Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown has released a gorgeous new limited-edition Shimmer Brick called Lilac Rose ($42 for .4 oz/ 10.3 g, made in Italy). I’ve been a long time fan of her shimmer bricks even though the frost/shimmer factor is on the higher side (for me). A light swipe across the cheeks can make any blush glow. Lilac Rose has five shimmering shades of pink, gold and lilac. Blended all together creates a light pale frosted cool-toned pink. On me it goes on paler than what you see in the compact. These are designed to be worn on both eyes and cheeks, but for this one I prefer on the cheeks only. I’ll show each shade swatched individually and blended down below.

Individual swatches (left side is from the top of the shimmer brick to the right for the bottom of the shimmer brick)

All shades blended together, light then heavy:

I found that Lilac Rose applied quite frosty on the arm but not so much on the face. I’m a Chanel B30 right now and am at the skin-tone shade where this color looks very natural. On me I can’t say that it works as a blush, it’s much too light for me. It does add a lovely glow when layered over any pink blush. I love it – but you may find it has a similar effect compared to other frosty pinks. I pulled a few to compare for you:

Swatches, same set twice (in different light):

If you have Wild Rose from Bobbi’s last collection or Dior’s Pop Diamond (I think it was also limited), then I don’t think you need Lilac Rose. However, if you’re anything like me then you know how hard it can be to resist a pretty feminine pink shimmery highlighter. I give Lilac Rose a huge thumbs up, but since it is on the lighter side, I do recommend you try in person before buying.

I purchased mine from Neiman Marcus to take advantage of the beauty week gift with purchase (classic cheek/eye palette with minis). Saks is also having a gift this week as well (lip palette with minis). For the moment both gifts are available online. I suggest you order soon or call your local counters to secure the a gift before they are gone. Also sometimes stores will have step up gifts that aren’t available online.

Did you check out the Lilac Rose collection and bring anything home with you?


  1. Paige
    February 25, 2013 / 2:04 am

    I'm not a fan of highlighter or shimmery products but I enjoy reading you post nonetheless. I saw in my email this morning that Nordstrom is also offering gifts with Bobbi Brown purchase($75 minimum). The gifts are Everything Mascara and Extra Eye Repair Cream.

  2. February 25, 2013 / 2:08 am

    This is super pretty! I looked for it at Nordstrom yesterday but it was not in stock there yet. I have Wild Rose but have a feeling I won't be able to resist this one either! Thanks for the helpful comparisons 🙂

  3. February 25, 2013 / 4:28 am

    It looks like it's leaning more on the pink side than towards lilac 🙁 – do you agree? If so I'll have to see it in person before I purchase. As always, thanks for the detailed review!!!

    • February 27, 2013 / 1:48 am

      Yes, it leans more pink, the lilac is subtle on this one.

  4. February 25, 2013 / 7:06 am

    Hi Sabrina,

    I really love the hue created by mixing all the bricks! It's not too pale and not too bright. I guess you could say it's just right!

  5. February 25, 2013 / 10:47 am

    Wow, BB really does it right with their shimmer bricks. Amazingly pretty! I'm not too sure if this shade works with my skin tone but it looks great for paler skinned girls! ^^

  6. February 25, 2013 / 2:46 pm

    I have the bronze one and I love it! 😀

  7. February 25, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    I just had to comment – I know there has always been a lot of discussion about these Shimmer Bricks. I believe I tried one at one time, since I figured there had to be something special about them, considering all of the hype. The only thing I remember is that I absolutely hated it – probably gave it away. I like blush – cream, powder, all types – but this highlighter/blush didn't impress me at all.

  8. Candice
    February 25, 2013 / 3:55 pm

    Beautfiul colors!

  9. February 25, 2013 / 6:19 pm

    the colors are beautiful! but i'm totally clueless on how to use them… are you suppose to blend them together and apply with a blush brush? or use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and use them individually? thanks!


    • February 27, 2013 / 1:51 am

      You can use individual shades on the eyes or swirl all the colors together and apply on eyes or face as a highlighter. Any brush for blushes will do. I think bobbi brown has some options that are loose fluffy brushes too that are good for highlighting but haven't looked at her brushes for a while, check out her website, it's very helpful 🙂

  10. February 25, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Now that looks so beautiful!!!! Thank you so much for swatching this gorgeous SB and the comparisings!

  11. February 26, 2013 / 3:41 am

    This is very pretty – wondering if you know of a dupe of the gold strip?

  12. February 26, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    Thanks for the great swatches and comparisons! I have both Wild Rose and Platinum Pink, but I'm still tempted by Lilac Rose. It's good to know it's probably too pale to work as a blush though.

  13. February 27, 2013 / 12:46 am

    Pretty! I actually don't own any Shimmer Bricks! I was contemplating getting the beige one for a while but now, I have so many beige highlighters I'm ready to start playing with some other shades 😛

  14. Monica GL
    February 27, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    Oooh this is sooo pretty!! and your photos are awsome too. Do you think this is very similar to that pink blush just recently released by Estee Lauder? (Tease iluminating gelee blush I think is the name…)

  15. February 28, 2013 / 5:56 am

    I can't say I'm dying to try this… even though it's not as frosty on the face, it's still a bit much for me, I don't think I'd get much wear from it. But it is lovely looking!

  16. February 28, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    Pretty pink! I don't see much of lilac but I guess it's more for brightening effect than the color. Love BB shimmer bricks.

  17. March 2, 2013 / 12:18 am

    Omg totally in love with this post, love all the shimmery goodness!

  18. March 3, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I been waiting to decide whether or not I should get this new shimmer brick, but now I think I have to get it! the colors are so perfect for spring and I love adding any color to my cheeks to give them a little rosy look:)

  19. March 3, 2013 / 8:36 pm

    I loved this Shimmer brick the most. Its cool toned yet wearable and the lilac tone is gorgeous and a fresh take on Bobbi's rosy tones…Although I wonder how would it translate on olive tones..

  20. March 4, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    This brick looks very pretty. Although, as I've gotten older I do try to avoid frosty colors. I'm glad to hear that you said it doesn't look as frosty on the face, but I would still be a little concerned with my older skin 🙂