If You Prefer Eye-Catching Glitter to Subtle Shimmer, the Drinks Are on Bobbi Brown’s New Party Shimmer Brick

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Apparently, the drinks are on Bobbi tonight!


Oh, I get it… It’s gonna be one of those Fridays. 🙂

Judging by the shaker and martini motif of the Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick ($40), Bobbi was either watching a James Bond movie marathon (“Shaken, not stirred”), or was feeling extra festive, when she designed her latest powder duo, a limited edition piece released with the new Party Collection.

Wear one or both of its shimmery silver and gold powders as highlighters on your upper cheek bones, like I’m doing here, or dust ’em all over the face for a more complete glow.

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Both powders contain quite a bit of glitter, medium-sized flecks in the super soft, pigmented gold, and larger, chunkier pieces in the sheerer, silver shade.

When I apply either shade, I can see the powders shimmering on top of my skin, and I think the effect looks subtler in these pics than it does in real life.

Now, I love glitter and all…but I keep wishing for the flecks in these two shades to be finer and easier to corral and control. Even using my smallest blush brush to dust Party atop my cheeks, and it takes about three layers to reach a level of pigment that I like, I still end up getting glitter in my hair.

The next time I reach for this duo, I think I’ll pat it on my cheekbones with a finger instead.


If you prefer eye-catching glitter to subtle shimmer, there’s a party here you might want to crash. 🙂

PRICE: $40
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bobbi Brown counters and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. Trisha says:

    These shadows are lovely, but even more importantly…

    Look at your eyeliner! Wow, that’s bold. I like it!
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  2. I love the martini!. you’re looking super gorgeous with that liner! WERQQQQQ

  3. Nina says:

    i love the palette – it looks so adorable!

  4. Cassy says:

    That last picture of you looks fantastic, you take a fierce profile picture! That said, I think I’m going to have to pass on this one. I already get enough flak from people for how much glitter I constantly have on me (even if I don’t put any on, it’s like embedded in my skin now…)

  5. Lilit says:

    I love that cat eye look you’ve done with the eyeliner! Tabs would be so proud!
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  6. denise says:

    I love your eyeliner! What products did you use?

  7. Jenn says:

    Loving the fierce eyes, K!
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  8. Sonya says:

    Love the shadows – seem great for NYE!

    PS – Love your eyeliner!
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  9. PinkGlitter says:

    Love your eyeliner in these pics!
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  10. gio says:

    That palette looks lovely, but it’s too bad it’s so glittery. I think I’ll pass then.. Love your eyeliner, though. So fierce!
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  11. stephanie says:

    well this is something different. not too keen on packaging though..hmm…

  12. mkdallas says:

    LOVE your makeup here, Karen…the bold eyeliner looks beautiful!

  13. Joyce says:

    I’m not a fan of glitter, so I’ll definitely pass on this highlighter. Also, I’m too lazy to have to take an extra step to make a product work. lol

    By the way, I’ve swatched other Shimmer Bricks from Bobbi Brown, but they were just too shimmery for me.
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  14. Elizabeth says:

    Hey Karen

    I LOVE glitter. I like shimmer too but I notice sometimes especially with shimmery face powders that it accents wrinkles. So if I do use shimmer, I keep it on my eyes. I like tiny glitter better though. LOL.

  15. Chris25 says:

    I love the design on the product!

  16. Vonvon says:

    Pretty on first impression. But glitters? No, thank you! Money saved.

    Thank you, Karen!
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  17. Mia says:

    I started looking around for a nice highlighter about a year ago. I went from swatch to swatch trying to find the best one and fell in love with this shimmer brick compared to many competitors out there. I bought this a few weeks ago, I didn’t see any noticeable glitter. It leaves a nice subtle glow on my cheekbones without looking harsh or like a disco ball. I have large pores and finding a nice highlighter can be tricky at times but I definitely think this palette is a winner in my book. I also think this is a much nicer shimmer brick compared to the other one’s in Bobbi’s permanent line, which are way too shimmery for me.

  18. lola says:

    i LOVE your eyeliner! it looks soo great. it just makes your eyes look really big (in a good way!) 🙂 you look beautiful!

  19. The shaker and martini embossing is a playful touch! I really appreciate it when companies go the extra mile and add something unique and fun. It makes you happy just looking at it! 😀
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  20. loving your eyes!
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