Born to Sparkle with Bobbi Brown

12 Jul

When I was a kid, I used to tell people that I was born to sparkle.  Grown ups would laugh and play along, thinking I was just a typical Barbie-loving little girl.  Well now in my adult life I still tell people that I was born to sparkle and I don’t get quite the same reaction.  People still laugh a little, but when the see the crazy look in my eye that says “I’m not kidding” they usually get a little uncomfortable.

I say, oh well, I think everyone likes to sparkle in some way 🙂  Here’s one product that helps me on my journey to add more shimmer to my delusional world:

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick!

Website Description: Five bars of pure pearl color for shimmering lids and glowing cheeks. 

This Shimmer Brick is in the color Bronze.

My Thoughts

Packaging:  It’s a very simple plastic black square, it measures about 3.5in in length and width, a little over 1in tall.  The compact features a mirror.  The clasp closes securely (it clicks). There’s a button on the front that releases the clasp so it can reopen.  It feels very sturdy, but a bit bulky.

Color: There 5 different shades, the lightest on top and the darkest on the bottom.  They all have a shimmer finish (but no glitter) and are warm toned.  The very top color works well as a brow and cheekbone highlighter, and the inner corners of the eyes.  The other 4 brown shades all work for eyeshadows, either on the lid of the crease.  Swirling all of the shades together creates a medium brown color,which can be applied to the apples of the cheeks or just below the cheekbones.

Pigmentation: These are slightly sheer, but buildable.  Too much pigmentation would be problematic when using this as a cheek product.  It gives a nice wash of color the eye area.

Longevity: 8+ hours.  May differ on oily skin.

Who would like this:  I would suggest this to someone who doesn’t want to use 10 different things when applying their makeup.  This product can use used to create an entire neutral eye makeup look, and on the cheeks.

Who wouldn’t like this:  I would not suggest this to someone who is trying to hide wrinkles, the shimmer will make it look worse.

Overall: It’s not something that gets used in my every day makeup routine, but it does give my cheeks a beautiful bronzed glow when I do use it.  The color works well on my NC30 skin.  Darker skinned beauties may find this works more like a highlighter on their skin.  This would really compliment those of you with cool skin tones.  For my oily skinned gals (raises hand) don’t be scared of the shimmer, you can still use this.  Focus on applying the product on the backs of cheekbones rather than the apples of the cheeks.  I suggest everyone use a light hand when applying to your cheeks, a stippling brush works best (I like the MAC 187 or 188).

The swatch on the far right is all of the colors mixed together.

Lighting #1

Lighting #2

Glitter Rating: 3.5 / 5

The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is $40.00 for 0.4oz.  You can purchase at any Bobbi Brown counter or retailer.  You can purchase it here online.

Do you have any of the Shimmer Bricks?  What do you think of them?

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3 Responses to “Born to Sparkle with Bobbi Brown”

  1. theflossylife July 12, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    this is one of my favorite products! i love the bronze color and the pink quartz.
    xx theflossylife

  2. Arantha July 12, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I’ve been wanting to buy one of these but the price has been holding me back!

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