holy moly perfection. seriously looks just like skin!!
I have been using this for a week now and I've decided that I like it quite a lot, even considering the hefty price tag. My skin is pale with yellow undertones, and although I wear Alabaster in Bobbi Brown's Moisture Rich foundation (which runs dark), I was matched to Warm Ivory in Skin foundation. This is a very good match, so much so that I realized my previous foundation was a poorer match than I thought. However, on cool-toned ladies I think even the light shades might run a bit too yellow.
Having worn Bobbi Brown's tinted moisturizer (the old and new formulas) in the past, I think I can easily explain some differences between Skin foundation and tinted moisturizer. First, Skin foundation has more coverage than the TM. Although Skin is actually of thinner, waterier consistency than the TM, it is definitely more pigmented and evens out the skin tone to a greater extent. Second, the finishes of the TM and Skin foundation are different. I was pleasantly surprised that Skin gives a nice satin finish - not flat matte, not glowy - whereas I've found the finish of the TM to be a little more glowy. I do tend to have a little shine breakthrough during the day and setting TM with powder is a must for me whereas I could go without powder wearing Skin if I wanted. That said, I still get a little shiny later in the day while wearing Skin, and setting with a light layer of rice powder has been helpful to keep the shine at bay. Finally, the newer formulation of Bobbi Brown's TM has more neutral shades, and I think that the shades in Skin tend to run more yellow (with the exception of Alabaster, which appeared more neutral and even a little pinkish but is VERY light).
The SA told me that 2 pumps would cover my entire face and he was right. One pump wasn't quite enough though I can get by with a pump and a half. I apply using a MAC 187 brush and use a foundation brush to reach the undereye area and the contours of my nose. I've also applied with fingers and this works fine.
For ladies with sensitive skin, I will corroborate a previous reviewer's statement that this foundation is non-irritating. It's very comfortable to wear and doesn't feel heavy at all. Also, I haven't noticed any increase in breakouts and I have slept with it on my face to no ill effect.
But does it look like skin? Maybe I'm thinking about this question too literally, but my answer is no. This product gives a very natural-looking yet polished finish. I don't think anyone who knows anything about makeup would think I wasn't wearing foundation. However, as foundations go this is about as close to natural as I've come. Overall I'm very satisfied and would strongly consider repurchasing.
I really like this! I use use 1 pump for my face and blend in REALLY good with fingers. It seems to melt into my skin not stay on top like everything else I have tried. I don't think this has a lot of coverage it just evens out my skin like a tint. I think it's a bit expensive, but I like it so much it was worth the price. The trick for me is to make sure I blend in really good!
The eye-catching thing about this foundation was that it's supposed to look like "Skin". But, unfortunately, it doesn't quite give the "no-makeup", "skin" look that it claims. It still gives a relatively natural finish but in areas where my pores are slightly larger (they're not large to begin with), it emphasizes them even more and "fills them in" so it looks like "dots" of foundation on my nose and along the sides of my nose.
The texture is really great though. It's very nice and smooth. The Bobbi Brown makeup artists suggested to use a foundation brush but I do NOT like using it w/ this foundation. I find that using the foundation brush makes the foundation simply sit on my face (which still looks fine for the first couple of hours)...but then afterwards, it'll start slightly 'melting'. I find using my fingers to blend it in like a tinted moisturizer gives lighter coverage and looks better than w/ a foundaiton brush. The foundation also doesn't have good oil-control properties, if any. I have combination/oily or combination/dehydration skin depending on the day and it does nothing for my oils. It DOES seem to moisturize/hydrate but in a such a way that it seems like it moisturizes with hidden "oils" and not water. As a result, my face looks oily after a few hours.
I also don't like how 'yellow' the foundation is. I'm Warm Sand or Sand and both of them have too much of a yellow undertone that does not suit my face colour.
I think this skin foundation would work for people would dehydrated or dry skin or for the younger folks.
