Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics was founded by American makeup artist Bobbi Brown in 1991, under the name Bobbi Brown Essentials. The first offerings were a line of lipsticks which were sold at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. The line was successful and Estee Lauder eventually purchased Bobbi Brown Essentials in 1995 while Brown retained creative control of the makeup line. With BB cosmetics available in over 60 countries worldwide, It is currently the #1 makeup line created by a woman in the United States.

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1,279 products

26,457 reviews

71% would repurchase

Recent Bobbi Brown Reviews

Stick -Bobbi Brown -Skin Foundation Stick

on 6/21/2018 12:26:00 AM


Since my skin has become mature, foundations can look quite mask like. Also, the past couple of years my skin has become sensitive to a few ingredients, along with sunscreen.

This foundation goes on smoothly, really does look skin-like, and has not triggered a rash. I always use setting powder, so I don’t have a problem with it disappearing. I do have normal skin, though. It does settle in pores, unfortunately, but I don’t have a big problem with large pores. If you do, you might want to skip this one.

It comes in many shades; that said, there is not a perfect match for my nc20-ish skin. In the previous formulation of this, warm sand was a perfect match. In this version, I’d say it is one shade darker. Sand is at least one shade lighter than warm sand in this, and a little too light and yellow for me, but it settles into a decent match. Beige is also a shade lighter than warm sand, but it is peachier than Sand. Way too peachy for me. In sum, it’s a great, versatile foundation for mature skin. I’d say it provides light to medium coverage, depending on how much you use. The price is absurd.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Liquid -Bobbi Brown -Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

on 6/20/2018 11:29:00 PM


I have been looking for a long wearing liquid foundation for my normal/combo skin for over a year now. I've tried quite a few of the popular long wear foundations but still haven't found one I am satisfied with. As I'm now in my 30's, I find my skin is quite dry in some areas and my pores are larger around the T-zone. I never experienced foundation settling into lines or pores before now.

Regarding this foundation, I got it in shade 3 which matched my NC25 skin pretty well and gave a satin finish. I found that it was hard to apply on bare skin without primer as it didn't spread easily. I used the vitamin primer from Bobbi Brown and it did go on like a dream. However, the foundation slid around on my face like crazy and it transferred so very easily! Also, it oxidized a whole shade darker and foundation around my oily areas were mostly gone after 6 hours. I don't consider this long wearing, nor do I want to powder and spray my face to fix it in place as I'm not overly oily. I'm so used to the Revlon Colorstay which lasts 10+ hours on me, unfortunately the shades just do not work as they are too pink/gray or dark. I used Revlon for 5 years but when my skin became dryer, the foundation just ended up clinging to dry patches and also got tired of the grey and pink tones from Sand Beige shade.

Anyways, this is not long wearing or transfer resistant. I think it looks great for the first 3 hours then if you're willing to powder/spray/touch up then it probably could last a good 6-8 hours. My idea of foundation is to moisturize my face lightly and spread it on. At most I'll powder the T-zone but I hate the feeling of spraying my face to set my foundation as I don't want that overly heavy makeup look. With Revlon, I didn't use primer/powder/setting spray/concealer for all those years and I want to put less makeup on as I get older.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Cleansers -Bobbi Brown -Cleansing Oil


What it is: Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil ($44 for 6.7 oz); available at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bluemercury and Sephora.

What it does: Same as the others; a cleanse or pre-cleanse for your evening routine to remove make-up before you deep clean.

Why I bought it: This was my first interaction with cleansing oils. I bought it for nights when I wanted to do a quick cleanse, but not my more elaborate routine (or what I considered elaborate at the time). I know better than to leave make-up on when you go to bed, but there's no reason we can't make it a little easier. This was also well before make-up wipes were mainstream.

Pros: By far the most cost-effective on my list, this is a decent cleansing oil. Perhaps not my favorite, but not for anything negative. I just enjoy the texture and scent of some of the others more. This is a thinner formula, so it can spread in your hand quickly when you dispense it; I also feel like that makes me use more to get a nice emolient texture going on my face. I have also gotten this in a travel mini, so that makes is better for taking on the go or for trying out which is helpful.

Cons: As I said, for me it's a little too thin; I prefer the thicker textures these days. Ultimately the cons for most of these are going to come down to preference once you've tried a few. Some are more emollient than others, but they all work generally the same.

Will I buy it again: If i were in a pinch and it was the only one accessible? Sure; I might even buy the travel mini again just to have the bottle to decant to. If I have access to others on this list, would I buy this one again? Not likely, but only because I love others more.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Bronzers -Bobbi Brown -Bronzing Powder in Golden Light

on 6/15/2018 5:00:00 PM

INSTANT HOLY GRAIL. By far the most natural looking bronzer for my pale complexion with strong yellow undertones. This really does make me look like I have a tan as opposed to wearing make-up. It blends out so seamlessly and wears beautifully without settling into the fine laugh lines around my eyes. I apply it with a fluffy kabuki - swish and done. While it swatches darker and redder than Benefit Hoola, I find that on my cheeks it goes on lighter and more golden, true to its name. Move over, Hoola! We have a new favourite.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Primer/ Corrector -Bobbi Brown -Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector

on 6/15/2018 4:38:00 PM


Pointless to get if you already have a silicone-rich moisturizer for your skin type. Most (if not all) primers out there are rich in silicones, it's the silicones that help the skin make-up products sit better. Based on how my skin reacts I suspect silicones dry out the skin in the longterm. So I avoid using moisturizers like that daily but only use them on the days when I'm going to wear skin make-up.

I understand some primers offer more than just the silicones' effect. Like some are a bit tinted or have some shineness. In that case it makes sense to get a primer in addition to a (silicone-rich) moisturizer of course. But this primer is not that. It's just a silicone-rich moisturizer. I have Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur which is also rich in silicones. It's not titled as "primer" but it works like one. Definitely better than this Bobbi Brown product I would say and is cheaper. I go fragrance-free on face products and I didn't like this has some scent.

As for the "pore perfector" claim, I didn't see any difference on the look of my pores.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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