Bobbi Brown • Extra Spf 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm • Tinted Moisturizer
|Would buy this product again.||63%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I will openly state that I work for this line, so please take that into consideration.
However, I recognize that some products are not that great, and some are "meh" and some are just awesome. This is the latter.
I am constantly trying to make my clients feel lit from within and like they are comfy in their own skin. I'm not much of an "artist" but I love my clients and want them to feel gorgeous. The best way I can do that, for my skill set, is to beautify their skin. I want them to have gorgeous skin...even if my "smokey eye" skills need more work!
This product is super moisturizing and "whipped" in feeling; like the consistency of a really decadent chocolate mousse. It goes further than many similar tinted moisturizers, both in coverage and especially in moisture. A little goes a long way.
As described, it does have SPF, which is awesome. Other benefits:
-this product would easily sub as a moisturizer (i.e. you won't need any other moisture) for most dry skin types. If you are truly scaling and flaking, then you might need to exfoliate and then heal with something from a derm, etc. Everyone else, including women who love to really baby their skin with moisture....is ideal for this product. So, in one way, you are saving $$ by not getting a separate moisturizer.
-this product is amazing for more mature skin. If you are younger and possibly more oily, this might not stay as long on you. If you are more dry, and especially if you are dealing with wrinkles....this is the BEST product. It plumps up your skin, leaves a healthy glow and dries a little so you don't feel too wet when it sets in.
-the colors are different from typical BB colors. They go in Alabaster, Extra Light, Light, Light to medium, Medium, Med to Dark, Dark, Rich (maybe also "Deep" IIRC). Because this is more sheer, it really is not the end of the world if you have to go one shade lighter or you can't get what you feel is a "perfect" match. This is a sheer coverage, so it's workable. I like to apply with a brush, but some probably prefer clean fingers. I never leave brush strokes, but if that happens, stick with using clean fingers.
- the spf is high enough to be used in a sunny situation! Like...at the beach, pool, etc. Once again, eliminating an extra product.
* the packaging is gorgeous and elegant. A nice sized glass pot with durable lid. Some may not like the pot style, but i love it. If hygiene is an issue, you can use a small scooper to put some on your hand and use that as your palette.
* the cost is not bad for the fact that it's long-lasting, smells amazing (oh yes), and can sub for up to 3 different items in your bag.
* this would be a great option for those who want to ease into foundation at an older age....maybe they are concerned with looking spackle-y. This will achieve a glowy, luminous, dewy/radiant effect. I used it on a woman who quite literally was jumping up and down in my chair, LOL....she was like PLEASE let me have this product. I couldn't get her to calm down until she had it in her hands, LOL.
Enjoy if you decide to give this a try!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
Really didn't get on with this product... I have dry skin type and love tinted moisturizers, most tinted moisturizers I use have some coverage just to even out skin tone (like Nars, Max Factor CC cream etc) but this is true to its name, it is a moisturizer with a hint of colour and doesn't hide anything. In the jar it looks like quite pigmented but when you apply it is surprisingly sheer. This might be good for some but not what I wanted. I am also a fan of the dewy look, and this made my skin look greasy and that's coming from someone with dry skin problems... The worst thing about this product I found was the smell which was potent and very botanical. Someone said below it smells like lavender... lavender is one of my favourite smells and it smells nothing like it in my opinion! It just smells... I dunno I just hate it! Like very concentrated cheap orange squash?? I don't think it is a generally offensive smell but it was to me and it was so strong, even when I washed it off I could still smell it it made me feel ill! I used it twice and then vowed never again. Waste of money for me...
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Really upset about this product, for me anyway! I have very fair skin and I did my research, and came across the Bobbi Brown range and saw that they had the Alabaster tint, for very pale skin like myself. Happy because I've been trying to find a foundation that is pale enough for AGES. I was torn between the balm and the normal tinted moisturiser in the tube but went for the balm due to the amazing reviews I had read! So I ordered mine online in the fairest tint going (alabaster) and it arrived earlier today. Using a real techniques buffing brush to apply it, the colour was too dark which was the least of my worries, this was a tinted moisturiser and not even a foundation and it was too dark?! :( It also looked quite greasy on my face, not 'dewy' as I had hoped and how other people experienced this. Overall I am quite upset as I thought this would be the end of my search for a foundation for my pale skin. However the product does smell REALLY nice and seems like it would be very moisturising which is good if you have dry skin (I do). Wish it didn't appear so dark on me! :(
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Blue
I decided I'd better write what I love about this product because there might be another 50 something person out there who isn't big on wearing makeup but who just needs a good amount of moisture and would like a tiny bit of tint with that hydration. That's what this balm is and does. It's a lovely slippery balm, never meant to cover your zits or freckles, but meant to give a little spf and moisture. The tint is just a plus. I LOVE the jar it comes in. I want glass containers whenever possible and this is a beauty. The scent is something like lavender... and I happen to adore the scent. I have no issues with this product other than confusion about the right choice of color. I got the light tint the first time, but think I may go darker for my second. I doubt it will matter much because this product is so sheer. On top of the balm I use BB bronzers and blushers and generally feel I'm looking my low-maintenance best. The balm acts as a good base for my powder bronzers. Seems to help them last all day. Works for me !
