Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015, Review, Swatch & FOTD

I hope you are having a wonderful week. The fear which terror feeds goes on in Europe. Today a football game was evacuated in Germany. I am sincerely hoping that the fear doesn't get the best of us. It would be such a pity to see Christmas Markets empty *frowns*.

Talking about Christmas, I am on the mission to review each and every pretty Christmas Palette out there for you. Today I have Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette, the star of Sterling Nights Holiday Collection. Hard to believe but this is the first time I am reviewing a Bobbi Brown Palette for you. I was lusting over a few in the last months, including Greige so today I am excited to share my thoughts on this one.




Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015



The packaging looks and feels luxurious. It is made of sturdy plastic which feels heavy but not too much which makes it good for traveling too. The closure is magnetic and it feels safe. On the lid Bobbi Brown logo is stamped and the corners have a silver look to that. The silver theme goes on inside the compact, around the eye shadows. I am loving the fact that there is no unnecessary brush nor applicator inside the palette so that the full space is used for what it is meant to be, eye shadows! 



Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

Inside the compact there are nine eye shadows of generous amount. My sample didn't come up with a box so I am not sure about the weight of each but I can see that there is eye shadow to last you a life time in there. I love the fact that Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Palette doesn't have a glitter shade because I end up not using those all that much. I can say that pretty much every shade in the palette is wearable and I can see how I would use them for myself. All in all the palette is cool toned but there are a few warm shades to balance it all out. There is also a good variation of finishes, which makes it all very versatile.




Close-up: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

The shades included in the palette are as follows:

Top left: A very light ivory with matte finish. This shade is great to run all over the eye lid to blend easily or ro use above the crease to blend and below the brown bone to highlight.

Top center: A very light champagne shade with shimmery finish. This is a great highlighter shade on the face or under the brown bone.

Top right:A light grey taupe with shimmery finish. This shade is so soft that it crumbles a bit if swatched with fingers but it applies beautifully with a brush. It is a great understated cool natural to apply all over the lid.

Middle left: A light to mid-toned matte ashy contour shade which I love. Each palette should have one of these shades. It gives the most natural crease or can be run under the eye for a soft shadow. 

Middle center: A very light natural pink with shimmery finish. I especially love this shade for inner corner highlight but it is great all over the lid alike.

Middle right: A mid-toned bronzy brown with satin to shimmery finish. This shade balances out the coolness of the palette in a nice way. I love it applied all over or on the crease for definition.

Bottom left: A festive shade for a holiday palette is a must. This one has a gunmetal base and beautifully complex fine glitter on top. Once it catches light, it twinkles, very pretty.

Bottom center: A very deep matte black, one of the best quality I have seen. This can be used as a liner or to add a bit more intensity to any of the shades in the palette.

Bottom right: The most amazing metallic color I have come across in the recent months. This is a pewter shade with a touch of green/yellow, pulls in all different interesting direction according to light and skin tone. This shade is utter perfection *happy sigh*.



Swatch: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

I would post this review already yesterday but I needed to get a photo with the metallic pewter shade (bottom right) to make the review complete. I used it all over the lid and deepened the crease with bronzy brown (middle right). Isn't this such an easy but lovely look? I was wearing it today, it didn't fade a bit at 14 hours mark, super impressed.



In-action: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

Here is another eye look with Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette. For this one I used the gunmetal based shimmery shade (bottom left) on the inner and outer corner. I added the grey taupe (top right) in the middle. I then blended so there are no harsch lines but the effect of inner and outer darkness persist.


In-action: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

Here is the look in context. I am wearing Burberry First Kiss Lipgloss in Sweet Plum on the lips (review is coming up). By the way on the photo you can also see my hair after hair dresser. It looks a bit different now since I washed and styled it myself though. Anyway, very boring hair really, nothing exciting about it.




FOTD: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

FOTD: Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015

Here is a last look and a few more application notes. Some of the shades are hard to layer and some of the shades are very low key, meaning although it makes the lids nice and smooth, it lacks some for me. 2 out of 9 shades are like this. The matte formula is amazing and the rest is to die for. If you like cool naturals, would like a sound investment, here is your palette, for a whooping 80€. Does it worth it? Considering that you are getting a generous amount of product, a luxurious package and top performance as well as different finishes, you might find yourself splurging. It is seriously understatedly gorgeous.




Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights Eye Palette for Holiday 2015


Final thoughts: A luxurious treat, definitely an expensive one but the quality is top. I am loving the packaging because it is chic and luxurious. I love the fact that it doesn't have brush or applicator and uses the space effectively. The eye shadows have a range of different finishes which makes the palette very versatile. All in all a lovely palette which is not only for holidays but for everyday as well.


What is the last item you picked up from Holiday Collections?











Disclaimer: The product in this post was sent free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

52 comments

  1. This is pretty! I did buy the Greige palette which was my first Bobbi Brown and I quite like it. I love the looks you did with this, I will have to see if it came to stores in Australia and have a swatch.
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  2. Love this. Gorgeousness. Seriously tempted to get this one.

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  3. I'm pleasantly surprised, a Bobbi Brown palette with none of her horribly useless glitter shades! The pigmentation on this one also looks a bit better than the last few years. I love the looks you've made and am interested to hear about the Burberry gloss. I tried a couple of their old glosses in the tubes and they made my lips tingle unpleasantly.
    I don't see a whole big difference in your hair, but that's good, since you didn't like them you probably wouldn't have liked any drastic change they brought about LOL!

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  4. I was thinking about you since you like cool neutrals. You might really enjoy this palette.

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  5. I know, you were the one who tempted me about Bobbi Brown Palettes on the first place!
    Greige is so nice too, it did have a glitter shade in there right? I like the fact that this one doesn't. It is all usable shades for me :-)

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  6. Oh nice. I have the Greige palette and not sure this would add much in comparison, but have not swatched it yet. I love Bobbi Brown, even her glitter shades. At least her glitter does not end up all over my face, the way other glitter does! I gave in and bought some Charlotte Tilbury products recently, the Magic Foundation and a couple of Christmas sets. can't wait to receive those today! :)

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  7. Yeah, it has the glitter bomb. Unused so far! The rest of the shades are lovely though xx

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  8. I love the glitter shades but end up not using either. One in 9 palette is fine though. I liked that Greige was a little warmer than this one.

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  9. The gold and black inclusion in this palette is what makes this palette look more interesting and versatile than the Greige palette to me.. Ooooohhhh I'm so tempted!

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  10. It's definitely calling my name, Sara. Thanks. I also have close friend from the States who was in Paris this past week, and it's important to grieve without letting fear rule our lives.

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  11. Hahaha OMG, this sounds like short before click click order. As once said, we are not addicts, we are scientist! Bring on the palettes, we just want to test ;-)
    I just ordered the second Dior Palette although I didn't want to, I don't know what is going on in me haha.

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  12. Bella, I think you picked such a pretty collection to get them all. I had Rouge Noir at home and I almost forgot it, typical right? haha.
    I am loving the Burberry Lip Glosses, full review on them soon but they are sheer and like Lip Oils many companies released (YSL, Clarins, Dior). There is no tingling, no fulling effect. Wait for the full review though.
    I am with you on glitter shades. I love my TF Palettes but glitter shades are mostly useless since I rarely use them. With my rather dry eye lids, they go all over my face too, ugh, not pretty at the end of the day. Nice for a short night out though. No one seems the glitter after a few drinks ;-)

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  13. Hi Eleni, I have dry eye lids and many of the glitter does end up somewhere funny in my face, let's not get into detail haha. Tom Ford and Bobbi Brown make the best glitter though, those even I can wear. I am so tempted by Charlotte Tilbury Christmas Sets, which one did you pick up?

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  14. I am curious to hear your thoughts after using it, let me know.
    Terror plays with our fears. I lived in Istanbul for years and there is more terror there than there is in Europe. People sort of learned to live with it. Terror strikes once and the effect of fear goes on for years. This is what the terrorist want, to effect every life. It is terrible to think about such things before going to public places, I hope we get over the fear soon.

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  15. I thought I was 'over' Bobbi Brown but this one looks very tempting.

