Bobbi says these eye shadows will give me a subtle shine. No matter how I apply them, I end up looking like someone threw a glitter poof at me. A wonderful Bobbi Brown representative who is no longer at Neiman Marcus showed me how to use Sparkle Eye Shadows. She told me they were toppers. She wore them over a color to add a new dimension to the color and a beautiful shine. She even showed me on her eyes (her skin is much darker than mine). She was right, so why do I keep hoping for a shade that I can wear all by itself to achieve a classy look?
For my swatch photos, I applied a moisturizer on my arm to attract the powder. I was taking no chances. I took my swatch photos in full sunlight. I tried really hard to apply the shadow evenly, using a sponge-tipped applicator to apply it heavily, swiping the applicator over and over the swatch. Here is what I got. More color than I get from some of the other shades - but still, it's uneven.
Here are two reviews published on Bobbi's Web site. Bubblehead wrote, " I am in my 50s and therefore avoid sparkly eyeshadow, but this actually makes me look younger because it brightens my hazel eyes (gold sparkle). This shadow illuminates, but in a soft way that can be worn during the day without looking overdone. Can't say enough good things!" Then Texasmom said, "SOOO Sparkly!! It looks like a five year old went crazy with glue and glitter. Way to much for me." Who's right? Is it all in technique?
I went online and had a short chat with a Bobbi Brown artist. Here is her answer. "The Sparkle Eye Shadows themselves are fairly sheer and will give more sparkle than color. We suggest they are applied either over a bare lid (for a very sheer look) or they may be layered over other shadows. Apply using the Angle Shadow Brush or Touch Up Brush. To get even color, use a pressing motion rather than a sweeping motion."
Guilty, I swept. So I'm off to press and pat. I won't give up my primer, though. What do you think? Do you wear Sparkle Eye Shadow? How do you apply it? Are you happy with it? I really want to love it.
You can find it Sparkle Eye Shadow at Bobbi Brown counters everywhere - or at her Web site.