In a departure from the bands of stripes we've come to love in our Shimmer Bricks, Bobbi Brown's Party Shimmer Brick ($40) features only two glamorous shades: gold and silver. The high-luster combo of silver and gold will brighten your face and give you a sparking glow.
The Party Time Collection for Holiday 2011 arrived at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria, complete with this Shimmer Brick - the centerpiece of the collection - beautiful dual-ended eye liners (I purchased one), lipsticks and lip glosses (including gold and silver high-shine glosses), and eye shadow quads that will provide you with all the color you'll need to sparkle at your holiday parties. There's a brush set housed in a pretty silver case too. It's party time!
I've barely begun to experiment with my Party Shimmer Brick. The pure gold and silver shades can be used on the eyes or face - and can be used alone or blended. I swatched the palette for you, taking my photos in full sun.
At the top of my arm in the photo at right, I applied a "stripe" of each shade (heavily) with a sponge-tipped applicator. Then, using a sponge-tipped applicator again, I blended out the shades a bit below, showing the gold above the silver. If you apply these shades with a brush, they are much more sheer on the face, but that would be nearly impossible for me to photograph.
Like other Shimmer Bricks, the Party Shimmer Brick does sparkle, but it's not a "glitter bomb" at all. When applied with a brush, either color alone or both blended together will give your face a pretty, highlighting sheen with the glimmer of precious metals. This Shimmer Brick offers shine and polish.
Doing a warm look? Lightly sweep the gold shade across your face or use it as a highlighter on the feature(s) you want to spotlight. Going for a cool look instead? Use the silver. Want a neutral glow? Mix the shades and apply wherever you wish - you'll look party-perfect and polished.
I never miss a Shimmer Brick Compact, and I wouldn't have missed this one. I saw its photo months ago, and I've been waiting eagerly for it to arrive in stores. I purchased mine at Neiman Marcus. I'm sure it will be available soon at all Bobbi Brown counters and on Bobbi Brown's Web site.
Photos by Best Things in Beauty