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  16. Hi Sara! I picked up the Sophisticate lip set, the Love Glow lip and cheek set and the Nocturnal cat Eyes to Hypnotise in The Huntress. My God, Charlotte's marketing is so appalling, that it took me ages to purchase a single thing. But her products are good quality, so I would suggest you give some of her products a go! I would not go after the shadow sticks though to be honest, but everything else is pretty good!

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  17. I was positively surprised about the pigment, quality and the shades.

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  18. Mine is arriving today :-) I was a bit nervous considering the hefty price tag so very happy to read your review. I have never had a Bobbi Bown palette before, so did not know what to expect, but if you love it I will too ;-)

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  19. Mine is arriving today! So glad you like it, then I will too ;-) Are you going to review the Free Spirit by Marc Jacobs as well? I am waiting for that one too... Thank you for your wonderful reviews, before I by anything I usually take a look here, your reviews are very informative to me.

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  20. Hi Valerie,
    that one is on its way to me, since three weeks!
    Didn't arrive yet. I started to get a bit nervous. I hope it will be here this week so I can review it asap.

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  21. I would love to hear what you think. I seriously love this one, very wearable, very high quality, everything I would like from palette. I hope you love yours as well.

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  22. I will let you know! I love the new Chanel formula as you do, and I love satin and some 'grown up' shimmer, so I should like it.

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  23. I hope you do not have to wait much longer then. Looking forward to reading your review on this one ;-)

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  24. I didn't pick up anything from the Holiday collection actually. I wanted the Chanel one, but there's isn't a counter nearby, so wallet is safe for now. I love the looks you created, as usual, Sara. I like Bobbi Brown palettes as well, but I also think a lot of her palettes look very similar!

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  25. Oh my!!! Every year Bobbi Brown turns out something heart-stompingly beautiful for my glitter-loving self. But for some reason I always encounter fallout with them. :( Did you experience any fallout, Sara?

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  26. Lol, I got thru the night and refrained!! We shall see if I do so well when I hit the shops on the weekend x

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  27. Oh my! I never really liked Bobbi Brown's shadows (too sheer, same colors, patchy glitter) but the last 4 shades look gorgeous! There's hope!

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  28. Hello Sara,


    This palette is visually stunning. I'm a big fan of BB eyeshadows. I have so many in my collection and they never let me down, but I must admit that glittery gunmetal color is calling my name. Not to take anything away from the palette, but your eyes make anything look good. Gorgeous looks and review.


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  29. This palette is goooorgeous. I'll have to stop by a counter and have a look. That price tag, though...ouch! I own both the Telluride and Greige palettes, which were my first Bobbi Brown palettes. I know not everyone is crazy about her eyeshadow formula, but as a soft neutral lover, I'm pretty happy with them. :-)

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  30. P.E.R.F.E.C.T !
    Nothing else to say !

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  31. Ooh, glad you're so happy with this! It really looks perfect for festive, yet not over-the-top eye looks! xo


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  32. Yes the price hurts a little. If this palette would be a little more affordable, I would say don't go but run to get it. I think though the prices are better outside of Germany. I have seen that the full line is more reasonably prices in the states. Have you checked it out yet? Let me know.

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  33. Oh the gunmetal is really pretty on the swatches as well as on the eyes. Thanks so much for your lovely comment, it is always a pleasure to hear from you :-*

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  34. Hahaha you always crack me up. There is certainly hope! I haven't tried any of them on the eyes before but I remember watching at the counter and not really being too much impressed with some of the previous versions.

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  35. Hi Lily,
    I think you really didn't miss all that much by not getting Chanel Collection. You might want to get the Illusion d'Ombre at some point but that would be it. That one is said to be permanent so no rush.

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  36. You explain it always so well Jenni :-) It is definitely festive in an understated way.

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  37. Hi Linda,
    missing you :-**
    This one has no glitter and no fall-out :-) Do check it out if you can.
    Xox

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  38. LOL how is the situation, still hanging in there?

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  39. I checked....sold out in Australia. Ahh...you snooze you lose!

