Eyeshadow,  Swatches

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow Sticks – Swatch and Review

Bobbi Brown shadow sticks are such a classic makekup staple. The formula is excellent, easy to use, and the shade selection is mostly muted neutrals. In this post I’ll be sharing swatches of the 13 shades I currently own.

This product currently comes in 25 shades, and there are limited edition shades that come and go. I usually stay away from limited edition items, but there are some limited edition shades available now that are right up my alley. I picked up three of them, so three of the shades swatched are limited edition. I labeled the Limited Edition shades with “(LE)” in the swatch photos.

Video swatches will be posted on my Instagram account (@stesfedge). Please check there to see how these shadows shine and sparkle in the light.

Studio Light Swatches

Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin under fluorescent studo lighting. Shades swatched: Sunpearl, Moonstone, Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach, Malted Pink and Cashew
Fluorescent studio lights
Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin under fluorescent studo lighting. Close up view. Shades swatched: Sunpearl, Moonstone, Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze.
Fluorescent studio lights. Close Up View #1
Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin under fluorescent studo lighting. Close Up View 2. Shades swatched: Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach.
Fluorescent studio lights. Close Up View #2
Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin under fluorescent studo lighting. Close Up View #3. Shades swatched: Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach, Malted Pink and Cashew
Fluorescent studio lights. Close Up View #2

Sunlight Swatches

Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin in bright sunlight. Shades swatched: Sunpearl, Moonstone, Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach, Malted Pink and Cashew
Bright sunlight

Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin in bright sunlight. Shades swatched: Sunpearl, Moonstone, Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach, Malted Pink and Cashew
Bright Sunlight. Close Up View #1

Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin in bright sunlight. Close Up #2. Shades swatched: Sunpearl, Moonstone, Truffle, Golden Pink, Sunlight Gold, Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe,

Bright Sunlight. Close Up View #2

Bobbi Brown Long-wear eye shadow stick swatches on fair/light/pale skin in bright sunlight. Close Up #3. Shades swatched:  Mica, Soft Bronze, Golden Bronze, Espresso, Taupe, Nude Beach, Malted Pink and Cashew

Bright Sunlight. Close Up View #3

Shade Descriptions

  • Sunpearl – Metallic. Slightly more neutral than Moonstone. Limited Edition. Brand Description: A pale beige
  • Moonstone – Sparkly, visible small glitters when worn on eye. Brand description: Pale neutral with silvery gold sparkle.
  • Truffle– Satin finish, pale gold. Brand description: a creamy beige.
  • Golden Pink – Metallic shimmer, not glittery. Really not that golden or peach, just a little. wears as nearly neutral on me. Brand description: a shimmering peach pink.
  • Sunlight Gold – Limited Edition. Metallic. A light gold shade with a slight tinge of green. Brand Description: a beige gold shade.
  • Mica – Sparkly, very small visible glitters when worn on eye. Smaller sparkles than Moonstone. Brand description: metallic champagne beige (Stef’s note – this is way too dark to be called champagne or beige, maybe a neutral metallic brown)
  • Soft Bronze – Limited Edition. Metallic bronze. Brand description: Neutral pale bronze.
  • Golden Bronze – Metallic. a great one and done bronze shade. Brand description: Deep bronze sugar.
  • Espresso – Very dark brown. Has small sparkles that are not very noticeable on the eye. I really only use this one as an eye liner (using a brush to apply). Brand description: a shimmering brown.
  • Taupe – Matte. Fairly neutral light/medium brown. Brand description: a medium caramel
  • Nude Beach – Matte. Rosy/Purple taupe. I do not detect any shimmer. I wasn’t expecting much from this shade, but wow did it impress me when I wore it sheered out in the crease. Incredibly flattering. Brand description: greyish taupe with a hint of shimmer
  • Malted Pink – Matte. A warm peach pink. Brand description: a deep nude pink.
  • Cashew – Matte. Very warm medium brown. This one was waaaay warmer in person than the brand photos led me to believe. Brand description: a medium red-toned beige.

Review Notes

I really like the ways these look on my nearly-40 eyelids. I don’t think they emphasize texture, and I find that they blend out with a brush very nicely, not patchy.

The lasting power is really good. I get about 9-10 good hours out of these. They last past that time, but if you look really up close they start to look a tad creasy and dried out where I have applied them thickly over the lid, the blended out crease still looks perfect. They still look nice from a normal viewing distance though.

The shade selection is right up my alley. Great for boring office looks.

I am finding that the product is prone to falling out of the package when you turn it upside down. This is usually only a problem when I turn them upside down for swatching. Doesn’t happen when I’m applying product to my eyes.

Where to Purchase

Keep an eye out for sets of minis! Especially around the holidays there are new sets of minis. Different stores sometimes carry different mini sets, so check around to see which shades are offered where. I really think minis are the way to go unless you have a shade that you know you’ll love and use often. That said, not all shades are available as minis. Golden Pink is sold as a mini all the time.

Bobbi Brown’s brand website also does some really good sales from time to time and gift with purchase promotions. Those are also good times to buy.

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