I have a number of different blushers that I tend to use to create different looks depending on the seasons and this is my favourite blusher for the middle of summer when my face is quite tanned. I tend to use it together with the Body Shop glow enhancer that I reviewed previously.
The shimmer waves include five different shades that can be used on the face and cheeks in one compact. You can use them together or individually to create a number of different looks.
The product comes in a small plastic compact that is see through so you can see the shades underneath it. It has an attached lid, which flips open and I have found it to be very sturdy as I tend to take it on holiday with me quite often and it has never broken while being knocked around in my suitcase.
The shimmer waves come in two different shades of compact - bronze and blush. I have the blush compact, which contains 5 pink colours graduating from quite a dark pink to white. All of the colours have a slight shimmer to them, which helps them glisten on your skin but is not too sparkly or over the top so they are still OK to wear in the daytime.
To use the product I tend to use a large blusher brush to collect product from the three darker colours in the compact and then sweep this over my cheekbones for a lovely pink sunny shimmer and glow. I then use the lighter colours to highlight the top of my cheekbones. You can also use the product to highlight other areas of your face and you can use each of the colors individually with an eyeshadow applicator as eyeshadow.
I love the shimmer this product gives to my face and I find that it lasts all day and makes me look really well and healthy. I also like the fact that the compact is so versatile and can be sued in so many different ways.
The shimmer waves cost £16 and I find that the compact lasts a good couple of years using it mainly over the summer. However there are nearly always sales and voucher deals on at the Body Shop so you can usually get it a lot cheaper.
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I bought two Body Shop 'Shimmer Waves' compacts quite a while ago now, as a stocking filler for each of my girls, they are the the same ones that are still available ours are 'Blush' shades, not the Bronze. I bought them at a time when I'd been hearing a lot of hype about Bobbi Brown's shimmer brick (again) and saw the Body Shop take on it advertised as a cheaper option that gave similar results.
Trying not to hint at how they performed too early but neither of my girls liked the product enough to keep it and I've ended up with two.
The packaging is simple, ergonomic and sturdy. I've dropped these little plastic cases a few times and they haven't chipped, the hinge hasn't come loose and they still snap shut with a solid click. So although not the fanciest packaging ten out of ten to it for longevity and ease of use.
The 5 colours are set out in a wave pattern. Which as well as being aesthetically pleasing may help to avoid patent issues with Bobbi Brown (perhaps). In the compact the shades look beautiful, a subtle glisten to each one, they are colours that I tend to like using on my face in general, pinks, peachy pinks and a shimmery white/ivory. Each of these colours can be used alone on the cheeks, eyes or anywhere else you choose to wear them, used sparingly as an all over shimmer with a large soft brush to give a 'lift' to the complexion, individually or in concert as an iridescent blusher/highlighter. There are only two colour palettes available in this product, the pinks that I have, and a bronzer..
How does it perform
Well..it's ok; I can't rave about it as I've tried many products that claim to do the same thing from different ends of the spectrum brand and price wise and they do it an awful lot better than this. However this isn't a terrible product either and I do have the added peace of mind knowing that it's not tested on animals.
The colour pay off is minimal and it takes a lot of work to get enough product onto the brush and then the skin before it makes any visible impact. The main characteristic of this shimmer is the shimmer as perhaps you might expect. However I did think that the colours would be nicely pigmented but in my opinion the colour is secondary to the way the product interacts with light. The shimmer isn't a sparkly glittery look, it's more of a subtle shimmery shine. When a brush is swirled (quite firmly, or many times) over the block the colours do seem to work together to give a nice subtle wash of colour.
On my skin I feel that the product is too shimmery for general use as an eye product, as although my eyes aren't wrinkly yet the texture of the skin (obviously) isn't as taut as that of a teenager and the shimmer doesn't 'like' this. Having said that I do occasionally use the shimmers on my eyes, the peach shimmers show up best, and the pinks (even the darkest) make nice highlighters. When I use it on my cheeks I tend to only use it high up as a highlighter, and it looks quite nice used in this way. You could also used this on your body to achieve a nice subtle glow/sheen, for example on the shoulders and or collar bone.
