Jan 20 2015

A Paler Glow: Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder


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.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder

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.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder Compact

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).

Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder Closeup

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.


Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder Swatch

Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder Swatch


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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  1. I used to love the Bobbi Brown Brightening Powder in Brightening Nudes. So beautiful on. Then I bought the Guerlain Wulong compact and retired my Bobbi Brown almost immediately. I love a great powder.
    Ting | The Ting Thing

      • Kimmy on January 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      Hehe. I just purchased Guerlain’s Meteorites…so we’ll see if my BB suffers the same fate. 🙂

  2. This had caught my eye before but I’ve never jump on the band wagon! These images are too good though think I’ll have to treat myself again soon! :0

    LeviJade xx

      • Kimmy on January 21, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      It really is beautiful…even better if you can get it at a discount. 🙂 Let me know if you end up taking the plunge!

  3. I always love powders which look like this, I always find it so cool when they swirl into one lovely shade at the end! Quite pricey but totally want to try this x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

      • Kimmy on January 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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      Completely agree, I love powders like this. I believe there are some drugstore versions…Physician’s Formula comes to mind, but I can’t recall what UK brands might make something similar. I should look into that! xo

  4. I was so intrigued by this when I saw it in the pan, but the results when on look amazing! I reckon it’d be perfect for my pale complexion 🙂



      • Kimmy on January 21, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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      Definitely a product for the fairer of us. I can imagine it’d looked stunning on you!

    • kpsays on February 1, 2015 at 12:33 am
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    I so wanted the highlight powder from the holiday collection, but it sold out so fast. Y’all have a CCO in the Bahamas? I love CCO, but only get to go when I visit a big city.

      • Kimmy on February 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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      We don’t have CCO’s, I picked this up in the Saks Outlet Store in S.Florida which has a CCO inside of it. That was a dangerous discovery. It was the first one I’d ever been to.

  5. Looks gorgeous. I’ll check this out. Thanks for sharing (:

    Nati xx

    1. You’re welcome! If you can still find it, is a good one especially for fairer complexions. 🙂

  6. Wow I didn’t imagine it to turn into such a great highlighting shade. I have seen the taupey(can’t remember the name)version of this palette and it is very pretty as well.

    1. Your lovely comment reminded me that I need to pull this highlighter out of my drawer and show it some love! 🙂

  7. I bet this works great under the eyes to brighten and lift! Love these soft glow powders, I don’t have any from Bobbi but love the ones from Hourglass and bare minerals. Great post 🙂

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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