This past Sunday concludes a week of crazy sales at Sogo, a Japanese-originated department store in Hong Kong. Sogo has its Thankful Week twice each year, where all the makeup, clothing and home goods brands have major discounts, awesome package deals, and countless freebies. Although I did not have the stamina and energy to brave the crazy crowds flooding the 7-8 floors of counters, I did check out the Bobbi Brown and NARS counters (that are fortunately right at the entrance, requiring minimal pushing and shoving to get to them). I walked away happily with some awesome goodies, all packaged in really good deals.
Bobbi's concealers and face products are highly raved about in the beauty community, and are the products I'd recommend trying out if you're new to the brand. Thanks to Sogo's crazy deals, I've finally been able to try out a good portion of Bobbi Brown's concealers (that I've been wanting to for a long time but never felt like paying full price!), plus a couple other goodies. Here's what I think about them so far...
"Face Touch Up Stick"
Formulated for blemishes and redness, this concealer comes in a roll up stick form and is very creamy. The sales associate mentioned that it also has anti-inflammatory ingredients that help calm angry spots. I like the creamy yet light consistency of this stick, coverage is natural and not completely opaque. This may not fully conceal blemishes, but I found layered under a setting powder it works wonderfully - since it's light and applies on as a thin layer, even by building it up, the concealer never looks cakey. Also packaging is sleek, compact, and great for on-the-go touchups.
I've been using the corrector for quite some time now, this is probably my 3rd or 4th time re-purchasing this. I'm in the shade light peach, which has pink undertones that help cancel out the greys/blues of dark under-eye circles. I've found that for a lighter application, use your fingers; for a thicker application, use Bobbi Brown's concealer brush .
I never purchased this creamy concealer before, because I found that the corrector was good enough for my under-eyes. The idea is to first apply the corrector to cancel out dullness, then apply this creamy concealer on top, and finally set the concealer with the yellow hued powder (the circle of product next to the creamy concealer). Since this set came with this creamy concealer, I've finally been able to try it out and see if it made a difference - I was soooo pleasantly surprised. This stuff is amazing! The corrector does most of the concealing, but this creamy concealer is what helps brighten the under-eye area to remove the typical ashiness you usually get after applying a regular concealer. I don't use the setting powder though - doesn't do much and I prefer the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder over it. Still I am now fully a convert - don't be lazy, get both the corrector and the creamy concealer!
The Eye Cream
Bobbi Brown's Hydrating Eye Cream is a relatively new product, marketed as a no-frills eye moisturizer that's perfect as a base before under-eye concealer. The cream goes in light and gives a slight cooling sensation. I noticed that the corrector and concealer does go on smoother initially with the eye cream as a base, however it doesn't help much with the staying power of the concealer. All in all a nice refreshing eye cream pre-makeup, but not a must-have.
The only Bobbi Brown eyeshade I've tried prior to this is Taupe, a perfect crease shade which I raved about in a previous post. This mini eye palette that came with the set offers some of Bobbi Brown's signature neutral shades. My favorite shades of the palette are Beige (a shimmery nude shade that reminds me of Stila's Kitten), and Hot Stone (a matte coffee brown). If you're a boring neutral eyeshadow girl like me, I definitely recommend giving these 2 a try.
I hope this helped if you've been thinking of trying any of these Bobbi Brown products. Bobbi Brown also did an awesome job with their holiday sets this year - beautiful shades, packaging and varieties. These would make great Christmas presents - for the women in your life, or... for yourself. ;)