For years, my go-to powder has been Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder – a respectable and reliable staple in my makeup bag, and at only £3.99 a pop. Not bad. I’d not really dabbled in any other powder foundations as I’d normally just buy the Rimmel powder in translucent to simply reduce shine instead of add colour. It was only when I made a visit to John Lewis to buy some other makeup that I happened upon this product, which lead to my second venture into high-end powders (my first was an ill-fated affair with an Urban Decay compact – but we’ll talk about that another time).
Long story short, I’d bought some NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, had ages to wait for the next train home, so spent a few minutes browsing the Bobbi Brown counter, with no intention of buying anything. I eventually got chatting to the SA, who talked me into buying this. And I’m glad I did…
The reason primarily being that there’s a Bobbi Brown shade – “Sand” – which suits my skintone absolutely perfectly. After buying the NARS foundation which was a shade slightly too pale for summer, I tried this over the top, and it looked beautiful. The formula is so soft and smooth, it doesn’t look at all cakey when applied over foundation (which I find is a problem when using a coloured, rather than translucent, foundation).
It comes in the most gorgeous, classy packaging, which looks so elegant on my dresser. It is a little long and bulky, which doesn’t make it great for travel in some people’s opinion, but I think it’s good because this means it has a generously sized mirror – perfect for using to apply makeup, instead of using a dinky little pocket-size compact. It’s pretty sturdy too, so I don’t think you have to worry about the product smashing up in your bag.
It also comes with a little applicator sponge, which is of great quality, but, admittedly, I don’t use it because I prefer a brush, and find it’s not the best tool to use for powder application. But hey, I guess you could use it for liquid foundation?
My only issue is that I think it’s a little overpriced for what it is. Don’t get me wrong: it’s the best powder foundation I’ve ever used, its quality is amazing, but £33.00 for some powder? I don’t know how I feel about that. I will point out that the Urban Decay compact powder I bought lasted about a month before I hit pan, whereas I’ve been using this for about 3-4 months just about every day, and I’ve barely made a dent in it. Urban Decay’s costs £22 for 7.4g, and you get 11g for £33 with Bobbi Brown. I don’t know. I guess I’ll see how long it takes me to finish it, then decide if it’s worth the price tag.
Have you tried Bobbi Brown Weightless Powder Compact Foundation? What’s your favourite powder? Let me know!
Consistency: Very soft and finely milled, so it doesn’t look cakey on top of liquid foundation.
Sensitive Skin Suitability: 5/5
Staying Power: Leaves my face matte all day.
Price: £33.00 for 11g
Overall Rating: 9/10. Best powder foundation I’ve tried so far, but there could be better out there for a lower price.