Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Collection: The Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye Palette (RM290) is part of the Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood collection where there is also a sexy red lipstick and shiny gold glosses. I will separate the collection to 2 posts, today dedicated to eyes, and the next post, on lips. Let’s leave the talk about the packaging, since the pictures show everything you need to know, and get right to the eye shadows :-)


Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye 1

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye 2 Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye 3


The eyeshadows look great. Just look at it. Isn’t it a glorious palette of browns golds and glitters? If you’ve used Bobbi Brown eye shadows before, you’d know that her glitter eye shadows are sheer but not gritty, the metallic ones are more pigmented with a beautiful sheen, and I love her mattes. Ivory is best for subtle highlight under the brow bone and Beige is great for subtle crease definition. Eclipse and Fog are drier and sheerer than what I would have liked. They are the darkest colours in the palette, and I would have liked them to be more pigmented and buttery. I will save Eclipse for liner action only, because it does go on the lids patchy. This is the only shade I have trouble blending. You will see in the look below that this is the only problem shade.

In this palette, my favourite shades have to be Ivory, Beige and Candlelight Gold. Candlelight Gold goes on smoothest and is the most pigmented. The glitter shades provide a sheer veil of high shimmer and it is best, I find, to layer them on top of eye shadows. I experience very little fall downs from these glitters. The swatches below don’t do the glitters justice. They are like liquid gold in real life, but the sunlight cannot capture it.


Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Eye swatch

Ivory, Golden Pink, Gold, Opal, Fog, Beige, Chocolate Bronze, Candlelight Gold, Eclipse




  • Top left: Candlelight Gold on lids, Fog on outer corner, Beige on the crease and Ivory under brow bone. Then pat Golden Pink at the centre of the lids

This is the most complex look I created using this palette. It’s great for a night out, and can be paired with both bold and nude lips. I like this look best.

  • Top right: Chocolate Bronze over Beige on entire lid, Ivory under brow bone

This is the simplest look, most wearable, some bling on the eyes, but not too much.

  • Bottom left: Eclipse on inner and outer third of the lids and Opal at the centre of the lids, Ivory under brow bone

You can see how dry the black is, and if you trust my blending skillz, you’d know I can do better than that :-P

  • Bottom right: Ivory all over lid and under brow bone, Eclipse on the outer corner, Beige +Fog on the crease

I wanted to show you that you can also create a matte eye look using this palette. It’s not just bling everywhere, even though this is a holiday collection palette :-)

Which eye look do you like best? I think this palette is great for those who are looking for high shine glitters which are really fine and more subtle. It’s a great palette for parties, but I’ve already showed you how you can also use it for every day without shiny bits on your lids. I would have LOVED this palette if Fog and Eclipse are much more pigmented or maybe swap a few glitters out for metallic eye shadows.

What do you think about this palette? Is it too glittery for you?


xoxo Lily


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  • Jacqueline

    I think the looks you did were all very pretty especially the smokey eye with bling :). The glitter is done is a very tasteful way. Definitely not too glittery for me.

    • Lily

      Thanks Jacqueline :-) The glitter is not gritty at all – like you said, done in a tasteful way!

  • Lena L

    I am not the biggest fan of Bobbi Brown makeup, but this palette looks gorgeous! I don’t think it is glittery at all. Funny Bobbi dissed shimmer and glitters when she first debuted her makeup. LOLz.
    Having said that, I think this is even better than the Naked palettes (or have I said too much? ;p)

    • Lily

      LOL yeah, I think I remember her saying something like that but I wasn’t sure. These are definitely different from the Naked palettes, but colour selection is more up my alley compared to Naked3. I don’t like pinks and roses on my eyes >_<

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    Love the looks you created! But like Lena, I’m not a huge fan of her eyeshadows, especially the glitter ones. Getting too old for them LOL!

    • Lily

      Haha Tracy. These glitters only offer high sheen on the eyes, and I have a feeling it might not emphasize fine lines because they’re THAT smooth. That said, I could be totally wrong. I should try it on my mom who will then whack me for playing makeup with her. LOL!

  • Kristen @ Glambunctious

    I love look #1! This palette is so beautifully designed, but I for $75 bucks USD, I want all of the shadows to be amazeballs. That said, you are awesome for showing 4 different looks! I love that!

    • Lily

      Thanks Kristen. And yes, the price is really steep!

  • Parita

    I absolutely adore warm brown shades and this palette is perfect!

