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.
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My complaint is mainly regarding the packaging, which in my opinion, is a little “outdated” since all the other brands have designed a snap-closure mechanism to trap the powder in.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.