I had a lot of hopes on this - because this was my first Bobbi Brown purchase. Bobbi Brown is highly overrated, and of course I was taken in by the hype, which is why I forked the $$$$ on this product.
Let me say right away the 1 star is for coverage and skin tone match. This does match my skin nicely, and it does a good job with coverage. It is yellow based so might not work for everyone.
Next thing I know -- MAJOR BREAKOUTS! I do have acne prone skin but my other foundations do not make me breakout like this one does. Huge red bumps, gross.
Basically here is a run down of the cons:
1. Oily foundation - this will definitely clog your pores (if you have visible pores do not use)
2. Sort of hard to blend
3. Does not stay on your face that long
4. Definitely not the right kind of foundation for sensitive / acne prone skin
This is far and away the most expensive item I own, but it is the best cosmetic product I own. Since I first used it in 2000, when a Bobbi Brown makeup artist was hired for a wedding I was in, no foundation could ever compare and do even a fraction of what this does. After using this, using any other foundations will seem as logical as using white out on your face. This covers EVERYTHING, you will look amazing in photos but also amazing in real life. I have used foundations that do not work at all or, even worse, look cakey up close. Gross! I am not surprised to read that Dutchess Kate uses BB foundation, there really is no comparison.
Beautiful product for touching up in the day, as the formula is blendable and the packaging is ace for a make-up bag. My friend uses this as an all over base, and I sometimes use a slightly darker shade as a contour tool! Love love love.
This has been on the market for a while, and I never tried it before because I always felt Bobbi Brown's foundations in particular, and entire line in general, was way too warm-toned or yellow-based for me. However, in seeing all the great color options now available in her eyeshadows (and formulations like the creme), I decided to give this line a try. I bought the iconic stick foundation in Sand 2 (I am a Mac NW20 for the most part) and the color seemed to brighten me up and look fine. I thought the texture (smooth, creamy, elegant) was beautiful and liked the packaging (in a stick) and thought it was convenient and handy. However the application was where I was disappointed. I tried several different methods. I used a damp beauty blender, and it was like a magic trick: the foundation kept disappearing the more I would put on and "bounce" with the blender, the more it would evaporate (and not onto the sponge!). So I tried fingers, a foundation brush (Sigma), and a normal wedge sponge (dry). Finally getting enough to stay on with the brush or wedge I was satisfied. However, within about 2 hours, max, the foundation was again gone. My skin is on the dry side, so I used Bobbi's Face Base underneath, and though that was the culprit, so I tried the stick without any primer. The foundation still disappeared. And what I was left with the next morning, was a large zit on my NOSE! I am not acne-prone, so I'm thinking something about this foundation does not agree with my skin. Anyway, it gets three stars for it's shade range, luxurious feeling formula, convenience, and packaging, and may be great for others, just sadly did not work for me!
This product is amazing! The handy packaging makes touch ups super easy and that's if you need them at all! The creamy formula is amazing for my dry skin that other foundations seem to make worse. It's only downfall, the price! Yet it's worth every cent.
Great coverage, long lasting and easy to toss in your make-up bag and travel with. I wear this in the colour "Beige 3" which is the best match I have ever seen on my NC25-30 skin.This is a staple in my kit and I have been using it for over 2 years.
Coverage - this is medium to full. Bobbi Brown SA say this can also be used in place of concealer for most blemishes and undereyes circles. I still prefer to use a more peachy under eye concealer, but this works in a pinch. If I want less coverage I sheer this out with a tinted moisturiser. I like BB's natural, yellow-based colours that actually resemble skintones, so you are likely to find a match in this line.
Wear - Lasts all day till I have to remove my makeup. I set this with a light dusting of powder in the t-zone (either YSL/Laura Mercier/ or MAC mineralize skinfinish natural). Unlike NARS the Radiant Cream foundation and countless others, on me, this doesn't cake up/collect around the nose or cheek area. I actually sometimes specifically use it around the nose to cover up broken capillaries there. No flash back and looks great in photographs.
Ease of use - I love the classy and simple packaging, very convenient. No mess if you want to take it with you. If I have to go out after work I can tuck this into my purse for touch-ups.
Cons - because this is a solid cream foundation, it is probably not the best for acne-prone skin. I personally have not experienced any breakouts even though I am acne-prone and have been using this for over 2 years. Whether something is comedogenic is very personal and there is no scientifically proven list with definite a yes/no of what is and what isn't going to cause breakouts and blackheads - although it is advisable in general to avoid thickeners used in cream foundations. Again - this hasn't caused me any problems and I have been using it for a while on a daily, long-term basis, but your skin may be different.
I would and do repurchase this.
I can't believe the low ratings for this foundation. This is my long searched for HG foundation! I love how this can be used as foundation or concealer. I usually apply one streak on each cheek (from about an inch below the outer corner of the eye to the corner of the nose), a smaller thin streak from the bridge to the tip of the nose, about three dots on the forehead and one dot on the chin. Blend in with fingers using quick circular motions, and VOILA: perfect light-looking coverage that is anything but sheer! I don't feel it on my face at all. The staying power is awesome. I only use a light dusting of setting powder for a little oil control and this foundation seriously lasts all day on my combo skin and the humid climate I live in. The only thing that sucks is the price, but I suppose it is worth it to look and feel my best, so I will continue to repurchase.
I use this in dashes across my face where I need more coverage, then blend with a drop of tinted moisturizer. I could never imagine using this as a full-out foundation--it would be way too heavy and thick. But to give my TM a little more coverage where I need it, it works nicely. Also serves well as under eye concealer. I have two shades--I like it!
To be honest, i am super surprised at the feedback on this product... i had really good luck with it, thankfully, because it was almost $50. One thing that puzzled me is why it would be called a foundation. I NEVER used it as such, i used it as a concealer. I would dab it onto my blemishes and imperfections after applying primer, and then I would use my foam blending brush to blend it in. I wonder if anyone else was confused by this- and thats partly why the reviews are so low? This product is a bit misleading, because it has all the properties of a good concealer- its thick and creamy, easy to blend, and gives a very high coverage... of you used this all over your face, like you would a normal foundation, you would look like a clown with a chunky, thick mask on your face... this is why its used on my face as a concealer. Moving on, i LOVE that it comes in a stick... it is totally mess free, I am able to use every bit of the product without any going to waste, i got the light/fair skin color and it matches my skintone perfectly... i love that because this product does come in a stick, you dont NEED any brushes or blending tools- your finger works just as good with achieving that perfect look. One of the only downfalls for me was the price... as much as i loved this product, it wasnt my HG product, worth spending the $50 on. I have a feeling my tube will last me a very long time, being that i only use it as a concealer. I would highly reccomend getting a sample of this first, to see how you like it... i have a feeling the name on the tube is why we pay an arm and a leg. anyway. try it for yourself, i totally love it, the price is the only thing that may hinder me to re-purchase! <3
Got this in porcelain to suit my pale neutral skin and it matches pretty well however this stuff is not full coverage, it is medium at most and even then you need to use loads and since you don't get much of it , I doubt it's very cost effective. And it does seem to stick to dry bits.