Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar EyeshadowBobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Metallic Eyeshadow ($21) is described as a deep, golden brown. Although I would categorize it as more of a medium, golden brown as it's not dark at all on the lids. In the pan, the color looks very neutral - almost like a taupe brown, but on the skin, the golden tones appear. It's not really a yellow/orange golden, it's rather a bronze.
Although it's not all that unique, I don't own any exact dupes. The closest matches are MAC Tempting and Urban Decay Smog, but both are slightly deeper and warmer.
I've had this shadow for a couple of years now, and reach for it every now and then for a quick eye look. I'm all about simplicity when it comes to my everyday eye makeup, and I love shades that work well solo and give off the "illusion" that I'm wearing more than one shadow, and that it took me more than 30 seconds to complete the look. Burnt Sugar is one of those shades that you can wipe across your lids, apply a little mascara and be done with it. In fact, I don't think I've ever worn this shadow with anything else.
I can't say much on Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows as a whole, because I've only tried a couple. I'm not sure if the quality can differ from shade to shade (like MAC - some are softer, more/less pigmented, etc) but I can vouch that Burnt Sugar is very smooth, applies just the same, and is super pigmented.
A heavy and light swatch of Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar
With many of Bobbi Brown's products, you don't exactly get a lot of bang for your buck. $21 might seem like a lot for an eyeshadow, but if you look at how much product you're getting (0.10 oz), you're getting exactly double the amount of product as a MAC eyeshadow (0.05 oz, $15) and Urban Decay (0.05 oz, $18) as well as many other brands. Nars Eyeshadow contains 0.07 oz of product for $24.
- Gorgeous shade for the brown lovers out there
- Isn't overly warm, so those with cooler skin tones can enjoy Burnt Sugar as well
- Soft texture
- Easy to blend
- Pigmented - easy to build from sheer to opaque (for the fullest coverage, try using a primer)
- Great value
- Functional packaging - small, slim and lightweight; ideal for travel