Shimmer Brick Compact
Last Updated:03.30.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Shimmer Brick Compact is made up of five shimmering shades of powder in an ombré effect of color themes, including options of bronze, peach, and rose. Although each color within the compact can be used individually if you really want to (you'd need a really narrow brush to do so), most will find that swirling the colors together with one swoop of the brush works best. All of them are viable options for adding a soft shine to highlight the skin, whether you're going for a glowing bronze or luminous blush effect.

The pressed-powder texture applies smoothly, despite the fact that it feels drier than most, but the shine tends to migrate and dissipate after a few hours of wear. If the colors appeal to you, go for it—just don't expect the shimmer effect to go the distance. Shimmer Brick Compact is fragrance-free and can be used by all skin types, but those with oily skin should take note that the shine in this will make oily areas look even shinier than they already are.

  • Adds soft shine to highlight the skin.
  • Comes in attractive bronze and blush colors.
  • Pressed powder blends on smoothly.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Shine tends to migrate and dissipate after a few hours of wear.
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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