Shimmerbricks and blush
Apricot shimmerbrick: Apricot is one of the more pigmented shimmerbricks so it works great as a blush on my fair skin, but it's still light enough that I can apply it lightly as a highlighter on top of blush for a little extra oomph. While a couple of the stripes are too orange for me to wear as eye shadow, most of them work beautifully as light golden-peach washes of color. Apricot is probably best suited to fair to medium skin tones but may work on darker ones as well.
Beach shimmerbrick*: review coming soon
Beige shimmerbrick: While this isn't my favorite shimmerbrick, it's definitely the one I use the most. It's the most subtle highlighter I've come across and I swipe it on top of almost all my warm peach/nude blushes as well as bronzer. While it's not pigmented enough to use as a blush even on my pale skin, as a highlighter it's perfection.
Brownie shimmerbrick*: I wasn't sure if this would work on my very fair skin but it does! I haven't tried it on my eyes but as a blush it's gorgeous. Like Peony it's very pigmented so I don't have to put too much on - with some of the other shimmerbricks I had to apply so much to get any pigment that by the time I got the color to show up I looked like a disco ball from all the shimmer. Not the case with Brownie! On my skin it shows up a pretty bronzey brown with plum undertones, similar to Nars Lovejoy but with a very slight plummy tinge rather than a rosy one. I wore this with nude lips and teal eyeshadow for a more summery look, but it'll be great in the fall with deep plum eye shadow or lips or dark green eye shadow and sheer bronzey lips. I also think this would suit a range of skintones - I'm light and have to apply somewhat sparingly, so I think for medium and dark skintones this would be ideal.
Copper Diamond shimmerbrick*: This is similar to Sandstone but more golden and less brown, but not as gold as the Gold shimmerbrick and more pigmented, and the shimmer is finer than the Gold as well. On my fair skin it works alone if I use a slightly heavy hand, but it's also nice layered over bronzer. I think this would be most useful on fair/medium skin tones (on dark skin the color probably wouldn't show up, only shimmer.) I took off a lipstick only because most of the colors don't work on my eyes - for some reason as eye shadow they appear too warm - but this is a nice buy as a blush/highlighter. I will definitely be using this a lot in the summer!
Coral blush: It's a beautiful true coral with subtle shimmer and in my opinion, the most perfect coral blush I've come across. It's nicely pigmented too - I have fair skin and only needed a small amount, so this would definitely show up on darker skintones. I love pairing this with coral lips and gold eyeshadow or pale green eyeshadow for a more fun look. This is the ultimate coral blush!
Gold shimmerbrick*: I have to say that I haven't used the colors in this as eye shadows, but as a highlighter it's very pretty. It shows up a true pale gold and looks amazing over warm blushes. I took a lipstick off because the shimmer is a tiny bit over the top, and this is coming from someone who loves shimmer. I regularly use the other shimmerbricks as highlighters for daytime wear, but this was a bit too much. I'd recommend this mostly for nighttime use (especially on décolleté), although if you use a VERY light hand it would be more suitable for everyday wear. You may not need this product if you own other gold highlighters, but if you love shimmerbricks this is definitely worth getting since it's different enough from the others.
Nectar shimmerbrick: This is my new favorite shimmerbrick! On my fair skin it shows up a warm pink with a beautiful gold glow - brighter than Nars O but not as bright or cool as Bobbi's Coral blush. The shimmer also seems a bit finer than some of the other shimmerbricks. It's very pigmented so if you're fair like me use a light hand. I think it's the perfect color for spring and different enough from other coral/warm pink blushes to be worth buying.
Peony shimmerbrick*: This is the most pigmented shimmerbrick I've tried, even more so than Apricot or Bronze. The shimmer isn't as frosty as the other shimmerbricks so I can actually use this as a blush instead of a highlighter, as I've been using all the other shimmerbricks. It goes on a bright cool pink and the shimmer, surprisingly, isn't over the top and doesn't magnify my pores. I do find though that it's best to apply with a less dense brush than a regular blush brush.
