If you’ve read my VIB Sale WishList, you saw that I dream about the Laura Mercier Fall In Love Face Illuminator Collection but then, at a recent Sephora First Look Event, I stumble upon this Bobbi Brown palette and I fell instantly madly in love with this masterpiece. Since it’s my first encounter with Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks, this Holiday palette made sense value-wise. For years, I’ve seen rave reviews about these highlights and surprisingly, as much as I live for Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown on the other hand is a brand that, for some reasons, has eluded me for all those years! So, curiosity killed my wallet, and once again, I couldn’t resist…
This review is not a first impression; for the last 11 days, I’ve been playing daily with these powders, trying for review purposes, different techniques and ways to apply them. One thing that surprises me is that these highlighters are not buttery whatsoever, in fact they feel almost gritty but they apply like a charm and not patchy (Go figure!).
Note: I think it’s important to specify that my two Holy Grails highlights are Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight and Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (01 & 02), so now, you know what my preferences are and my comparatives for this review.
What it is:
An iconic and bestselling Shimmer Brick in three shades that spotlight features and flatter all skintones.
What it does:
Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette features Gold, Wild Rose, and Bronze shades for gorgeous radiance to the cheekbones and for an allover glow. Formulated with superfine, light-catching pearl pigments, each shade imparts soft brilliance with a hint of color. The Gold shade brightens and highlights, the Bronze hue adds warmth, and Wild Rose creates a flushed glow.
This palette contains:
♥ 3 x 0.34 oz/ 9.63 g To Glow Shimmer Brick in Gold, Wild Rose, Bronze
Sephora exclusivity: Limited Edition palette priced at $79Cnd ($69US)
♥ The packaging is classy and gorgeous,
♥ This palette comes with a big mirror and the magnetic closing device is pretty strong,
♥ Great for travelling since it’s sturdy,
♥ This palette is made in Italy,
♥ The normal value of this palette is $137Cnd, a net saving of $58Cnd. Always great to save a few bucks considering the high-end makeup brands,
♥ These are multipurpose powders since you can use them as highlight, bronzer, blush and even eyeshadows,
♥ A little goes a long way if you are using the right brush! I use my Sephora Pro #93 or Anastasia Beverly Hills #23 brushes, and they work like a charm,
♥ Ridiculously good staying powder; seriously, it stays on my skin all day long and doesn’t budge one bit,
♥ Gives a natural glow (radiance),
♥ Not glittery at all – I look like a clown with glittery highlights,
♥ The colors in detail:
This first color wasn’t love at first sight; way too gold for my skintone and so unnatural. I was so disappointed, I looked like C3PO… But then, I tried Bobbi Brown’s way which is to apply this powder on the apple of the cheeks and then, you use a matte blush on top. This method totally changed the way I feel about this shade. Totally stunning!
Wild rose is a superb blush topper that gives you these glowy cheeks that we all want.
This color will now be a staple in my stash; saying it’s beautiful would be an understatement. It totally bronzed my face and looks spectacular, healthy, bronzy; the glow that it gives is truly unique.
Note: I’ve tried all three as eyeshadows and inner corner highlights and they are unbelievably great and pigmented. Unlimited combos are possible since each slice is a different color.
♥ Pricey, even after saving $58,
♥ On my fair skin, these shades are a bit too dark (at least for Fall and Winter),
♥ These powders can amplify fines lines, texture and wrinkles if applied excessively or on wrong areas.
There are so many highlighting palettes coming out these days that it’s hard to keep up and personally, since I normally apply just a tiny amount, a compact like this will last a lifetime. It’s hard to compare these Shimmer Bricks powders to my regular, preferred highlights because they are in a class of their own, with their versatility and long-lasting properties. Are they better than my usual Holy Grails from Kevyn Aucoin and Laura Mercier? No, simply because they are very different, almost not comparable. To be honest, I don’t see myself using them on a daily basis this Winter but next Spring, I will get so much use out of them. I can’t stretch enough how breathtaking this palette is and how luxurious these powders make my skin look (trendy and younger looking!). I’m so happy with this purchase, and frankly, I’m surprised it’s not already sold out!
Do you like Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks?
DISCLAIMER: This is not sponsored. Although some items may have been sent as pr, I am under no obligation to review them. Most items I discuss are purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.