In most products where the pigmentation is low there is a certain level of buildability, I don't find that with this product, what you get is what you get. If you try and layer it up the the effect is worse than if you just accepted the subtlety of the look. My comments so far might make you think that I like unsubtle in your face looks, but the exact opposite of that is the case, I'm all for subtlety in make up so for me to think this is a bit over subtle is quite a statement to (in my opinion) the wishy-washiness of this product.
Having said that the shimmer doesn't particularly suit my skin I should point out that I do use other shimmer products on my eyes and elsewhere very successfully (for example the ones in the Benefit kit 'Big Beautiful Eyes') it's just this Body Shop one that is a bit of a no no for me.
Longevity is pretty good on the skin once you manage to get some onto it, and there's no real 'fall out'. I still have some shimmer to my skin at the end of a working day, but would probably top up a little if I was going somewhere straight from work..
The thing I don't like about this block is that the colours are so 'hard' and quite 'dry', there is no softness or velvety texture to them at all. This works in their favour in the way the product doesn't get all dusty in use, so the 'compact' stays relatively clean with minimal attention, and the product lasts and lasts, we've had ours nearly two years and there's not a dent in it yet. Personally I'd prefer a messy compact and an easy to apply product.
This product is a lovely idea, and isn't bad but for me it's certainly not a must have make up bag staple. It gives a nice day time shimmer but I own other products that cost half the price and give a nicer (still subtle) look. I'm pretty sure the ones I own will go off, get lost, or be thrown away before a dent is even made in the product.
I think this item would be best suit young people with taut skin, which isn't very dry.
I was shocked to see this (at time of writing) costs £16.50, I'm pretty sure I didn't pay nearly that much for it when I bought it - though I did have a discount card, and it may have been as part of some kind of offer. Personally I think this is extortionate for what the product does, but on the other hand it could be seen as good value if you love it, taking into consideration how long it lasts.
i bought the body shop shimmer waves because my friend had it and said it was an amazing bronzer.It cost me £16 which i thought was pretty expensive but i was reasoned that if it was good quality and going to last a long time then it would be worth it in the long run.
I found it to be a really useful part of my make up kit, in that you could use it solely as a bronzer, or also as eye colour or an all over glow.
I found it easy to apply and you dont need much to get the required affect. Id also advise getting a professional blusher brush as after using it with a cheap brush i found it to work alot better and easier when using the better quality brush.
After about a week, i opened my make up bag to find that my shimmer waves had broken and separated into ten different dusty segments! I was gutted and took it back to the shop where they replaced it straight away and said it must have been dropped or something. I was disappointed though because my friend has had hers for over a year and it has never done that.
With my new one i was so much more careful but still, after about a month it did the same thing. i have carefully pushed the pieces back together again and rubbed over them with a finger to make sure they stay put for at least a while anyway!
i also found that for people like me that have rather fair skin, the really dark red/brown section of the bronzer is a bit too dark.I think maybe they should have made 2 different shades for lighter and darker skins.
Overall, i think it does its job as a really nice colour bronzer and is good quality make up. but its a bit expensive especially when it keeps breaking and i wouldnt have payed that much if i knew.i'd have rather bought a cheaper one that did its job as long as it wasnt falling to pieces after a few weeks.So if your looking for quality make up thats durable i wouldnt recommend it.
How could you not be attracted to the Body Shop Shimmer Waves compact! It comes in a small square clear compact which opens easy to reveal gorgrous waves of shummering colour for face and eyes.
What is it?
Shimmer waves are waves of complimentary colours to be used mainly on your face and cheek bones, but can be used to highlight other areas such as your eyes.
It comes in 2 different colours. 01 is Bronze and contains more golden and brown shades similar to a bronzer. 02 is Blush and is more peachy and pink tones.
How to use
I would use a blisher or big headed make-up brush and sweep across all the colours then apply to your cheek bones.
If going on a night out I often sweep just the darker colours to make my cheek cones really stand out. I often use an eye shadow make-up brush and use the light white colour from the 02 Blush colour compact and sweep along the top of my eyes towards my brow to make it stand out.
If I want a natural look I sweep some of the colours onto my eye lids. It looks natural but was a slight iridescent sparkle to it.
Basically use however and wherever you want. All the colours compliment each other so you can use all of them together or chose a few shades. Best suited on cheek bones and eye area.
Why is it special?
It contains Marula Oil which is very moisturising. This means it won't dry your skin so it won't look cakey on your face. It also helps to prevent it going into creases in your skin.
