Brightening Finishing Powder
Last Updated:05.16.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This soft-shimmer powder is a less shiny version of Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick Compact. It's not a true "finishing powder" because they recommend using it in addition to a regular finishing powder. Really, Bobbi, as a makeup artist who stresses the less-is-more approach, why introduce a superfluous powder like this? Now we have to powder over our powder?

If you remain curious, this powder applies well, despite the fact that it feels drier than most. Neither of the two shades is particularly impressive, but both are so sheer they almost lend more shimmer than color. That said, Bright Finish—a hodgepodge of pastels —is not recommended, especially on darker skin, because it tends to look gray.

  • Adds sheer color and radiance to skin.
  • Powder applies evenly.
  • Overpriced.
  • Bright Finish shade not recommended because it tends to looks gray.
Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.

Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone’s makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point—but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

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Great For a Subtle Glow, But So Expensive

I have Brown skin and I LOVE this product! It gives my skin a nice sun kiss glow. You can use this for eyeshadow, finishing powder or highlighter with certain lighter shades in the palette. It's very finely milled and the shimmer is subtle with a nice glow. My only gripe is the price. Its very expensive for what it does, don't get me wrong I love the effect it gives my skin but I'm sure they could make it more affordable. I have combination/dry skin so its enough to set my foundation.

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