Bobbi Brown Sandstone Shimmer Brick…with Shoes and Shorts Thrown in for Good Measure

Above: Behold!  The Bobbi Brown LE Shimmer Brick in Sandstone…luxurious on every level.
Sometimes, three seemingly unrelated items work together in such aethetic harmony that it mandates a blog post.  In this case, the trio I speak of involves the gorgeous Limited Edition Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Sandstone, a marvelous pair of Rag + Bone booties and timeless suede shorts.  
Kindly scroll on for details on all three as well as the Bottom Line…

bobbi brown shimmer brick sandstone swatches
Above: I cannot get over the beauty of this compact.
Freshly released, this stunning compact (I simply cannot get over the glossy, smoky effect of the packaging…so chic) houses a lavish combination of soft beige, bronze and brown tones to effectively contour, add warmth and deliver radiance to the face with a single product.  The shimmer is restrained and the color payoff of each strip is remarkable…this is my first Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick and I am beyond impressed by its performance!
bobbi brown shimmer brick sandstone swatches
Above: A closeup with a flash.
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:

This shimmering, brush-on powder creates a soft natural-looking glow.

Works well with pink, neutral and peach blush shades, perfect for the woman who wants a hint of shimmer with her cheek color. Handmade in Italy, this compact features superfine pigments that reflect radiance and light.

Sweep the Face Blender Brush (sold separately) through all five shades of the Shimmer Brick Compact and dust lightly on cheekbones after Blush. Focus on applying shimmer on the top of cheekbones, where light naturally hits the face, for the most flattering look.

bobbi brown shimmer brick sandstone swatches
Above: A closeup without a flash.
The shades themselves (as exemplified by the swatches below) are fairly neutral, making this particular Shimmer Brick a viable option for a spectrum of skin tones.  There is a:
  • Soft and pearly cream (great for highlighting the brown bones, cupid’s bow and inner eye area)
  • Neutral pale champagne (perfect for adding illumination to the upper cheek bones and down the bridge of the nose)
  • Golden medium bronze (excellent for warming up the cheeks, bronzer style)
  • Light rose gold beige (lovely to add extra dimension to the cheeks…also wonderful as a subtle, neutral blush)
  • Warm and rusty bronze (this has enough red to look completely natural and acts well as a true contour shade)
bobbi brown shimmer brick sandstone swatches
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
bobbi brown shimmer brick sandstone swatches
Above: Swatches with a flash.
Product Breakdown:

Below: The following images reflect the product breakdown above and especially feature the loveliness that is the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Sandstone

And then, there are the SHOES! I spotted this utilitarian pair of Rag + Bone Noelle booties (also available at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, FarFetch and Barney’s NY) or should I say shooties, last week during a trip to Nordstrom with my mom.  Despite their investment-level price tag, I knew I could justify their procurement because they are boundlessly wearable.  They have a sturdy 3 1/2 inch heel that yeilds hours of standing time, making them perfect for long days of lecturing or running errands.  With zippers on both sides of the ankle, these slip on and off with ease and the pliable leather ensured that I didn’t even need a “break in” period.  On the off chance that I haven’t been effusive enough in my description, I. Love. These. Shoes.
Above: The Rag + Bone Noelle has a sensible 3 1/2 inch heel
Above: Two zippers, leather soles and a wonderful slope (mitigated by a 1/2 inch inner platform) add to the comfort of this modern classic.
I instantly thought to couple these booties with one of my favorite pairs of shorts: the neutral, olive-toned Kate Moss for Topshop Suede Runner Shorts…currently on sale for half off!  The ultra soft leather with lacing detail and superb slash pockets have made this pair a staple for me this summer and the respectable length and fit and flare styling will effortlessly take me through fall. 
kate moss topshop suede runner shorts
Above: Lacing detailing…so good.
rag and bone noelle booties kate moss topshop suede runner shorts
Above: The shorts in action.
rag and bone noelle booties
Above: Welcome home, Noelle booties.
Bottom Line: Three divine products…worn together, they create a synergistic response, worn separately, they serve as bona fide staples in my beauty and wardrobe rotation.  The Bobbi Brown LE Shimmer Brick in Sandstone, Rag + Bone Noelle booties and Tophop Suede Runner Shorts are collectively, highly recommended! 

What are some of YOUR synergistic staples?

I hope your week is going well…next up, a profile of a new Asian beauty product-inspired subscription box and a few foundation reviews!


–The Beauty Professor
**PR sample  provided for review (the rest bought by me) however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  

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Comments (12)

  • Sabrina Reply

    BEYOND gorgeous! Sandstone has this amazing bronzey like glow on you. I have the original release from years ago.

    August 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Sabrina! I so appreciate the kind words! I had heard marvelous things about Sandstone and am glad I finally got the chance to try it.

      Happy weekend…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      August 22, 2014 at 10:16 pm
  • Gregorian Reply

    Beautiful Shimmerbrick, I don't have this one but I NEED it. I love your booties too! "Synergistic staple"–I like that–when in doubt, for me, a grey cotton Tshirt, loads of mascara and a pair of gold hoop earrings saves the day!!

    August 21, 2014 at 9:22 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Isn't it so pretty, Gregorian?! Yes, you need it, indeed! I love your synergistic staple combination as well…classic and gorgeous.

      Have a great weekend…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      August 22, 2014 at 10:17 pm
  • Shireen L. Platt Reply

    I must get my hands on this shimmer bricks, I think it would suits my skin tone. And how gorgeous is your shoes, I really like it!

    Reflection of Sanity

    August 22, 2014 at 12:34 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Yes, Shireen! I think it would be lovely on you! Thanks for the sweet words about my shoes…so perfect for work!


      –The Beauty Professor

      August 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    I recently rediscovered my love for the Shimmer Bricks. So this new one will be mine as soon it will be released here in Germany 🙂
    Thank you for the swatches – they were helpful and perfect as always!
    I hope you have a great friday!
    xoxo Stephanie

    August 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Wonderful, Stephanie! Can't wait for you to get this in Germany!

      Thanks for the supportive words and I hope your weekend is lovely…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      August 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    This is one of my favorite fotd's you've done! So naturally pretty !!

    August 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you ever so much, Laura!

      I hope your week is off to a wonderful start…xx,

      –The Beauty Professor

      August 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm
  • Anonymous Reply

    great review and perfect swatches. Thanks for adding all those photos applied to your cheeks. you look gorgeous! pretty shoes too!

    September 24, 2014 at 11:12 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks so much for the sweet words!!


      –The Beauty Professor

      September 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm

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