Cushion compacts are on-trend as a new take on packaging for liquid foundation, but Bobbi Brown's entry falls short, mainly because of an issue that's apparent as soon as you open the compact!
Like most products of its kind, Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 35 features a plastic compact with a mirrored top and a sponge with foundation underneath. Press down on the affixed sponge with the included applicator (or use your fingers or a brush), and it dispenses product, ready to apply.
The foundation dispensed via the cushion sponge is lightweight and hydrating, providing sheer, natural-looking coverage of minor imperfections. It wears well throughout the day without obvious signs of fading, and comes in Bobbi Brown's standard range of flattering, mostly neutral shades for fair to deep skin tones. It also features broad-spectrum SPF 35 protection, which is a plus to help boost your daytime moisturizer with SPF.
The negative issue, hinted at above, is that as soon as you open the compact there's a strong floral fragrance, and it lingers for quite some time, even after you apply the foundation. That's because this foundation includes lavender oil and geranium oil. These ingredients have the potential to aggravate skin, particularly temperamental skin, and they're not advised for use around the eyes.
Because of this, Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 35 isn't a product we recommend. For superior options, see our list of Best Foundations with Sunscreen.
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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