BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Bobbi Brown's entry into the BB cream world is a very good one! Like most BB creams, BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 provides broad-spectrum sun protection and includes titanium dioxide for reliable UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
Texture-wise, this is light, yet creamy, and wonderfully smooth. It's a pleasure to blend, feeling very much like a skincare product rather than makeup. It sets to a soft satin-like finish that looks natural while providing light to medium coverage, and is best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily (combination) skin. It is suitable for breakout-prone skin, too.
A formulary element worth noting is that Brown added antioxidants plus cell-communicating and skin-repairing ingredients to this BB cream, which makes good on the purpose of a BB cream to not only provide color and sun protection, but also treat skin to the beneficial ingredients it needs. It's fragrance-free, too, which is always preferred (fragrance can be a source of irritation).
As for the shades, Brown previously offered five but have recently upped their game to include nine excellent color options, ranging from Extra Light to Deep-- all are neutral to warm (as is the trend for Bobbi Brown foundations and tinted moisturizers). We recommend testing the shades carefully before purchasing (or ask at the counter for a sample). The Extra Light shade is great for fair skin, while Dark, Rich, and Deep work for deeper skin tones while avoiding an ashen look.
Bobbi Brown's BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 earned its high rating not only due to its fragrance-free formula, beautifully smooth texture and natural coverage but also for containing both a wide range of skin-friendly ingredients and broad-spectrum SPF 35 rating. For those with normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin, this is a great option, and worth checking out!
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Fragrance-free formula contains a good range of beneficial ingredients.
- Beautifully smooth, easy-to-blend texture.
- Looks natural while providing light-to-medium coverage.
Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; mostly excellent brushes.
Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.
It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.
Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone's makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.
Turning to the skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.
For more information about Bobbi Brown, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
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