Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

Luxe Gems

Bobbi Brown Luxe Gems Eye Shadow Palette ($75.00 for 0.49 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for the holiday season that features seven shades of the brand’s Luxe eyeshadow (which is their more expensive formula). The Luxe formula can be used dry or wet, though the current description of the formula indicates to use it with a wet brush to intensify the shine–and that seemed to be true for most shades in the palette. They are supposed to wear for eight hours, and most of them lasted between seven and eight hours on me.

Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Incandescent Luxe Eye Shadow

Incandescent

Incandescent is a brighter, yellowed-peach base with peach-to-pink shifting sparkle and a metallic finish. It had opaque pigmentation that applied similarly dry as it did with a dampened brush, though the wetter application yielded a shinier finish. The texture was smooth to the touch, dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan, so it was easy to pick up and apply. This shade wore nicely for eight hours before fading visibly.

Top DupesFormula OverviewCharlotte Tilbury Celestial Eyes (Prime) (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar).MAC La-di-da (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Pat McGrath VR Fire Opal (PiP, $25.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Colour Pop By the Pound (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Prelude (P, $7.00) is brighter, warmer (85% similar).Makeup Geek Hologram (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar).Milani Pink Sand (PiP, $5.99) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Dior Expose #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).MAC All in All (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Ready or Yacht (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye ShadowBobbi Brown Bijou Luxe Eye Shadow

Bijou

Bijou is a soft, muted peach with warm, orange undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and opaque (slightly darker) coverage applied with a dampened brush. The texture was denser and firmer in the pan, but it wasn’t stiff, so I was able to pick up product easily with a brush and didn’t have any issues with fallout or blending. It lasted well for seven and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

Top DupesFormula OverviewTarte Paradise (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Colour Pop Catch Me (PiP, $4.50) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).LORAC Fawn (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).Becca Ombre Nudes #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Sephora Magnolia (PiP, ) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Viseart Peche (Rosé Edit) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $19.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Milani My Daily Latte (PiP, $5.99) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Dior Matte Nude (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Dose of Colors Basic (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Volcanic

Volcanic is a deep purple with warmer undertones and a sparkling finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff in a single layer applied dry, though it needed to be applied with a dampened brush to get to full coverage. The texture was dense, fairly smooth but felt a bit more textured based on how much sparkle was in it (relative to the other shades), and blended out well with a touch of fallout. It stayed on well for eight hours with light fallout over time. This shade was released individually before, but the version in the palette was better pressed and was easier to work with.

Top DupesFormula OverviewMAC Midnight Shine (P, $18.00) is lighter (90% similar).Lancome Hotel Particulier (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Urban Decay Bondage (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery (90% similar).Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).MAC Sparkling Moment (LE, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty How You Want (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar).NARS Wishing on a Star (LE, ) is more shimmery, less pigmented (85% similar).Colour Pop Stereo (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).Stila Hypnotic (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, lighter, less pigmented (85% similar).Too Faced Better Together (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter, more muted (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Sunstone Luxe Eye Shadow

Sunstone

Sunstone is a soft beige with warmer undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry with light fallout during application, whereas dampened application yielded opaque coverage and a smoother finish with just a smidgen of fallout. The texture felt smooth to the touch, dense but not too firmly packed into the pan, and it was blendable without having issues with lots of fallout. It wore well for eight hours with slight fallout over time.

Top DupesFormula OverviewCharlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar).Viseart Celestial (GPV2 #3) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar).Giorgio Armani Gold Ashes (12) (P, $39.00) is warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Monroe (220M) (PiP, $29.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).Natasha Denona Lumino (212M) (PiP, $29.00) is lighter (90% similar).PIXI Beauty Metal Mauve (PiP, $20.00) is more shimmery (90% similar).Pat McGrath Astral Solstice (PiP, $25.00) is warmer (90% similar).Ciate Entwine (P, $24.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Sephora Satin Corset (281) (P, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar).Chanel Poesie #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye ShadowBobbi Brown Ultra Velvet Luxe Eye Shadow

Ultra Velvet

Ultra Velvet is a blackened plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and slightly deeper color but similar coverage when applied with a dampened brush. This was the only under-performing shade in the palette as it seemed firmer, stiffer, and a little drier, so it was harder to diffuse and blend out. The color lasted decently for seven hours on me.

Top DupesFormula OverviewSydney Grace Dark Chocolate (P, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (90% similar).Jouer Mahogany (LE, ) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (85% similar).Anastasia Palm (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter, warmer (85% similar).Laura Mercier Hot Chocolate (LE, $23.00) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (85% similar).Dior Lucky Star #5 (LE, ) is less shimmery, brighter, more pigmented (80% similar).Viseart Dolce (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (80% similar).Dior Devilish #5 (LE, ) is darker, more pigmented, warmer (80% similar).Persona Brave (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (80% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, more pigmented (80% similar).Sydney Grace Dark Roast (DC, $5.00) is darker, more pigmented, cooler (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Electric Sapphire Luxe Eye Shadow

Electric Sapphire

Electric Sapphire is a deep, blackened navy blue base with tons of sparkling flecks of blue and lighter blue throughout. The texture was dense, more substantial, and creamier, which ensured that the sparkles mixed with the base pigment for a smooth, even lay down of product that had minimal fallout during application.

It had rich color payoff that applied the same dry as it did wet, though it seemed to have a slightly smoother sheen applied with a dampened brush. It wore nicely for eight hours on me with a smidgen of fallout over time.

Top DupesFormula OverviewColour Pop Patchwork (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar).MAC Lunar Metal (LE, $21.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar).Marc Jacobs Beauty For Once (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).Kevyn Aucoin Impulse (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar).Colour Pop Antimatter (P, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar).MAC Deep Blue Green (PiP, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Colour Pop Warrior (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar).NARS Moskova #1 (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).Colour Pop On One (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Anastasia Mermaid (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

 

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Black Pearl Luxe Eye Shadow

Black Pearl

Black Pearl is a darker taupe with subtle, warm undertones and a silver shimmer-sheen that gave it a more metallic finish. It had good color coverage that applied similarly dry as well as wet, though the dampened application yielded a more metallic, reflective finish that made it appear a touch lighter.

The texture was smooth, dense without being too firmly pressed into the pan that it became stiff to work with, and it applied evenly and had no fallout. It stayed on nicely for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

Top DupesFormula OverviewTom Ford Beauty Soleil et Lune #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar).Natasha Denona Industrial (45M) (PiP, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar).Kat Von D Darling (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).Dose of Colors Slinky (P, $20.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar).NARS Stud (LE, $25.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar).Make Up For Ever ME554 Gunmetal (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Kat Von D Melancholia (DC, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar).Huda Beauty Smokey #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar).Chanel Silver Screen (822) (LE, $36.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar).Melt Cosmetics Drunk Text (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar).

Formula Overview

$38.00/0.08 oz. – $475.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be “applied dry for instant impact or applied with a damp brush for a liquid metal look” that “glides on and blends easily.” The shades that I have tested have had good pigmentation both wet and dry with the dampened application yielding a smoother application and a stronger sheen. They could be used dry, but they adhered exceptionally well to bare skin when applied with a dampened brush. There was some fallout over time (seven to eight hours) when used dry and very minimal fallout over time when applied with a dampened brush.

It’s a good formula overall, but the price point seemed skewed, even within the brand’s formula (typically, eyeshadows are less expensive compared to the brand’s lipsticks, and the Luxe Lip Colors are $37 so these are more expensive). I think if these were around $29, they would be (marginally) easier to justify, but at $38 for a single eyeshadow, that’s a real commitment to a single shade.

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