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Bobbi Brown

Primer Plus Protection SPF 50

1.40 fl. oz. for $ 38.00
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We love seeing primers that offer skin care benefits in addition to enhancing makeup, but Bobbi Brown's Primer Plus Protection SPF 50 falls short and ends up being a disappointment.

The biggest selling point of this lotion-like foundation primer is that it provides broad-spectrum sun protection. There's no color or white cast to it whatsoever, so it won't impact the color of your makeup.

The emollient formula is best for those with dry skin, who may even find this is hydrating enough to use as their daytime moisturizer (with liberal application to reach the stated level of sun protection, of course).

As far as performance goes, this aids in makeup application, providing a smooth canvas for foundation and concealer, though its emollience means that it doesn't really increase wear time.

Another drawback is that this contains lavender extract and geranium oil (which is obvious from this product's scent) and the fragrance ingredients citronellol, geraniol, and linalool. Although present in low amounts, they still have the potential to irritate skin, especially in the eye area. (Note: We experienced some eye-area irritation when testing this product.)

Given the growing number of better primers available in all price ranges, including some with sunscreen, we feel strongly that it's better to skip this one.

Pros:
  • Provides broad-spectrum SPF 50.
  • Lays down a smooth canvas for makeup application.
  • Feels moisturizing to dry skin.
Cons:
  • Does not improve the wear time of makeup.
  • Contains fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

A lightweight, fast-absorbing face primer that enhances the quality of your foundation while delivering invisible broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Active: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 5%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 2.7%, Oxybenzone 3%. Inactive: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Algae Extract, Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender), Pelargonium Gravolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Ergothioneine, Sorbitol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Mica.

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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