Monday, March 2nd, 2009


Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown’s Platinum Collection for Spring is a small launch that features a new shimmer brick, Platinum Pink ($40), four shades of Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow ($22), and three shades of (Shimmering) Lip Gloss ($20). The collection is available at Nordstrom.com, for those looking to buy online.

I know for most of you, the item that stands out is the shimmer brick, and thus, let’s review the shimmer brick, shall we?

With five stripes of color, shimmer bricks can be used as eyeshadows, highlighters, or blushers. They can be used wet or dry, because they’re very much like baked products. Platinum Pink has a very spring-into-summer kind of feel to me (almost more summer than spring, to be honest). I remember a few readers were concerned with a silver stripe of color, but not to fear, the silver is flecked so much with a yellow-gold sheen it won’t look awkward or misplaced on your face. The colors look pretty when swatched alone, and when swirled and swatched as one, you get a slightly-cool pastel pink shimmery shade.

I find I use my shimmer bricks mostly as blushers/highlighters, so I’m always more interested in seeing how they work together than alone. I do like the shade they create, and the color shows up so-so on my cheeks. It’s not an ultra deep pigmented pink on my cheeks, but it’s a subtle pink flush appropriate for daytime wear or to match bolder eyes/lips with. Shimmer bricks, by their nature, have a lot of shimmer. This one is definitely shimmery, but I wouldn’t call it glittery or chunky in its shimmer either. Of course, if you’re more into subtle shimmer/sheen, I’d pass on the shimmer bricks (if you aren’t able to try them in person, that is, otherwise, at least try!) and opt for something like Dior’s Rose Diamond or Amber Diamond Skin Shimmer, which have a more “sophisticated” sheen.

See swatches, plus a mini-review of Confetti Lip Gloss


Outside of the shimmerbrick


Top row: Shimmer brick swatches; Bottom: Shimmer brick swirled together; Confetti Lip Gloss (on right)

Confetti Shimmer Lip Gloss ($20) is an adorable shade of medium pink, but it is quite sheer. The color does not strike me as a must-have. It is pretty, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t hold me captive. I always like Bobbi Brown’s shimmer lip glosses, though, just because they are quite shimmery and fun. A nice slicked and shimmered lip works well as an easy, go-to look for the day, so I’ll probably use this then! :)

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22 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick Review

  1. Thank you so much for reviewing this! I’ve been very curious about it, particularly with that gray stripe. Thank you for your swatches as well. Is there any other blush or highlighters you think are close in color?

    • No problem, Styrch :) Oh gosh, I can’t think of anything right off the top of my head, but the shade itself didn’t strike me as SUPER unique or anything. It’s a classic medium to light pink shimmery color.

  2. Sarah

    all blended together, it kind of looks like a more shimmery/glittery blonde MSF. am i making that up?

  3. Sanita

    That platinum stripe looks green to me in some pictures.

  4. Anna

    the shimmer brick looks gorgeous but the colours used alone are so faint-they’re practically useless. if only it was cheaper :(

  5. Anitacska

    Oh you are so lucky to have this already. :) It is absolutely beautiful. :)

  6. Sheila

    Hi Christine!

    Thanks for swatching this. I was wondering though, because you said it wasn’t very pigmented, but when you swatched it, it seemed pretty pigmented, so did you go over the same area a few times with the colour to make it show up more, or did you just do it once or twice. Also, my skin is quite rough and I have medium sized pores. I was wondering if this product will accentuate the pores even more. Thanks so much for your help!

    Sheila

    • I meant more as a blusher it’s not SUPER pigmented. I just used my finger to swatch the stripes. I mean, for eyeshadow, over a base, you should get just fine color :)

      I don’t think these accentuate my pores really, but it *is* really shimmery, so I would caution against using it too heavily on your skin if you feel the texture is a little rough.

  7. victoria

    hi christine. thanks for the review. i’d like to ask if you were to compare the mac msfs, dior diamond shimmer and the bobbi brown shimmer bricks, which one has the least shimmer? i have oily skin and i tend to get shinny after a while but i’d like to try some highlighters. thanks.

    • No problem, Victoria! Least shimmer? Dior for sure. I find that MSFs and Shimmerbricks can make my skin flaws look more… flaw-y, but Dior doesn’t do that.

  8. Stefani

    Want!!!

  9. I just got my new shimmer brick today and while the silver isn’t as pigmented alone as I’d hoped, it’s definitely unique to the other SBs when used as a highlighter. I’m really liking it!

  10. thanks for the swatches.. this is gonna be on my list when I go shopping next week:)

  11. Angela

    Hi Christine,

    Wich brushes you recommend for using these product? In what part of the face you put it on?

    Thanx!