Pink Quartz shimmerbrick*: Sometimes for parties or other events I don't want to do the usual red lip or smoky eye - I want to do something different and unexpected, but still festive and glamourous. This is where the Pink Quartz shimmerbrick comes in. It's a perfect combination of pink and gold that works great on its own or, when used with a light hand, as a highlighter over blush. It's not as pigmented as some of the other shimmerbricks (like Apricot or Peony) so it may only be a highlighter for medium to dark skintones, but still provides a beautiful, pink champagne glow that would look gorgeous on any skin color.
Platinum Pink shimmerbrick*: This is so pretty but on my pale skin it shows up the same as the Pink Quartz shimmerbrick, only slightly less pigmented. I really have to pile this on to get any color, unlike Rose or Peony shimmerbricks, and as eyeshadow I found this to be a little chalky and frosty. All that said, it makes an absolutely beautiful, delicate pinkish-ivory highlighter, so if you need one this is a great buy. And the silver packaging is a nice change from Bobbi's usual black.
Rose shimmerbrick*: I think this falls somewhere in between the Pink shimmerbrick and Peony shimmerbrick - not as bright as Peony but more pigmented than Pink. I like that I can use it by itself for a subtle touch of cool rosy color (albeit a very shimmery touch!) or as a highlighter over pink blushes. Since I have to use a somewhat heavy hand to get this to show up on my fair skin, I can't imagine it working on medium or dark skins as a blush, only as a highlighter, so I'm not sure if it's worth purchasing if you don't have fair skin and already own a highlighter. For pale skin though this is a good buy.
Rose Gold shimmerbrick*: Sooooo pretty, but like Wild Rose, it's very similar to a previously released shimmerbrick. In this case, it's really close to Pink Quartz. On my cheeks they're virtually identical shades of champagne pink, with Rose Gold showing up maybe a half shade cooler. Used as eye shadow the top strips are exactly the same on me - a very pretty warm-ish pink, similar to Stila Kitten but cooler and not as frosty. The rest of the strips on Rose Gold are different, as they seem to have a pinker tone to them than Pink Quartz. In any case though, if you want a pretty pink highlighter/blush (depending on your coloring, this may not show any real pigment, just shimmer) that also makes a nice eye shadow, get Rose Gold.
Sandstone shimmerbrick*: I was worried this might be too frosty/shimmery, but it gives my fair skin a subtle healthy tan glow when applied with Bobbi's face blender brush. One could argue that a shimmery bronzer would give the same effect but this seems much glowier than a regular bronzer, shimmery or not. It's pigmented enough to show up on me but I'm doubting it would provide any color payoff to medium and dark skintones - it would probably be just a beigey-gold highlighter. So if you don't have fair skin I'd try this out to see if it shows up before buying it; otherwise, this is a great buy, especially for summer.
Wild Rose shimmerbrick*: I compulsively have to purchase all Bobbi Brown shimmerbricks so naturally I bought this and the Rose Gold shimmerbrick immediately. I was really excited to see how Wild Rose stacks up next to Bobbi's Rose shimmerbrick. On my pale skin it showed up almost the same - Wild Rose is a touch more pigmented and cooler, but very very close to Rose, so if you own that you probably don't need Wild Rose. I found that only the top strip of the compact worked for me as eye shadow, as the others were way too pink. So for that reason and its similarity to Rose I give this a 4 out of 5. Nevertheless it's very pretty and wearable...I'd still highly recommend!
Beach Honey cream shadow: Colorwise this is similar to Stila Honey shadow pot and Clinique Touch Tint in Nude Sparkle, but definitely more of a true champagne than either, making it an excellent goes-with-anything color on my fair skin. Texturewise it's pretty much identical to Shiseido's Hydropowders, which I love - sheer but long-lasting and easy to blend.
Chrome Patina cream shadow: This is an odd shade - it looks like a metallic greenish grey in the pot, but goes on a cool medium-toned silver. I took a lipstick off because the pigmentation could be better. One layer only produces an extremely sheer wash of color (but tons of sparkle), so I guess if you like barely-there shades with lots of metallic shine this is good. Personally I like more pigment in my eye shadows and didn't like having to layer it on. Still, this is a great product in terms of consistency - the sparkles stay put on my lids, and when I pat it on over powder shadow for some extra sparkle it doesn't get all clumpy. I'm eyeing Goldstone now!
