Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
You might have seen the ads for this foundation featuring actress Katie Holmes, with flowing hair and impeccable skin. While there is definitely some airbrushing magic going on there (it's true of all makeup ads), you can still expect this cream-to-powder foundation to deliver on its promise of beautiful coverage that doesn't look "made up"!
Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation is a creamy formula housed in a compact that comes with an applicator sponge. The sponge works just fine, but you can also use a foundation brush, or even your fingers, to apply this. It blends quickly and easily and provides excellent medium coverage with a natural-looking soft matte finish.
This doesn't feel the slightest bit heavy; in fact, you might forget you're wearing makeup—and it lasts for several hours without fading. Bobbi Brown claims this can hold up for as long as 12 hours, although we didn't wear it quite that long.
This formula would work for most skin types because it's creamy enough to be moisturizing but not so emollient that it will cause problems for oily skin; however, if your skin is oily, it's best to use this together with powder, as some oiliness can become apparent after about four hours of wear. Note that the ingredients that keep this foundation in cream form aren't the best for use over breakout-prone skin.
As with most Bobbi Brown foundations, this comes in a great variety of shades, from very light to very dark, and they look natural on their intended skin tones. Even better, this is fragrance-free. All around, this is a great addition to Bobbi Brown's makeup stable!
- Blends quickly and easily.
- Natural-looking, medium coverage with a soft matte finish.
- Lightweight feel.
- Comes in a wide variety of shades that look natural on their intended skin tones.
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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