I got a couple of sample packets of it in Sand. It is an OK foundation, but it does have a lot of coverage. Even when I use just a tiny bit, it covers a lot and my preference is for very light coverage. It has the opacity to it and a bit of shine also which I happen to dislike. I know a bit of reflectiveness is good at making the wrinkles appear minimized, but dislike the overall effect of it. Young skin looks velvety and matte at the same time -- a very hard effect to achieve and I don't believe this one does it. There's a bit of oiliness that comes through after a couple of hours of wear, a not so flattering sheen. The texture upon immediate application is nice, probably due to silicones, which tend to make foundations float over your skin, making them appear slightly masky, but not really disappear into it. I prefer foundations to meld with skin, it looks more natural. Maybe I haven't mastered the application, I didn't try it with a brush, as other people here suggested.
I dropped by the Bobbi Brown counter to purchaser eyeliner and ended up buying this foundation after two of the sales ladies raved about it. I'm really impressed with it. I apply it with my Mac 188 brush, and the results are perfect. It provides coverage but still looks natural and gives a radiant glow. The price is rather high at $45 a bottle, but a little goes a long way. I have a couple other foundations I really like (Revlon Colorstay and Mac Satinfinish) but have to say this one is a tad nicer. I will repurchase.
It seems that everybody is getting on the natural "skin" foundation bandwagon now. This one's OK, but it can't touch Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation for a natural look. I don't like the way BBSF wears through the day. After an hour or so, it has a much greasier look and feel than GA or Diorskin Nude, though upon initial application BBSF is more matte than GA. BBSF does have sunscreen, which imo is its only advantage. On me, Honey/5 is as orange as the Great Pumpkin--and that's BEFORE it's even had a chance to oxidize (as BB foundations tend to do.) I just can't get a perfect color match with any BB foundation, so it's never going to REALLY look like my skin. This line seems to work better on paler skins. Blehhh, I currently have better options on my dressing table.
UPDATE: I hadn't really given this one a chance. Honey was too dark and orange, but 4.5 works perfectly. It looks great set with my LM translucent powder. Yes, I know that Bobbi doesn't like translucent powder but, it's essential if you don't want the added color of Bobbi's highly pigmented powders.) I find that Bobbi's foundations need about 15 minutes to settle in. It's still not favorite, though I may turn to it more this summer if it doesn't melt off.
Updated Update: I really like this now. Decent coverage-adds a little color, but still looks quite natural. Choosing a lighter shade has made all the difference. A little goes a long way. The matching cover stick is great for adding more coverage where you need it while keeping a natural look. Bravo, Bobbi!
This foundation is beautiful - it glides on so smooth giving you that flawless matte look. Does not irritate your skin whatsoever and everything that it says it will do it does just that. The BEST!
This may be my HG foundation, and I have tried so many it's been hard on the pocketbook! It goes on easily and smoothly, and blends beautifully. Looks natural. It has a thin consistency compared to many other foundations, but I am liking that because of the easy application. The suncreen contains UVA protection, HURRAY! and the color looks perfect on me. There is such a large color range I would guess most people could find a good match. I use Beige. I have some redness in my fair/medium skin (rosacea) and this balances it out. Also I tend to sting with suncreens but this product feels perfectly comfortable on my skin! I am loving this product.
Let me begin by saying I have very, very sensitive acne prone skin. So trying to find a foundation that actually works for me has been a very long nightmare. I settled for Revlon colorstay foundation for a few months, which didn't seem to irritate my sensitive skin at first, but I think prolonged use of it and the vigorous routine of having to take it off at night has taken its toll on my sensitive skin in a short time.
So I saw that Bobbi Brown had a new foundation out and I am a sucker for trying new foundations, in the hope that I will find one that works for my skin. So far, after trying it for a week I think I like it.
I would describe it as a bit heavier than tinted moisturizer. If you have more problematic skin like myself, you can layer it up without it looking cakey. It doesn't completely cover everything and you will need concealer for any red areas, but it does a pretty good job of looking natural. After wearing it an entire day at work, it still looked like skin and not a cakey mess!!
The colors set quite yellowy, so I would suggest going a shade lighter. I bought the 4.5 color I thought matched me but it set alot darker.
All in all I am impressed so far and will update once I've worn it for a bit longer.