I have used several BB foundations: this stick works better as a concealer/for problem areas with liquid on others - all over the face it really does look like a mask (guess you could sheer it out with a sponge, but why bother). Not the best foundation out there for the money, but I suppose ok for travel/touch ups. BB liquid foundations more promising
I've used this product for about seven years now in both porcelain and alabaster. It provides good coverage for spots and acne (faded cystic acne spots). The lighter color matched marks on my neck - set with powder. I apply in a patting motion with fingertips. This seems to work best if you do not need to use foundation all over your face but just in trouble spots. It's so portable and non-messy. Tip: rub the foundation with your finger for a few seconds to warm it and make application smoother. This was the only thing I could find to cover adult cystic acne and match very fair skin.
I've been using this for a couple of years and I really love it. It is the first foundation that truly matches my skin tone (Sand 2). It is easy to apply just where I need it or all over depending on how much coverage I want. I usually blend it with my fingers but I've also used a foundation brush with very good results. It has a nice matte finish though I sometimes need to blot or powder it after a few hours when my T-zone gets oily. It is not messy and easy to take with you for touch-ups or for traveling.
I turned to this product as soon as Rimmel stopped selling their 'clear complexion' as creamy stick and changed it into powder (powder yuck-my all time pet hate)! And I haven't looked back since! Its quite expensive, at 26 quid, and i guess i could try MAC or other foundation sticks but i don't think i'll able to be bothered once the stick runs out i'll probably just buy BB again! It works fine on my oily-ish skin but then i do like a non-matte look, but i would say if your skin is exceptionally oily, or average oily and you don't want anything to make it more oily, then this stick may not be for you! It has good coverage though i would still use a seperate concealer to cover up spots and redness.
I have very sensitive , dry skin and am allergic to most products. I was looking for a foundation without SPF, since I break out with a pus-filled rash whenever I use SPF. I've tried every non-SPF department store foundation, including Dior, Chanel, and MakeupForever. The only foundation that I can use is Bobbi Brown's Foundation Stick and Luminous Moisturizing Foundation.
Before I turned 30, the Moisturizing Foundation was good enough. But as I got older, I needed heavier coverage. The Foundation Stick works great and matches my skin (I'm Asian and have yellow undertones) I use Warm Ivory 1. I make sure to apply moisturizer under the foundation so that it applies more smoothly. After gliding it across my cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead, I use a foundation brush and sponge to even it out. I usually don't use powder because the foundation is matte and I already have dry skin. I gave it 5 stars because it's the only foundation that I can use that won't irritate my skin or make me break out.
I have this foundation stick and I really like it. I would say that this may not be the best foundation for oily skin. I tend to like this more in the winter/colder months. It has great coverage and blends well. Sometimes I just swipe it on my face and blend with my fingers or a sponge, sometimes I use a brush. I am very pleased with this and will probably repurchase. It's convenient and travels well. It also comes in pale enough colors for me, which is great.
Due to the mixed reviews, I was hesitant about this foundation, but decided to try it for myself. For reference, I have combination skin with a very oily nose. My skin is fairly smooth, so I don't usually need much coverage, but I was looking for something that would: (1) photograph well; (2) be convenient for travel, and this foundation fits the bill for both.
I got the color Warm Ivory, which is a good match for my light golden skin. Bobbi's shades run pretty true within her different foundation lines, so I pretty much always use Warm Ivory.
The coverage is medium-to-full. I usually swipe one stripe on my forehead, one alone my nose, and then one on each cheek, and blend with my fingers. The initial coverage is medium, and I like that I can build this up around my undereyes, or any acne scars/spots that need more coverage. I don't need a separate concealer with this one, nor do I set with powder.
It does get oily during the day, so I have to blot 1-2X, which is not a huge problem. I don't touch up during the day, and this wears fairly decently.
As mentioned before, this photographs well, because the finish is satiny, and there is no sunblock to give a whitish cast. I have not experienced any breakouts or clogged pores. Overall, I would probably repurchase. continued >>
I have the Bobbi Brown Face Touch-Up Palette which I love! The concealer and sheer finish powder are great...and then there is the foundation stick. I applied it with my fingers to warm up the product...but even that didn't make the product any easier to apply. It accentuates all my very fine lines, dry areas and isn't long lasting. It feels heavy on and I felt my skin was worse after wearing this foundation. I felt like I was wearing a waxy mask when I had this on and felt extremely self conscious about my skin. I would not recommend this foundation unless you have flawless supple skin and are just wanting to wear a foundation for a couple of hours. I will not be repurchasing the full size of this.
After a short foray into mineral makeup, I am RUNNING back to Bobbi. Nothing matches me as well as her foundations (NC40, BB Natural) and the yellow based formulas are a godsend to my reactive skin. The stick formula can be a tad thick to work with but using this regularly seems to alleviate the problem. Using a primer also helps it to glide on the skin. Yes you're going to have to blot but I'd rather break out the blotting papers than be a completely mattified corpse (cough COLORSTAY cough). I also read a previous review where the reviewer felt that you needed perfect skin to use this product but I'm going to call foul on that. I have good size pores, the largest ones on my cheeks directly next to my nose and this covers those like a dream. It even works under my eyes! I will repurchase whenever I run out!
I was in New York as a tourist and decided to buy makeup at Saks Fifth Avenue. I figured I would be satisfied since 1. I was in NY, and 2. I was buying Bobbi Brown at Saks. Unfortunately, the foundation stick did not turn out like I imagined. I have yet to to try the tinted moisturizer but the stick, is pretty much a stick. I have oily skin and although every other review says the makeup slides off their face, I have the opposite effect. It could be that the stick is old??? but I have the most difficult time smoothing it onto my face. I almost feel like I'mma get some wrinkles from rubbing it on. I do agree with the color combination. Excellent match!! I probably won't be buying this again, and definitely not at an upscale Macy's....they're all the same after all.