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Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palettes in Pink Opal & Homecoming Pink and Bare Cream & Desert Rose

Hello my dears!

How are you all? It’s February!! In Greece we say “Καλό μήνα” (Kalo Mina=Happy Month) on the first day of each month. We also say, “Ο Φλεβάρης και αν φλεβίσει, καλοκαίρι θα μυρίσει” which won’t say much to you unless you are speakers of Greek, but I love this traditional saying. It basically means that when February arrives we are one step closer to the summer! Whoop, whoop!! And indeed, the days start getting longer little by little and although in the UK, summer is a questionable season in terms of timing and temperature (Note to self: don’t moan about the rain here ;), in Greece, well, around April we get the higher temperatures. So only two months to go!

Today I would like to speak to you about one of my favourite brands. Bobbi Brown. I love Bobbi Brown. Most of my make up and skincare products are Bobbi’s and that’s after a fair bit of research, trial an error. I totally trust her foundations (colour range is spectacular and ideal if your skin tone is olive, like mine), powders, bronzers and eyeliners. And *THE* thing Bobbi knows how to do very well is cheek products.

I’m sure you’ll have heard of Bobbi’s Pot Rouge for cheeks. It’s a cream blush product which comes in many beautiful shades to cater for all skin tones and can also be used on the lips. Bobbi now brought to us four cheek glow palettes, which contain a pot rouge and cream a highlighter each. There are four limited edition shades that retail for £35:

  1. Pearl Cream & Pink Flush: “A shimmering white opal & a pale nectar pink”. I think this would work great on paler skin tones.
  2. Pink Opal & Homecoming Pink: “A shimmering opal pink & a medium pink”. Great for medium skin tones.
  3. Bare Cream & Desert Rose: “A shimmering golden beige & a rosey mauve”. A good alternative for those with medium skin tones who do not enjoy wearing pink.
  4. Bronze Sun Cream & Milk Chocolate: “A shimmering copper bronze & a chocolate brown”. Fantastic shade for deeper skin tones, or for those of you who are lucky to have a February tan!

Bobbi makes you want to buy her products only by reading their names, right? Creams, roses, sunsets, deserts and chocolates… sigh. I just went to Dubai, enjoyed the warm dessert and the orange red sunset, riding a camel and holding a beautiful, freshly cut rose. I was then treated to cream and chocolate dessert in a room with honey dribbling down the walls! Delicious! LOL!! I think I’ve seriously diverged in the wildest of manners!! That’s what names like these do to you!

Baaaack to the review! I laid my paws on 2 and 3 from the list above, mainly because I thought they were the most obvious matches for my skin tone (NC30). And I can gladly report that I am loving both of these cheek glow palettes!

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palettes packaging


The packaging is really beautiful, isn’t it? These are Limited Edition palettes, hence, housed in white, relatively glossy packaging with the Bobbi Brown logo embossed. Very elegant to have in your bag. As with a lot of Bobbi Brown products, these are very portable and light. Let’s have a look at the swatches:

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Pink Opal and Homecoming pink open with mirror and the cream blush and highlight duo


Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Pink Opal and Homecoming pink swatch


Too pink, you might think? Actually, it’s absolutely fine. You can blend this to nothing if you like and you can mix it with the highlighter to soften it too. But you can also create some killer cheeks with this! It’s undoubtedly pigmented.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare cream and desert rose open with mirror and the cream blush and highlight duo


Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette Bare cream and desert rose swatches


Initially, I thought that the Bare Cream highlighter was a bit much for my skin tone, but I was wrong. It blends nicely and adds a lovely highlight and if you mix it with Desert rose, the match is made in heaven. It also makes a lovely lipgloss ;)! You’ve gotta love multi-use products!

You have seen me wearing both of these:

Bobbi Brown Cheek Glow Palette in Bare cream and desert rose on lips and cheeks

With Bare Cream & Desert Rose on lips and cheeks

Final look with Bobbi Brown's Pink Opal and Homecoming Pink on cheeks

.  With Pink Opal & Homecoming Pink on cheeks

As you can see on both photos, I was able to blend those to achieve a subtle effect which I love on cheeks. They’re creamy, easy to apply and blend with fingers or brush (I use the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage brush to do both), highly pigmented and last all day long on me (combination skin). *purrs in satisfaction*

Reading around, I found that a common issue some consumers have had with these palettes is that colour disappears on their cheeks. I wanted a subtle effect in the pictures above, so blended a bit more, but if you’d like a stronger effect, you should be able to get it. My advice would be: put a bit of product on your brush or fingers and work it slightly on the back of your hand. Then place your brush on your cheek, where you want most of the colour to be. Blend the edges in all directions but towards your hairline. If you don’t overblend, you should be fine :). These are buildable, so feel free to layer until you achieve the desired effect.

If you’d like to read another view on all four Cheek and Glow palettes, Linda has written an excellent one over at Silverkis!

What are your thoughts on these palettes? Which one would you pick?

Have a lovely day and I’ll speak to you soon!

Eleni xx





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  1. Lena February 2, 2017

    Look like great products and I really like those light boxes. Currently I don’t use any Cheek and Glow palettes 😉

    The White Ocean

  2. Yiota February 2, 2017

    I love shades that are buildable, I want to control the amount I use on my cheeks and I also love creamy formulas! You look stunning on both pictures! x


    • rougenapples February 2, 2017 — Post Author

      Thanks Yiota! Absolutely, same here. Then you can decide on the intensity you want 🙂 xx

  3. Kiss & Make-up February 2, 2017

    That second duo is soooo lovely.

  4. Mellissa April 7, 2017

    Thank you! The color looks great on you!

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