Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Cabana Corals:   Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick ($38.00 for 0.4 oz.) is new for spring–part of the Cabana Corals Collection–and is a coral lover’s dream. If you love Shimmerbricks and have an affinity for corals and bronzed golds, I think this just may be a new favorite for you.  (Also releasing with Cabana Corals is Pink Quartz Shimmerbrick!)

When worn on cheeks, it works as a blusher and highlighter in one, because it packs plenty of color along with a soft frosty shimmer sheen. Although some Shimmerbricks are just a tad too frosty to me at times (at least on cheeks!), Nectar is just right. It hits that sweet spot of color, shimmer, and sheen. It can be applied with a light hand for a softer application or layered for an intense cheek for night time. Since I am an absolute fiend for all things coral, Nectar is most definitely my favorite Shimmerbrick to-date!

Shimmerbricks are a pricey investment, but they’ll last you a long time (or forever, in my case) — you get a whopping 0.4 oz., which makes the cost per ounce just a smidgen more than MAC blushes. Each of the five strips of color swatch beautifully; rich color, intense pigmentation, and smooth to the touch Shimmerbricks can be used on the eyes or cheeks, and you could get a very pretty sunset-esque kind of look out of these shades in addition to its usage of a very coral-bronzed blusher. I like that it can be a multi-tasker, at least. I have to admit, I haven’t worn any Shimmerbricks on my eyes yet but may have to give it try with Nectar.

You can see me wearing it in this look! :)

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: If you’re a Shimmerbrick collector, I know you need to check this out. If it’s your first-time thinking about a Shimmerbrick, I think you need to swatch!

Availability: Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom

See photos & swatches!

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick
Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick

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71 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Nectar Shimmerbrick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Chrissy

    Simply gorgeous! I think I might wait until this hits my CCO

    • JoElla

      Chrissy check out the post below, where she pairs this with the new UD palette. Ugh! Looks like it is going to be an expensive Spring make up season for me.

  2. Ellie

    That looks sooo amazing!!! If only I didn’t have oily skin and a depressed bank account..

  3. daphne

    Can Bobbi Brown make a lipstick this color for me please? :D

  4. Those colours remind me of Diorblush in Vintage Rose, but much more shimmery. I think I’m just going to go with the Dior, lol.

  5. Alice

    Some swatches kind of remind me of NARS Orgasm, except prettier [if that makes sense?].

  6. Ooh it’s pretty…or should I wait until it hits the CCOs.

  7. egon

    This will be my first SB =)

  8. Kate M.

    oh SO pretty!!!  and i’m obsessed with corals!!  i don’t know what to do!  i’ve also been lemming benefit sugarbomb…

  9. I’m getting this today, LOL!

  10. Openexpression

    I’m in love! Thanks Christine! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this since you posted the preview!

  11. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Krystal Krystal

    Are you going to be reviewing other pieces of this collection?? I would love to see some of the lip products.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sarath penelope

    i love the pink and coral colors, they are very beautiful. christine, which one would you prefer the most this one or dior amber or rose shimmer highlighter?

    • Two totally different products, IMO! The color alone is way, way different, but this one is pretty pigmented, so it’s not just a highlighter. I find the Dior DiorSkin Shimmers to be mostly highlighter on me (but still lovely!).

      • JoElla

        I hope she reviews the other Coral goodies. NM has an “exclusive” eye and lip palette. I really want to see those swatches.

  13. amy

    That is such a gorgeous palette. I love corals as well. Can you also show a swatch of the colours swirled together as a highlighter/blush?

  14. Oh, I HAVE to get this. I bought an old BB shimmer brick that was much too gold in the end, but since I love coral colors this is a must have. Ack, more money down the drain! :-P

    Thanks for the great swatches as usual,
    Renee

  15. Natalia

    Gorgeous. I don’t own any Shimmerbricks, but this one would be nice to have.

  16. Anitacska

    I got the small one a few months ago, but now I’m wishing I hadn’t, as that was so expensive, but I might just buy this normal sized one as well, as it’s very pretty.

