I decided to buy this after finishing Bobbi's BB cream and extra repair foundation. I had a harder time color matching since it felt like the product oxidized and turned darker on me after a few minutes. I have dry skin and was looking for a luminous look that this did not give me. I got clogged pores on my chin and cheeks after a week of use. I ended up returning the product back. I was quite disappointed this didn't work for me as this is a treatment product with peptides and other benefits
Having read that the colors are a lot darker than the other BB foundations, I got two samples, sand and porcelain. I am normally warm sand. The sand one turned a deeper color after 5 minutes; the look and texture was ok as I put the Revlon primer underneath. The next day I tried porcelain, this time without the primer but with my usual moisturizer. My face became very shiny, as if I had dipped it in oil. I thought it might get a bit drier later, but it did not. Also, the color was wrong: it is light enough but instead of being yellow based, it has a pinkish ashy tone to it. My skin is dry, so I don't understand why the shine should happen. As for the color, if you were paler than sand, forget about this foundation. The lightest one, alabaster, might not be pale enough for you.
The jury is out! I am officially in love with Bobbi's latest foundation that has replaced the original Luminous Moisturizing one and is currently a Nordstrom exclusive. I have been on the hunt for a new HG liquid foundation after my beloved Shu Uemura Face Architect Smoothing Foundation was discontinued. I came to love Shiseido's Radiant Lifting which was also discontinued. I'm sure you can imagine my frustration but I guess I had it coming since Japanese companies tend to keep updating their products on a regular basis. I finally went back to my old standby from years past, the now discontinued Luminous foundation because I loved the color match (Warm Beige) and the hydrating feel on my skin. What can I say, Bobbi Brown's foundation colors are perfect for my warm NC25ish skin tone. The main problem that I had with that one was that I tended to have to blot my oily T-zone very often throughout the day. Now with this new Luminous Treatment one, I don't have to blot nearly as often and the finish is fabulous! The texture is completely different from the old one where it feels lighter and applies more toward a light to medium finish as opposed to the heavier buildable coverage from the old one. It gives me a truly a "lit-from-within glow" long lasting finish where my skin looks like velvet all day! While I still need to use concealer on my hyperpigmentation spots, it really does minimize my pores! My hairstylist, whom I can always count on to tell me the truth and can see me up close, commented on how beautiful my skin looked and the color match was the best she's seen on me in a while (granted the YSL Touche Eclat B40 she last saw me in totally oxidized to the wrong shade.)
- comes with a pump where a little comes out at a time (I love that!) and I can control the amount I want even if it's just a drop
- rectangular palm sized small glass bottle that's easy to shake (I'm looking at you YSL)
- I only have to set with my BB sheer powder on my T-zone and leave the rest of my face so that the luminosity shows.
- it applies well with my Beauty Blender sponge, fingers or foundation brush
- it doesn't have SPF in it - (I like to apply the recommended 1/4 tsp. of sunscreen for effective protection with the ingredients of my choice; plus, there's times like night events where I don't need sunscreen and don't want to be photographed with sunscreen on.)
-no oxidation after it sets
-no break outs =D
- $52, but then all new "revolutionary" dept store foundations seem to be around this price
- it still has the Lavender scent which may be a skin irritant for some although it is slightly lower in the list of ingredients
- runs warmer- since the silver pigment was taken out- so the fairest of the fair may not find a color match (I ended up with Sand!!! which is 1-1/2 shades lighter - so be sure to get matched at the counter if you can)
Bottom Line: Love, Love, Love!
Edit: 9/5/13*** Just logged onto Bobbi's website and noticed that it's available online now so if you can't get matched in person, definitely upload a photo of yourself and chat with the makeup artists online because they're really good. I am really surprised that it's described as full coverage since I have yet to see that on myself, but maybe ymmv.
Edit: 9/6/13*** Ok, I stand corrected. I used the Boots No7 foundation brush to apply the foundation this morning and was able to build up the coverage in layers. I prefer my fingers and the Beauty Blender for a lighter coverage though.