|Handmade in Italy, this award-winning editor’s favorite highlights skin with five bars of pearlescent shimmer. Each bar also doubles up as eye shadow.To apply: Sweep the Face Blender Brush through all five shades of Shimmer Brick Compact and dust lightly on cheekbones after blush. Focus on applying shimmer on the top of cheekbones – where light naturally hits the face – for the most flattering look.|
Wild Rose shimmer brick compact is a part of recently released (somewhere in April 2012) Rose Gold collection which features two of them: Wild Rose & Rose Gold. I checked both the variants at Thai Duty Free & settled for Wild Rose. Wild Rose is warmer compared to Rose Gold which turns out as plain highlighter on my skintone.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks Compacts are glossy black square compacts having a gradient of shades corresponding to the name. The compact has a full size inbuilt mirror for easy on go touch ups. I so wanted their Bronze Shimmer Compact too which was unfortunately not available during my purchase. If you love highlighters or cannot do without skin illuminators then these are a must have in your vanity. I just love how these give a soft focussed pearlescent glow without being too blingy or shimmery on skin. They have a high metallic sheen which when applied with soft hands gives a nice soft subtle dewy glow. These shimmer bricks are an absolute visual treat. Shimmers can be sensed only optically but on skin they transforms into high metallic sheen for that amazing glow. On my extremely dry skin these don’t look OTT for day wear if used with *very light hands* (not to forget the high metallic sheen) & gets well merged into the skin texture for a subtle dewy effect. Oily skin may want to use them carefully but nevertheless they flare well without emphasizing the pores much & giving a smooth glowy skin. They can also be used as eyeshadows which makes them more versatile. Colorbar used to have very close dupes of these shimmer bricks but guess they have discontinued them.
Texture wise these are smooth & feel satiny just like any high end metallic eye shadow & blends effortlessly. I didn’t experience any fall out while using these in either way: as a blush, highlighter or eye shadow. The shimmer bricks are more about glow than pigmentation & most of the shades basically turns out as highlighters on the skin without any noticeable colour (except Wild Rose). They flare well for entire day maybe with slight indistinct fading.
Wild Rose Compact contains shimmery bricks of Pink Tints in the gradation of a Light Pink shade sloping down to a beige pink which further meets a deep rosy pink followed by a dusty pink finally ending with a pale bright pink. All the shades mixed result in a warm champagne pink color. Unlike most of the shimmer bricks Wild Rose does adds a tinge of dusky rosy pink either as a blush or highlighter & hence the name also very apt. Used with heavy hand Wild Rose doesn’t look too shimmery on my skin & gives a nice warm Rosy pink glow. The Rose Gold version on the other hand looked a plain highlighter against my skintone. If you are looking for high sheen plain highlighting powders then there are quite a few of them in Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer bricks Collection but if you love those subtle coloured highlights Wild Rose is the one to look for.
Applied with heavy hands to show the dusky pink tint
- Crisp sleek square compact packaging with full size inbuilt mirror.
- Smooth satiny texture with nil fallout.
- Easily blendable
- Shimmers transforms into a high frost pearlescent sheen adding a glow to skin.
- Multi-purpose. Can be used as a blush, highlighter & eye shadow.
- Adds a nice warm dusky rosy pink glow to skin.
- Doesn’t get OTT even if used with slightly heavier hands.
- Long wearing. (8+ hours).
- Can slightly emphasize pores. (Not highly though given that shimmers are very fine almost like a high sheen)
- Availability issues.
Not everyone’s cup of tea but if you love highlighters, sheen & shimmers then this product is for you. High on sheen & shimmer with soft satiny texture that blends easily. Wear for whole day easily without any evident fading with a rich dewy glow on skin. Wild Rose does adds a flush of warm pink unlike most of the shades which comes out as plain highlighters on Indian skintones.