Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Review, Eye Look, Photos and Swatches!

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Review

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow

Bobbi 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.

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Review
Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Swatches

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar applied (packed heavily) all over the lid, stopping slightly above the crease, and smudged on the lower lashline. Then, used a tapered blending brush to blend out the edges and slightly bring the shadow upward, toward the brows. MAC Nylon Eyeshadow applied to the brow bone and inner corner for a highlight.

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.

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Swatches

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Swatch

Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Swatches

bobbi brown burnt sugar swatches
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.

The Round-Up

  • 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


  • None!

Price: $21, Bobbi Brown, Sephora or your local Bobbi Brown counter.

26 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Burnt Sugar Eyeshadow Review, Eye Look, Photos and Swatches!

  1. What I love about bobbi brown shadows is that they stay with you for a looong time.. It takes ages to hit pan on them even if you use them everyday!

    The shade is gorgeous.. I can see hint of green/khaki when it's on your lids which makes it even more beautiful for your green eyes.. Lovely shade… Thanks for the post!


  2. Love this color. You take such great photos of your eye makeup, and the lighting & swatches are perfection! 🙂

    How are you dealing makeupwise with the 100 degree weather & humidity in Chicago?


  3. This is a classic golden taupe color. I can almost see it worn to red carpets, sunny beaches and uptown shopping. One of the most chic and versatile colors I seen. You wear it very nicely by coupling it with generous coats of mascara, Nat!


  4. I lovvvvvve shades like this. Im a lazy person aswell when it comes to everyday eyeshadow. I Always use shades out of the naked palette on top of maybelline color tattoo in on & on the bronze.


  5. Very pretty color. I know you are a huge fan of MAC as am I and I was curious if you have tried their Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners?? I have it in Undercurrent (described as a Teal with Pearl) and I am obsessed with it! They go on like a liquid, but are so much quicker and easier to apply. And it stays forever!


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