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2013-06-29 16.29.05Ingredients (courtesy of ehow.com): 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.

Cost:

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)

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Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, beeswax, ozokerite, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, [+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica,  yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 22 lake (ci 45380), red 30 lake (ci 73360), carmine (ci 75470), red 6 (ci 15850), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), red 33 lake (ci 17200), red 28 lake (ci 45410), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), yellow 6 lake (ci 15985)]

Product Description: “Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is a lip treatment with sheer colour that relieves dry, cracked lips and provides immediate moisturisation. The unique pencil-style applicator provides easy to apply sheer soft lip colour and rolls up for ease of use.”

Shades (from left to right): Chunky Cherry, Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey, Graped-up, Fuller Fig, Richer Raisin

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My Experience:
I got all these shades for Christmas from my lovely husband – doesn’t he know me well? I’d been dying to try these and I was giddy when I tore away the wrapping paper and all these luscious shades tumbled out of the box. So, do they live up to the hype? Yes. Clinique’s product description is right on. They’re balmy enough to moisturize parched lips, easy to apply because of the thick pencil-style packaging and a little twist extracts more product when you need it. Have I ever mentioned how much I love makeup that twists out? I hate sharpening pencils because it’s a mess and I always feel like I’m wasting product by obsessing over the sharpness of the point. Anyway, I digress. I also love the colors. They are sheer and will give you a subtle sheen if you prefer, but you can also build them into glossy pops of color. This is a very versatile product. Clinique has been very clever with selecting shades that will suit most skin types. And you can layer these over lipstick for balmy shine, or you can use the two most neutral shades (Woppin’ Watermelon and Whole Lotta Honey) over dabs of your favorite bright lipstick to make your very own, custom-made shade that’s über flattering and butter soft. Now, I had the luxury of trying out all eight of these shades. They look very similar side by side, and I do have my favorites. Chunky Cherry and Super Strawberry are my top picks of the pinks, one being more candy red and the other being a fresh bolt of pink. Of the browns, my favorite hands down is Fuller Fig. It’s also the shade I’ve received the most compliments on. It’s not as dark as it looks from the tube and there’s just something about it that’s very unusual but also incredibly flattering for my skin tone. I’m NC20, by the way. Woppin’ Watermelon looks bright but on my pigmented lips is non-existent. Whole Lotta Honey is a nice, neutral shade. I love how these feel – light as air and silky smooth. You have to apply them more frequently than lipstick but they feel so good on the lips I don’t even care. Dare I say I prefer these to Revlon Lip Butters? These are not quite as thick, and the range of shades is much more appealing to me. My birthday is coming up – I think I might ask for some of the spring shades as well!

The Skinny: These sticks are just what they’re supposed to be, moisturizing and sheer, but the shades can be built up into bright pops of color. They feel light and silky on the lips, the packaging is great and the shades are very flattering and versatile. Go get one!

Cost:

USA: $16 from Sephora

UK: £16 from Clinique

Rating: 5/5

Welcome fellow beauty and skin care fiends! I’m a thirty-something beauty blogger who will be reviewing, swatching and basically giving you my honest opinion on beauty and skin care products. Hopefully you lovely gawkers will benefit from my endless journey through holy grails and holy fails!