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I usually only share deals with you, so this will be an exception. This came from a Sephora store on 08/22/15. There were no promotions, no discounts, and no free gifts with purchase. It is so rare to see me say that. Only once in all my trips to Sephora was I ever brave enough to ask for a sample from a tester. That was for Benefit Big Easy, and I certainly have no regrets trying that gem. After debating back and forth on whether or not to get a Shimmer Brick for some time, I happened into Sephora after lunch. All the shimmer bricks (except one which was quite orange) swatched beautifully, but one blew me away.
It looked like such a lovely mix of pinks and browns, which is just what I look for in something I use as a blush and bronzer in one. I used to avoid pink blushes, because my skin is cool-toned and turns red when the wind blows. Years later, I’ve discovered that the right pink in a controlled setting actually suits my skin nicely. No more natural flushes for me (when I am wearing makeup, because I still go out often without it), and the fake flush generally looks better.
The 0.4oz Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz is large. That is one of the biggest blushes/bronzers I own. A number of them come in at an impressive 0.35oz.
My swatches are each of the five shades on their own in order from top to bottom with a mixture of all shades last.
I zoomed in on the bottom color and the overall color to show that they’re very close. Of course, the overall color is a little darker and more shimmery, because it is pulling the shades and shimmer from the others. Three of the other four shades are a lot lighter than the bottom, so leaving it out brings less color and warmth. If you wanted to lighten the look or play down the warmth, avoid the bottom color. While the second shade lis technically darker and more orange than the peachy bronze of the bottom shade, it would be hard to avoid that shade unless you also avoided the top shade. The top shade brings the most pink to the table, so avoiding it will remove most of the pink from the product and make it more of a shimmery bronzer.
A subtle shimmer with a pinky-bronze glow is exactly what I wanted, and it delivered. I placed some MAC Mineralize SkinFinish in Jolly Good just along my cheek bone to add a touch of matte. I also used Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer to add a bit more glow above my cheekbones.
The wear was decent, but like most powders, it disappeared within a few hours.
I tried it again using no: highlighter, luminizer, or bronzer to see if the shimmer applied in some of the areas you’d apply the other items would do the trick. It definitely looks better applied only on the cheeks.
Is an addiction coming? Maybe! I love my first Shimmer Brick and wonder why it took me so long to take the plunge. Even at full retail with no promos, I am happy with this purchase. Of course, I will be using promos if I pick up any more. I can occasionally buy full-price with no deal, but I prefer to limit that as much as possible.
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