Each compact costs £15.65 (Love your body members get 10% off, see my other review for full details) and is 8.5g in size, which is a typical size. It will last for ages.
I loved the 2 colour options. I find 01 is better for tanned or darker skin and 02 for paler or natural looking lighter complexions. I like how it has an iridescent sparkle to it so you get a nice but natural glow. It is easy to apply, use and wear and is so versatile. It isn't tested on animals either. A little expensive but lasts ages.
I bought this from a Body Shop party - where I partly felt obliged to buy
something. The colours looked really nice and summery, and I liked the fact that it was a multi-use product; you can use it on your eyes, to highlight your cheeks or like a bronzer on your shoulders.
It contains a few summery colours - bronzes and gold's - and I thought I
would be able to use each of them individually for nice eye shadow shading or together as a bronzer. Unfortunately, I couldn't.
I find the product really difficult to apply - mainly because its so tough
that its difficult to get any on to your eyeshadow brush. You really have
to rub the brush over the colours really hard to get it to transfer, which
can easily damage the brush.
If you apply it with your fingers then it does transfer a lot easier - but
that means that you cant be very defined or precise with your application.
However, it does make your eyes look really pretty in a smudged effect kind of way!! Using your finger you can also use it as a nice highlighter over your cheekbones, giving you a nice sunkissed look.
Unfortunately, that isn't what I bought it for and it means I feel quite
limited in its uses.
At £14, it is quite expensive - which can be disappointing when it doesn't
do what you hoped it would.
Don't buy this if your looking for a nice eyeshadow pallet - it doesn't
really work as individual eyeshadows, and as a smudgy highlighter - its
quite expensive. Im certain you can find cheaper products around that would do the same job!!!
I bought this bronzer from The Body Shop in Stafford a few months back. I really went in to get some lip balm, but came out with this because I thought it looked really nice and to be honest I was a little tempted by Staff. So, this product is shimmer waves and it is used to make your face look that little bit bronzed and refreshed.
The shade of this is obviously bronze and it has 5 different tones which create a great effect on your face. It is quite expensive because it is £15.00 for this alone but I can say it is excellent quality and it has lasted me until now and I still cannot see that it has gone down since I brought it.
To apply, which I do every day, I use a bronzing brush, sweep it over the powder and then I blow it and apply it in a circular motion over my cheek bone. I have been doing this for years so people may have a different method to me, but this is the way that I find makes me look good.
After using this product for a few months, I felt loyal to it and when it runs out I will get the same again. The quality is excellent and as with all other Body Shop Products, they do not test on animals which is great to hear.
This comes in a little plastic case with a flip lid and weighs around 8.5g. It has a use by date of 36 months so this really tells you how long this can last. It is made in Italy and is colour code number one.
The reasons why I like this so much is because in the past, some bronzers have made my cheeks go quite blotchy but this one is perfect.
The only bad point with this is that it is quite expensive but it will last you a long time. 5/5 from me.
This isn't the type of product I'd typically have bought, but after attending a Body Shop party (where the products are demonstrated and used on the host), I decided to buy a pallet of Shimmer Waves because it seemed like a very versatile product that could be used on the eyes, face, lips and shoulders.
*** Price and availability ***
Shimmer Waves come in two shades - blush and bronze. Each pallet is available at The Body Shop and they cost £16, which might seem like a lot of money, but they do last a long time and the waves can be used in a variety of ways.
*** Getting the best results ***
Personally I have used both blush and bronze pallets and I get much more use out of blush - it seems to highlight my fair skin perfectly, but I find the bronze pallet is a little less versatile. So if you have fair skin then invest in the blush waves.
The best thing about Shimmer Waves is that the pallet of waves can be used in a number of ways.
BRONZER: You can apply this product with a face brush to create a bronzed look. You run your brush over the wave of pigments and then apply it to create a natural glow. However if you have fair skin make sure that you don't use the bronze shimmer waves in this way unless you have a tan because you might look a little orange once it has been applied.
EYES: You can use it on your eyes by applying it with an eyeshadow brush. This is great because you can create around five different eye shadow colours with each pallet and the shades are all really natural. Also, the colours can easy to blend and layered so you can create an eyeshadow that will last throughout the day and is complex in pigment.
HIGHLIGHTER: This product can be used to accentuate certain areas of the face, like the cheek bones and the eye sockets. I usually apply it as a highlighter once my other makeup has been applied because at this stage I can see which areas of my face need accentuating.
LIPS: you can mix is it Vaseline to create a lip colour that ties in with your eye shadow and completes your natural look.
*** Overall ***
I am not very good at applying makeup, but this product is very easy to use - it's easy to create professional makeup effects and I absolutely love it!
Your Shimmer Wave pallet will last you a long time so at £16.00 its great value.
The only negative point about this product is that it doesn't come with any brushes. To make the most out of the waves you will need to invest in blusher and eyeshadow brushes. Obviously investing in two makeup brushes could work out expense, but it's well worth owning good makeup brushes and you'll be able to use them when applying other products too.
Personally, if I go away on holiday this is the only product I use (along with a good mascara) because you can create a natural, bronzed, summer look really easily.
If you're looking for a bronzer / highlighter / eyeshadow, then buy this product, you won't be disappointed with the looks you can create.
I highly recommend this product. Five stars.
I have very pale skin and without a bit of colour I can look like a ghost. I find that some fake tans make me look orange, bronzers make me look a strange colour of yellow (yes! yellow!). I have tried many products in the past and have always resorted to being white. I don't tan well, I burn.
Until I tried this product, the days of having a fake looking colour are over. The Shimmer waves have sorted out that little problem. The palette comes in five colours bulit into waves. I use a blusher brush to sweep across the five colours. The effect is that I have a natural looking bronzed look, which I have been searching for all this time.
I love the colours, but the best thing is you can take this on holiday and double it up as eyeshadow. The palette itself last ages and gives great results. Another fab product from the Body Shop. Genuis.
I bought this product because i thought it looked similar to the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks - which are much more expensive than this body shop version. I also like shimmery make up. Well I bought it around 18 months ago, and have used it everyday since. The list of things that you can do with this combination is endless. Mostly I use it for eyeshadow - you can pick one colour, mix them up to create your own colour, or use the different colours for different areas such as the dark brown on the eyelid and the pink on the browbone etc etc. Sometimes I run a blusher brush over the whole surface and use it as a shimmery, bronzing blusher. You can also use just the paler brown and pinky colour as a highlighter on your cheek bones. The darker brown colour I find is an ideal shade for day wear on the eyelids, and for going out in the evening I use the pinky shade along the brow bone and under the eye to enhance smoky eyes.
I can't really think of any downsides. The only thing I can think of is the fact that the colours get smudged together if you like to mix them up but if you run a blusher brush over the whole thing it comes up good a new. (That's a good tip for all compacts like this when they get a bit messy). I paid £14 for this, which I thought was pricey at the time, however, I have been using it everyday for around 18 months and it shows no sign of running out. I use it everyday somewhere on my face every day and it has become one of my staples, a make up bag essential.
I first noticed this product on the Body Shop website where I was looking for a new blusher. I was attracted to Shimmer Waves over the other blushers available due to the fact that I wanted a blusher that made my skin glow rather than a blusher that just lies flat on the skin. I have very pale skin and so decided upon the Blush colour (which is a collection of pink shades) over the alternative colour (which is a collection of bronze shades as shown in the picture above).
To apply Shimmer Waves you require a face and body dusting brush which you sweep over all of the colours on the pallet and apply to your cheekbones. The first time I applied it I noticed that although it did not add much colour to my cheeks it did add a shimmery look making my skin look brighter and healthier. Since then I've been using a creme blusher underneath and applying Shimmer Waves over the top which makes my skin look brighter but still adding some colour.
Shimmer waves also doubles up as an eye shadow pallet where you can use the individual colours as eyeshadows. To make the colours stand out brighter on your eyes you apply the colour with a damp brush rather than a dry one.
I highly recommend Body Shop products due to the fact that they are against animal testing and their customer service via their website is fantastic. They have free delivery when you spend a certain amount and now and again they offer free gifts which is a bonus!
A couple of weeks ago I popped in to The Body Shop in Bath, as I needed a new hairbrush. The thing is whenever I go in, I never come out just with what I intended to buy. I had been considering buying either the Shimmer Cube or the Shimmer Waves but had not decided so had a look and still couldn't make up my mind so I was going to leave it but I just couldn't!
