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2013-06-29 16.29.05Ingredients (courtesy of The first ingredients in the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick have the highest concentration. Talc, a powdered magnisium silicate, is added for its oil absorbing and anti-chaffing properties. Caprylic Triglyceride, an oily liquid made from coconut oil, helps hydrate the skin and thicken liquid additives. Zea Mays (Corn) Starch is known for its skin conditioning and protecting benefits. And, Aluminum Starch Octensylsuccinate is a plant derived starch that aids in anti-caking and sun protection. Thank you, Pascha of The Posh Blog, for finding this info for me.

Product Description: Handmade in Italy, this award-winning editor’s favorite highlights skin with five bars of pearlescent shimmer.

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My Experience: I know I’m being naughty for reviewing this because it was limited edition and it’s not available anymore. But! But! But! I just couldn’t resist. I adore this product, and I take some guilty comfort in knowing that you can always pick up a similar shimmer brick from Bobbi Brown. I’m not fond of blushes – my cheeks are naturally ruddy and I’m heavy-handed with the powder brush. It’s a lethal combination that often results in the dreaded clown face. So, I usually do myself a favor and avoid blushes altogether. But I love highlighters and shimmer as long as they don’t turn my face into a disco ball. And this, my lovelies, is the perfect product for blush-shy highlighter fiends. I can swish my brush liberally into the pan without worrying about it applying too dark or bright. It builds up slowly but beautifully. It’s honestly fool-proof. And it’s gorgeous. It’s a subtle blooming glow of pink with a dewy sheen that looks enchanting when caught by the light. Lately, if I don’t have time or don’t want to bother with a full face of makeup but want a fresh pick-me-up, I use this to give my cheeks a pretty, pearly flush. And the packaging is tres chic – it’s sleek, stylish yet simple and feels weighty and solid. It’s expensive, yes, but I like to think of it as a multipurpose product because it can be used as a blush, highlighter and even eyeshadow. Plus it will last a very long time. And it’s just dreamy on the skin. Every time I open the compact I smile, and I truly love to watch the warm glow that beams from my skin as I apply it. When I run out, I’ll buy another shimmer brick that’s as close to this one as I can get. FYI they are currently selling a summery shimmer brick in the shade Nectar, which looks comparable but is more on the coral side. Try it. Love it.

2013-06-29 16.31.32The Skinny: A gorgeous multipurpose powder that works as a blush, highlighter and eyeshadow all in one. Application is fool-proof, even for the heavy-handed, and it brightens up cheeks with a glowing, pearly pink shimmer. It’s pricey but pure quality.


I’ve seen this particular shimmer brick floating around Ebay and Amazon for eye-watering prices, but check out the stunning shades currently available from Bobbi Brown.

USA: a variety of Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are available for $42 from Sephora

UK: a variety of Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are available for £32 from Bobbi Brown

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)


Ingredients: (1-2): Talc, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Zeolite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sorbic Acid, Methylparaben Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylparaben, Orchis Maculata Flower Extract, BHT. +/- [May Contain]: MICA (CI 77019), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 30 (CI 73360), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140) and Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985).

Color: No. 2

Product Description: A powder that lightens, brightens and maximizes wear and coverage without settling into fine lines or accentuating shadows.

My Experience: I bought this a while ago and I use it a lot. I was not previously a fan of setting powders because I often found they looked cakey or dusty on my skin. But I was at the Laura Mercier counter and intrigued by the word ‘brightening’ because I always want my skin to look brighter, more fresh, more glowing. The instructions advise you to use this only in this eye area and never for the entire face as it contains white pigment. But hey, I like to play around with makeup and I pretty much always use this all over my face, although more sparingly in some areas. It’s finely milled so it doesn’t settle into lines or look like powder on my face. But I think the real magic of this powder is that it really does give a brightening effect that is both subtle yet noticeable. It lightens all the right places and makes my skin look better than it is. The packaging is quite straightforward as you’d expect from a powder – the container has a screw-top lid and sifter within. If you want a quality powder that gives your skin a boost, try this. But it’s not a holy grail for me. I’m becoming more interested in products that do everything at once. I think the ideal powder should have SPF, set makeup, control oil and blend into the skin without looking like someone has blasted you with powdered sugar. So, whilst I do like this powder, I’m afraid it doesn’t tick enough boxes for me to repurchase it on a regular basis. However, if you don’t have a problem with oily areas and don’t mind the lack of SPF, this could be a wonderful powder for you.

The Skinny: A finely-milled powder that brightens the skin and sets makeup without settling into fine lines or looking dusty.


UK: £18.50 from John Lewis

USA: $22 from Sephora

Rating: 4/5