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Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Holiday 2013 Collection Swatches and Review!

There’s a return to old-school silver-screen glamour with Bobbi Brown’s Old Hollywood 2013 Limited Edition Holiday Collection.

The look is centered around neutral eyes, dewy skin, intense pink cheeks, graphic black liner, and the quintessential “starlet scarlet” lip.


(Katie Holmes, above, glammed up for the Old Hollywood campaign visuals.)


Tip: Black Ink Liner is a handy felt tip liner with a nice fine tip for precision, but the formula is quite liquid while new and can seep into fine lines, so if you have lines on your lids, stick with a classic black gel liner.

My Absolute Favorites?

Nude Glow Shimmer Brick (SG$75) is the most beautiful multi-tasking highlighter. As you can see from swatches above, the colors are intense enough to be worn as individual eye shadows or swirled together as a non-chalky highlighter. Great for all except very-pale skins.

Long-wear Cream Shadow Sticks (SG$45) in Tuxedo Black, 24 Karat, and Bronze are to die for. These are super smooth, very intense and beautiful, AND they’ll last all day.

Then there’s also the red lipsticks. Old Hollywood (SG$50) was repackaged in a sleek gold case for the season, but the color is in the permanent range, not limited edition. So is a matte alternative, Red Carpet, which is slightly warmer in tone.


There are 2 glosses available if you are nervous about wearing intense reds;

Candlelight: Interesting gold sparkly gloss which goes on translucent and with a spattering of multi-colored lavender olive, gold, and silver flecks.

Siren Red: Translucent red gloss for a juicy pout


There are also a whole collection of eye and lip palettes for women on the go.


The only item that I wasn’t completely wowed by was ironically the Old Hollywood Eye Shadow Palette (SG$99), which is a set of 9 neutrals in varying textures.

If you click on the eyeshadow swatch images above for a closer look, you will notice that the sparkle shadows were totally sheer and color refused to build up. These would be better on top of other shadows for a bit of extra shine. And the mattes were slightly patchy/chalky looking, so you will need a good primer and good brush when applying these.

Bobbi Brown’s Old Hollywood Collection will be available at counters here from November 2013.

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