Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals Collection Spring 2010

January 31, 2010

Bobbi Brown’s second spring release this year focuses on a coral theme featuring universal modern corals. I was able to check it out in person yesterday and I came home with Shimmer Lipglosses in Sunset Beach, Golden Nectar, Coral Sand, Pot Rouge in Cabo Coral, and Nectar Shimmer Brick.

The counter didn’t have the older Calypso Coral in their tester unit so I decided to get the new one anyways. I compared the new Cabo Coral to the old Calypso Coral and Becca Tuberose. They are pretty similar, the older Calypso Coral has more pink where the new Cabo Coral is more of a straight coral. Becca Tuberose clearly has some pink similar to the Calypso Coral.

Those who are scared of bright blush – don’t be afraid to try Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouges. They are very blendable and are great for both lips and cheeks. I prefer to use them on cheeks though. If you’re still scared or find these are still too bright, look into Trish McEvoy’s Liquid Face Color for a softer peach with a bit of shimmer.

I already had the Nectar Shimmer Brick from Neiman’s Exclusive Release which cost $45 each in a smaller heavy metal magnetized compact. I only found out about the release of the Nectar Shimmer Brick in the regular size after my purchase. I kinda felt like kicking myself for caving into such a splurge but the compact is cute and pretty. I purchased the regular sized Nectar from the new collection as a gift for my sister. It is identical in color to the Neiman’s release.

Apricot Shimmer Brick compared to Nectar Shimmer Brick:

Here are my comparisons to other coral-peachy blushes including Chanel In Love, Bobbi Brown Coral Shimmer Blush, Nars Deep Throat and Nars Torrid.

Here are my swatches of the cheek items:

I also compared the new lipglosses to my other peachy-coral lipglosses. Left to right:

1. Chanel Coral Reef
2. Chanel Candy Glow
3. Bobbi Brown Sandy Beige
4. Coral Sand
5. Golden Nectar
6. Sunset Beach
7. Brightening Peach
8. Nectarine
9. Peach Blossom
10. Sandwash Apricot
11. Love Nectar

Swatched below, please note below is a different order:

My thoughts:

  • The standouts are the Nectar Shimmer Brick and Lipglosses. I love corals but can’t really pull of stronger corals and oranges (except for cheeks). If you’re a corals fan you will like this collection.
  • *UPDATE* I also saw the Coral Eye and Lip Palette at Neimans and passed – the only color I was interested in was Burnt Sugar which I already have. The palette itself is gorgeous, I just knew it would be too warm for me.
  • I passed on all the lipsticks because they looked too orangey for my taste. The Metallic Lip Colors were gorgeous, but I’ve had bad experiences with breakage – they are so soft that about 1/4 of mine have already broken at the base. All the testers were already broken as well.
  • I’m not quite sure that I think this collection is really “universal”. I do think most women can find at least 1 item they will like. But they aren’t the most unique colors.
  • I find the corals a bit too monochromatic – I really liked her lipglosses but the lipsticks were all too peachy and orangey. On my face, it would end up looking clown-like.
  • Although I’m happy she has released the Pink Quartz Shimmerbrick again, it doesn’t quite seem to fit with the theme.
  • I wish there were eyeshadows featured with the collection or at least recommendations of what to use with the lips and cheeks.
  • Her website introduces the Cabana Corals collection as “Bobbi’s fresh take on an old-school favorite.” My question is what is the old-school favorite? Is it the Pink Quartz Shimmer Brick or is it the Cabo Coral Pot Rouge as a revamped version of Calypso Coral? While this isn’t a huge deal – I find the message a bit confusing.

Overall – it’s definitely worth checking out especially for that Nectar Shimmerbrick. If you missed out on Pink Quartz the first round, then I highly recommend you get it now. It’s lovely!

As a courtesy, I’d like to ask that these photos NOT be republished on other sites. Thank you!

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  • yeah, I wish they had eyeshadows too. I like comprehensive collections that has stuff for eyes, lips, and cheeks. πŸ™‚

    I am assuming that the "old-school" favorite she's referring to is merely the color coral? It's been around FOREVER and comes in and out of trends.

  • Thank you Thank you!!!!! I have been dying to see swatches of this collection, and I trust your opinion on colors as well. I might want the Calypso Coral instead of Cabo, which is surprising.

