May 3, 2012

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Cheek Glow Review & Swatches

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Cheek Glow in Gold is one of two new shades of highlighting powder available with the new Bobbi Brown Miami Summer 2012 Collection.

Scratch that…it’s not technically powder.

Well wow, isn’t this interesting? Shimmer Cheek Glow is a brand new highlighter from Bobbi available in gold and pink variations. Upon first viewing the product in promo images I assumed it was a solid shade of sparkly highlighter a la Bobbi’s popular ShimmerBrick compacts.

Upon actually getting the product…well, things got interesting fast.

This isn’t the typical Shimmerbrick variety of highlighter here, it’s something new and unique.

This a powder/gel hybrid so you’re getting the smooth, silky texture of a gel with the finish of a sparkling powder. Estee Lauder has something similiar available in the form of their Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelรฉe but Bobbi has a far lighter texture that feels fluffy, almost mousse-like.

Ok, so hold off if you’re as heavy handed as me. This one is a pure sparkle finish. There isn’t a ton of powder going on here and really it’s somewhat like applying a fine, silky shimmer on cheeks and face. The spongy texture of the gel allows for finger application so you can get a precise, discoball-free glow as your fingers allow you to apply lightly versus a brush which might pick up a little too much sparkling joy.

I don’t relish the idea of finger application as dipping in and out of the compact with my fingers isn’t exactly hygienic. However, this is the best application method in my humblest. If you must use a brush I suggest a fibre one of some sort or a fan as this will lightly dust on the sparkle without over doing things.

If I had to compare the formula to something I’d likely nod at Bobbi’s Sparkle Eyeshadows. This isn’t as flaky or as loosely packed as her Sparkle Shadow but it does have that glowing finish and that smooth, slippery slide of that formula.

You can apply on cheeks and face but it also applies beautifully on eyes as well for a wash of bright buttery gold.

Overall, this is a unique little product and dare I say fabulous! I love me some sparkle but I do find highlighting powders with shimmer a bit of a challenge. This soft, velvety yet smooth, almost creamy gel allows for pretty precise application without looking over done. I imagine some folks will have reservations about applying gold sparkle on their face but I find this has a nice little twinkling glow that looks lovely!

This is available at Bobbi Brown counters now or get it online at

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  • HapaGirl84

    OK, so this one looks like a skip for me, but I am lit-rally DYING for swatches of the lip shines… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    You really preferred a finger application, Muse? I was SO excited about this one, originally–but when I went to purchase I had to pass. I played around with both Gold and Miami and they both looked pretty much exactly the same. Not a hint of color–why even offer 2 shades? And when I used my finger to swatch it, I found that the slick glitter particles stuck to my finger and formed a bit of a barrier, preventing me from building up the amount on my finger….do you know what I’m talking about?? Hm…maybe it’s just me, but I strongly disliked this one.

  • PJ

    I just bought this one, and am having a bit of buyer’s remorse. I bought the gold not pink because I regularly use the pink and wild rose shimmer bricks and wanted something different. But 39$ for a highlighter… Just cant resist buying something from BB, and they were out of candlelight cream shadow (which is fabulous)