Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation Review

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation

Shade: Sand 2
Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD340 (Foundation) | HKD100 (Compact)
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When I first heard of powder foundation, my initial reaction was to say OH GOD
NO. I have combination-dry skin so (in my mind) anything that is powdery that requires me to a) apply with a sponge and b) does not have Japanese/Korean cosmetics-level hydration will leave my ski flakier than usual and just unhappy 🙁 (Covergirl pressed powder, I’m looking at you **cue angry frown**

As a Bobbi Brown fan, I actually got this from Mama Cappuccino, who is similar in skin tone as I am and she had this sitting in her makeup drawer…in her steady rotation of powders, foundations and all other fun stuff. 🙂

Might as well put it to good use, eh? 😀

After my slight issue with the shade of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I decided to pair this lighter powder foundation on top of it (after adding a drop of the Le Metier to it at this point 🙂 ) as a touch up compact and to dust it on top of my foundation with a nice fluffy powder brush. Although the texture of the powder is not as moisturizing as what Japanese/Korean two-way powders are, this powder foundation is comparatively more moisturizing amongst products from major Western companies. I took a stroll by the Bobbi Brown counter to check out the product’s pricing, and I found out that in Hong Kong, the foundation pan and the compact case are sold separately. However, when I went on the Bobbi Brown website, there was no indication of them being sold separately? Maybe someone can verify this? 🙂

At this point, I would repurchase this product if and when I’m feeling extra splurge-y as this is relatively more expensive than the other two-way/powder foundations that I’ve tried out 🙂

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Review

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD350
Shade: Beige 3
SPF: 15
Volume: 30ml/bottle2015-07-24 18.44.03

This is one of those times where I should not have trusted the MUA at the Bobbi Brown counter.

I was shopping as per usual and I perused through the counter; I saw the skin foundation and I wanted to give it a shot, given its lightweight but buildable consistency and skin-like look afterwards. I was shuttled through the colour selection and between Sand 2 and Beige 3, the MUA rattled on about how the foundation will look different under the store light and in daylight outside; as such, I was colour-matched to a Beige 3. I left the store slightly unsure and frazzled as the MUA pushed the foundation into my left hand, my credit card in my right, and sent me on my merry way.

When I tried it the next morning and looked at it at the end of the day, factoring in potential oxidization and everything, I should’ve gone with my gut instinct. It made me look yellow. Christ almighty, she matched me to a more yellow-toned foundation when I have a more neutral-cool undertone. ARGH.

At my time of frustration, Mama Cappuccino waltzes by and asks, “why don’t you just add a drop of foundation that is lighter than what you have right now, so you don’t have to waste it?”

It was like a million light bulbs turned on. Plus, when Mama Cappuccino notes that I would “waste” it, she means the times when I banish products to the Land of All Lost Cause. It’s not a happy place when I think of all the money that was wasted and it sends me into a downward spiral of depression. 🙁

Mama Cappuccino follows up with, “Oh, I have a bottle around here that you can have. It’s too dry for me but maybe it’ll be okay for you”. She whips out the Le Metier de Beaute Classic Flawless Skin Foundation. DOUBLE SCORE. Review to follow later on. 🙂

Shade aside, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation does live up to its skin-like look and lightweight but buildable consistency. However, with such a low SPF 15, I would strongly recommend making sure that you have enough SPF protection in your other facial products, such as your primer/base or daytime moisturizer, to make sure that you have sufficient sun protection. I personally use the Bobbi Brown CC Cream (SPF 30) or the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Base – depending on the weather, my skin condition and my general activities for the day – before applying the foundation. To top it off, I would either dust on a loose powder or use the Bobbi Brown Powder foundation, but with a light hand; the powder foundation will make your overall look thicker for those who don’t like a heavily done look or more flawless to those who are okay with it. It doesn’t, however, look cakey even in that situation.

