REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream

Recently, I was gifted the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream, and I was excited to try it since it’s been highly raved with positive reviews. Because I’m so picky about skincare products in general, what I will say about this product won’t necessarily mean it’s not a good product.

This cream is described as a “rich yet lightweight formula [that] instantly hydrates and steadily releases moisture, skin conditioners and nutrients throughout the day.” While there are multiple formulas in Bobbi Brown’s range, I believe the face cream in its original form caters to those with normal, normal to dry, and drier skin types. The cream promises that skin will be smoothed and plumped, and is recommended by Bobbi Brown’s makeup artists to apply before makeup to ensure its longevity and freshness. A “long-lasting cushion of humectants and hydrating ingredients [with] Algae Extracts moisturize and conditions skin.” Also included is caffeine, which has been a popular skincare ingredient to soothe skin.


The cream is thick but applies thin, so it is easily absorbed into the skin and dries down pretty matte. My skin felt comfortable and moisturized, but there was a slick feeling of product on my skin afterwards — kind of like a film type texture. My skin felt nice and well hydrated all day, but I didn’t notice any visible improvements in the longevity of my makeup. In general, makeup tends to adhere better to well-moisturized skin — so, I’m more inclined to believe that any moisturizer that you’re comfortable with can do the job. A little bit goes a long ways; the product feels breathable — meaning that my skin didn’t feel heavy or oily with the product.

For my particular skin type, even though I’m fairly normal, I felt that this cream was a bit much for day time use. To be fair, there is a Hydrating Gel Cream as well, so that might’ve been a better match for me.


Overall, this functioned like a regular moisturizer for me and it didn’t appear to be anything special. Because of that and for the price, I don’t recommend it since there’s other viable options out there. I felt that after a few days of use, my skin was just regular since the cream didn’t do anything spectacular; however, I did notice some congestion in my cheeks — which was odd since I don’t ever have issues with congested skin on my cheeks. When I stopped using the cream, the congestion went away on its own. I can’t confirm and say that this product caused me “to break out,” but I didn’t like the results nonetheless.

I think if you’re just looking for a good moisturizer, there’s plenty of options out there. I would recommend the Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over Hydrating Gel Moisturizer as a great, budget-friendly option; and, a great “high end” option I would recommend is the Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream With Super 7 Complex. Moisturizers and creams are entirely personal and it’s important to address your skin care concerns. Unfortunately, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Cream wasn’t special enough to warrant to the high price tag.

Made in the UK.
Retails for $56.00 USD.
Product contains 1.7 oz./ 50 ml.


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