I purchased the discontinued version (Oil-Free Even Finish Foundation SPF 15) in Warm Almond a long time ago because it is a perfect color match. It has been said that foundation is your match if it disappears into your skin, and this one does. However, I'd put it far back in my stash for later use when my skin cleared because imo it is not a full coverage foundation, and not sufficient to cover hyperpigmented blemishes, of which I've had my share. I knew one day it would be a great foundation when my skin cleared, and I was right. I started using the old version on the regular, and got a little anxious because I thought the new version may not be as good. And we all know how difficult finding a good foundation color match is.
This version, imo, is very similar to the discontinued version, and may be better because it comes with a pump, plus it offers just a tad more coverage and is more creamy. Just like the old version, this yellow undertone, super-pigmented liquid evens your skin tone without covering it in a mask-like way. It looks like skin, and not like you are wearing foundation. However, concealer is needed to cover any blemishes.
This foundation is good for me in another way because it motivates me to stick to a skincare regimen to keep my skin clear. Who wants to look like they have on a lot of foundation anway? Not me, anymore at least -lol. One lippie off because it is expensive, but worth it.
UPDATE: I still like this, but not as much as the discontinued version. This one is a tad more pigmented and creamy making the coverage a tad heavier. I miss the nearly water version. But, I will continue to purchase because of the fantastic color match.
Francamente me ha sorprendido mucho!! Mi tono es el 03 clavado y tengo que decir que deja la piel perfecta, se adapta perfectamente, cubre bastante bien.Sin duda se ha convertido en una de mis favoritas!!
This is my first foundation and I got it on sale as part of a package. I was so hyped and the color match was amazing (WARM SAND). I started breaking out on my chin, i thought it was due to lack of sleep. And I started getting quite oily during the day, but I always do and I thought that it was because I forgot to powder it. But then I checked MUA and realized that the breakout and shine could be due to the foundation.
Also the foundation tended to look quite flakey between my eyebrows where the area is more dry. I mixed it with my moisturizer 1:1 but it only stayed on for a while before flaking again
-perfect color match
-came with pump
-provided enough coverage (sheer - medium)
-wasn't buildable enough (especially on dry patches)
-flaky on drier areas
My skin condition summary:
Acne-prone (clogged pores, whiteheads, cystic hormonal, PCOS)
Hyperpigmentation from past acne on cheeks and chin
Darker forehead and around mouth with slightly lighter cheeks
Foundation Color references:
I'm a Pacific Islander and my skin color is olive/tan with yellow/golden undertones.
MAC - NC37 (NC40 in summer)
Bobbi Brown - foundations - Warm Natural 4.5
Bobbi Brown - Sheer Finish Pressed Powder - Warm Natural 6
Bobbi Brown - Bronzing Powder - Natural 1
Chanel - Vitalumiere Aqua - B40 (B50 in summer)
YSL - Touche Eclat Foundation - BD50 (BD60 in summer)
Once in a while I tend to get suckered into buying something different than what I had originally intended. I went to the Bobbi Brown counter with my eyes set on the Skin Foundation SPF15 BUT the counter lady immediately set me on the Long Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF15. Since it was one of their newer products, it makes sense they were trying to push it---shame on me for not checking up on it at Makeupalley first.
The coverage is medium to full and buildable. It's enough to even out skin tone but I had to go over my acne hyperpigmentation with concealor (I use the Bobbi Brown Foundation stick). When the lady first put it on, it looked pretty seamless. About 3-4 hours later I looked oily and needed to blot a lot. Since I spent about $50 CAD on it, I decided I had to use it even though it wasn't HG material. The more I used it, the more I became dissatisfied with how it looked. I would scrutinize my face and notice how the foundation didn't blend in with my skin, rather, sat on top of it. Even when I went for a natural makeup look, the first thing I could see was my foundation, especially in the light of day. At night it doesn't look as noticeable, as you can get away with heavier looking makeup. Thankfully, it also photographed decently.
I had wanted to keep using it just for the sake of spending that much money on it---but after a while I just couldn't keep looking like semi-cake face every day. I will not repurchase.
I'm kind of shocked by all the poor reviews. I found my perfect match in the color Sand. I get a nice even finish with this that does not feel uncomfortable after several hours and seems to float over fine lines making them less noticeable. The SPF 15 is appreciated and my skin is combination. I suppose oilier types or drier skin types may prefer another formula, but I really think this is one of Bobbi's better foundation formulas.
