Bobbi Brown

Skin Foundation Stick

for $ 44.00
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Skin Foundation Stick was the debut foundation from Bobbi Brown (back then it was just called Foundation Stick), and it’s interesting to note that the shade range has improved considerably over the years. Initially, the small lineup was very yellow, though it was clear Brown was heading in the right direction—there wasn’t a pink or rose-toned shade to be found, which was highly unusual back in the early 1990s.

Today’s assembly of two dozen mostly neutral shades runs the gamut from porcelain-fair to very dark, and although some shades are a bit questionable, none are so egregious that any given shade is a must to avoid. In fact, the palette is better than ever, and should satisfy a wide range of skin tones from fair to dark.

Texture-wise, the fragrance-free formula remains creamy, is surprisingly easy to blend, and provides medium coverage that can be sheered if desired. We disagree with the company’s “for all skin types” claim, because this is not the type of foundation someone with acne or very oily skin should use (it contains some heavy waxes), nor does it have a matte quality to please someone with an oily T-zone. It is best for normal to dry skin but can work for combination skin where the oily areas are only moderately oily. Skin Foundation Stick is also suitable for those with sensitive skin, including those with rosacea.

One more comment: The olive extracts called out are present in the form of squalane and triglycerides, rather than the more direct olive oil or olive extracts.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Octyldodecanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Ozokerite, Kaolin, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Barium Sulfate, Bisabolol, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), 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 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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