Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Review

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Review

Story time: I had a free sample of the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick a few years ago. I didn’t think much of it (though I was impressed with the generous sample size) and just kept it in my bag as a touch-up product. I found it too thick and cakey-looking, difficult to apply and the wear-time, I thought, was poor.

Fast forward to last month when I was bumming around Cardiff (read: perusing each and every single beauty counter in all the department stores). I was mostly looking to buy one particular foundation (Shiseido Sun Protection Liquid foundation you are my one true love, don’t ever leave me) but of course I spent a long time looking at others because…well, trying new things is fun, isn’t it? I’m quite loyal to a few foundations, but I like to dabble here and there.

I went into House of Fraser to buy the Shiseido foundation, but I ended up chatting to the girl at the Bobbi Brown counter. I thought I’d test out the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick once again because it had been a few years and I felt like trying something different (although I wasn’t expecting much).

What was really interesting, though, was how the SA applied it: she used a fluffy brush, gently sweeping it across the top of the stick to pick up product, then applied it to my face. This made a huge difference to the finish of the foundation! I was seriously impressed with how natural this looked, especially considering the cakey finish I’d previously achieved. In fact, I was so convinced I bought a stick as well as the other foundation I was looking for!

The Product: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is a medium, buildable to full-coverage foundation in stick form. It seems to have a bit of a cult status among beauty gurus (Wayne Goss’s video on it prompted me to try it a second time).

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Here’s a little about the foundation from the Bobbi Brown website:

Designed to look and feel like skin, this award-winning foundation is formulated with a unique transparent base and skin tone correct pigments for the most natural-looking, skin-like finish. A Bobbi Brown original, the innovative formula features Smart Technology for targeted moisturization or oil control depending on what skin needs. Delivers medium to full coverage and comes in a convenient swivel-up stick for at home and on-the-go application. Available in 31 skin tone correct shades.

First time around I wasn’t totally convinved this was “skin-like” at all – it seemed really heavy and mask-like. Turns out I just hadn’t found the best way to apply it (for me, anyway).

How did it perform:

Really well! It’s not my favourite foundation in the world, but it’s great for everyday wear to work. I find it covers up redness really nicely, looks natural and doesn’t slip around on my face. It also doesn’t highlight any dry patches, which is a winner.

Wear-time was great – it lasted a whole day in work without moving or breaking up. I would probably say this isn’t best for a night on the town, however.

This blends really nicely, especially when applied with a fluffy brush as opposed to drawing it straight onto your face.

I got this in the shade Cool Ivory, but there are so many shades I ended up finding about 4 I could potentially use. I just picked this one because I like it the most. Most of the colours run pretty yellow/warm, but on the plus side, they cater to quite a wide range of darkers colours, so if you’re not pale and you struggle to find the right shade, this could be a good option.

My Verdict


  • Applies really nicely (when you find the best way that suits you!)
  • Lasts a full day at work.
  • Looks really natural.
  • Huge colour selection.
    Doesn’t irritate my skin.


  • Possibly not as hard-wearing as foundations like Estee Lauder Double wear. Better for daytime than partying til 5am.
  • Great colour selection, but possibly not best for those with lighter/cooler skin tones.
  • Kind of unhygienic? I can see the little bits of dust and crap that are gathering on the top of the foundation, which I guess is unavoidable if you’re applying this directly to your face or with your fingers. Gross. But then again I like to pick my nose when no one’s looking, so who am I to judge? (Don’t look at me like that, you do it too).
  • Pretty expensive for the amount of product you get. I only use a little bit day-to-day and have found I’ve used a fair amount in under a month – well, a lot more than other foundations in comparison.

Overall: 8/10. The Bobbi Brown skin Foundation Stick is a really beautiful for everyday wear, although I’m not 100% sure yet if it’s worth the hefty pricetag. On the plus side. it has no added fragrance and is great for sensitive skin.

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Compact Foundation | Review

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.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 | Review

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.