The Sample: NEW Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Nude Beach (Review, Swatches & Photos)

23 Apr

Like it or not, in the beauty and fashion world, products and trends are always going to be one season ahead. I gave you guys a little taste of spring in my previous post on the Le Prisme Blush Bucolique—but I (like many of you) can’t help but to get excited about all these gorgeous summer collections that are starting to hit the counters. Like, for instance, Bobbi Brown’s.

Bobbi Brown is one of my all-time favorite brands. I just think she consistently puts out such amazingly beautiful and wearable–yet still “trendy” products that people just want to buy. When I first saw the ads for her new Miami Collection for summer 2012, I mentally started figuring how to cut my costs for the next few weeks so that I could afford as many of the items as I possible. With that goal in mind, I headed to my nearest BB counter last night. Unfortunately, you know what they sometimes say about the best laid plans…

I ended up with the Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 in Peach Sorbet and the Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Nude Beach. I thought the other 3 cream shadows were absolutely gorgeous–but I have so many dupes in my collection that I just couldn’t justify spending the money (edit: I am going back for Bronze Sugar. So sue me). The item I had been most excited for and had every intention of purchasing was the new Shimmer Cheek Glow in Miami. The Shimmer Cheek Glow is Bobbi’s take on the whole gel-powder hybrid craze that has taken over. I have yet to jump on the bandwagon on that one, but planned on making Bobbi’s my first. Sadly, after playing around with the powders at the counter, I was very disappointed and in no way wanted to spend $40 on it.

I found that the powders weren’t pigmented in the slightest, nor did it produce any kind of an even sheen on the skin. Instead, it only transferred some micro-fine sparkles onto my skin. I literally couldn’t tell the difference between Miami and Gold when swatched, but perhaps the differences are more noticeable in natural sunlight. I also found that when I tried to swatch the product with my finger, it was really hard to pick up any of the powder. It was strange…the shimmer almost created a slick barrier that coated my finger and prevented me from picking up any more product. Needless to say, this product is in no way buildable. It applies much better with a brush, but I still couldn’t see any noticeable color after applying it that way. So this is just a forewarning to all of you interested in this powder: try it first at the counter if you can!!! And hopefully, the SA’s at your counter will be much more helpful than mine were (I had the worst experience ever! I’ll explain in a later post)!! If any of you happen to try this product and have a different experience (or if I’m not applying it correctly), feel free to let me know!

Anyway, on to the review. Nude Beach is a new color that was released with BB’s summer collection. The other Long-Wear Cream Shadow colors in this collection are: Bronze Sugar, Candlelight, and Copper. Candlelight is the only limited-edition shade. The Nordstrom that I went to was already sold out of this color, so if you’re interested, I would move fast! Nude Beach is a pretty shimmering beige with very subtle gray undertones, making it look like a light taupe in certain lighting–whereas in the sun, you can see in the photo directly below that it looks more like a golden-beige. The micro-shimmer adds a lovely sheen to the skin. When paired with the gray undertones, it creates an overall look that is neutral but still quite interesting–simple yet still complex.

Direct sunlight

This photo is a good representation of how Nude Beach really appears most of the time

You can see the gray undertones a little better in this closeup


I love Bobbi’s Long-Wear Cream Shadows. I think they really are top-of-the-line, and Nude Beach is no different. The product is housed in a small, square glass container. It’s sturdy, easily portable, and works well at keeping the cream shadow from drying out. I’ve had the color Galaxy for about 4 years now and it’s still nice and creamy! The texture of the cream is extremely smooth and dense yet easily workable. It takes no effort to swipe my brush across the surface of the cream and get enough product. It applies much the same way too: very, very smoothly. It just glides over the skin and is easy to blend for about 30 seconds before it sets. Once it has set, there is no moving it. If you made a mistake or didn’t blend thoroughly, then too bad–it’s staying that way. I apply this using my Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Brush–but you can use any (preferably) synthetic flat brush you have around. A concealer brush will work just fine, as do your fingers (though I prefer not to).

The Long-Wear Cream Shadows dry to a soft, slightly powdery finish when applied evenly and blended out. It feels comfortable on my eyes, almost like I’m not wearing anything at all. It doesn’t flake-off or feel dry and stays that way all day long.

Nude Beach is unlike any color I have in my collection. I usually don’t go for such light, subtle colors–but I fell in love with Nude Beach instantly. The grayish undertones keep it from looking too nude to the point where you might as well not be wearing anything. It creates the perfect natural-looking shadow on my lids. I can just throw this on with a little liner and mascara and I’m good to go–which is great for those of you who are always on the go and want a pretty but easy-to-wear product. When I want a little more intensity and shading, I just use Nude Beach as a base for something like my Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in #127 Metallic Taupe. Together, they create such a lovely neutral eye. Natural-looking, great for daytime, and with the perfect amount of slight shadowing. It’s really a no-brainer.

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Without a primer, Nude Beach had an amazing (for my oily lids) wear-time of 5 1/2 hours before it showed signs of very minor creasing. Over a primer (my trusty Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base), Nude Beach lasted 12 hours easily, and I have no doubt that if I hadn’t washed my face for bed, it would have lasted much longer. There was only the slightest bit of fading after those 12 hours, not enough to really notice–especially if you’re not staring at your lids critically in a mirror from about 2 inches away. I also tested the waterproof claims on this shadow by hopping in the shower while wearing it (I did not use face wash). Surprise, surprise–it didn’t budge at all.

I honestly can’t say more good things about this cream shadow. If you’re new to the Long-Wear Cream Shadows, I think that Nude Beach is a great way to test the waters. Trust me, you’ll fall in love and want it in every color. For those of you looking for a super easy, super long-lasting, super pretty shadow for summer, look no further: Nude Beach has you covered. Going nude never looked so good!

Pros: extremely long-wearing; waterproof; pigmented; creamy; easy to blend; slight gray undertone keeps this beige from being boring; will flatter a variety of skin tones; works well as a base for another shadow; one pot lasts a long time due to excellent pigmentation and lack of need for reapplication;

Cons: the only minor possible flaw is that if you layer the product on too thickly and fail to blend it out well, it will clump up on you

 »»Pricing: $24/0.12 oz. (3.5 g.)

»»Availability: Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Bobbi Brown counters (they have yet to hit Bobbi Brown’s website)

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a great, long-wearing, waterproof neutral shadow for spring/summer

»»Overall Rating: A+


I’ll try to have my review for the Peach Sorbet Treatment Lip Shine tomorrow or Wednesday at the latest–so be sure to check back! And thanks for stopping by!

2 Responses to “The Sample: NEW Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Nude Beach (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. dani@callitbeauty April 24, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    What a gorgeous shade! This would make a perfect base product for my kit! Thanks for the review; I’ll definitely be checking this cream shadow out. :)

    • becca April 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm #


      It really does make a beautiful eyeshadow on its own and a wonderful base, too. I can’t recommend it more! I’m going back for Bronze Sugar as soon as I can, I just love these cream shadows! :) I hope you do check it out, and let me know if you like it. Thanks for reading!

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