That’s One Heck of a Glitter Brick, O Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach!

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach

I’m sure many of you have heard of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks. They’re one of Bobbi Brown’s bestselling products and several brands have even made dupes of those shimmer bricks. Personally, I’m not a fan of those shimmerbricks, either the Bobbi Brown ones or the dupes because they’re simply too shimmery for my liking.

When the new Brightening Brick landed on my desk for review, I must admit, I was apprehensive. While it looked pretty damn good on the compact, the amount of shimmer I saw on the pressed powder was slightly shocking. I like my shimmer very subtly and that Brightening Brick does not lack in the shimmer department. Still, I was keen on giving it a go.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach

Here’s what the Brightening Brick does: it takes the warmth of a bronzer, the pure oclour of a blush and the luminosity of a highlighter in one compact. It imparts a dose of sheer radiance without drying the skin or settling into fine lines. It’s a finishing powder (not a setting one) and instantly awakens tired skin, leaving it fresh and glowing.

Right, let’s see how it worked for me, eh?

First of all, even though it looks like there are bits of peach in there, this is not a blush. You can use a small makeup brush to concentrate only on the matte peach section but you’ll only get a hint of colour as it’s pretty sheer. What this is, it’s a setting powder, which is not dissimilar to Guerlain’s Meteorites or Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder. The one I have, which is in Pastel Peach, has warm undertones and gives a slight warmth on the skin.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach

Is it shimmery? By Jeeves, it is. Honestly, the first few times I used it, I didn’t like it at all. It was far, far too shimmery on my skin; it was as though I’ve sprayed tiny bits of glitter on my face! After a couple of uses, I was more than ready to give up on the powder. Then I had a thought; perhaps it’s just the overspray of the first few layers that is full-on shimmery and the rest of the powder, not so much. So I used my index finger and rubbed it all over the pressed powder. I rubbed hard and yep, I ended up mixing the colours together, which made the powder not so pretty.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach Swatch

But you know what? After I got rid of the overspray of glitter, the Brightening Brick became so much better to use. Yes it’s still shimmery but not to the full extent as before. The bigger bits of glitter were gone and what was left on the skin was a glowy, satin finish that gives the skin a similar effect to Guerlain’s Meteorites or Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powder. The Pastel Peach gives the skin a beautiful warm-ish glow.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach

I’m so glad I removed the overspray because now I’m able to use it properly. I don’t understand the need for the overspray. Sure it looks pretty when it’s new but to people with shimmer-phobia, all that glitter is a mighty turn-off. Since I use a light and fluffy face brush with this, it would have taken me ages to get rid of the overspray. Thank goodness for that lightbulb moment of rubbing all that glitter off with my finger. If not, this would have been a very disappointing finishing powder. Now, without the glittery overspray, the Brightening Brick is a quite a joy to use.

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pastel Peach

Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Bricks retail at AU$75.00 each and are available in 6 shades at the Bobbi Brown Studio, selected David Jones, MYER and Mecca Maxima stores, and also online at They retail at US$45.00 in the US.

What I like about it: The finishing powder gives a beautiful warm satin finish on the skin (ONLY after removing the first few layers of glittery overspray).

What I do not like about it: Far too glittery when first used. If you’re not a big fan of glitter, rub the overspray off prior to use. This won’t make the powder look very pretty but at least you’ll get to use it as intentioned.

Have you tried Bobbi Brown’s Brightening Bricks? Or even the popular Shimmer Bricks? Do you enjoy them? Or are they too glittery for your liking?

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10 comments… add one
  1. LeGeeque

    Oooh.. Now that you’ve gotten off the glittery shimmery disco ball stuff, I’m going to pinch this for a week or two next time I visit Janey, I mean visit you… 😛

    1. Tine

      Hmph I know that now I have a dog, I’ll always be delegated to second place. You’re lucky I love you. 😉

  2. Kat Ness

    Oohhhhh it’s so pretty! Unfortunately BB is out of my expense range haha I’m quite content with my current highlighters.
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    1. Tine

      Haha I know what you mean. While this is a beautiful setting powder (after I’ve gotten rid of the ridiculously glittery overspray, that is), I wouldn’t call it a must-have. What’s your favourite highlighter at the moment? I’ve heard good stuff on The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer.

      1. Kat Ness

        I got the Napoleon Perdis Ultimate Contour Palette in a gift set and the highlight shade there is nice (even though itself is pricey) otherwise I have this little eyeshadow from Natio called Moonbeam that I used to use ages ago as a highlight.
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        1. Tine

          Ooh I’ll have to check out this Natio eyeshadow!

  3. gio

    Ooh this is so pretty! I don’t get it about the overspray either. Works much better without.
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    1. Tine

      I know right? It works so much better without all that glitter!

  4. Paris B

    For some reason I missed this, but is this the regular one or the new one that’s coming out that seems to be more like a blush than just an all over powder? I wasn’t keen on the latter because of the shimmer (didn’t think it was just overspray!) but the new blush ones SLAY me >.<
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    1. Tine

      I had a look at the press release; I reckon it’s just the powder and not the blush (could be wrong though, I’ll need to check!). There’s still shimmer on the Brightening Powder but not as much as when I first used it. That one, oh it was far too much shimmer! After rubbing and rubbing and rubbing some more, I got rid of the top layer of glitter. My powder looks quite dirty now but at least it’s useable.

      I’ve seen the blush ones (if those really are just blushes). They ARE pretty!

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