There’s an instant link between fashion label Ulla Johnson and beauty brand Bobbi Brown. Both lines were founded by strong New York-based women with an eye for natural beauty. Little wonder, then, that their make-up collaboration is both aesthetically pleasing and universally flattering.
Johnson is known for her use of diaphanous materials, handcrafted embroidery and strong patterns, taking inspiration from travels in Peru and Morocco. She describes her personal style as boldly feminine and optimistic, both attributes she has brought to this limited edition capsule collection for Bobbi Brown.
I like the compactness of Johnson’s beauty offerings, as well as the ease of wear. Two cheek palettes, Esme and Ynez (£30 each), feature crème blush and highlighter pairings to give colour and illumination at the touch of a fingertip. The inclusion of a small vial of Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil adds hydration and glow wherever you need it. If you’re warm or deep-toned, choose Ynez, with golden pink cheek sheen and a pink-brown-toned blush. Paler tones will suit the cooler hues of Esme: a white opal gleam with light pink blush.
Johnson’s stamp is most evident, though, in the Minou Eye Palette (£36.50) with an inlaid floral print fabric adorning the lid. Five nude and neutral shades have been selected for their enhancing qualities, to accentuate what is already there – a Bobbi Brown trademark – with soft, suede-like tones and delicate sparkle. Try a bare lid with twinkling shade Chiffon, finger-pressed from palette to lid.
Another signature Bobbi Brown touch is the “pop of colour”. That arrives here in the form of LouLou Crushed Lip Color (£24.50) – a papaya-coloured orange lipstick that’s both vivacious and enlivening. The full edit creates an on-the-go, wear-it-anywhere, pared-back style.
Jane Cunningham is a beauty journalist and blogger. An early adopter of beauty blogging, she has been posting on her website Britishbeautyblogger.com for 10 years, providing (sometimes brutally) honest product reviews and beauty news. Cunningham collaborated with Marks & Spencer to produce a limited edition make-up range and is currently working with Makeup Revolution on an eyeshadow palette. She is also a creative consultant to beauty brands. @britbeautyblog.