One of the shop assistants asked me if I needed any help and I explained my predicament. She said they were both really easy to use and were great colours and the looks they could achieve were brilliant and that she had bought both in the end! I was determined not to do that!
In the end the fact that Shimmer Waves can be used as a bronzer as well as eye shadow won the day! Not only that but you get five colours instead of just four in the Shimmer Cube. Also the colours and slightly lighter so in my opinion more wearable.
Both were the same price, £15, which is not exactly cheap, is it! That said some of the designer makeup ranges would charge a lot more than that.
Well I treated myself which I sound like I do a lot of from my other reviews but I don't, honest.
The Shimmer Waves comes in a small plastic holder (7x7x1.5cms) with a lid, which flips up, I have found this a good place to lean my mirror against while applying it. The packaging is all clear so you can see the product. There is just the Body Shop logo on the lid, "Shimmer Waves" with the same in French. An eye symbol and face symbol to show where they can be used. The label on the back/bottom shows the same as the lid and also the shade, bar code, made in Italy, 8.5g, recyclable symbol and use within 36 months of opening symbol.
The Shimmer Waves come in two shade varieties Blush, an assortment of pink shades with a white highlighter, the other option Bronze (this is the example shown in the picture above) is the shade I chose. It has an antique pink, dark gold, deep copper, chocolate brown and a cream highlighter. All the shades are very shimmery, as the name would suggest. The fact they are not matte means they are suitable for more mature skins as well as younger ones. The pearl pigments help to disguise any wrinkles.
Applying Shimmer Waves as a bronzer/blusher is as simple as any other product for this use, sweep a large brush over and dust onto the areas you would like it on. It really does look great you don't need much but it can be used to look very subtle and natural.
Using Shimmer Waves on your eyes is also very easy. It can be used with your finger, a sponge applicator or a brush. I always use a brush and think that this is the best way if you want to blend two or more colours together in order to create another shade entirely. Mixing the highlighter, chocolate and copper you get a great brown or the highlighter and chocolate (which is my preferred way of wearing it for during the day) gives a dark creamy beige. The possibilities are endless. At the moment I am wearing the gold, highlighter and copper mixed together which has made a lovely shade of warm peach.
If you want a stronger more striking colour then you can use a damp brush to apply the powder which can then also be used as an eyeliner.
At the end of the day the coverage and look of the shadow on my eyes is just about the same as when I put it on in the morning, well providing I haven't been rubbing my eyes obviously. So it really does last all day giving me confidence that I don't need to do any touch ups. It also does not crease like some eye shadows can.
Taking this off at night is very easy and no hassle at all, any eye make up remover will do the trick without any need for harsh rubbing.
This will last a very long time I think, as after using it almost daily (which is rather unusual for me but the last few weeks have not been usual) there is hardly any sign that it has been used at all.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone! It is very versatile, blends really well, saves room in your make up bag by doing two jobs rather than just the one, isn't tested on animals, can make a multitude of shades from mixing them together and wears really well. What more could you want!
*****Over a year on*****
I wrote this review a long time ago and I still love this product and use it regularly. I also own a shimmer cube now and still can't decide which product is better I love them both! If I was only to own one again I would probably make the same choice as it is so versatile.
The colours have lasted so well, some people would say that you shouldn't keep make up products for so long but as long as the brush or applicators you use are washed regularly then they should be fine.
The sections of colour aren't as well defined as when I bought it first but you don't expect something to remain looking new do you, it still works just as well regardless!
Now for the boring part.
The Body Shop is well known for not testing its products or the ingredients that go into making their products on animals. They also do their own version of fair trade which they call community trade where they pay fair prices for their ingredients and help villages so there is a better way of life for their inhabitants. All their makeup products contain Marula oil, this being no exception. On the website it says -
Community Trade Information
Marula oil comes from the marula tree, native to Southern Africa. The oil is rich in oleic acid, essential to the maintenance of healthy-looking skin. The Body Shop trades with the Eudafano Womens Cooperative in northern Namibia, which helps women in rural communities who have very few opportunities to earn money. The trade with our company has helped more than 750 women and their families to benefit from this traditional, yet underutilized natural resource.
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Shimmer Waves can be swept together for an all over glow, or use individually to accent particular areas, making it the ultimate in compact colour!