Well folks, I can't believe I am saying this but this is my FIRST ever Bobbi Brown product! I know, right - you're a makeup addict but have never tried Bobbi Brown? To be completely honest, I was trying not to venture into the realm of "fancy" (AKA expensive as crap) high end brands. I think my chain was finally let loose after this purchse *makes face of horror*
Okay, in all honesty, I have been dying to try a Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for YEARS now - and when I saw this limited edition shade in "Sandstone".... it spoke to me (the fact that I am only 74 points away from VIB Rouge at Sephora also had a little bit to do with it as well.) The packaging also has a unique marbleized/smoky finish.
"Sandstone" is a mixture of bronzey neutrals and a hint of some rose gold. Like all of the Shimmer Bricks, it retails for $45 (ouch... OUCH) Like I mentioned, it is limited edition and won't be available forever!
Upon opening I think my heart sang to me. The last three shades were really what made me want this particular "brick". I love all of the bronzey neutrals and the fact that they make beautiful eye shadows as well.
This is also a a compact where you could easily just use the top two shades as a subtle highlight and the bottom three for a deeper finish.
Can you pick up on the slight rose gold hue these swatches have? I can! I'm not crazy about the lightest shade because it swatched the sheerest out of the colors (all swatches were built up twice in this photo).
I do have to say that when applied with a brush, these colors explode with pigment! You definitely need to keep a light hand with it.
Wearing Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in "Sandstone" on the cheeks
The swatches compared to the actual application was like a total 360 difference. I almost felt disappointed when I swatched the brick - I guess I was expecting a SUPER buttery texture, but instead, the strips seemed a bit hard. The pigment wasn't bad but I guess it was different than what I had imagined, not entirely in a bad way though.
The application was like BAM...in your face pigment! I couldn't believe that what I had just swatched was was showing up so great on my cheeks. I was amazed! I wanted to keep applying it but I knew I would end up looking like a disco ball!
Overall I really am pleased with my first ever shimmer brick. I can see this as being my new favorite multi-tasking product. Do you guys own any BB Shimmer Bricks? If so what shades!? I'd love to know for my next purchase!
Makeup for the featured look:
-Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Foundation (Bare Beige)
-Maybelline FIT Me Concealer (Medium)
-Bare Minerals Summer Bisque
-Anastasia Contour Kit (Camel and Java)
-Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick (Sandstone)
-Bare Minerals Hydrating Mineral Veil
-Makeup Geek Shadows (Beaches & Cream/Creme Brulee)
-L'oreal Infallible Black Gel Liner
-Salon Perfect Demi Whispie Lashes
-Anastasia Brow Pomade (Soft Brown)
-Wet n Wild Lipstick (Fergie Daily)
-MAC Lip Pencil (Strip Down