The wagon of full coverage, long wear, high performance foundations shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, with a glut of new launches fitting into this category already this year. Bobbi Brown’s latest offering falls into this bracket, so it’s time to offer you my first BB review, and give you some thoughts on a foundation which promises an awful lot (as you’ll see).
So what are the claims?
There’s quite a lot to get through!
“A 16-hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s comfortable, breathable and weightless.”
“Tried and tested in extreme heat and humidity, this 16-hour formula is waterproof and sweat-and humidity-resistant. Flexible coverage won’t crease or streak and stays colour-true. Treated skin-true pigments suspended in an emollient gel base float on skin, reflecting light to enhance skin’s natural contours and dimension. Instantly conceals redness, discolouration and pores with full yet natural coverage. Skin-loving, non-acnegenic formula with marine sugar cane and natural mineral powders helps control excess oil and shine. Meanwhile, moisture-binding glycerin delivers refreshing hydration. Skin feels balanced and comfortable – never tight.”
- Sulcate-Free, paragon-free,
- Dermatologist tested
- Second skin feel
- Oil controlling properties
- Multidimensional matte finish
- Full yet natural coverage
- SPF 15
- 30 shades
- £31 for 30ml
Before and Afters
*As you can see above, this colour is lighter than the skin on my face – it is a match to my neck though, which is lighter as it has no pigmentation/freckles. I also always err on the lighter side when choosing a colour online as I’d rather it was too light than too dark! I chose shade Cool Sand as it’s a “cool light beige with pink undertones; for fair to light skin”,
What’s the verdict?
Ok – if I could surmise – like, but don’t love. It is a great coverage, but it does require a fair bit bit of product as it’s spreadability isn’t amazing. I do love the smell – which is a lot like the Extra Repair Moisturising Balm, with a hint of lavender, but it doesn’t have a lot of slip, so feels quite dry to blend. I’m not into damp beauty blenders, but I could see how they could potentially give you a bit more time to get this on, as it is pretty quick to adhere to the skin. However it certainly does what it says on the tin – full, blanket coverage, with little need for concealer and it indeed doesn’t let through any oil so great for the oily amongst us. You can see from the above pictures – if you want an invisible, skin like foundation – this probably isn’t for you. You can slightly feel it on your skin, and it is definitely a product you can see, although I have had lots of compliments on it whilst I’ve worn it!
I agree it is pretty bulletproof – its certainly survived the gym, some long days and although I’m not hugely oily, I do get shine on occasion and nothing showed through. It 100% needs a hydrated skin underneath though – I’ve been using Illamasqua Hydraveil underneath and I much prefer the look and application when skin is a little bouncier.
The finish isn’t totally flat, but definately sits more in the traditional matte camp than the radiant matte camp, with less life than I’d usually want from a base. In the interests of impartiality, I’ve completely fallen out of love with my skin at the mo, which I really don’t think has helped with how I feel about this foundation – I could see myself liking it much more when my Botox hasn’t completely worn off (shallow I know, but it is not good for ones self esteem that you can do very little treatment wise to yourself during pregnancy)
Pros – Great shade range, full coverage fans will find this to their liking, keeps skin matte, doesn’t crease or move.
Cons – on me I found it did exacerbate my enlarged pores, and some may not love the fragrance. I imagine if you’ve dry patches this could cling as there is so little slip.
Best for – normal, or normal to oily skin
You’ll like it if you like – Fenty Pro’ Filter, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24h
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 is £33 and available here.