishes, to Hollywood-worthy croc-print leather. From Bobbi’s Gift Giving Collection, I can pretty much recommend everything. For starters, if eyes are your thing then there’s the Cool Eye Palette and the Warm Eye Palette, each with a dual-ended brush (£37.50) in a tortoiseshell-like case. The eye shades feature a mix of matte and sparkly but with Bobbi you know the sparkles won’t be ridiculous.
If you want a nude eye and a natural lip, then the Deluxe Lip & Eye Palette (top) will be your constant companion and worth the RRP £59. There are eight nude eye colours and eight creamy lip shades, plus a brush for each. Again, they’re packaged with their own mirror in an extravagant golden-trimmed tortoiseshell-effect palette.
I can’t not mention the Mini Lip & Eye Palette (£26). This is so cute as a starter gift for a young make-up user. It has three essential neutral shadows, two classic lip colours and the sweetest mini-mini lip gloss.
For a really special gift and a little bit more glam than the usual Bobbi, I have to flag up the limited edition Warm Glow Eye Palette (£59) from the Scotch on the Rocks Collection. (Think Lauren Bacall as 1940s diva as that’s who it’s inspired by…) There’s a lot of shimmer in this neutral nine-shade selection, and while it’s missing its brush, it compensates with the fanciest croc-effect casing ever, complete with push-click clasp.
Just as an aside, one of my favourite make-up removers is the Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil (£31, 200 ml). If you’re piling on the party face, it pays to get every scrap off. This goes on dry, massages in, then emulsifies with water and rinses away. Of all the cleansing oils I’ve used this has the best consistency, not too thick, or so runny it slips through your fingers.
Shop my Bobbi Brown nude edit below:
WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl