Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Shimmer Brick Eye Palette

May 15, 2014
Bobbi Brown has a new bronzy Raw Sugar Collection out for spring-to-summer. The Raw Sugar Shimmer Brick Eye Palette ($48, limited-edition) has been on my radar for over a month. I finally tracked one down in person – it’s quite a bit different in real life compared to the promotional photos online. From the ads I expected a neutral-cool mix of bronze, champagne and taupe. In real life Raw Sugar is quite a bit warmer with no taupe. I still found the mix to be quite lovely.

The Raw Sugar Shimmer Brick Eye Palette is similar to the Shimmer Bricks for the face. The one for eyes is quite a bit smaller in size measuring about 4 x 1.5 inches. The colors are all neutral earthy tones ranging from pale gold to a medium bronze. The pigment is quite good and easy to control. It is on the shimmery side but I don’t find it overly frosty. The texture is soft and easy to apply and they adhere well to the lids (as long as your lids aren’t dry, I recommend using a base or a cream shadow first).

Tom Ford Incandescent on the nails

Click to see the details of the shimmer:


I’ve been using this one by swiping a fluffy shadow brush like MAC 217 (see my brush essentials here) across the left side mixing multiple colors and applying all over the lids, then taking a smaller contour brush like MAC 226 on the right side over the darkest three browns and applying on top near the lash lines. You can control intensity of color and shimmer depending on how much you apply to the eyes and what brushes you use. A denser brush will pick up more color. You can also use a slightly damp brush to intensify the frost/shimmer.

For those who have previous Shimmer Brick Eye Palettes, Raw Sugar is definitely very different from the others. I only have Sequin which is significantly cooler in tone. I couldn’t fit both palettes on one arm to show you how they look side by side but see my review and swatches here. (Sequin was also limited-edition but you can still find it at Barneys right now.)

I’m really happy with the palette even though it looks completely different than the promo photos. It’s warm but not too warm. Also although it is on the shimmery side I find the warmth makes it wearable and not too frosty. For my olive skin I find cooler toned shimmers can look frosty on my skin because of the contrast.

Bobbi Brown Raw Sugar Shimmer Brick Eye Palette is limited-edition. Several stores near me sold out of this one because they had events so it took me a bit of hunting to find it. You can find it online now at Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales and Bobbi Brown.

Did you check out anything from the Raw Sugar collection? There are some new bronzers, nail colors and tinted lip balms that I passed on but looked lovely.

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  • Bella May 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Your swatches look good. I will never buy another Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palette again: The Old Hollywood palette for holiday 2013 was such a crushing disappointment, the so-manieth for a Bobbi Brown palette, that it's put me off for life! I recently took it on holiday with me hoping to force myself to use it for evenings out but I had to control myself not to bin it. Rant over LOL! (I love BB blushes, lipsticks and eyeliners).

  • lmc1971 May 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Great review Sabrina! I also picked up the eye palette and the new Raw Sugar polish last week here in Toronto…I love them both! I didn't think I would like the polish at all but after I tested I caved. It's a cool bronze, smokier with a hint of a mauve undertone…quite different then anything I have in my collection. The rest of the collection was pretty but nothing else jumped out at me.

    Best, Lisa

  • Jen27 May 15, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    If I didn't own 100 neutral eye palettes already, I'd so snag this up. The shimmer is beautiful! xo

  • Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog - Girlie Blog Seattle May 15, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful review. I didn't even know about this – and I love Bobbi Brown. The palette has wonderful earthy colors, but I think a hint of shimmer in there adds glam. This is on my radar as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Kyllie May 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Me gusta mucho la paleta, me recuerda a la Nude de Physician's Formula, aunque esta es más pigmentada y creo que tiene algún tono más.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Kica May 15, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Oh wow, this palette looks surprisingly really pretty.

  • courtney parker May 16, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Looks like a stunning palette! Thanks for sharing!


  • Maria E May 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Lovely! What polish are you wearing? It is really beautiful too.

  • LaLa May 16, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I've been loving this palette. I have found using two shades that are next to one another at the same time is giving me really gorgeous results. I've been using my fingers to pick up the lightest shades and using them as highlight on my cheeks and cupids bow.

  • Anonymous May 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I think I saw the Raw Sugar eye palette at allcosmeticswholesale.com. Thanks for posting swatches.

  • Siham Hamdan May 17, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Gorgeous colors! It's kinda weird that they do actually look like sugar haha. Thanks for sharing swatches X
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  • Kiss & Make-up May 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Oh so gorgeous, those swatches look amazing. I kinda promised myself to stop buying shimmery eyeshadow though, and to first invest in more mattes… darn :-S

  • Anonymous May 19, 2014 at 7:28 am

    was at nordstrom the other night and saw the whole collection. I bought the lip balm in hazelnut, a beautiful, warm brown, for those who look good in brown lip colors its quite a find. I think I will go back and get another since I regretted buying more honeyed tea lip balm in the Desert Twilight collection, and that was in a squeeze tube, this is a real lip balm stick. I'd also like to get the Telluride bronzer, its similar to the Bahama brown blush from the Desert Twilight collection. I already have the Tawny brown bronzer, so I thought they would be too similar, but Telluride is much more mauvey. Finally, a Bobbi summer collection that contains the browns she's famous for, I may get the whole thing. I also got the brown shimmer lipstick from the new shimmer lipstick collection. Its more a pinky,mauve than a brown, but it matches the colors in this collection exceedingly well. I'm debating keeping it to use with a warm brown lip pencil like Bobbi's Cocoa or MAC's stripdown, or exchange it for another hazelnut. If you look good in warm neutrals, this is a great summer collection!

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