Primer Plus Radiance SPF 35
Many primers claim to have benefits that go beyond just providing a base for makeup, but few actually live up to those lofty claims. Bobbi Brown's Primer Plus Radiance SPF 35 is the real deal.
This cream-gel primer has an initial soft pink color that sheers out once it's smoothed over skin. Its texture is silky and easy to spread, setting to a satin finish that blurs minor imperfections. True to its name, it imparts an opalescent look to skin, though it isn't sparkly or overly shiny, it just provides an overall "glow."
In its primary function as a primer, it performs well, helping foundation glide onto skin with ease and making it last about two hours more than it would on its own. Lots of primers work as well as or better than this for makeup longevity, so why did we love this one so much? Its mix of beneficial ingredients!
The fragrance-free formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection*, as well as several antioxidant plant extracts like apple, hydrating ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, and skin-replenishing ingredients like acetyl hexapeptide-8. For those with normal to slightly dry skin, this could serve as their daily moisturizer as well as a primer.
It's rare to find a primer that not only does the priming part well but also fits the bill as a good skin care product, too – but this one does just that.
*In order for this primer to provide the stated level of sun protection, it must be applied liberally. If you do not want to apply this liberally, we highly recommend applying it over your daytime moisturizer rated SPF 30 or greater. Layering SPF-rated products is a great way to ensure adequate protection.
- Has a silky texture and imperfection-blurring satin finish.
- Imparts the look of an all-over glow to skin.
- Serves as a good canvas for foundation.
- Provides broad-spectrum SPF 35.
- Contains antioxidants, hydrating ingredients, and skin-replenishing ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
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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