Forest Metallic trio: I'm a green shadow fiend so when I saw this palette I knew I had to have it. The three shades don't look like they'd go together very well, but I was happy to see you could wear them all at once if you wanted. The left shade (Sage) is a mossy green with slight grey undertones, the middle (Balsam) is a gorgeous dark emerald, and the right shade (Forest) is a beautiful blackened olive that goes on, appropriately enough, more forest-y than olive. All are super-pigmented and silky with a lovely metallic sheen. I will say they actually go on a lot darker than they appear in the pan, so use a light hand and only in the crease if you're not in the mood for a smoky eye. (I was particularly surprised by the lightest shade - I thought it could be used as a wash but it's much darker on the lid.) This was a limited-edition palette, but 2 of the shades (Forest and Sage) are now available individually.
Gilded Diamond Dust: This caught my eye as I passed by the Bobbi counter because 1. the color reminded me a bit of my beloved Shu gold eye jelly and 2. I'm a sucker for pale golds since they're very flattering on my light brown eyes. This is a lovely light gold shade, no odd brown, green or beige tones, just a nice pale gold that would suit a variety of skin tones and eye colors. I like using it as a wash or with a darker shade in the crease (bronze, green or teal), but it's also fabulous applied lightly over basic colors to give them a bit of oomph. "Sparkle" is the perfect word to describe the finish and I think the Diamond Dust name is very apt - it's not shimmery, not metallic and not glittery but rather sparkly like a diamond. My only complaint is that it needs to be applied wet to get the gold color to show up and also to minimize the amount of sparkle that falls down your face. While the sparkle is gorgeous I don't necessarily want it all over!
Midnight Metallics trio: I loved the Forest Metallics palette so much that a dear friend got me the Midnight one that I had been eyeing. It's so nice to have such a lovely trio of silvers in one handy palette. The lightest shade looks white-ish in the pan but goes on a pale cool silver. It reminds me of a less agressive, less frosty version of Stila Twilight. The middle shade is a nice medium silver and the darkest is a deep blue that goes on a bluish-grey. I found it only shows up truly blue if I use it with a damp brush. I love using the first two colors for a basic look and then adding the darkest one if I feel like doing a smoky eye, and all 3 shades look equally good with navy or dark grey eyeliner. As with the other metallics palettes the texture is silky and buttery. This was a limited-edition palette, but 2 of the shades (Midnight and Rockstar) are now available individually.
I have a compulsive urge to collect nearly all Bobbi Brown gel liners, so hopefully you'll find this helpful. Here's my current stash in natural light and with flash. Individual reviews follow.
Top row, left to right: Black Ink, Black Scotch, Forest Ink
Second row, left to right: Chocolate Shimmer, Bronze Shimmer, Ivy Shimmer
Top row, left to right: Graphite, Twilight Shimmer, Black Mauve
Second row, left to right: Denim Ink, Sapphire Shimmer
Black Ink: Great product!! It's a true black that stays put all day without smudging or disappearing under my eyes! I find it's slightly easier to apply with a push brush rather than other brushes like BB's Ultra Fine eyeliner brush or Stila's #4, but those brushes would be great if you want a thicker line.
Black Mauve: I own and love all of the Bobbi Brown shimmer gel liners so when I saw this I had to buy it. It's a true blackened plum with a hint of shimmer - just enough to keep the color from looking flat and dull. It leans to the cool side so I think it looks best paired with silvers/greys, purples and icy pinks. I was pleasantly surprised to see that this showed up on my lids the way it looks in the pot. It's a great alternative to black liner (which can look harsh during the day) or your run-of-the-mill grey, and since it's subtle it would look good next to any eye color and skin tone.
Black Scotch: I was surprised by this shade, as it's a little browner than I was expecting. I thought it would be more of a black with gold shimmer. Having said that, I'm not disappointed since it's a gorgeous rich mahogany with borderline metallic shimmer. It's definitely going to give Chocolate Shimmer a run for its money for me - think of Black Scotch as the naughtier, nighttime version of Chocolate Shimmer. (I still think it's work-appropriate, however.)
Some swatches for comparison: Forest Shimmer, Black Scotch, Twilight Shimmer, Black Mauve and Chocolate.
Bronze Shimmer**: This is a lovely bronze shade with shimmer that shows up bronze and not dark brown. It looks great with a variety of eyeshadow colors too, I love pairing it with gold and neutrals especially but it also pretty with green or even blue. Plus it's flattering on every eye color. I have to say that I don't love it as much as my Stila Bronze smudge pot, since that one is more golden and brings out the gold tones in my light brown eyes more. But this is a beautiful shade and very unique.
Chocolate Shimmer: Finally, a wearable, long-lasting dark brown eyeliner with some zip to it! The shimmer is very subtle but makes the color interesting and not flat like a matte liner. The shade is darker than MAC's Rich Ground fluidline and doesn't have the red/orange undertones, but lighter than MAC Teddy eye kohl. It's about a shade darker than Laura Mercier's Brown Copper eye kohl, which is slightly disappointing as I was really hoping this would be an exact color match in gel form, but it's still pretty. This is definitely going to be my staple brown eyeliner.
Denim Ink: Not the best of the Bobbi Brown gels, but it's pretty enough. Denim is cool-toned shimmery blue that works equally well with purple or blue shadows, and I bet it would be fun with a wash of pink or beige on the lids as well. It's darker and cooler than Sapphire and appears a little more shimmery on the lid.
Forest Shimmer*: I'm surprised I'm reaching for this as much as I do. Forest is the perfect blend of green and brown with enough shimmer to keep it from looking muddy. Like most of the other gels, it's plenty versatile as I can wear it with a wash of gold shadow or with a deep olive or bronze smoky eye. The closest liner I own in terms of color would be MAC Local Wares fluidline - they're nearly identical except that Local Wares is a little darker. Clinique Egyptian is close but is also darker and ever so slightly greener. NARS Baalbek eye paint is noticeably different as it has a much stronger golden olive tone to it.
Graphite: This is a gorgeous charcoal grey shade, perfect for when you want something less harsh than black. The shimmer is subtle and suitable for daytime, and the color itself is a bit darker than MAC's Lithograph gel eyeliner. The Chocolate shimmer is now my go-to brown eyeliner, and this one is going to be my go-to grey eyeliner.
Ivy Shimmer: Such a pretty shade - a dark hunter green with a hint of blue and some shimmer. My favorite way to wear it is with pale gold eyeshadow, but it looks great with light seafoam green and even pale blue. It's especially flattering on brown eyes but it would work with any eye color and skintone.
Sapphire Shimmer**: I have to admit I was a little disappointed with this. I thought it would be lighter than it is. On me it basically shows up black, or at least a very dark boring navy blue. Nevertheless the quality can't be beat and the color is a little more interesting than Cobalt or Stila's Navy smudge pot, so I think it was worth it.
Twilight Shimmer*: This is one of my favorite gels from Bobbi due to its uniqueness and versatility. It's an odd, muted greyish purple laced with gold shimmer, basically Black Mauve's darker cousin. I can wear it with a wash of pale gold or beige eye shadow or with a smoky eye. And like Black Mauve, since it's subtle and doesn't lean particularly warm or cool I can see this working with any eye color and skintone.
Golden Nectar: I liked this right away when I swatched it at Nordstrom, and when I got home I realized why - it's almost identical to MAC Pink Grapefruit lip gloss. The only difference is that it's muted, like putting on a very sheer application of Pink Grapefruit. Soft, warm coral-pink with gold shimmer would be flattering on any skin tone in my opinion so I think it's a great buy, especially for spring.
Natural Finish Foundation - This really lives up its name. Natural Finish has more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but less than a medium to full-coverage foundation (i.e., Estee Lauder Double Wear or Armani Lasting Silk), so it's the ideal light foundation and truly perfect for hot weather when you want some coverage but don't feel like piling on a regular foundation. It looks and feels totally weightless and lasts all day, even on my oily skin - quite a feat, especially for something so light. And while it's oil-free I still think it would be comfortable for normal to dry skin as well. The pump dispenser is fabulous, since it allows for small amounts so you don't end up with one big glob that gets wasted. For shade reference: MAC NC 15, Armani Lasting Silk in 4, Px Virtual Matte in Ecru, and I wear Warm Ivory in this (Sand was just a touch too dark.)
*Limited-edition item and no longer available at counters.