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Bobbi Brown SPF 50/PA+++ Protective Face Base Review

Bobbi Brown SPF 50/PA+++ Protective Face Base

Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD350
Volume: 40ml/tube
SPF: 50+

The summer here in Hong Kong is stifling hot with the sun shining ever so brightly in the sky; the temperature usually peaks around 36 – 37ºc, and levels out around 35ºc. With this kind of weather, I certainly love me some good makeup base with a higher SPF content that doesn’t a) clog my pores, b) leave a whitish cast and finally, c) would help protect my skin from sun damage. Wrinkles are not a nice addition to any person’s face 🙁

Enter this fantastic tube of sunscreen awesomeness by Bobbi Brown!

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Upon squeezing out a quarter’s worth of the base, I felt that it was very much like a lotion without the usual sunscreen-y smell; in fact, there was a very light hint of lavender in it but it was hardly detectable once I put it on my face. I’ve applied it in two different ways to see if it affects the way my makeup ends up looking: a) spreading it on my palms first to pat it all onto my face and b) dotting it all over my face before blending it in with my fingers. Both of these methods worked just fine without affecting my makeup; it was simply just a matter of preference.

Although this product performed well as an everyday makeup base, I didn’t feel that this did much in terms of oil control. In fact, I would probably apply less of this product if you tend to have oilier skin. I normally use approximately half of a Canadian quarter’s worth of the product for my entire face during the summer; when I used this during the winter I could stand to have a little bit more of the moisturization that this base provided as my combination-dry skin leans towards being dryer during that time. In addition, I experienced no breakouts, itchy patches or general sensitive skin issues 🙂

Between this and the Bobbi Brown’s CC cream that I also have, I would use this product if I strictly wanted higher SPF coverage; I don’t feel that this did much in the brightening or colour-correcting department. For those of you who would wear this base on its own, do not expect to even out your skin tone or blur (minor) blemishes with this as it does much better when paired with a foundation; I would hesitate to say with a BB cream as I feel that that would be too greasy of a combination.

All in all, this was a great purchase and I will be popping it into my shopping basket the next time I have to stock up 🙂

Bobbi Brown CC Cream Review

Bobbi Brown CC Cream

Bobbi Brown Counter: HKD380
Volume: 40ml/tube
Shade: Blushed Nude
SPF: 35

I’ve been on the BB and CC cream wagon for a while now, but for the most parts the shades have been rather off for my skin tone. I’ve been on the hunt for a while now…

Until I caught a sight of this gem at the Bobbi Brown beauty counter!

Courtesy of the Bobbi Brown website :)
Courtesy of the Bobbi Brown website 🙂

Priced at HKD380 per tube, I bought the shade that I felt was closest to my NC20 skin tone, which was the Blushed Nude. The entire CC cream line has a total of five shades with Blushed Nude and Pale Nude which are ideal for fair skin tones; Warm Nude, best for medium skin tones; and Golden Nude and Rich Nude, perfect for deep skin tones.
CC creams are colour-correcting creams, and Bobbi Brown notes that this product will make your skin look healthie2015-07-24 18.22.58r and more even toned when using this as a base. With
prolonged use, the skin will become brighter and more even in skin tone. This cream does not, however, work well as a primer to hang onto any foundation or concealer that is added to the skin; I feel that this is better utilized to even out already-pretty-good skin. For those who have relatively blemish-free skin, the CC cream can be worn alone on top of skincare to even out the skin tone; if you need more coverage, then I suggest topping it off with concealer on your problem areas or a layer of foundation as this CC cream does not cover any imperfections.

When I first squeezed a pea-sized amount and smoothed it onto my skin, the consistency was that of a slightly thicker lotion but not to the point where it’s a cream. As I have combination/dry skin, I don’t feel that this CC cream was greasy or made my skin any oilier after putting it on. In addition, I have not gotten any breakouts or sensitive skin patches; my skin also does appear to be a bit lighter and brighter overall when I consistently used this product everyday for a month; in fact, I used this under a foundation that I have and find to be a little dull on me. I like the fact that it has SPF 35 included so that I can worry about one less layer for my daytime skin care routine 😀

It could be just me, but either way I’m a happy camper with this product!

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