  • em

    I've been waiting for your post about this collection! I need that nectar shimmerbrick in my life! Hopefully some will hit ebay soon πŸ˜€

    thanks for the great reviews and swatches, so comprehensive as usual! πŸ˜€

  • Great post, Sabrina! Gorgeous swatches and fab commentary, as always.

    I am a coral fiend, so I will have to pick up a few items from this collection. I do agree with you about some shades of coral not being very universal, especially if they are too orange. Orange can be a difficult color to pull off.

  • Anonymous

    I think that there is a lip and eye palette that goes with this that is exclusive to Neiman Marcus.
    The "Old School" allusion probably refers to coral as a traditional color to go with the February "resort" collections.
    soft brown/gold or moss green eye looks are usually paired with coral, though I read that the Chanel summer collection will pair coral with a new grey eye shadow duo. Coral and grey sounds newer to me, so I can't wait to see the Chanel version of this coral look.

  • I've been waiting for a review with swatches on this collection; I knew you'd come through =) Thank you!

  • i saw this collection on a different blog earlier and it was already beatiful as i can see.

    lovely pictures from you as always. i knew you'd have checked them out too. but i was not prepared for such comprehensive comparision pix!!! Thank you! I wish you had started blogging long ago, then i might have changed my view towards BB. now that I have moved, I have no idea where to find BB here. LOL

    time for a net search. I think you ought to get some big mu giants to sponsor you as you are doing the best swatches ever, seriously.

  • Anonymous

    I *knew* you'd be on the case with this collection! Seriously, the group shot of the blushes and the comparison swatches make this the best blog post I have seen in a while (anywhere). Coral is a tricky color for most women, IMO, so having comparison swatches is a huge, huge help. Merci beaucoup πŸ™‚

    Yeah, the "old school favorite" is a little ambiguous. Then again, I didn't understand what was "nautical" about last year's collection, hehe. I agree that the pink quartz is the odd-guy-out here, but I think this is a fan fav so maybe it will find some love. The side-by-side comparison of the nectar shimmerbricks is only something you would do, Lina, and since there were many of us looking at those NM exclusives this holiday, I think this info is great.

    I agree with Jojoba; MU companies should definitely sponsor you (or at least offer you some stock in the company).

    Thanks again, Lina.


  • Hm, I'm guessing the fresh new take is on coral, as it's been sort of shunned as a grandma color for a while. I personally love coral though hehe.

    Thanks so much for doing such a thorough comparison for the Pot Rouges and Nectar Shimmerbrick! I am so in love with how Nectar looks in the pot but I'm absolutely certain it's going to be way too frosty for my taste. Now I know I'm safe getting NARS Deep Throat instead. =)

  • Thank you very much fot the post! I am dying to get this collection ( I can never have too many corals in my life!) but we don't have it here yet. And I agree about the eye shadows. Wish Bobbi included some.

  • This is really pretty. I only recently got into Bobby Brown (they're not available in my country, I have to buy when I'm abroad) but I'm really looking forward to seeing this collection in real life, and I think Nectar will be my first Shimmer Brick!

    Lina I must also tell you I think your blog has the most gorgeous product pictures, I love looking at them!

  • Hi ladies – thanks for your comments as always. Glad to know some other people like corals – when I saw the tester unit it was ORANGE overload though, lol.

    The online stock photos were gorgeous but didn't really emphasize the orange-ness as much as the real deal. If you check these out in person, email me or post here what you thought about it!

  • I was surprised at how much I liked this collection, as I tend to stay away from things that lean too orange. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Nectar brick had more pink in it (on MY skin, anyhow), which made it very wearable … and I was shocked at how pigmented it was/is, too!

    I wish I could love the glosses — on my hand, they look incredible … on my pigmented lips, they disappear :-/

    I picked up the Nectar SB, the Cabo Coral pot rouge (my first, though I think I really want the Calypso Coral now … the SA talked me into the Cabo), and the Coral Glaze Metallic l/s. So far, so good on all accounts πŸ™‚

  • This is how I know Spr/Summer are right around the corner – introduction of CORALS!!

    loving this and it's going to make me WANT some corals in my mix!

  • I know this is waaay after the fact, but the colors I use with this color story are Clinique's Black Honey pot liner (reddish plum-brown) and a touch of Le Metier de Beaute's Fig or Amethyst shadow in the outer corner and into the v. Those two colors really 'pop' the coral and they are slightly cool so they make the coral shades more wearable.