The Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powders come in two shades: Brightening Nudes and Porcelain Pearl. They are designed to be an all-over powder that promise to instantly illuminate and brighten the complexion, imparting a healthy-looking glow.
According to the company they are “infused with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape, scutellaria extracts, and the moisture-magnet sodium hyaluronate” to help skin stay fresh and smooth-looking. The metallic, silver compact is lovely (though difficult to photograph). It has a mirror and a nice weight to it without being at all heavy.
I chose the Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder in Porcelain Pearl which is a combination of six pastel hued colors designed to color correct: white, green, yellow, pink, blue and purple. It is reminiscent of Guerlain’s Meteorites and similar products. I believe this particular color combination of the Brightening powders was released in 2013 (earlier in Asia).
The white shade is where you’ll find the shimmer responsible for the “glow” part of things. I’ve read some reviews where users prefer to work around this white shade in order to avoid the shimmer aspect but still benefit from the “color correction” offered by the other shades. While I’ve only recently acquired the infamous Meteorites, based on first impressions, this is a more sparkly version of that product.
Swirled all together, the powder comes across mostly white with hints of the purple and pink – and, of course, the shimmer is there. But don’t let my use of the terms “sparkle” and “shimmer” scare you off too much. I definitely don’t find that it translates onto the face like a ten year old that got carried away with glitter or anything. On me (who is not 18 and doesn’t have the best skin texture), it imparts subtle, flattering luminosity. In my opinion, this powder is a wonderful alternative for lighter complexions weary of the ever prolific bronze glow.
Unlike the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Powder which I press into the skin with my trusty Elf Powder brush (which is a dense flat top), I like to dust on the Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder with a big fluffy brush. Sometimes I do this directly after applying foundation and sometimes after my regular powder as well (if I’m using one).
The Brightening Powder retails for $50.00 USD which is kind of hefty but I got mine on discount at a CCO (Cosmetics Company Outlet) for $36.50 USD. I’m not sure why as it is a permanent item. Maybe older stock? Anyway, I’m quite happy with my purchase and have been enjoying the powder on days when I need a little pick me up.
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