Bobbi Brown Glow Stick
New to Bobbi Brown this summer are the Glow Sticks, they come in eight shades and three different finishes. I have the shade Nude Beach, which is described as a golden bronze in a shimmer finish. The packaging looks very similar to the stick foundations, and twist up just in the same fashion too.
These Highlighters are designed to be sheer, with a creamy, lightweight texture that gives a sunkissed glow to the skin and is said to last all day. Bobbi Brown did admit that she did not care for contouring and this product falls in line with the anti-contouring/highlighting trend, which focuses more on simple subtle skin look, rather than a full on made up look.
The emollient rich formula glides on and blends out effortlessly, for a natural looking sun kissed glow that is suitable for all skin types. It’s directed to be swiped on all the places where the sun naturally hits the face, so all the usually places you would highlight, tops of cheekbones, centre of nose, cupid's bow etc. The first ingredient is Petrolatum, it also contains Castor Seed Oil, Lanolin Oil and a Coconut Oil/Glycerin mixture, which is what most likely gives it it’s creamy, emollient texture.
I have used the Highlighter on a number of occasions when going for a natural everyday look, it’s extremely subtle and gives more of a lit from within sheen. This shade on me I would not describe as ‘sun kissed’, as it’s a very sheer formula it doesn't really add any colour to my skin tone, just a subtle sheen.
If you prefer your highlight super bold and in your face this is not the Highlighter for you, however you can amp it up by layering a powder highlighter over the top. I found this cream formula to layer nicely on top of my foundation even after I had set it with powder, but you have to tap the product into the skin with fingers, otherwise you will move the base underneath. I found this formula remains slightly tacky to the touch, but I do not make a habit of touching my face when I have makeup on, so found this was not a major issue for me.
The shimmer finish is very subtle and refined, no chunky bits of glitter in this, instead I would say it gives a natural sheen to the skin. Once I touch-up your makeup during the day I found the sheen was lost, especially since I have combination skin, my touch-up powders all focus on mattifying and I am not in the habit of reapplying my highlighter so not great for all day wear. I feel if you have a dry/normal skin type and don’t require mattifying powder to touch-up this maybe more suited to you, or you are just wearing makeup for short periods and want something to add a subtle glow. Oily skin ladies be very weary of this, I feel a powder formula would be much more suitable.
I feel the sheer payoff of this product lets it down, and since it’s not buildable, applying more does not resolve this issue. It’s great as a layering option, but for the price point I’m not sure anyone would want to buy it just for that. Also on my skintone I really wouldn’t describe this shade as ‘bronze’, and therefore it lacked the ability to give me that ‘sun kissed’ glow it promises. Even for myself who prefers a more subtle highlighter look, these are too subtle on my skin tone, it may be that an alternative shade would have performed better for me.
If you are after a super subtle, lit from within glow then The Glow Sticks are available now and retail for £26.00 for 9g.
For more information, please visit their website.