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Thursday, 9 August 2012

17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick gold bronze pink bronze review swatch photo

gold bronze shimmer brick, lightest colour on lid, third in crease and darkest on lower lash line

17 Shimmer Brick in Gold Bronze and Pink Bronze: Boots (£4.99)

Shimmer Brick Dupe?

The 17 Shimmer Bricks are basically the drugstore's answer to the the infamous Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick. The 17 Shimmer Bricks have four stripes of varying shades of pink or gold which can be used individually or swirled together to create one tone. On the face the 17 Shimmer Bricks give a soft glow that doesnt emphasise pores or look ridiculously shimmery. I was concerned about the ammount of shimmer that was in this product as when swatching it looks very heavy but when applied with a brush you don't pick up as many glitter particles and it applies alot more subtle than a finger swatch.

You could use the Golden Bronze as a all over bronze or just to enhance your cheekbones. I prefer using this on the eyes. Gold Bronze as it's a perfect mix of warm bronzy shades that suit my eye colour so if your like me with bluey green eyes it's absolutely gorgeous and I highly recommend it. I as eyehsadows they are easy to blend and are fairly pigmented. I wouldn't say its particularly long wearing, because the powder is so soft and shimmery it does give a slight fall out and a tendency to wear off through the day, but I don't personally use primer as I find it a bit unncesscery. But Im sure they would work better on the lids with one!

Overall this is a good multi purpose product that would be great for travelling. I took mine away with me on holiday and I got a fair ammount of use out of them both as they doubled up as a highlighter or bronzer and as a eyeshadow palette. I personally prefer the Golden Bronze to the Pink bronze as its more suited to my skin tone, but I think this would be a lovely product for a range of skin tones from pale to dark. Where as I think the Pink Bronze might look to ashy on darker tones or not show up too well on medium skin tones like mine.


  1. You're gorgeous!! what is in your lip in the first picture?

  2. Oooh I hadn't thought about how handy this would be for travelling - I've always just used the HD Brows palette as eyeshadows, but this looks so gorgeous! Love what you're wearing on your lips by the way, are they two separate colours?

    1. yeah they are perfect! top one is illamasqua androgen and the bottom is by terry dance floor flirt

  3. I like how they are versatile. I would have never thought of using them like that.

    I like the look of them but I don't think I would be rushing out to add it to my vast make up collection.

  4. I think your eyeshadow looks great in the pictures! I even commented on your recent "By Terry" lipstuff post how I really liked your eyemakeup. :)
    Love, Lenna

  5. The lip color you had in the first picture is gorgeous! What is it?

  6. this looks gorgeous on you! what blush are you wearing? it looks different to your other photo's.. really nice though! :)

  7. I like the idea of using this on your eyes! Thanks for sharing :)

    xx Veronica

  8. I've been thinking about getting this for a while. You've convinced me!

  9. Ive seen this in boots. it looks lovely . besutiful girl x

  10. I really like your eye make up! What blusher are you wearing in these photos? It looks amazing.


  11. I'd really like to try the pink one. I'm always put off my 17 make up as i assume it won't last very long during the day!

    Might have to give this a try though! :)

  12. These look lush, I might have to go and swatch them next time I'm in Boots because they seem like a bargain! The Body Shop also do a similar thing which is the Shimmer Waves bricks for £16 which are really pretty :)

  13. I might try the gold one, sounds like a really good product xx

  14. Totally agree with this review...I got this free a while ago as part of a deal 17 were running and I love it! I use it on my eyes as well as my cheeks too and find it's especially good as an eyeshadow for nights out :) x

  15. Totally agree with this review...I got this free a while ago as part of a deal 17 were running and I love it! I use it on my eyes as well as my cheeks too and find it's especially good as an eyeshadow for nights out :) x

  16. i have a couple of bits from this collection but not this so i might go check it out soon xx

  17. I have both of these products and I really like the pink bronze one. I find that it adds a really natural shimmer and just makes me look a lot healthier!

  18. I love the Pink Bronze right now it's perfect for my pale skin
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