Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze: Review & Swatches

by mehak on July 28, 2013

in Blush, Bobbi Brown, Grade B+, Highlighters, Reviews



Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze

Bobbi Brown says ‘Nothing lights up your face like  Shimmer’ . Oh well, i can think of a few things- A new handbag, New Anarkali, Hot Chocolate Fudge, Ranbir Kapoor, George Clooney, Either one of them with minimal clothing…ermm but lets keep this PG 13 and focus on the Shimmer Brick for now, because that seems to be the shortest cut to that elusive glow we all search for !

Bobbi Brown Claims

“The original Shimmer Brick Compact. This shimmering, brush-on powder creates a deep, bronzy glow. Works well with neutral and deep blush shades. To apply: Sweep the Face Blender Brush through all five shades and dust lightly on cheekbones after blush. Focus on applying shimmer on the top of cheekbones. To add a highlight to eyes, apply the lightest shade in the compact just under browbone with fingertips or the Eye Smudge Brush.”

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My View:

The Bobbi brown shimmer brick is basically a fancy pants name for five shimmery strips all stacked together and ‘Bronze’ consists of five complementing shades which start with a pale cream at the top, move to a champagne, a bronze, a rose gold and a deep burgundy brown. Now these Shimmer Bricks are essentially multi-tasking can use them as eyeshadows, highlighters and as blushes as well.

As an Eyeshadow, i think the Shimmer Bricks work exceptionally well. They are super smooth and the rose gold is such a gorgeous color for the eyes- one swipe and its a beautiful, lush duochrome of pink and gold !!! As a blush, these will work best with deeper skin tones who want a beautiful bronzey glow with a touch of pink in it- i wouldn’t recommend this to paler skintones though (the bronze can end up looking muddy). As a highlighter, ermm i dont think i love it that much. You see- i like highlighter that have soft tints, so i can wear em with the blush of my choice. With this you cant really pair it with pink or peach blushes. Secondly, i like soft-focus highlighters which give a hazy, glowy look. This one is definitely higher on the shimmer quotient (though the shimmer is very very fine, and not chunky at all), so it gives more of a high impact look .


Pros of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick:

  • Super Versatile, Can be used as an eyeshadow, Blush , or Highlighter
  • Super Pigmented – Color is visible in one sweep
  • Soft and blendable
  • Fine Shimmer that is non chunky
  • For Deeper skin tones, i think this is a gorgeous product

Cons of Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze:

  • If you have large pores, look elsewhere as this can definitely accentuate them.
  • Even though the shimmer is fine, it is high on that quotient and if you are  not careful its very easy to over-apply this and kill the look.
  • Does have strong color of its own- which means layering over a blush can make it a problem




Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick applied lightly.

Verdict: A-

Price: I think around 2800/- in India

Recommendation: The Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze is a beautiful, versatile product for darker skin tones – it works as a blush, eyeshadow and highlighter as well. Personally, the shimmer is tad bit high for my liking, but having said that Im addicted to my shimmer brick because when used softly it gives the most beautiful glow. This color is best for deeper skintones, I find the lighter,peachier shimmer bricks much more flattering on me

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Krithi July 28, 2013 at 12:14 am

i will never be able to try something shimmery like this
good review Mehak


Krithi July 28, 2013 at 12:15 am

btw i like ur lip color as well
which one is it?


mehak July 28, 2013 at 12:20 am

Mac Cremesheen Lipglass in Double Dare!


Nivedita July 28, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I was about to ask the same. the price is too high for my budget. But the brick looks awesome. I think Inglot has something akin. Recently, I have gone into this blush and highlight phase and I think now I would have sleepless nights.


leeb33 July 28, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Sorry to butt in but even Sleek makes a dupe of it incase ure interested :)


Shaheli July 28, 2013 at 12:21 am

Whr do I get that? (bobby brown)


mehak July 28, 2013 at 12:22 am

Available in Select city walk delhi


Shaheli July 28, 2013 at 12:34 am

Thanks Mehak. But I am from Bangalore so definitely cant go to Delhi just to buy a shadow. Very tempting review btw. :-)


Smriti July 28, 2013 at 1:12 am

It’s giving you such a wonderful glow Mehak! Love how it looks on you!


Preeti Kaur July 28, 2013 at 1:14 am

too shimmery for me :(


Richa July 28, 2013 at 1:16 am

you’re looking very pretty Mehak… Even Physician’s formula has something like this…These combine well as blush & eye-shadows….:)


Swati July 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

WOW! So so pretty! but if I buy something this expensive i will keep it like a prized possession rather than using it.. :D


Arshi July 28, 2013 at 2:15 am

this looks so pretty Mehek


Karishma July 28, 2013 at 2:38 am

Lately I have been hearing about this one a lot.


Supria July 28, 2013 at 2:56 am

Want to own it just for the beauty of the product! Great review Mehak :)


shivani July 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

Thanks for the honest review. It’s waaay too shimmery for my linking as well. Have you tried the stila liquid illuminizer highlighter? It’s amazing! (review is up on my blog)


Clothes and Creativity July 28, 2013 at 10:41 am

Mehak, what’s the lipstick you’re wearing in the photo?


mehak July 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

Its Mac Cremesheen lipglass in Double dare.


Clothes and Creativity July 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Looks nice! Suggest some nice brights for the summer and the rains! I’m using a lot of Maybelline long hour sticks! And I’m happy with the long-stay quality.


kiran July 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

just wow….. :)


Gowthami July 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

pretty on you and lovely shades..


rinni July 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm

mehak nice review. can u suggest a good dupe for this highlighter, as we cant get it out of delhi!


Preeti Kaur July 28, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Mehak, is it cheap to buy products online than from Saket store?


leeb33 July 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm

ooooooh u look drop dead gorgeous!!


nands July 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

looking pretty!! whats ur base here??


mehak July 29, 2013 at 12:18 am

Loreal TM!


Sumathi July 28, 2013 at 9:55 pm

My Sleek highlighter looks similar. I still haven’t learnt to use a highlighter properly without making it look ott. It either looks like I haven’t applied any highlighter or it looks too shimmery..
Still working on it.


mehak July 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

I feel like these highlighters which have a lot of these colors dont really work as highlighters you know..more like shimmery blushes. Id much rather get a nice, softly tinted highlighter like Benefit Findign Mr Bright and apply it on a blush


Sumathi July 30, 2013 at 10:50 am

Ya there’s too much colour.. I sometimes end up with uneven colour because of this. One side darker and the other lighter… That could also be because I still haven’t learned to use these properly..


Poorva July 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm

u look gorgeous :)


Niesha July 29, 2013 at 2:47 pm

wow. You look really gorgeous Mehak!! :) I liked it’s packaging a lot.:)


Jane July 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

You look gorgeous! LOVE LOVE the lip color. Also i see you lined your waterline. Looks pretty pretty!


Bhumika August 1, 2013 at 10:59 am

Thats prettyy..I like the Sleek dupes too.. :p


Fiona Furtado October 14, 2013 at 2:55 pm

This is one of your best pics… Very nicely reviewed too


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