Saturday 24 March 2012

17 Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

I had a look around Boots the other day to hunt down the Revlon Lip Butters & Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows. I managed to get my hands on three of the eyeshadows but sadly theres no lip butters to be seen anywhere in Huddersfield yet. While I was there I spotted this gorgeous new shimmer brick by 17. I know lots of other brands do these kind of products such as Bobbi Brown & MeMeMe but this one struck me as something special because when I swatched it on my hand it appeared to be a very good dupe for my beloved Dior Amber Diamond. The product comes in two shades - Gold Bronze & Pink Bronze. I actually own the pink Bobbi Brown one as well and the 17 one seems to impart an even nicer shimmer than that does. As you can see when you blend all the colours along the strip together they both give a nice golden sheen. Its only when you swatch the shades individually that theres any real difference. The 17 one is ever so slightly darker but if you're pale like me then just stick to the lighter colours. I only use the light colours in Dior Amber Diamond anyway so theres really not much difference.

On my face the product definitely doesn't disappoint. The glow it gives is very shimmery which I love and it doesn't emphasise my pores as other cheap highlighting powders can do. Its very buildable without looking cakey and could also be used lightly all over the face. In the picture above I used it on the top of my cheekbones, underneath my eyebrows, down my nose, in the inner corners of my eyes and on my cupid's bow. I think it looks really nice on my skin, just as lovely as Dior Amber Diamond does. This shimmer brick only costs £4.99 from Boots and is currently on 3 for 2 so its a real bargain. Definitely a lot easier on the purse strings than the 30 odd quid the Dior powder sells for. Infact I believe I heard that Dior have now discontinued their two diamond powders so that makes this purchase even more worthwhile.


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  2. This look really nice, I really want to try it out. x

  3. I saw this the other day in boots and tried it out, it was really nice :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

  4. I love these sorts of shimmer blusher/bronzer hybrids, so pretty! Might check the pink one out :) xxx

  5. I've been wanting to get that Dior one for ages, but the price is certainly a little bit discouraging! This looks like a lovely alternative, looks beautiful on your cheeks :)

  6. I bought the 17 brick as a (much cheaper) alternative to the Bobbi Brown shimmer brick when mine ran out. I've only had it a couple of weeks and I love it already! The shimmer it gives doesn't look cheap like some 'drugstore' brands can. I think it's definitely equal, if not better, than my old Bobbi Brown one!
    Lovely post :) sorry for the essay haha x