    • Lily

      I’m glad you like it, Parita.

  • liyeun

    This is one neutral palette that I like! but the pigmentation….hmmmm… for me, is too much for that asking price! *sigh*

    • Lily

      If you’re asking for really pigmented shadows, then sadly, this won’t be up to your expectation :-(

      • liyeun

        That’s the thing! I hate how beautiful they look on the pan, but they end up not pigmentated. So sad. Have you tried their cool or warm smokey eye palette yet? I wonder how different they are in terms of pigmentation.

        • Lily

          I haven’t tried that but BB shadows have always been moderate in pigmentation though. I just received the Twilight Pink palette but I haven’t played with it yet. I’ll let you know if it’s better or not :-)

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Ooooooh, so pretty! Bobbi Brown used to be one of my absolute favorite beauty brands. For a while, I kinda took a break from them though…but this palette is beautiful! The glitters make it perfect for the holiday season but the neutral shades make it wearable year-round. Definitely worth the money, I’d say!

    • Lily

      Bobbi Brown was one of my first faves, because of her take on makeup being natural :-) AND, I’m just really all for neutral eyes most of the time!

  • Icaria

    I like all of the looks you’ve created pretty much equally! Good to know the textures of this one are nice because in the Navy & Nude palette the glittery shadow isn’t that great and I’ve swatched another palette recently and the shimmery shades seemed kind of hard. Love the compact! :)

    • Lily

      Thank you Helene. I didn’t get to try the Navy and Nude palette, but the concept is quite attractive. Sometimes, palettes are just either hits or misses!

  • Sunny

    I love the looks you created, but I’m not sure this is a palette I’d grab! I like her matte shadows, but the metallic sparkling ones are usually just too sheer and fall-out prone for me.

    • Lily

      Hi Sunny. In this palette, the metallic shadow (Candlelight Glow) is actually the one with the best texture and colour payout without any fall-outs! It might be this palette, but I find that even the glitters apply smoothly like cream, with minimal fall-outs. It’s the 2 matte shades that I don’t like. Weird how this palette is the opposite of her regular shadows when it comes to mattes. LOL!

  • Ellie

    Wow this is a beautiful palette! Love the looks you did! Bobbi picked an amazing colour selection here I think – shame about the pigmentation about the two but the rest seem amazing! :)

    • Lily

      Thank you Ellie. Yes, this palette really looks amazing! I suppose her eye shadows have always been moderate in colour payoff, but if they’re just a little more pigmented, this palette would be to die for!

  • Larie

    I LIKE THE BLINGY LOOKS. Hahaha. Your eye looks are amazing, as always, Lily!

    • Lily

      Aaw, thank you Larie. It was fairly easy to create these looks though :-)

  • Makeup Morsels

    ohhh ahhhh pretty. In my humble opinion there is no such thing as too much glitter when the holidays roll around so BRING IT ON. Lovee the first look you did with this, might attempt something similar soon!

    • Lily

      Oh! I’d love to see your version MM!

  • Liz

    I love the look of this palette but I’m trying to resist neutrals now. If I put together all my shadows, I’m sure there are dupes of all the shades here. BUT it’s freaking gorgeous!!! No denying that. :D

    • Lily

      I’m sure there are dupes. I’ve got lots of neutrals too… but they’re NEUTRALS!! I’m a sucker when it comes to that :-P

  • Isabelle

    Oh wow.. This is just gorgeous. I really want to lay my hands on a BB palette like this but I’ve been held back by the higher price (which I know is perfectly normal because it’s BB), since I have so many neutrals already! I love all the looks you did. The shimmer is really nice in this one! :)

    • Lily

      Thanks Isabelle. Bobbi Brown does great neutrals and these shimmers aren’t bad either!

  • Jennifer

    I wanted to love this palate so much I could justify buying it. The colors are just too similar to naked 2, and not as pigmented. The price being 25 dollars more is a deal breaker. I just can’t rationalize why I need it when I own naked 2. I hope it leaves the counters soon because it’s gorgeous looks are getting hard to resist

    • Lily

      Hi Jennifer, I have Naked2 as well, but I don’t think they’re all that similar. For one, the Urban Decay one is more metallic and frosty while this one has wonderful adult glitters. Of course, the Bobbi Brown one does lack pigmentation compared to Urban Decay, but the brand has always leaned toward more natural makeup. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Sometimes, it’s fun to just let go and give in. LOL!