Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks have been a long-standing beauty lover favorite. In fact, the brand refers to their much adored highlighters as iconic. Despite this coveted status, in all my years experimenting with makeup, I’d never actually tried one. But what are holiday collections good for if not to get you to try new things? Notwithstanding the sometimes gimmicky, consumerisn driven madness…I really enjoy the options offered by holiday sets, kits and palettes. And of all the releases we’ve been bombarded with this year, the Bobbi Brown To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette made it to the top of my shopping list.
Sephora says: A glow-amplifying palette with three of Bobbi Brown’s iconic Shimmer Brick highlighters in bestselling shades that are designed to flatter all skintones…delivering soft-focus, lit-from-within color. According to Bobbi Brown, the shimmer bricks are formulated with superfine, light-catching pearl pigments. The Brown Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette promises gorgeous, natural-looking radiance and different effects.
Three shimmer brick shades are included in palette: Gold, Bronze and Wild Rose. Each one comes in at 0.34 oz…making them just under a full size which is 0.40 oz. Seeing as the total amount of product is 1.01 oz and the palette retails $69.00 USD, that works out to a cost of $67.64 per ounce. A full size (0.40 oz) retails for $46.00 USD for a cost of $115.00 per ounce. So, as with all of the other holiday palettes/sets I’ve reviewed so far, there is value in this trio.
Gold Shimmer promises to brighten and highlight. This is the most intense of the three shimmers and on my highlight meter it falls just below the “see me from space” ranking. Judging purely by how it looked in the pan, I thought Gold might be too yellow for me. But it’s actually quite a neutral version of the shade that, though intense, can be made cooler and paler by concentrating your brush on the top half. I believe this shade is a repromote of a limited edition color and is not part of the permanent lineup.
Bronze Shimmer promises to creates warmth. I find that it actually appears warmer in the swatch than it applies to the face. There’s an almost rosy undertone that really flatters my light complexion. Personally there is too much shimmer for me to use it as an all over bronze (particularly the forehead). However, I do like to blend it into cheek/contour area as sort of a bronzer/blush in one.
Wild Rose Shimmer promises to create a flushed glow. It’s a beautiful neutral rosy pink that can be used as a stand alone blush or a blush topper. If you’re interested in this color alone, you’re in luck because I believe it is permanent.
The Bobbi Brown to Glow palette is intense and best suited for someone who enjoys a serious glow. Lasting power on all three shades is good at about 8 hours. As advertised, they are finely milled applying smoothy and evenly to the face. Though very shimmery, I was pleasantly surprised that they did not emphasize skin texture as much as I had anticipated.
Although not every shimmer brick in it may work as a “highlight” for every skin tone, I think a large range of skin tones can use each shade in some capacity. On light to medium complexions like my own, for example, I can bronze with Bronze, blush with Wild Rose and highlight with Gold. And I think deeper skin tones would be able to use Gold, Bronze and perhaps even Wild Rose more like traditional highlights. They can also be used as eyeshadows. Finally, I’m a huge fan of the classic, sleek and elegant packaging.
All in all I rank the trio as my best holiday beauty buy so far. As mentioned, the Bobbi Brown to Glow palette retails for $69.00 USD and is exclusive to Sephora for the holidays.
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