Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow

23 July 2011

You know what they say: one man's rubbish can be another man's treasure. This has certainly been true for me in the last couple of days. Fortunately for me, my mum is a beauty therapist and make-up artist, (hence my love for cosmetics) and I am always routing round her collections she keeps at home. Every month she usually passes on a product that she hasn't used, doesn't like or doesn't suit her skin tone - great news for me! The other day she passed on a couple of Estee Lauder skin products, a few MAC lipsticks and a Bobbi Brown cream eyeshadow, all hardly used. It is this eyeshadow that I want to review. I don't own any of the Bobbi Brown cream shadows so I was very excited about trying this. After trying however, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. 

Metallic Cream Shadow in Mercury 11

Claims: lightweight formula goes on comfortably and leaves a soft, velvety finish. Stays colour true and crease-free all day.

The packaging is typically Bobbi Brown - classy, sleek and sophisticated whilst giving a modern touch. The glass square is a nice change to round pots we are used to with eyeshadows. You can see the shade of the shadow when the pot is tipped to the side. I generally have no complaints with the packaging. 

The shade of Mercury in the pot is very metallic (as you would expect from the metallic range) and very bright and silvery. It reminds me of the Bourjois eyeshadow in no25. I couldn't get the lighting right for the photo to the left so apologies for this, but it is an almost perfect photo of what it looks like.
I found the application of the shadow quite hard. The Bobbi Brown website says 'for sheer colour, use your fingers. For a dramatic look, use the Cream Shadow brush and apply two layers.' Now I don't have the specific Cream Shadow brush that Bobbi Brown recommend so at first I tried using just my fingers. The result was very sheer, and very subtle..mainly silver sparkles with a hint of grey-ish colour in some lights. On my other eye, applied it using a regular cream shadow brush I have. This seemed to be quite hard to use, and before I knew it, I could see it creasing in areas around my eyelid. I tried applying another layer and it just seemed to move the shadow around my eyelid even more. I tried swatching it on my hand to see how it came out and it came out a lot better on my hand:

Even in the above photo, I must have gone over that about 4 times to get the density of it. However, the swatch is still sitting on my hand at the moment and I have rubbed it and there it isn't smudging at all or getting transferred on my other finger, so this is a good sign.

At £16.50, I don't think I would run out and buy another one straight away, even though they do stock the metallic cream shadows in 12 colours. However, I do think I will use this and not let it go to waste. I want to try using this a topper to some evening make-up where greys and darks may be used, as I'm sure it would work quite nicely with that.

Has anyone else had similar issues with the application of the Bobbi Brown Metallic Cream Shadows? Please let me know! I'd love to hear the best way to apply them to get results.

To finish, I will leave you with a photo of me strutting down the road after my graduation ceremony last week...sporting my gorgeous leopard print shoes, Longchamp Le Pliage bag and obviously the fittest outfit you will ever see! I will do a graduation post next week I think.
The last 2 days have shown us some very tragic events in the world..remember - life is too short. Let the people you love know you love them.

-Tamsin xxx


  1. ooo that looks nice! my next investment...:P xxx

  2. Lucky, its lovely! Which MAC lipsticks? :):)

  3. It's a shame it creases as the colour is gorgeous :)

  4. Great post. I never go for cream eyeshadows as I just don't understand how they won't crease, even the expensive ones. Chanel have a range of metallic eye shadows they've just released. They're more of a souffle-esque texture xx

  5. I'm yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn't crease! I've tried a variation from low priced to high priced and they all crease even with a primer (maybe it's my eyes?)x

  6. It is a pity that the result is not the one to be expected... I thank you so m uch for your thoughts on this product since I was consodering purchasing it soon!
    By the way, your shoes in the last photo look amazing!!
    Love from a new follower here,

  7. I've been lusting for one of those cream shadows for the longest time now! I don't know the name of the colour (it's "space" nothing) but it's a dark purple with lots of shimmer in different colours <3. I love it but paying that much for one eye shadow isn't good for my wallet.


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