Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Benefit Take a Picture It'll Last Longer Body Balm
Benefit Take a Picture It Lasts Longer Body Balm

When Barely There Isn’t Even There…

Benefit Bathina Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer Body Balm ($25.00 for 1.5 oz.) is a lightly floral-scented shimmering body balm. It purports to give a “shimmering, glimmering… seductive golden-pink sheen.” This is a very, very subtle product; I can’t even emphasize just how subtle and sheer and light the sheen is. I took photos of the “swatch,” but it looked like nothing was there. With a little light, I can see that there is a subtle sheen, but I don’t know of “shimmering, glimmering” is an appropriate description. It’s more glowy than shimmery, more sheen than glimmer.

Described as a “balm,” it doesn’t do much to hydrate or keep skin from losing moisture. It does as much for my skin as any highlighter would do (like a pressed one). It’s not thick or greasy, which is nice, but it’s a little time consuming to apply regardless of whether you forego the velvet pillow or not. I think ultimately this is a product that takes the concept of subtle to a whole new level, and I don’t think it’s supposed to be as sheer as it is. I wasn’t expecting big hunks of shimmer at all, but if I have to squint and flail my arms in the sunlight to see if it’s there, I think there’s a problem!

I did really like the scent–it’s kind of like this very subtle, rosy floral that almost reminds me of baby shampoo (but rosier, obviously). I like it, and I don’t find it strong, though it does linger, which is a plus–assuming you like the scent, of course! The packaging is cute and totally Benefit, and the metal tin makes it pretty durable.  The little velvet pillow applicator is a cute touch, which I imagine is supposed to make it a more luxurious experience.  Nice if you’re just applying to decolletage, but if you’re doing legs, a bit more tedious.

Honestly, when it comes to giving the body a soft, shimmering glow, Benefit’s Kitten does an infinitely better job.

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  • Product: 18/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

RECOMMENDATION: I’d recommend checking out Benefit’s Kitten if you want to try a body highlighter by the brand rather than this particular product.

AVAILABILITY: Benefit, Sephora

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for Body ($75.00) is new for Summer 2009. It’s the same concept and has the same texture/feel/look of the traditional (and popular) shimmer bricks. There’s just one difference — it’s seems huge. I don’t know necessarily if I’d say it’s $75.00 huge, but it is extremely large in comparison to the normal shimmer bricks. I thought I’d review this today, because of Bobbi Brown’s Summer Sale – get 25% off automatically applied to your order from today until June 11th — it brings this body shimmer brick down to just over $50.

It contains 0.5 oz./15 grams of product, whereas a normal shimmer brick contains 0.4 oz./10.3 grams. I like to see how much you’re really paying for things. After a little math, I found with the body shimmer brick, you’re paying $5.00 per gram. The regular shimmer brick is only $3.89 per gram. So even though the size of the body shimmer brick seems like twice the size of a regular shimmer brick, the actual product quantity is only slightly more. From what I can tell, I think the body shimmer brick might be most similar to the Beige Shimmer Brick. One thing I do like that is different between the two is that if you have a good body brush (I love MAC’s 179), there’s a lot of surface area to use. It’s not a small compact, so you do have more room to work with. Bobbi Brown does have a limited edition All Over Body Brush ($85.00) designed for the Shimmer Brick for Body, but I haven’t tested it yet, so I can’t weigh in.

The color of the Body Shimmer Brick is a soft golden-bronze shade. It’s just as frosty as regular shimmer bricks, but I think the shimmer is more downplayed when used on shoulders and decolletage. I do like the product, and I think it is excellent for adding a little extra oomph before going out at night! I know some of you are shimmer brick fanatics, so I hope you enjoy this one, too!

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