This is the newest Shimmer Brick compact, new for summer 2007. This is my first BB purchase. Based on all the feedback I read on the shimmer bricks in general, people seem to have a love/hate relationship with it...they either love 'em or they hate 'em. I think it takes some experimentation to see what brushes and applicators work best to get the results you want from the product.
This can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadows or if you are fair enough, perhaps a bronzer. Using any soft brushes, this goes on sheer and shimmery. Want more pigment and less shimmer, use a stiffer applicator or even use your finger. The 5 colors are as follows:
* frosty taupe that reminds me of Stila Kitten but perhaps a bit warmer.
* frosty peachy brown - pale
* shimmery medium-brown-bronze (gorgeous!)
* frosty rosy-brown
All of the colors on their own are lovely eyeshadows. Using an eyeshadow brush they go on VERY sheer, yet pick up TONS of shimmer. If you want to see more color and less shimmer, I recommend using one of those eyeshadow spongy applicators, Q-tip, or your finger.
If using any soft brush it picks up way too much shimmer and not enough color so it was a bit of a balancing act to find a way to get what I wanted out of it. I aplied this over a warm blush using a kabuki brush. I dusted it over the entire brick, tapped it off get rid of some of the lose shimmer and then swiped it over my blush. It added just the right amount of warmth without too too much shimmer.
I think anyone who buys this will need to play around with different brushes with this - too soft a brush, expect shimmery sheer color results, but I think the colors come out to play if you use something that will pick up the color better. I'm glad I got it and think it will be a fun item to have for the summer months.