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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: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Glyceryl Distearate, Trisiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cholesterol, Jojoba Seed Oil, Steareth-10 Cetyl Esters, Cetyl Alcohol, Vitis Vinifera Fruite Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Morus Bombycis Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyalauronate, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Xanthan Gum, Sucrose, Glycerin, Cyanocobalmin, Caprylyl Glycol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Hexylene Glycol, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Linoleic Acid, Isohexadecane, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 4.

Product Description: “The ultimate quick fix for the skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals; de-snoozes, de-stresses, moistens, freshens and boosts the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with a fully loaded vitamin zap and a mega dose of green tea.”

My Experience: This cream has been around a long time and is one of MAC’s hall of famers, and with good reason. It’s brimming with great ingredients and infuses skin with a beautiful glow. Although it’s technically a moisturizer, it’s really more of a cream highlighter with benefits. It doesn’t have quite enough hydration to be used alone, especially in the moisture-sapping chill of winter, but as a highlighter it’s quite lovely. And it isn’t sparkly or in your face, either. Dabbed across cheekbones, along the temples or down the center of the nose, it radiates fine, light-reflecting particles. Skin looks beaming and, when caught by the light, softly opalescent. And this doesn’t leave behind any sticky residue. It leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. I’ve even dotted this gently across my brow bone to give my eyes an enticing glimmer. This isn’t the product for you if you’re after a totally natural highlighter, because there’s a whisper of pearly shimmer. But, really, it’s one of the more delicately gorgeous light-infusing products out there. And for such a stellar product, it’s decidedly not extortionate. And it’s great for your skin. Go try it.

The Skinny: A cream that works wonders as a highlighter because it infuses the skin with a soft, pearly glow and it’s packed with good ingredients. There is some shimmer, but it’s very subtle. You needn’t fear the disco ball effect.

Cost:

UK: £12.50 for 30ml, £22.50 for 50ml from MAC

USA: $15 for 1 fl oz, $31 for 1.7 fl oz from MAC

Rating: 4/5

Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891 and Mica CI 77019] Illuminator

Formulated without: harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives and genetically altered ingredients

Certified organic

Product Description: Creates a healthy, sheer, glowing look to the skin without being sticky, greasy or glittery.

My Experience: Gosh, I love this product. I’ve used both powder and cream highlighters in the past, and none have compared to the effortless glow of this illuminator. Rose-Marie Swift is a celebrity makeup artist for the likes of supermodel Gisele Bundchen and Miranda Kerr. After racking up years of experience in the fashion and makeup industries and seeing the effects of chemicals in beauty and  skin care products, she decided to develop a line of cosmetics. The philosophy behind rms beauty is purity: cosmetics that are not only non-toxic, but also heal and nourish the skin. The products are formulated with raw, food grade, organic ingredients in their natural state. Her concern for nature and simplicity doesn’t end there: the packaging for all her products is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable (small glass jars). Anyway, back to the illustrious Living Luminizer. It’s her best seller, and a worthy one at that. If you use highlighters, you know how difficult it is to find something that looks natural and luminous without being sparkley or shimmery. Living Luminizer does just that. It looks rather unremarkable in the pot, just a simple, dewy, candlelit cream. When I first swatched it, I was still dubious: it looked like nothing on my hand. But when I dabbed it along my cheekbones, down my nose and on my cupid’s bow, something magical happened: it brought my skin to life and made it look lit from within. My face looked naturally dewy and when caught in the light, glimmered gorgeously. A little goes a long way, a dab of the fingertips along these areas is quite enough, and even if you sweep some setting powder over it, the product retains its glow. I love the ingredients: beeswax, rosemary extract and coconut oil. This stuff is no joke – it’s the best highlighter I’ve ever used and I’ve used some great ones by Nars. It’s everything one wants – it gives your skin a natural, glowing sheen without looking like you’re actually wearing makeup. And it’s good for your skin. Yes, it’s expensive. And I don’t even care.

The Skinny: The perfect highlighter: a natural, glimmering sheen without any sparkle or shimmer that gives a healthy glow to the face.

Cost:

UK: £30 from Cult Beauty

USA: $38 from rms beauty

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)