I didn’t know much about the Bobbi Brown brand when I went to the counter in John Lewis for a little snoop around. I was really just killing time while waiting for a train, but ended up coming away with a powder foundation (which is lovely, by the way – I’ll review it soon) and a sample of the skin foundation.
I just want to point out how absolutely lovely the sales assistant was. She spent ages with me while I faffed about deciding which shade was best for my skin. I was literally there for about 25 minutes umming and ahhing about whether I preferred “Sand” or “Warm Sand” (I went with “Sand”). She also educated me about the brand and how Bobbi wanted to create a makeup line which dedicated itself to looking as natural as possible. Why did I not know this before? I absolutely detest foundations which look fake and cakey – Mac and the Maybelline Dream Mousse foundations come to mind – so it sounded perfect for me. Anyway, she was generous with the samples that I came away with 2 sachets of the skin foundation, and a sample of the skin foundation stick.
The thing about this foundation is that it will look amazing if you already have great skin. I’m very lucky in that my teenage years were kind to me. I have no acne scarring, and my skin, although sensitive, is actually pretty normal with no particularly large pores. My only problem is redness in my cheeks and on my nose, but this covers them quite well and I use NARS’ Creamy Concealer on the bits it doesn’t (eye bags, I hate you).
To be honest, you will probably struggle with the coverage if you have problem skin. Although it’s quite buildable, it probably won’t give you the coverage you need if you are really blemish prone, or have acne or acne scars This is definitely one to keep for days when my skin is in good condition.
The longevity is okay. It’s no Estee Lauder Double Wear, but I find my redness is still covered when I get home from work 9 hours after application. It could be better, but this is not a full coverage foundation, so don’t expect it to look immaculate for longer than 8 hours.
There’s a great choice of shades, most of them being yellow based and better for warm skin tones, but most skin has yellow undertones, so it’s quite likely you’ll find a match. I actually find that yellow toned foundations cancel out some of the redness in my cheeks, so this could work for you if that’s a problem you have too.
I’m not a huge fan of the fact that is has SPF. I prefer to apply a sunscreen separately, and feel like SPF in foundation (especially if it’s really low) is a bit pointless. Plus it can give you a ghostly face if you’re photographed with flash – not great for a night out. The SPF is pretty low (15), so this may be alright for nights out sans ghostface, but I’ve yet to trial it and find out.
It’s great if you have quite sensitive skin because there’s no perfume in it. I’ve had no bad reaction whatsoever, and it’s quite dewy looking/hydrating, so if you have the occasional dry patch (like me), it should be great for you. It’s definitely not a matte foundation because it’s supposed to look like skin – so it has a lovely dewy, natural-looking finish.
Consistency: It’s a water-based foundation, so it’s pretty runny. Doesn’t feel waxy or thick, very light and easy to blend.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5.
Price: £31 for 30ml
Overall Rating: 8/10. I’d like a little more coverage and longevity, but there’s a great choice of shades, and I’ve found probably the closest match for my skin tone so I’m going to stick with it for a while.