Bobbi Brown is known for its usually top-notch complexion products (like foundation and concealer). Retouching Wand is another good entry into this lineup, although not without a couple of caveats you should know before purchasing.
Bobbi Brown pitches this as a "retouching" product, but it's essentially a light-duty concealer. It's packaged in a click-style pen with a round sponge-tipped applicator that makes application a snap. Though the brand says you can use this tip to blend in this product all by itself, we found better results using a blending tool (such as a brush, separate sponge, or even fingers).
The fragrance-free formula is creamy yet lightweight, providing medium coverage of dark circles and imperfections. It sets to a semi-matte finish that looks natural, not cakey or made-up, and holds up remarkably well throughout the day with minimal creasing and fading. Even better? This includes some skin-beneficial ingredients like antioxidants and niacinamide.
As with most of its complexion makeup, Bobbi Brown offers a good range of shades for very fair to deep skin tones. For best results, be sure to check them out in person; the "Medium to Dark" and "Dark" shades have a noticeable orange cast to them that might not work for your skin tone if you fall into that shade range.
Another note: While the brand says you can use this as an all-over face product (like a foundation), given the size and cost, such usage isn't practical (and Bobbi Brown has some foundations that are more cost effective and provide benefits—like more coverage—that Retouching Wand lacks).
If you're looking for an on-the-go way to cover imperfections, then this medium coverage concealer is worth checking out; but you can certainly look to our list of Best Concealers and Correctors for less pricey options.
- Creamy, lightweight formula is easy to apply and blend.
- Natural-looking medium coverage of dark circles and other imperfections.
- Minimal creasing or fading.
- Contains antioxidants and niacinamide for anti-aging benefits.
- Fragrance free.
- Some shades have a noticeable orange cast.
- Size doesn't make this practical as an all-over foundation product as recommended.
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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