Before I tried this foundation my HG had been Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua, but the shade I bought, Warm Ivory 1, is a much better match than the too pinkish Chanel. I have no line of demarcation at the jawline. The coverage is medium (heavier than the Chanel) but not so opaque that I didn't spring for a solid stick foundation in the same color to cover brown spots and discolorations. It also doesn't get as oily in the t zone as the Chanel did at the end of the day.
Not perfect, but good enough.
Disappointed.. I have to say, it doesn't break my skin out, and my skin is prone to that sort of thing (although I am not sensitive to lavender and infact find it helps my skin, and this has been flagged as a potential culprit in this foundation). I used to use BB's natural finish foundation and this is a poor replacement. It sits differently on the skin, very much like a long-lasting foundation - less naturally, looks a bit dry. It doesn't really last all day, particularly on oil areas. I agree with another reviewer who felt she had to use double the usual quantity - it dries very quickly and is quite thick, so it's hard to get it to spread far on the skin. I use my fingers, as with my usual stippling/buffing brush it just dries too quickly and leaves brush marks. It offers a reasonable coverage, but isn't buildable ENOUGH, for a product that sells itself as providing a buildable coverage. Additional concealer is definitely required.
That said, it IS better than many others I have tried. Bobbi Brown shade selection is super. I don't break out from it. With help from other products (blush, concealer, powder, thorough moisturising beforehand), it does look okay. But for 30 quid a pop and needing double what I'd usually require, this is definitely nowhere near good enough.
Times like these I hate that I live in a no return policy country because I would have definitely returned it.
This was advertised to me as a medium to full coverage foundation perfect for oily skin and itís anyting but.
First of all the basics: it comes in 30 ml pump bottles (1 fl. Oz) for 41 euro. Iím in the shade Warm Ivory thatís a perfect match (NC15), the range has here 10 colours.
I only got out of it a medium coverage, I tried to hide some spots with it by building it up but didnít work. It does even out the skin well and hides any redness.
It doesnít last all day without a primer and wears off on the oily parts of the skin. With a primer it stays put.
The consistency is quite thick so I need 2 pumps to do my whole face when generally I only need 1 pump so itís not really cost efficient.
When applied it feels tacky and shiny, it takes a lot of time to set (more than an hour) so I need to put powder on whether I like it or not if I want to get to work on time.
It has a strong smell of lavender so if youíre sensitive to smells it wonít work for you, for me itís ok.
Every time I wear it I get pimples on my chin and for the moment my skin is more on the combination side so if you have oily skin it will be a disaster. It gets very oily during the day so blotting is also a must.
Luckily it didnít oxidize on me, at least one good thing.
Be very careful with the lavender oil in it and the reaction it gives with the sun, for me itís not problematic we only have 1 month of sun a year but in the summer I got a horrible rash (itchiness, redness and burns) with the Lush Dream Cream and that was because of the lavender oil they use in it.
I will try it a bit more because I hate to know I have to through 41 euro in the garbage but if you didnít buy it please spend your money on something else.
I wanted to love this. I got it in porcelean, and the color match was fantastic and the wear at first was amazing. I bought it on the spot. I was about 2 hours from home, at the ONLY BB in a few hundred mile radius. It looked amazing... until I got home.
My skin felt greasy, and after wearing it for 5 hours, I broke out along my jawline, my forehead and my chin. I tried it again a few days later, and the SAME thing happened. 46 dollars just down the tube. There was no way I was driving 2 hours to return it. I wore it on vacation hoping that the change in climate would help, but nope. Not even in the mild temps of the bay area did it work on my skin.
I found out later on that it has lavender oil in it, which apparently causes some people who are sensitive to break out horribly. This did not work for my skin, sadly,
I honestly DO NOT understand how Ms. Brown's products got the high status they have. Especially her foundations. I must have sampled pretty much all of them and none of them - not one - ever made it past my "I hate it" grade. I won't even bother to review them according to category since they all have the same effect on me: they make oily in seconds (even with powder), they look unnatural, they break me out. And don't even start me on the apology for coverage they give. This one is no exception. Gooey, unnatural, no coverage. I know better than wearing BB's fdts. for longer than a day, so I guess this one didn't have time to give me zits.
Bobbi Brown is the poster girl for rip-off, in my opinion. With VERY FEW exceptions, her makeup - all categories - is poorly pigmented, often bad for your skin, and ridiculously glittery. I know she enjoys a sort of chi-chi cult following, but don't ask me to explain it, much less justify it. Just comes to prove that as long as manufacturers "package it nice and market it right" some people will buy baloney. Oh, well. It takes all sorts, and all that rot.