I hope your day is going stellar. Today I’ll be doing a review of a pretty stellar product – the highly raved Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. If ever you think of the brand Bobbi Brown, the shimmer bricks are probably one of the first products you can call up. These babies aren’t just blushes, or face powders, they’re shimmery highlighters that are supposed to add radiance and a healthy beam to any look.
Let’s look at the Packaging:
It’s packaged in a sturdy, commonly high-end case with a mirror and the brick much like a mineralized skinfinish, but baked in strips. The Body Shop has a very similar product as well, I think it’s called shimmer strips. The best way to use this is to take a fluffy white haired brush, just like the MAC 168 because it’s easier buffed onto the cheeks rather than patted on with say a smaller blush brush.
Mine is in Rose. It’s a burnt pink with cool undertones so watch out if you have a yellow undertone. I know, I know, I’m yellow, but I thought pink blushes do look good on me, I’ll save the undertone complaints until later.
So How Do You Work it?
1.) Simple. Here’s me with bare cheeks, i even skipped the bronzer:
2.) Swirl your brush into the brick so that it collects all the colors of the gradient. Then, use the brush and buff first into the apples of your cheek, working upwards to the tip of your ear, not touching the tip of your ear but buffing towards that direction.
3.) The effect produced is a much more prominent cheek apple and sweep of pink that’s subtle and not too over the top.
What do I think of it?
I want to love it, but it’s probably not the first blush I’ll grab for because it’s hot and sweaty in Singapore and I’m pretty sure that I’ll get the same glow if I wait out in the humidity a bit. That’s because I have combination oily skin. However, I think it adds a beautiful glow to the cheeks, and probably great in dry countries or when you just need that little sparkle. This one in particular is much too cool toned for me, and probably a warmer shimmer brick like ‘Nectar’ would have suited me better. I can’t really use this primarily as a highlighter because its pink and I don’t really like having a red bridge, but a sweep on the cheekbones, with another blush below might be a good suggestion. I know that if this whole thing was the white, it would for shizzle receive a 5/5 from me, but as a blush it just doesn’t seem natural sometimes. Nonetheless, its still beautiful, it’s hard to explain my opinion and from me, I’d give it a 4.5/5 because the highlight is sometimes too over the top for me.
Overall – this is an expensive product and you can get the same sub at The Body Shop. However, if you’re into Bobbi Brown and her products – go for it -but don’t, if you have oily skin.
What do you think of the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks?