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After an endless search for the perfect foundation, i have settled on the Bobbi Brown Skin foundation. Bobbi Brown created her brand of beauty products after always being frustrated that she couldn't find something to suit her skin. Her motto is that "beauty isn't about looking perfect, it's about celebrating your individuality". I absolutely love her, that motto and her beauty products.
The bobbi brown skin foundation is a lightweight foundation. It claims to be "no makeup makeup". It is yellow based, like every single one of her foundations and contains SPF 15 which is a must in my eyes. As someone with combination skin, i need something that is really going to work and this is what i found.
It retails at £29 for 30mls, which isn't a lot, but it works really well and i find that it spreads easily. The foundation itself is a liquid, and i apply it with my fingers or a brush, over moisturiser. As wear goes, it lasts for about 8 hours, which is fine by me, but if i add a primer it works even better. I tend to use less of it with a primer and it lasts for longer.
I find that this covers rather than highlighting my flaws. These days i start my makeup routine with my origins tinted moisturiser and then use it to cover the worst areas, namely under eyes and around my nose and then use it as a full face foundation when i am headed somewhere nice. With this foundation i feel little need for concealer unless my spots ahve gotten really bad. It's also really blendable, meaning if i have run out of concealer i can use this to make it through.
As a base its fantastic. It comes in a huge shade range, so i think it's really important to go to the counter and get yourself colour matched. Its pricey, but well worth the money.
I am not exaggerating when I say this is a revelation! I could never find a foundation I felt really happy with, I always felt they were too orange or just didn't quite match. My flatmate loves Bobbi Brown so I plucked up the nerve to go and actually ask at the counter to try some shades. The woman was lovely and took the time to find the best match.
Its brilliant, glides on, not at all heavy which I like. Covers blemishes but light enough to feel natural and still "me". The woman at the counter told me they use a yellow base to avoid that orange look, excellent!
I will admit it is expensive but because it is such good quality a bottle lasts a long time.
Will definitely be sticking with this product and hope to buy more from their range soon! (I did also get a face cream and cleanser, also fantastic)
Before finding this product I used Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich, which I was very happy with as a foundation but wasted a good deal of the product from tipping out too much and leakage due to the screw top, so I was doubly happy to find a foundation that was even better and also had a pump action top, preventing any spillage.
One of the things I love about this foundation is how much it matches my skin tone, which is something I struggle to do as I am pale (especially after an English Winter!) but have olive skin which can often look washed out by other foundations, or even worse make me look like I have a mild case of jaundice (not a good look.) Obviously unless you buy online it is likely that you will be helped in your purchase by a makeup artist at one of the Bobbi Brown counters in a department store - therefore, they should be able to match your skin tone perfectly.
In terms of texture the foundation is smooth and very easy to apply and get an even coverage (you will need a separate concealer for dark bags or blemishes) and gives a natural feel to the skin - not too shiny or mattifying and does not clog pores.
Compared with other 'luxury' brands this is around the same price as other foundations from, for example, Chanel or Lancome. However, having used a few different makes, both expensive and cheaper, this is by far the best. When compared with budget or mid range brands this is significantly more expensive but does last a very long time and once opened will not dry out like some brands. I always think that as a foundation is the base, that it is worth spending some more here, and then buying cheaper mascara, eyeshadow and liner where better value options are often almost if not just as good as the more expensive brands...
Overall, a very good investment and worth the money!
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15
Around £27.50 but I bought it cheaper in America
There is a choice of 17 shades but the one I got was called 'Sand' after speaking to one of the make-up artists who immediately decided that sand was my colour. I like Bobbi Brown and other make-up like this as you can always just go up to the counter and they will be so helpful (sometimes a little pushy and try to make you but things) as long as you know exactly what you want so they don't persuade you to buy things you don't need. They always apply a small amount in order to see if it matches your skin which is a good idea as your trying before you buy.
This foundation is very light and runny but not oily and I apply with a brush which I feel uses less of the product. It is very easy to apply and I feel its gives an all over flawless finish which covers skin but does not make it look cakey or plastered on. You are able to build up the product until you get the required colour but with 17 shades to chose from there should be no problem. I think this is probably the best foundation I have used as it goes a long way and does not leave skin looking patch or orange in any way.
I know this is quite expensive for a foundation but I really do think its worth it. I don't believe in spending money on expensive clothes but as everyone sees your face everyday I tend to buy better quality, more expensive make-up which lasts. I would definitely recommend this foundation and will be buying this product again.