I have recently been dabbling in makeup and was requested to do my best friends makeup for an Asian wedding. I had bought her this foundation for her birthday as she wasn't fond of the natural finish. I am in love with bb foundations since converting from MAC as they are truly skin tone correct especially for Asian skin where it's hard to find a colour match without it looking too white or grey.
Firstly the bottle is lovely and comes in frosted glass with a pump which is a necessity. The consistency is liquid gel like but not heavy at all. I think people may think it is compared to the other bb foundations as they are more watery.
I applied this using a beauty blender which is perfect for applying this formula as it gives an airbrushed finish and is also buildable. Try applying one pump at a time. I would say for everyday use one or two should suffice whereas I used up to three for this occasion. Using a primer and setting powder ks vital. I used mac prep and prime and set with laura mercier powder and fix+ spray.
This foundation did not look nor feel heavy at all. It gave a perfectly matte/semi-matte finish. It is truly long wearing as she wore it from 8am until 1am the next morning only requiring one touch up of setting powder as she has oily skin. This controlled her oil well although a touch up would always be required if skin is oily. The coverage is buildable ranging from medium to full and evens skin tone so well. As with all bb foundations it can be full coverage but never looked cakey or maskey. Beautifully natural.
I agree the lavender smell is evident but disappeared once applied and it didn't really bother me as such. I would not recommend this product to dry skins, but is brilliant for normal to oily.
From our experience the oil control, coverage and lasting power is superior to natural finish, the only downside if the price as it is quite expensive but then again you get what you pay for and this is a quality product.
I brought this because my fave bobbi brown foundation - natural finish foundation is DISCONTINUED :((( From what I researched this was an improved version... it is not im afraid. Other than giving me better coverage that is the only improvement. Has a distinctive smell is almost waterproof that you sweat more because your skin cannot breath and its even harder to wash from your hands afterwards which just goes to show how hard it would be to wash off at night. it cakes and sets quickly so I cannot apply it like I do with my natural finish. Generally - BRING BACK NATURAL FINISH!!
I bought this foundation because I was told that this was an improved version of BB's Natural Finish Long Lasting foundation, which I loved so much. Sadly, I was disappointed with the quality of this one because it feels so heavy on my skin and is soooo hard to spread out. It also doesn't help with oil control and I get that icky, oily feeling after 4-5 hours of wear. Shame, really, because I love Bobbi's shade selection and the packaging is quite nice too. I hope they bring back Natural Finish Long Lasting foundation because that was my HG!
I've had this foundation in my stash for a while, and after wearing it today, I remembered why I just don't reach for it much -- it is not horrible, but it is not amazing either. Firstly, the name of this foundation is kind of misleading -- "long wear" this foundation is not, it wears off after just a few hours (and the oilier my skin is when I wear this, the quicker it wears off). Maybe this foundation is longer lasting on drier skins, but on my combo skin, it doesn't last too long before I see it getting patchy on me. Secondly, after a few hours, I notice it to be a bit streaky on my face and it also settles a bit into lines and pores (not a lot, but just enough to annoy me). It is kind of disappointing because I admit I do like the look of this foundation when I first apply it onto my face, it is kind of a light texture, has a light-medium coverage, and it feels light on my face -- I do feel my complexion looks even (yet natural) when I first apply this and set it with powder. It doesn't cover everything and I still need concealer, but it is not too bad. Another positive to this foundation is the shade -- BBs shades are a much better match for me than MACs (they seem to run too orangey/yellow whereas BB is a much more natural yellow tone match for my NC20/25 asian skin tone). Fragrance-wise, there is definitely a lavender scent to this foundation (most of BB's foundations have this lavender scent, and normally I hate fragrances, with florals being the most offensive to me ... but the lavender I can handle, and it dissipates once on the skin). I don't hate this foundation, but I just don't love it either -- I will try to use this on the weekends and in the cooler weather when I am looking for lighter coverage, but I probably won't be buying this again.
Got 2 samples of this from Nordstrom, as my HG foundation (Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation) was discontinued, and I was hoping this would be a superior replacement.
It isn't. It's so bad. So, so bad. The color is OK, although I find it curious that the colors don't seem to match up (I was Porcelain, Alabaster in this is a closer match). It has a scent, a weird, overpowering scent like Clarins products. It's foundation! It's not supposed to be perfume. Gross.
But worst of all was the texture. It never felt like it "set." It retained a weird, tacky finish on my face. It's not nearly as long-lasting as its predecessor.
I guess I don't understand the point of this product. I wanted it to be the foundation of my dreams, an improvement on an already pretty flawless formula. Instead Bobbi Brown has reverted back to its original reputation for me as a brand with terrible foundation formulas, but good colors. A waste of $47.00 USD. I'm glad I only had samples.
I am a huge fan of all things Bobbi. I especially like her foundations/concealers. She was one of the first MU artists to realize that we don't look good with pink-toned foundation. Her early formulas were definitely too yellow but now I believe she has the best array of foundations on the market. The first time I tried this foundation I made the mistake of applying this with a brush. Don't apply this with a brush! Use your fingers, blending in a small amounts, one at a time. The coverage is medium and the added benefit of SPF is nice. I know some people have complained about the smell but I just bought a bottle and honestly can't smell anything.
I like Bobbi Brown's foundations. They are yellow based, as we all have yellow in our skin tone. They are skin tone correct, and her color selection is great. This is more of a moderate to full coverage foundation with a matte finish, yet it looks very natural. It is long wearing as well which is nice.
I got a sample of this, and after trying it on, had to wash my face immediately. Very disturbing consistency. Gooey, gluey, plain strange. Doesn't dry up and melt into the skin. I asked the salesperson for the lightest shade, but she claimed to know me better and gave me a sample of a 4th away from the lightest shade. It didn't matter anyway, because it's unwearable.
Before I even start let me tell you that this foundation has A LOT of dimethicone,so I don't know how it even works for oily or combination skin (dimethicone is a silicon oil used to smooth skin,but it can also leave a rubber like effect and dry skin because it's chemical strecture repells water)
I have combination skin,with a whimsical t-zone (sometimes it's an oil factory and sometimes it's just a little shinny) and normal to dry cheeks with rosacea,and I was matched 02 SAND which is a good color for my complexion.This foundation worked well for about a week.After that time it became a disaster,it would slide from my nose and forhead and get patchy and cakey on my cheeks.And it even made some areas of my face appear to have fine lines!! (which I don't have because I'm just 19!).
Ater 4 hours it completely melts and lets all the redness show and it also leaves an ugly shine all over my face,unless before applyng it,I combine a drop of Eucerin ph5 cream to a drop of the foundation and set it with thermal water.With this technique it last 2 to 3 hours more,but the whole thing is a great waste of time and money (and never looks natural).
If it wasn't for the color match i would give it 1 lippy :(
Please don't be put off by all the negative reviews! This foundation is actually really, really good!
The first thing that thrilled me was that the colour Honey matches my skin tone perfectly. It doesn't go orange, but I did find it warmed up a bit on my skin. When applied with a foundation brush, one pump will cover my face (although I will use two if I want heavier coverage). It is a medium coverage foundation and with a bit of buffing, blends in nicely and looks natural - not cakey or heavy.
I have an oily t-zone and dry cheeks, and found this foundation doesn't accentuate my dry spots (like the new Estee Lauder Double Wear) and doesn't make me oilier or require me to blot loads (like NARS Sheer Glow) I haven't noticed any breakouts, and the lavender smell on application is actually quite nice (although I know some people react to lavender, so test this out first!)
While it ticks most of the boxes, I am quite disappointed in the "long wear" claim. 12 hours is pretty tough stuff, and I've found that it doesn't even last a whole 8-hour working day. I have tried setting this with the Sheer Finish powder, and with MAC blot powder, or not setting it with anything, but by the time I get home from work I can see my light scarring and sun spots that I covered up in the morning. So while the finish is lovely for a long-wear foundation, I sadly haven't been able to get the full distance out of it.
Overall, though, I will continue to repurchase this foundation because it's the best I've tried for my skin tone - and I've tried A LOT!! If I could just find a good setting powder to blot away a bit of shine and if this could really last longer, I'd never look at another foundation again!