Skin Fortifier No 93
Skin Fortifier No 93 is an oil-based booster product that's an outstanding option for dry to very dry skin showing signs of dehydration and dullness. The texture is definitely oily—it feels heavier than most facial oil blends, but it's a rich source of emollients, fatty acids, and antioxidants.
As with the other Bobbi Brown Remedies products, this one is packaged in a clear glass bottle with a dropper applicator. This presents a slight problem in terms of the need to keep this shielded from routine exposure to natural light—this exposure degrades the majority of ingredients this booster contains.
The other issue is that this contains a fragrance ingredient (cinnamyl alcohol) that poses a risk of irritation. Although Skin Fortifier No 93 isn't noticeably scented—indeed, most people would probably describe it as fragrance free—the presence of this ingredient is still cause for concern.
One more comment: The claim that this keeps moisture in and toxins out is misleading. Simply put, keeping skin moisturized won't protect it from toxins, but of course what the brand means by "toxins" is anyone's guess. They could mean air pollution, but even if that's the case pollution can still impact moisturized skin.
- Rich source of emollient ingredients.
- The plant oils and extracts are natural sources of antioxidants.
- Revives the look and feel of smooth, supple, healthy-looking skin.
- Contains a fragrance ingredient that poses a risk of irritation.
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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