REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15

I’m back on the mineral makeup band wagon and am taking a mini break from liquid foundations as of late. I’m not entirely sure what started this for me, except for that I’ve been feeling quite lazy with various makeup trends. A few months ago, I finished using up the Laura Mercier mineral powder and I decided not to re-purchase. It wasn’t because I didn’t like the product – which I did, and wrote a positive review for it – but I wanted to try something new.

So far, in my experience with mineral makeup, I’ve tried the Bare Minerals mineral foundation and the Laura Mercier mineral makeup; and now, I’m trying the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup

What I’ve always liked about mineral makeup is that it’s easy to use and provides a natural finish. In the past, I’ve had issues with allergic reactions or okay-coverage; however, I didn’t expect much in mineral foundations because I’ve always relied on liquid anyway. Recently, I visted the CCO and noticed there was a big Bobbi Brown station which intrigued me. Many of Bobbi’s foundation were available at the CCO for $10-$15 off. Unfortunately, all the shades were quite light and it seemed that medium to dark shades were not available, which is total bummer.

“Bobbi’s groundbreaking mineral makeup is made of specially-selected mineral powders to instantly even out skin and diminish the look of imperfections. The result is a natural finish that never looks masky or overly made up. The super-fine powders in this formula are triple treated with glycerin, vitamins and skin softeners, and wear extenders. Smooth and silky, it glides on with a weightless feel and helps improve skin’s appearance.”

My complaint is mainly regarding the packaging, which in my opinion, is a little “outdated” since all the other brands have designed a snap-closure mechanism to trap the powder in. Without being able to adjust the amount of product released, this can get messy even if you never travel with it. The thin plastic container doesn’t necessarily scream luxury, and I would most definitely give the packaging award to the Laura Mercier mineral foundation instead. I’ve cut only half the seal off to control and product.

According to the box: “Weightless loose powder foundation lets skin’s natural luminosity show through as it delivers a perfectly polished look. An exclusive vitamin and mineral blend helps condition and protect skin against future damage.”

This is a great mineral powder, but only if you already have decent skin. The powder is fluffy and light and blends wonderfully onto the skin. It leaves no residual trace of powdery-ness and wears well – and, by that, I mean that it’s great at controlling oil without looking flat. For the most part, I’d say the finish is semi-matte and the coverage is light-medium. The color I chose for myself is Extra Light. According to Bobbi’s color chart on her webiste, since I wear Warm Ivory 1 or Sand 2 in her regular foundation, I fit into the “Extra Light” category. It’s a great color match for me because it’s not overly yellow and doesn’t pale me out like the Laura Mercier mineral foundation.

BB’s formulation is not as luminous as the Laura Mercier one, but I’m okay with that because I like to add my own highlighter of choice anyway. To me, the Bobbi Brown mineral foundation looks more like skin (like the name of the product indicates) because it doesn’t look powdery and you don’t even have to mist your face to set it. Just like the Laura Mercier formulation, BB’s mineral foundation smooths out the skin and diffuses pores and imperfections; but, as I stated before, coverage isn’t full (but I don’t think you should expect that from powder anyway).

In my experience, layering this over concealer is great for every day; or, looks great dusted over BB cream or over a light application of liquid foundation for bad skin days.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide 7.8%, Octinoxate 3.60%

.21 oz / 6 g
Retails for $38.00 USD.
Made in USA.

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Bobbi Brown products. I’ve glossed over her line before but never took the time to really learn about any of her products. When I was younger, I thought the line was boring and “old lady,” lol. Of course, when I was younger, I didn’t know what I was doing or what quality truly meant either!

Let me introduce to you the Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation. Previously, I wrote about the Extra Repair Foundation – which is great for fall and winter months. I thought that this foundation would fall into that category because of its moisturizing properties. However, it doesn’t make me greasey and I love the finish.

This is a great, all-around, everyday foundation. I say this because it’s easy to apply, very low-maintenance, and performs to the same level every time I apply it. It’s very fuss-free, which for me, means that I can apply it everyday without having to worry about which brush to use, whether it’s going to wear off during the day, or how many times I’m going to need to blot.

The glass packaging is cute and compact, but the foundation doesn’t come with a pump. I would say that THIS is my biggest gripe. It just makes everything overall messy – I hate pouring it out onto the back of my hand, because most of the time, I pour too much out. Another gripe with the packaging is that the opening gets gunky because foundation will collect and dry around the opening. Bleh.

Bobbi Brown’s Luminous Moisturizing Foundation is described as a “super-moisturizing formula [that] gives skin a soft, healthy, even-toned glow as it helps reverse the visible signs of aging.” It claims to be “formulated with a natural collagen boosting, skin firming blend of Hexapeptides and Milk Thistle Extract.”

The main purpose of this formula is to “soften fine lines and imperfections” to make “Skin look and feel refreshed, renewed and beautifully luminous.” The scent reminds me of gentle herbs – it smells good, natural; not in a floral, laundry kind of way though (thank goodness). The smell is kind of lavender-ish, I think. It’s very pleasant and I have no complaints about it.

My Bobbi Brown shade is Sand (2). Like I’ve mentioned before, Bobbi Brown provides a wide range of shades. Her philosophy is to create yellow/golden-toned foundations, so this is a great line for Asian skin tones, those with really pale skin tones, and those with darker skin tones. She provides a great range of in between colors as well. Generally, the warmth of her formulations blends well into the skin and I believe the yellow tones help counteract the redness even better.

Coverage is roughly medium – however, it can be sheered out (using a bueaty blender) or buildable when packed onto problem areas (using a synthetic buffing brush). Overall, I like the customizable coverage because we can’t always have “good skin days.” Wear time is good for a moisturizing foundation but it isn’t the longest lasting – although it doesn’t claim to be. It’s very soothing and gentle on the skin; and I like to use this when my skin is irritated and not being responsive towards products.

I recommend this over the Extra Repair Foundation and prefer to use this on days when I’m in the mood for a liquid foundation and not a BB cream or tinted moisturizer. Although oil does break through halfway through the day, I just blot and move on and it doesn’t bother me. The finish is luminous but not shiny or overly dewy, which I like because sometimes I feel that dewy formulas can be mistaken for oiliness.

I don’t tend to powder, but if I feel like it, I dust some on over my t-zone. For those having difficulties with color matching for foundations, give Bobbi’s line a try and ask for a sample.

Made in Canada.
1 fl. oz.
Retails for $46.00

*Quotes extracted from http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

REVIEW: Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Foundation SPF 25

For the foundation-obsessed out there, this post is for you. As you’ve already noticed by now, foundation and base makeup in general is my specialty and is the area that I’m most curious about. Because of that, I tend to experiment with foundations often and I think rather than experimenting with brands, experimenting with various formulations is just as helpful (but you be the judge).

Today’s post is about the Bobbi Brown EXTRA Repair Foundation SPF 25. Although I’m not new to the Bobbi Brown brand, I have only presently started to get interested in the foundation range. What drew me to the foundations is the wide color selection and formulations/textures.

This Repair Foundation goes along with Bobbi’s EXTRA skin care line. It focuses on intense hydration packed with botanical and other good-for-your-skin ingredients. She focuses her main ingredients on humectants, plant oils, and protective emollients to strengthen the skin; however, this line is catered towards those with dry and very dry skins.

My shade in Bobbi’s foundations is Sand 2. I appreciate Bobbi’s wide color range in her foundations, because it seems to be good for those with very, very pale skins to those with darker skins, and to those in between. If you’ve had trouble finding a good color choice for your foundation, I suggest you browse Bobbi’s line because there has got to be a shade for you!

Also, Bobbi’s philosophy is using yellow-based tones in ALL her foundations. All of her foundations are warm-toned because she believes this to be the most natural match for everyone. You can decide which is best for you, but I think this would be the best place to start for those struggling with color matches.

I gravitated towards this particular foundation surprisingly for some reason. And, I wasn’t put off by the thick and creamy texture either. Although this is formulated for those with dry skins, I went for it because I liked the overall outcome of this product.

For reference, I have fairly normal skin with a slightly oily nose (and sometimes chin). I wouldn’t consider myself “combination” skin anymore because the oil on my nose isn’t as prominent as it used to be. My cheeks are rather dry even in the summer time; and, my cheeks are also my problem areas, too. Thus, coverage on my cheeks is more important to me.

This product is extremely creamy and needs to be scooped out of the glass jar. Because of its thick texture, I like to first take a small amount and warm it up on the back my hand before applying it to my face. I find that it’s easier to work with this way, instead of trying to warm it up on my face!

At first, it’s quite dry but once you starting swirling it around, it warms up quickly and easily transferrable. After dotting mainly my cheeks with the product, I use a synthetic buffing brush (Real Techniques Expert Face Brush) and quickly buff it onto my skin. Then, I use whatever I have left over and apply to my forehead and chin. I apply this product sparingly on my nose.

With this foundation, I set my t-zone with powder because of its creamy texture. The finish of this foundation is perfectly glowy and dewy but not in an oily way. It makes your skin look healthy – like you’ve just gotten out of the shower or you’ve just finished working out. There’s something youthful about your skin because everything plumped up nicely and nothing is settling into pores or lines.

The Bobbi Brown website states that the “NEW Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 gives skin perfect coverage, moisture & broad-spectrum sun protection.” It is “infused with Shea Butter and Evening Primrose Oil” and is a formula that “does-it-all.” It “combines all the skin-nourishing benefits of Bobbi’s Extra Skincare with the skin tone-correct color and buildable coverage of her foundations.”

Overall, I love the moisturizing finish and how this foundation feels on my face. It just feels like skincare – as if I’m just walking around all day with some good moisturizer on. The coverage is medium but buildable, but I apply this quite sheerly any way. If applied with a heavy hand, this can feel quite heavy and oily unless you already have dry skin. I do get oily faster with this product because the formula is not oil-free or oil-controlling in any way. I just blot and move on with my day and it’s no big deal to me (since I blot any way no matter what foundation I’m using).

The scent is very herbally and natural. I don’t mind it because it smells fresh to me, but it does linger so that may bother some people. If you’re into a foundation that comes with skincare benefits, this is great. It’s kind of like BB creams in a sense.

I was told by the makeup artist working at the counter that this product is designed to be used completely alone because it can substitute skin care. She said that technically you can wash your face in the morning and then apply this foundation straight on your face and be done. I suppose I can see where that theory may work – you have your skin care, coverage, and sun protection all in one. For me, I’d rather take the extra 10 minutes and go through with my usual routine before makeup application.

I hope this has helped in your foundation journey. I know that this is an area where many women struggle, but creating and maintaining that healthy canvas is so important – not only for your makeup routine, but for your general happiness as well! :)

*Quotes extracted from http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
*1 fl. oz.
*Retails for $56.00.