Bobbi Brown BRONZE Tortoise Shell Eye Palette Swatches & Review

For Fall 2011, Bobbi Brown released 2 beautiful palettes – the Sand Tortoise Shell Eye Palette, and the Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette – which is what we’re reviewing today.

From the Neiman Marcus website:

A flattering collection of warm neutral makeup for medium to darker skin tones, this palette lets you go from soft to smoky in no time flat.

The eight shadows in the Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette are designed to be layered—there’s no blending required. Tortoise shell glasses inspire the special limited edition compact—Bobbi’s muse for this collection.

Palette Includes:

Banana eye shadow (buttery cream).
Gold Nugget Sparkle eye shadow (yellow gold).
Amber Shimmer Wash eye shadow (pink bronze).
Copper Cocoa Shimmer Wash eye shadow (chocolate brown).
Tiger’s Eye Metallic eye shadow (golden copper).
Bronze Metallic eye shadow (true bronze).
Olive Sparkle eye shadow (golden green).
Espresso eye shadow (dark chocolate brown).

Start with the lightest shade, then layer the darker shades until you get the desired intensity.

I found the Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette to be rather sheer. Pigment comes across ok on the swatches, but it didn’t transfer so nicely to the lid. The shades of the palette are more dynamic if you apply a base color, such as Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Metallic Cream Shadow or a MAC Paint Pot. I’m only NW25 and for this to be geared towards medium to dark skin tones… well it makes me believe you’ll have a hard time pulling the pigment you’d need if you’re darker.

They say to layer the shades, but Le Metier de Beaute always stresses to layer their shades, and the pigment of their shadows alone is out of this world.

That being said, you DO get 8 shades for $60. The compact is pretty and has a mirror inside, which is always a plus. It breaks down to be a pretty sweet deal, and nice for travel as well.

I do have a FOTD with this palette coming up, it will post sometime this week.

The Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette retails for $60 and is Limited Edition. You can purchase this palette by heading over to your local Bobbi Brown counter, or visiting,,, or

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