Bobbi Brown Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette Swatch and FOTD

July 17, 2011

Being a neutral shades lover I always pay attention to Bobbi Brown’s new releases. Their latest Tortoise Shell Collection has really captured my heart. It is  a collection consisting of only neutral shades  that would look flattering on any skin tone. There are two limited edition eyeshadow palettes – the SAND and the BRONZE from the collection. I opted for the Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette after I swatched both at the counter as I prefer the color payoff and the texture more than the other.


This palette comes in a tortoise shell case and has a unique two tier compact design. Perfect size to carry it around in the purse or travelling.



This Bronze palette contains 8 warm neutral shades in 3 different finishes, with 5 of them being the new shades:

Top Tier

Banana – matte

Gold NuggetNew, sparkles eyeshadow

Olive New, sparkles eyeshadow

Bronze: – New, metallic eyeshadow



Bottom Tier

Tiger’s Eye: New, metallic eyeshadow

Espresso: Matte

Copper Cocoa: shimmer wash

Amber: New, shimmer wash



According to Bobbi Brown’s website, the Bronze Tortoise Shell Eye Palette is designed for medium to darker skintones.  Although I am nowhere near that I find all of these shade are easy to work with and look flattering against my skintone after playing with it for a few different looks.

There are millions of looks you can create with this versatile palette. I went for a simple look today wearing the new shades.


Olive as a wash over the eye socket. Then applied Tiger’s Eye at the outer corner and defined the outer v with Copper Cocoa.

Along the lower lashline, I had Tiger’s Eye applied then layered with Gold Nugget at the tear duct area and Copper Cocoa towards the outer corner.




Overall Look:



Bottom Line: I really like it. These shades don’t pull too warm on me and it is a palette that I can use all year round.  Having all of these wearable shades in an elegantly designed compact is a bonus for women (like me) who like to travel light.

FYI the eye palette retails for $130 in Australia.



{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Sheila July 17, 2011 at 7:20 am

Gorgeous!! I love how you used the gold to highlight. I almost always use silver or white but the gold looks very nice on you, I must try it!


Reika July 17, 2011 at 7:43 am

Thanks Sheila! Yeh I find the gold gives a softer highlighting effect than the silver and white 🙂


Linda July 17, 2011 at 9:28 am

Hi Reims! Very nice and sparkling eyes!;) do u use any eye creams n what skincare do u use btw?


Reika July 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Hi Linda I use a range of skincare…I will be doing a post about it since quite a few people have requested for it 🙂


Martha July 17, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I am in love with these palettes- I ended up with Sand. Bobbi Brown knows her neutrals.


Reika July 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Yep! BB can never go wrong with the neutrals 🙂


Rainy Days & Lattes July 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This palette is so gorgeous! I love the neutral tones and the compactness of this palette.


Reika July 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Thanks Jen! It’s really easy for traveling isn’t it. I can see myself only bringing this one…:-)


Cindy July 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

Love this palette! I got it too, the only downside is the price LOL

What are you wearing on your cheeks, please? It looks so nice 🙂


Reika July 18, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Hi Cindy, I wore the cheek color from the Chantecaille Sea Turtule palette
the swatch:
A close dupe for it would be the Nars Orgasm, hope it helps 😉


Eileen July 18, 2011 at 2:20 am

I’m glad you trusted your instinct and went with the deeper palette because the shades bring out such beautiful tones in your skin and eyes–even though you are wearing colored lenses 🙂 I’m sure it looks just as lovely with your natural eye color. I don’t know who at Bobbi Brown decided Sand should be for lighter skinned women and Bronze should be for darker skinned women, but they seemed to have totally disregarded how hair and eye color can affect the total look. You sparkle in Bronze!


Reika July 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks Eileen, I can’t agree with you more! BB has totally dismissed the fact that the hair and eye color play an important role in choosing the right shades! Although brunettes tend to have more restrictions than blondes, there are always ways we can work around it 🙂


Jennise July 18, 2011 at 2:43 am

I love the concept behind the palette, BB has really captured my attention over the last year with their array of neutral palettes. I think I will have to cave on this one.


Reika July 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

There are so many neutral e/s palettes out there and this one definitely stood out the most for me 😉


Mel July 19, 2011 at 4:05 am

on close up, i think you look like cosmetic candy author 🙂


Me my best and I July 19, 2011 at 6:51 am

Delicious! Was oogling these in DJS, too fabulous


jamilla July 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I love this palette on you! I have Bronze too-one of my faves.


popblush July 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Oh my goodness.. What a gorgeous palette.. It looks so great on your eyes~


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