Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
Unfortunately, the main extra you’re getting from this rich, creamy foundation for dry skin is an extra dose of irritation. The formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes avobenzone for UVA (anti-aging) screening, but it also contains several fragrant plant oils and extracts. Combined with the active ingredients this foundation contains, you most likely will be getting a good amount of irritation, which will not repair skin. Irritation can cause collagen breakdown and impair your skin’s ability to heal.
Without the fragrant irritants, this would be a very good foundation for dry skin. It has a smooth texture, hydrates without feeling greasy, and leaves a soft, dewy finish while providing light to medium coverage.
The shade range is admirable and includes excellent options for fair to dark skin tones. Some of the medium to deep shades are too orange, gold, or copper, but it’s not worth describing the specific shades because, regardless of color, this pricey foundation is impossible to recommend. Bobbi Brown offers better foundations with sunscreen that spare your skin the needless irritation.
- Smooth, creamy texture and dewy finish are ideal for dry skin.
- Very good range of shades for fair to dark skin tones.
- Formula contains several potent fragrant irritants that hurt skin’s ability to look and act younger.
- Jar packaging is unsanitary for a water-based formula, and allows several of the beneficial ingredients to break down with each use.
- The synthetic sunscreen actives may be a problem for use around the eyes because they can cause stinging if they get too close to the eye itself. The same is true for the fragrant irritants in this foundation.
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 anyones 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 pointbut 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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