Tony Moly Singapore recently sent me the range to review and I had the pleasure of swatching and test-driving them. According to Tony Moly, these compacts of striped colours are made with multi-coating terracotta technology (i.e. they are baked!) and contain pre-milled pigment for a pearlescent effect. I’m not sure what they mean by ‘pre-milled’ but that pearlescent effect the brand promises is certainly there – the finishes of these colour compacts range from softly shimmery to frosty. You are guaranteed of a flattering glow with all of them but you need a light hand with some of them. Interestingly, the palest shade in each palette (aside from the clearly pastel Pure Cocktail) has flashes of the main compact colour. I thought this was a nice touch, certainly preferable to the ubiquitous white.
These easy-to-use palettes can be a touch crumbly but they don’t break up easily, thankfully. In fact, the the pans look brand new once the colour dust is softly swept or blown away.
They come in black boxes printed with the Tony Moly logo in a multi-coloured sheen. The iridescence actually reminds me of the brand’s colourful signage at its Marina Square store.
The baked beauties are housed in these sleek black cases. They’re solid and thick but aren’t cubes; I’m not sure why they’re called that! Sturdy and well-made, they each have a drawer that contains a flat and wide blush/face brush. The brush picks up colour easily and surprised me with its softness.
Tony Moly Shimmer Lover Cube in 01 Pink has varying shades of pink and mauve. The sheerest of the five Shimmer Lover Cubes, it imparts a soft, flattering flush to the visage.
Tony Moly Shimmer Lover Cube in 02 Brown is great for a sun-kissed look, thanks to its coppery and bronzey hues. This is one of the more pigmented palettes, so gentle application is necessary.
Tony Moly Shimmer Lover Cube in 03 Pure Cocktail is the Tony Moly version of MAC Lightscapade, albeit a little stronger in tone. I love the combination of these pastel colours for subtle, neutral highlighting.
Tony Moly Shimmer Lover Cube in 04 Pinkholic is a palette of wearable pinks. I particularly love the last two strips of bubble-gum and rose pinks – they impart a sweet blush-flush to my skin.
Tony Moly Shimmer Lover Cube in 05 Gold is perfect for a golden glow; warm-toned skins will embrace the gorgeous golds!
* As a comparison, the Shimmer Lover Cubes are made in Korea, weigh 9 g and retail at S$49.90 in Singapore, while the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks are made in Italy, weigh about 10 g and retail at almost S$70 (I believe they’re S$67?) here.