Age: 44-55 Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Got this after watching Lisa Eldridge's foundation video. I am Light color (Mac NC25 for comparison) and the color match is good. Something in this formula makes parts of my face red but eventually the redness subsides. I could accept that because I have very dry skin and this is one of the few tinted moisturizers that doesn't dry up during wear. However the coverage is nil and probably only looks good if you have perfect skin (but then you wouldn't need such a product). The SA told me to apply another moisturizer underneath, which doesn't make sense as the chemical sunscreens would not absorb properly.
One comment - why doesn't Bobbi Brown list ingredients on its website?
Strong fragrance but doesn't bother me. I detest the jar packaging and feel it's a pot of bacteria. I had very high hopes for this product and even traveled an hour to purchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I have normal/dry skin and wear N1 in Mac face and body and 118 in MUFE. I have the second lightest shade. This is what I use daily. I like that the coverage is very sheer. I also love the SPF 25. This is extremely moisturizing and is a thick balm. The sent is strong but I like it. If you have oily skin this would not work for you. Also if you want coverage, not for you. But for me it's amazing!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other, Tan, Warm Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
For reference I'm NC40 and wear Medium-toDark in this product. This product is for the driest of dry skins. If you have normal skin, combination skin or oily skin... do NOT buy this product. If you do, I guarantee you will be disappointed. All that being said, however, if you have very dry skin, you will LOVE this! My skin is wacko and changes from very dry to dry to normal to combination to oily. Hormones, yanno? Anyway, I don't wear this all the time - only when my skin is feeling super parched and dry. When it's in that "mode" and I want to protect my skin and nourish it while evening out the color, THIS product is the one I reach for. I apply using the Buffing Brush from Real Techniques and it provides a hint of color which evens out my skin tone and gives me a "glow". Once my skin recovers and becomes more balanced, I don't wear this or I will look shiny and feel greasy. For the right skin type (DRY skin) this product is wonderful.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I came to the end of a tube of Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser and thought I'd give something else a try. I had this applied by a Bobbi Brown artist and then took a sample pot home - I'm glad I didn't buy it. Even though she did a nice job, I didn't feel it gave me enough coverage. It's VERY sheer. I have combination skin that is sensitive and I don't like too much coverage, but this was so sheer as to be barely covering anything at all. I do like the smell and it is really a 'balm' - in a way it is one of the products that is truly a tinted moisturiser (we generally expect tinted moisturisers to act like light coverage foundations). Anyway, it was very moisturising but I didn't like the shiny finish it gave (not dewy, shiny), and even setting with powder didn't stop the shine from coming back later. I'll stick with LM for now!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I got a generous sample of this from the department store. I have dry skin and the Bobbi Brown consultant said this has more converage than a tinted moisturizer, but less that a full foundation.
My first impressions were that it was great. It goes on more like a skin treatment than a makeup and feels very nourishing and luxurious. The smell is also really nice, but may aggravate you if you are super sensitive. It smells almost herbal or botanical to me. Once applied, it gave a really pretty and glowing finish. I don't have a lot to conceal, but it seemed to give a good amount of coverage as well. Anyway, that was on the first day.
By the third day, instead of glowy it was starting to appear greasy and shiny. Within a week I was broken out on my chin and forehead and nose. I hardly ever break out like this, so I know this was the culprit.
I have to agree with those who say this is only for VERY DRY skin. My skin is pretty dry and with continued use this balm made me a broken out mess. Also, sunscreen and other skin nutrients are not photo stable in a jar container. They need to be in an airtight, light tight container.
Overall this was a big miss for me.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I always have a jar of this stuff to hand as, during the day at work, I don't wear full foundation anymore (the air conditioning/heating seemed to dry foundation out and it ends up looking cakey). However, this stuff doesn't do that. My skin is clear enough that it gives enough coverage (with a little extra help needed from concealer around the nose area and for any "monthly" spots I might get). I really like the smell and have no issue with it. It smells fresh and citrus-like, to me. As with another reviewer, my skin looks good at the end of the day after this. I keep buying it, anyway.