  17. So pretty! I can’t wait to get this. :D

  18. CeeBee

    That is just so dreamy! (starts planning a trip to nearest major city that stocks Bobbi Brown…)

  19. SusyLovesMac

    Pretty!!! :) may need to hit up my counter hehe

  20. Jess

    wow! this review has been really helpful because i have the platinum pink shimmer brick and i had no idea what to use it for since its to frosty for my taste,but now i know haha.Anyway Thanks a lot. <3

  21. Nene

    Absolutely gorgeus! I want it so badly…

  22. Nicole

    Damn it, I was just trying to motivate myself to go on a no-buy and then I see this!! It’s absolutely glorious!! LOL.

  23. I hope this ever hits my CCO…I mean good things never hit CCOs…lol!!

  24. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Maren Maren

    Is this limited edition or a new addition to the permanent line?

  25. Sarah

    Omg… damn it Christine! You know I love Shimmer Bricks why did you have to swatch?? I could’ve avoided the counter and kept my money, but noooooooooo… and I love you for it lol ;-D

  26. Luisafer

    wow, that’s the pink palette with the right shine I love to use!!! that is so pretty, want it so bad!!!

  27. Amna

    Hey! Is there a link for reviews for the perm shimmerbricks trying to figure out which one to invest in !! Thanks x

  28. Yeah these are simply gorgeous.

  29. Jen

    After seeing this post, I went to Bobbi’s website and ordered it! You have no idea how much your posts and swatches help us girls out who don’t have counters or stores near us to swatch or see in person!

  30. kcrystal

    Hey Christine,

    Besides being more pigmented .. How pigmented is it on the cheeks? Is it really sparkly or shimmery in that elegant kind of way?
    Usually peachy/coral-a bit pinky tones look quite nice on me but difficult for me to tell on the swatches.

    • I found it quite pigmented on cheeks, actually — there’s a link to me wearing it in a look in the review, if you want to see how it looks on me. It’s not sparkly, though it has a good amount of sheen. I think it’s wearable (I do tend to find most Shimmerbricks too frosty for me, but I like this one).

  31. Sylvie

    this shimmerbrick is gorge! how do u think this will look like on darker skin…think MAC NC50/NW45ish?

  32. Heather

    Thanks Christine for the awesome review!
    I have been totally wanting the apricot SB, but now I’m not sure between nectar and apricot; what do you think? For reference I’m NC15/BB Warm Ivory.

    • I think either, really. Apricot pulls a little peacher, I’d say, and maybe not quite as pigmented as Nectar. (Though, since you’re NC15, I think both would show up nicely on you!)

  33. Helena

    Oh lawd, want.

  34. Irene

    Hi Christine,

    just wondering whether i should buy this online, since this product is quite fragile?

  35. civa

    This is so beautiful! I might have to check it out and hope it’s not frosty shimmer overload.

  36. Krys

    how does this compare to the apricot shimmer block? I have wanted apricot but I think it is discontinued and my bobbi counter was quick to say check out nectar.

  37. Cherie

    Ohhh so pretty!!! I have been debating about Shimmerbricks and think this one is just up my alley :)

    Now to find a supplier in Canada…. Anybody know of any in Toronto? Holts?

  38. do you think the BBSB nectar will showed up in NC40 skin? i really want this but i’m kinda scared that it wont show up.. thank you!

  39. Freya

    Chrstine, I have Benefit’s Sugarbomb and NARS’ Orgasm – think I can give the Shimmerbrick a miss?

  40. sarah

    I was going to order the nars orgasm but this looks similar and really pretty. i may choose this.

  41. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Anita Annia

    I got the cheapo version: The Body Shop Shimmer waves :) http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/makeup/blush/shimmer-waves.aspx
    Good highlighter too!

  42. Jane

    I use the shimmer brick on my brow bone sometimes, just under my eye brow for a highlight effect. Not really sure if this practice is “out” lol but I still do it! Also I love to use the lightest strip on the bow of my upper lip for a highlight. I am a big fan of BB shimmer bricks. I think the nectar shimmer brick packs more color than previous versions … I do like the idea of a shimmer brick and a blush all in one step! xo

  43. Quinlin

    Hi Christine!
    Ilove reading your reviews, i want to try a new highlighter(powder),but i already own albatross and mac strobe. I looking for a more natural glow type. What would you reccomend? thanks!