Bobbi BrownNude Finish Illuminating Powder
0.02 fl. oz. for $50
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Nude Finish Illuminating Powder is a pressed finishing powder that adds a hint of sheer nude color and a slightly sparkling finish. Some may find it just the touch they're looking for to enliven skin, whereas for others it will be more of a 'why bother?' product. Here's the play by play…

Each compact of Nude Finish Illuminating Powder contains six varying depths of color for its intended skin tone offering different degrees of illuminating finishes (sparkle, satin and shimmer). The "Porcelain" shade (for fair skin) goes on a little chalky, but the rest—"Bare" (light), "Nude" (light to medium), "Buff" (medium), "Golden" (medium deep), and "Rich" (dark)—have a skin-like finish.

As for the luminosity, the light layer of sparkle is noticeable in direct sunlight but not obvious under most indoor lighting. While the effect is subtle, keep in mind that it's not ideal for those with oily skin, where extra shine isn't typically desired.

Nude Finish Illuminating Powder's texture is harder to pick up on a brush than what we were expecting, but because this is a finishing powder, that's not a deal-breaker since it helps keep the application light. Kudos to Bobbi Brown for keeping the formula fragrance free so even those with sensitive skin can use it.

In the end, this is a love-it-or-leave-it type of product. We'd love to hear about your experience in our Community Reviews tab, so please share!

  • Adds a hint of sheer nude color and a slight sparkle finish to enliven skin.
  • Shades for light to deep skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
  • Porcelain shade goes on a little chalky.
  • Illuminating finish won't suit those with oily skin.
Last Updated:08.15.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Subtle and natural, this ultra-soft, translucent pressed powder instantly gives skin a lit-from-within glow with a natural blend of skin-brightening botanicals and light-reflective powders.
Talc, Aluminum Distearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Nylon-12, Petrolatum, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Water, Tin Oxide, Barium Sulfate, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Red 7, Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine, Blue 1, Red 6, Red 30, Ultramarines.
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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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