Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze : Review, Swatch, FOTD


Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing the most beautiful highlighter I’ve ever used – Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in shade Bronze! Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks are one of the most popular products from the brand.

Price : Rs 2450 for 10.3 g


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze


Glowing Skin-Tangerine Lips

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze





Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze



My take on the Product


It comes in a shiny plastic black compact with the Bobbi Brown insignia on the cover. I love the glossy black Bobbi Brown packaging – so classy and luxurious!  The compact contains 5 strips of shimmering color and a large mirror on the underside of the lid. Only downside is that its quite large!

The shimmer brick contains 5 colors – a pale gold, a champagne pink, a warm bronze, a rose gold and a deep coppery bronze. It is quite smooth in texture and is closer to baked/mineralize products in texture than pressed powder. The texture isn’t powdery but a few stray shimmer flecks do make their way to the edges of the pan. Because its fairly pigmented and quite shimmery, a soft fluffy brush is the best thing to use. If you use a very densely packed brush, you’d end up with too much product on the cheeks. If you’re using this on the eyes, you can go with a dense brush to get maximum color.

The shimmer brick is quite versatile – you can use it as eye shadow, bronzer or highlighter. I mostly end up using this as a highlighter on my browbone and cheekbones using only the top 2 shades. The top 2 strips of the lightest color have slightly more understated shimmer than the bottom 3. And for that reason it doesn’t draw attention to the open pores on my cheeks. If you want to use this as a bronzer, you can use the darker 3 shades or swirl the brush through all the 5 shades. But if you have large open pores/oily skin like me, a matte or satin finish bronzer is more flattering than a shimmery one like this. Its too shimmery to be used all over the face so I wouldn’t recommend you do that, especially if you’re going to be photographed.


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze


The 5 shades in the compact can be used individually for the eyes if you’re using an eye-shadow brush but it would be difficult to pick up just a single color for application on the cheeks if you’re using regular face brushes. I use a small face brush to pick up the 2 lighter shades to highlight.

Because this compact has all warm shades, it works beautifully with the Indian complexion and gives a lovely natural soft golden glow to the skin. I love using this and have been using it exclusively ever since I got this in June. If you’ve been following me on Youtube, you would have seen me use this in every tutorial in past weeks!

As far as wear time goes, it stays very well on the cheeks for 7-8 hours with hardly any fading. I don’t use it a lot on the eyes because it feels much sheerer and softer on the eyes than regular eye shadows and tends to fade faster. However it does give a beautiful sheen to the eye lids and if want a my-lids-but-better kind of a look without obvious eye shadow, this is a lovely product.

Overall, this is a technically a multi-tasking product but being quite high on shimmer, I find it is more flattering as highlighter and for a golden-bronzy sheen on the lids. You might be able to use it a bronzer too all over the cheeks – it does look pretty and the colors are just right for a golden glow, but the shimmer can draw attention to pores and imperfections.


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze


Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze



Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze



Used all over the cheeks as a blush/bronzer, also used on the neck and decolletage ~


Glowing Skin-Tangerine Lips

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze



Used only along cheekbones as highlighter ~


Romantic Rosy Plum Makeup

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze



The GOOD about Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze :

  1. Beautiful packaging – comes with a large mirror
  2. Can be used as highlighter, eye shadow, blush, bronzer
  3. Soft, smooth texture
  4. Good pigmentation
  5. Stays on well
  6. Lighter strips don’t enhance pores
  7. Contains 5 gorgeous shades – can be used individually
  8. Gives a beautiful glow to the skin

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact Bronze :

  1. Darker shades are very shimmery – it highlights pores if used as blush/bronzer
  2. Shimmer flecks scatter around the edges of the pan



Overall Verdict


Bobbi Brown shimmer brick in shade Bronze is a gorgeous palette of 5 neutral neutral bronzy gold shades. It is quite shimmery so my preferred way of using it is along the cheekbones as a face highlighter. It doubles up quite well as eye shadow and blush/bronzer though you might want to be a little careful if you have large open pores. Being quite shimmery, it can enhance imperfections a tad if used all over the cheeks. Nevertheless, I love how the soft gold color compliments my complexion and this is without a doubt one of the best highlighters I’ve used! Recommended!

Rating : 4.25/5


[note color=”#FFEECA”]Have you tried the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks? Which is your favorite highlighter? Share your comments below! [/note]


Disclaimer : Press sample provided by the brand for consideration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always. Read full policy HERE.



  1. August 20, 2013 / 12:31 pm

    It gives super subtle glow!! also quite shimmery…

  2. August 20, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    its stunning! i have a similar one from Dior..totally love it

  3. August 20, 2013 / 2:48 pm

    OMG!! the packaging looks so gorgeous and you!! 🙂

  4. Nisha
    August 20, 2013 / 4:28 pm

    Great review and a very tempting product! However, I’m wondering how this compares to the Body Shop’s shimmer waves?

  5. August 20, 2013 / 7:22 pm

    Beautiful FOTD 🙂 I would use it only as a highlighter.

  6. Mallika
    August 20, 2013 / 8:32 pm

    I so wanna buy this….just the price keeping me back!!

  7. August 21, 2013 / 12:23 am

    I want to try it but I am doubtful if I would be able to work with shimmer

  8. August 21, 2013 / 1:02 am

    One of the best palette from BB..You look great here…By the way ,Colorbar has this palette dupe but I am not sure if it is still there.

  9. August 21, 2013 / 10:12 am

    Hi…Lovely product and I m smitten li’l extra since I m partial towards multi tasking products….but the price point will burn hole in the pocket !!!

    Can u suggest an economy dupe of this ???

    • Corallista
      March 30, 2014 / 11:39 am

      Colorbar has something very similar 🙂

  10. Mahe
    August 21, 2013 / 10:25 am

    OMG!! Lovely colours….. But too costly!

  11. August 21, 2013 / 10:59 am

    Love the colors! It seems like a must buy product! I have ti check it out in person very soon!

  12. August 23, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    I Agree Ankita that it’s too shimmery for a bronzer… But good as an eyeshadow…I would be picky about this pallette!!

  13. February 26, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    pretty fotd.. after seeing you use it in so many of your videos i’m quite tempted to try it 🙂

  14. Joo
    August 28, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    this is product which every one want to own

  15. aliyajamshed7
    September 26, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    Nice review great product

  16. Joo
    September 26, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    This is smthing what I want to add in my vanity…

  17. Joo
    September 26, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Hv u ever used it on ur body also…

    • September 28, 2014 / 7:45 pm

      I've used it on the collarbones and decolletage and it works well.

      • Joo
        September 28, 2014 / 8:36 pm

        Thanks for the reply I found ur suggestions very useful… Well I hv Oriflame giordani bronzing pearls in natural radiance nw I can use that in other areas as well…

        • September 28, 2014 / 8:38 pm

          Yes you can use the bronzing pearls on the body too. Inglot also has some nice shimmer dusts, I used one for my wedding for the arms, back etc.

          • Joo
            September 29, 2014 / 6:08 pm

            Thanks your reply means a lot… Thanks

  18. apeksha
    January 26, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    You look fabulous in yellow.

  19. apeksha
    January 26, 2015 / 2:00 pm

    It seems great but pricey. Will pick the Revlon one

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