When I first laid eyes on the Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose Palette a few months ago, I remember doing a double take. The sturdy palette designed like a book contained colours I’d never have associated with the brand. I have to say however, that the makeup artist at the time did an amazing job with the palette on one of the girls, giving her a look befitting that of a party-goer and so I filed that away in the back of my head as a palette to watch.
When the palette was eventually released as part of the Amnesia Rose collection, it found its way into my hands and I could finally see if this was a palette that would help me conquer my fear of bright purples or if it might crash and burn in a blaze of Bobbi Brown bright eyeshadow powders.
Apologies to all Bobbi Brown fans out there, but this is one palette that I would quite happy to forget about. “Amnesia” is quite an apt description in this instance and I’m disappointed. No, not in the colour selection. I do think the colour selection works just fine. It’s the quality of the eyeshadows that has me wondering what went wrong.
The Amnesia Rose Palette has a pretty cover and looks (and feels) like a sturdy diary. It is a very handy palette that you could quite easily slip into a daily makeup pouch if you’re minded to.
On one side is a large mirror that is very handy for touch ups and on the other are 8 large pans of color that at a glance, look promising.
There are 6 powder eyeshadow colours, 1 blush and 1 Pot Rouge which is both a lip and cheek colour. I usually am leery of cream-powder mixed palettes so given a chance, I would have passed for this reason alone. However, I do recognise how handy they are for people who do have to be on the go a lot so I understand the logic behind it, if not the practicality.
The 6 eyeshadows come in sparkle and matte textures ostensibly so you can create different looks to suit different occasions. Sparkles add some fun and the mix of light and dark matte shades allow you to wear this to work and then off to a party.
I’ve got the swatches for you below but I have to warn you that this is a palette that I feel swatches better than it applies. What do I mean? Simply that it I get colours to show up in a swatch, but on their own, on the eyes where it really matters, the eyeshadows fall flat on their faces.
Here are the swatches, which I did using my fingers and layering them over themselves to get the colours to show.
Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose Palette swatches
- Amnesia Rose – A browned rose matte eyeshadow and quite easily the most wearable of all colours. It works well as a stand alone colour, or as a base colour.
- Silver Lilac – A sparkle shadow in Bobbi Brown’s sparkle texture which is high shimmer and glitter. It applies best using fingers to lightly tap on the colour. Using a brush you get nowhere.
- Pink Lilac – The other sparkle shadow that to me looks indistinguishable from Silver Lilac. Similarly, use your fingers to pat this on for best effect.
- Iron – A grey matte eyeshadow that helps deepen colours and gives depth.
- Ultra Violet – Described as a shimmer wash eyeshadow, this violet shadow has minimal to no discernible shimmer on my skin. It is a reddened purple that I personally distance myself from.
- Mulberry – A matte deep violet.
- Sand Pink Blush – A rosy browned blush
- Desert Rose Pot Rouge – A browned rose cream textured product that you can use as a cream blush or on lips as lip colour
From swatches, it looks workable. However, my disappointment came when I tried to apply it on my eyes. I found the texture of the eyeshadows hard and dry and it was hard to pick up colour with my brushes. These are brushes I use daily with different brands and textures of shadows and it frustrated me.
The other problem I ran into was the poor adherence to the skin. When I deposit colour on my lid, and then try to blend it out, the colour would just fall off and disappear. So, I spent a lot of time trying to pile on colour and blend, only to find that all I was creating was a muddy mess.
I don’t have a quarrel with sheer textured eyeshadows. In fact, I really like the BB Luxe palette which few people did and Guerlain eyeshadow palettes have notoriously sheer textures and a hard texture that put some people off, but when applied on skin, they apply like butter, sticking on, blending beautifully and imparting a lovely shade and shadow to the skin that wows me like nothing else. This however, frustrated me.
In the end, I worked out that the eyeshadows in the Amnesia Rose palette work best on their own, over an eyeshadow base and patted on whether with a dense eyeshadow brush or fingers. Don’t even think about trying to blend. You’d just rub everything away or muddy it. And that, my friends, I found very disappointing.
The Sand Pink blush was alright in texture, even if I wouldn’t usually use a colour like this as it makes my skin look duller than usual, and the Desert Rose pot rouge was a bit too nude for me. Here’s an example of my attempt at wearing the Amnesia Rose palette.
It all looks fairly neutral doesn’t it? Especially around the eyes. Would it surprise you to know that I’m supposed to have both purples on the eye area? I just couldn’t get it to show up and when I did, and tried to blend, it all blended into that neutral colour you see above. I personally found the colours a bit too dull for my skintone (not a fault of the palette) so adding some colour to my cheeks and lips helped boost the look somewhat.
Doesn’t change the eyes I’m afraid. Can you see the hint of purple? That’s about as best as I could get it to show. Lily managed to get a more vibrant look if you want to see something of a contrast and so did Temptalia.
However, I mention this because I have fair skills when it comes to using eyeshadow. I say fair, in the sense that I can do a fairly decent job with eyeshadow application. Not an expert, but fair enough for day to day use; and if this is as best as I could fare with the Amnesia Rose palette, I don’t really want to know how much more disappointed someone who is just starting out and experimenting might feel about it.
If you ask me, I’d just leave this palette to the experts to wow us with their vibrant looks created with the Amnesia Rose palette. For the rest of us mortals, I’m going to plainly suggest that you save your money and wait for something better to come along. I just don’t think this to be one of Bobbi Brown’s better palettes.
In a nutshell
The Bobbi Brown Amnesia Rose palette is a limited edition eye, lip and cheek palette created in collaboration with fashion designer L’Wren Scott. The palette comes in a handy slim and sturdy compact with a large useful mirror. There are 6 eyeshadows, 1 powder blush and 1 pot rouge which can be used both as a cream blush and a lip colour. I personally find the colours too dull and the quality of the eyeshadows to be lacking. They feel hard, colour pay off is poor and they come off powdery with poor adherence to the skin. Blending the colours makes them disappear and muddy which I’ve realised is not a complaint only I make. Some other discerning people have noticed this too and it disappoints because this doesn’t come cheap and the brand could have done some interesting things with this departure into vibrant colour. The powder blush and pot rouge are alright if the colours are your thing although I personally feel a more vibrant lip and cheek colour would suit the palette better. In a nutshell, save your pennies for another better palette. Better luck next time, BB!
Pros: Compact palette, Interesting colours from the brand
Cons: Poor quality of eyeshadows, Eyeshadows are hard with powdery and poor colour pay off and poor adherence to the skin, Rubs off easily, Colours turn muddy unless used over a base
Who will like this: Anyone who likes the combination of colours in the palette, Anyone who is comfortable wearing just 1 or 2 colours over an eyeshadow base
The size of the compact is fairly good and the products come in a good size, not tiny little pans for which I’m glad. I just feel it would just have been better had there been more focus on quality as opposed to mere appearances.
Were you drawn to the Amnesia Rose palette? Have you tested it and have your thoughts to share on this?
I confess the colours aren’t something I’m keen on so my lack of enthusiasm does show. Of all the shades in the palette, I think Amnesia Rose is the best of the lot. It’s wearable on its own as an interesting neutral especially if you draw in some dark liner and the texture too seems to be the best. The rest are, I’m afraid, a wash out.
Bobbi Brown x L’Wren Scott Amnesia Rose palette Price: RM265 Availability: Bobbi Brown counters and stores Limited Edition: Yes