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Review: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:14pm
“Swept over cheeks or dabbed on lids, nothing lights up your face like shimmer”, says Bobbi Brown.

One of my makeup “collectibles” is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. It’s just one of those things that any makeup enthusiasts should own (at least one) simply because it’s so sought after and raved about.

Albeit I have an undying love for glow, one Shimmer Brick is already too many. Read on for my thoughts.

Before I actually owned a Shimmer Brick, I itched for it BAD. To my extreme delight, I received a limited edition one called Pink Quartz from my lovely cousin, Eve. I promise you, giddiness was experienced.

While I’m not too ecstatic over Bobbi’s classic glossy-black-plastic-with-pointy-edges packaging design, I was lusting over the pink gold detail of the Pink Quartz’s compact. Just looks more classy than the usual black and white. The beauty of the five shimmer stripes made me break into song. Completely blinded, I've forgotten that the Shimmer Brick is indeed a brick of shimmer.

So here’s the problem – chunky shimmer can lead to a bad case of disco fever. I was expecting the powder to be finely milled but it wasn’t thus, the shimmers were quite apparent.
For the glow that I want, I’d have to be very light handed. Even then, it was still more shimmer than glow *sighs*. I understand that it’s not the product’s fault. If it was meant to give glow they would’ve named it "Glow Brick". I’d use it on my lids but y’all should know by now that I’m not big on pink hues especially when they're shimmery.

On the plus side, it does look good layered over pink cheek colors. Although, I’d pick my MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light Flush over this for the same purpose. The shimmers are simply too overwhelming. Mirror-shine belongs to hair and lips.

According to the website, there are five permanent shade but every now and then limited edition shades are released.

Retailing at RM145 (did the price go up yet?), it’s a swanky collectible and it’ll remain prized in my possession but I can’t bring myself to love it.

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