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  40. BB palettes can be a bit hit and miss for me but this sounds like one of the better ones. I tried to look at this at the counter but got jumped on by so many SA's I fleed! This is going on my Christmas list after seeing how lovely it looks on you x

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  41. mybeautyblog/AndreeaNovember 22, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Okay, this looks plenty like my cup of tea, but it's very expensive. Well. I have TF CoCoa Mirage and CT neutral brown palette and they dos pretty job, so this is more nice to have. Nice to get rather! Hello Santa Claus! Gift it to me pls! I spent all my money on Lego for my son this year!
    Honestly, I been looking at this and the Greige, but I don't have a counter nearby so I would have to order blind, which can be a miss with BB. Greige was a little more boring...?

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  42. Hahaha Andreea, you cracked me up!
    I hope at least you have fun playing with the lego. I have seen it at your Instagram, Santa Claus from the lego land may gift Bobbi Brown Sterling Nights for you ;-)
    Between this and Greige, I prefer this one since it doesn't have the glittery shade I don't use and it has nine shades (one more). You also like cool shades so Sterling one would be better for you. It sucks not to have a counter though, it is an investment, I would also like to swatch before buy.

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  43. LOL, I know that feeling when SAs jump on you. I hate that as well and flee even if I am interested. I don't like being pushed into something, I like taking my time. Once they ask me if they can help me I usually answer" yes, get me a tissue to remove this mess" hahaha. Let me know if you end up checking this one out.

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  44. too bad, but don't worry! I am sure something similar from BB is coming up.

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  45. You make this palette look so tempting. I bought the Armani Luxe Is More palette. But after thinking about it, I decided it was way too much money to spend on one item, especially since I would only use 8 of the 10 shadow shades and the bottom layer is just too dark for my fair skin. I ended up returning it before I even opened it.

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  46. Hi Sara, I received the Bobbi Brown palette last week and even though I think it is to soon to have my opinion ready, this is what I can tell:
    -There is 18 gr of eyeshadow in total, that' s really a lot! The Free Spirit 'only' has 16gr....
    - I like the colors, but I find them a bit sheer on me, and I really miss a cool, understated purple. The lighter ones look almost the same on my lids.
    -The bronze shade is a disappointment to me, it just doesn't show up that much?
    -And finally, the shade bottom left is glittery and produces fall out on me....
    But is is gorgeous to look at, just wish the shades were a bit more intense, but that is how I like my shadows. Nevertheless, with a good base, the results are satisfying :-)

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  47. Hi Valerie,
    18 g, wow, I didn't know that. Mine doesn't have a box nor a sticker so thanks for this information.
    On me the shades all nicely show up but if they are close to your skin tone, it is harder to show up even if the pigmentation in there. Oh a cool purple, yes that would have been great, you are right. (I am always in for a purple). Bronze shade? Which one? The bottom right? That one is so pigmented that I have to tone it down.
    Let me know how you are getting along with it after you try a bit more.

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  48. Dear Tatiana,
    I visited the Armani counter on and off, trying to decide. It was 130 bucks here and most of the shops had 10% off but still I didn't like none of the tiers to invest that much. The bottom part is useless for me since it doesn't match my skin tone, the upper part is nice but nothing ground breaking. Maybe missed it but I felt like it was looking like a Duty Free Palette which I hate lol.

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  49. Hi Eleni,
    Gosh, I am trying to resist the duos for so long, Huntress is haunting me! Calls me at night hahaha! I go to CT website, put them in my basket then manage to click away. I have like 3-4 Christmas sets here which I didn't even open up, I feel terrible but those appear so nice. Do you love Huntress? Let me know :-*

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  50. I have no idea who that bottom layer in the Armani palette is supposed to match. It doesn't seem to work for anyone. I think you're right, it does remind me of something from Duty Free. Bobbi Brown is 20% off today, so I think I'm going to get the Sterling Nights Palette.

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  51. The huntress is beautiful! I'm thinking I will grab the Prowl for Christmas as well. Over primer it lasted for over 12 hours on me (!), it's soft to apply and I love the black base with the glitter. I highly recommend!!

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