Bobbi Brown are well known for creating wearable, lustworthy and universal palettes, and come Christmas they sprinkle a little bit of magic over each and every one of them. Last year they created something that was so brilliantly kitsch and elegant for the holiday season that it was always going to be hard to top (see my feature on their ‘Scotch on the Rocks’ collection from 2014 here,) so it was with anticipation and glee that I unwrapped 2015’s offering. There may be nothing new, noteworthy or particularly special about their
collection launched in time for Christmas gifting, but isn’t the point
of a Christmas gift to be something that’s loved and cherished for the
rest of the year? Although there are a couple of interesting launches, on the whole Bobbi Brown has kept it simple; they’re once again doing what they do best by offering up a portfolio of wearable shades and textures that are packaged in beautiful palettes. Why fix what aint broke?

I may be disappointed to see the same glossy black packs (oh Bobbi, why couldn’t you have at least added a bit of glitter into the resin?!) but each colour within the palettes is totally wearable, no matter your personal style. At upwards of £26.50 for a piece of the pie, these products of course needed to be relevant for more than just the holiday season – and they are just that. Nudes, greys, shimmering taupes and glittering silvers are enhanced with a slick of pink gloss or red lipstick; all of the shades are pretty much interchangeable, meaning you definitely only need one of the pieces from the collection, but they each offer something a little bit loveable.

The key products that are worth a separate mention include the limited edition ‘Sequin‘ eyeshadows (£25.00) that are available in four jewel toned shades; each offers a marbled effect that together creates something a little more exciting – you never quite know what the result on your eye will be! Marbled eyeshadow may be nothing new (you can get high street versions for under a fiver if you want to dabble without forking out a small fortune,) but I believe this is the first time Bobbi Brown have tried their hand at creating something that capitalises on this trend.  There are also a couple of liquid highlighters (£26.00) in pump tubes that are worth a look (a separate feature on them to follow!) while the lipsticks, as always, provide a fabulous pigment and comfortable texture.

Initially I was somewhat underwhelmed and disappointed that this collection could be interchangeable with pretty much any others from the last twelve months, but the more I look at the products the more I realise they’re trying to please as many customers (both new and old) as possible. Although sometimes you have to stick your neck out and create something that excites, sometimes it works from a commercial point of view just to stick to what you do best. For dedicated Bobbi Brown fans, this won’t really offer up anything worth parting with your hard earned cash over; however, for those that are new to the brand or dabble in a bit of Bobbi now and again, you can be assured that any purchase is an investment piece that you’ll get a lot of use out of. And sometimes that’s just what you need.

What do you think of this ‘holiday’ collection from Bobbi Brown? Are you disappointed, underwhelmed, or totally lusting after a few bits for Christmas?

The Bobbi Brown 2015 Christmas collection is available now, prices starting from £20.00.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    November 24, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    my reaction when I saw this somewhere else is "meh" doesnt feel like anything special…Pam xo/ Pam Scalfiā™„

  2. Hayley Carr
    November 24, 2015 / 8:04 pm

    Yeah I agree. Nothing to differentiate it from anything else… Which is a shame, but at least it'll sell!

  3. Megan Lillie
    November 24, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    A little bit on the boring side but those marble effect shadows are so pretty!Megan xoThumbelina Lillie | UK Beauty & Fashion Blog

  4. Holly Olivia
    November 24, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    I've never tried anything from Bobbi Brown but I might invest in the 9 piece eyeshadow palette, the colours all look so pretty!hollyolivia16.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hayley Carr
      November 25, 2015 / 9:50 am

      This collection is definitely intended for people like you I feel! A wise investment.

  5. Ange Brdas
    November 24, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    I also love when the new Christmas collections arrive in store; but I agree with you on this years' offering from Bobbi Brown, they look the same as what has been on offer this year. Even the shades look very similar, such a pity I will be giving this collection a miss.Great post!Ang xx | http://www.alleluiatobeauty.com

  6. Emma
    November 25, 2015 / 5:19 am

    Well, I think they are still worth checking out. I guess they would be okay for gift giving.

  7. beauty visions
    November 25, 2015 / 10:37 am

    As I have yet to buy my first Bobbi Brown product, it doesn't bother me that the collection is nothing "new" or "special", but for a collector or a BB lover it's a bit boring I suppose.beauty visions

  8. Victoria - Florence and Mary
    November 25, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    I'm definitely underwhelmed by the Bobbi Brown collections although I can see as you say they're appealing to their customer. I don't think it's necessarily something I would want to find under the Christmas tree or am tempted to treat myself as a gift to myself over the festive period but I imagine there are people that will receive a gift like this and wear it daily or for special nights unlike some of us bloggers who have hundreds of various palettes and the like we're swapping between!Victoria FlorenceandMary.com

  9. Laura
    December 4, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I like it, particularly the palette with the separate cheek colours and eyeshadows – I think that's really clever. But then I am a neutral eyes/pink cheeks person anyway, so as it's something I'd get a lot of wear out of I'd be quite happy to invest in it or to receive it as a gift. I preferred last year's collection though.

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