Bobbi Brown Fondation Stick

Right, now I’ll put this out there straight away to avoid any confusion: I have not been using this product as an all over foundation,  instead I’ve been using it as a concealer for my blemishes.  So if you’re looking for a review on how this fares as a foundation then I don’t know how helpful this post will be to you.

I bought this as my concealer instead of Bobbi Brown’s actual concealer stick -which is called “face touch up stick“- as I felt that it had a more moisturising formula which is essential for me as the parts of my face I really need to conceal can get incredibly dry,  and I thought the concealer stick would just drag over the areas and look cakey.  Also gram-for-gram the foundation stick is much better value, at £3.00 per 1g compared to £7.83 per 1g, and considering how much concealer I get through this is a significant saving.

The casing is a nice lightweight metal, perfect for makeup on the go as it can be kept easily in your purse.  The moisturising formula lends itself to quick and easy application,  as it’s creamy and smooth the product will just glide on.

Obviously on application the colour will be lighter than the colour of the stick,  but the basic under tones are the same.  I went to my local Bobbi Brown counter to be matched to a shade,  and surprisingly enough I’m not actually the palest shade you can get!  Apparently I’m porcelain which is a very light shade with neutral to yellow undertones, this hint of yellow helps to minimise the redness around my nose and of my blemishes.  For those interested in this product I think it’s important to have a shade matched to your skin as opposed to just guessing,  but for those who’d like to use my skintone as reference,  alabastar was too pale and warm ivory came out too yellow on my skin.

This is the product blended out on my very pale, slightly pink, and veiny inner wrist,  and in my opinion it covers these “problems” fairly well.  The yellow manages to tone down the purpley veins and my pinky skin, but at the same doesn’t drastically change the colour of the skin.  A lot of foundations have the problem of oxidising,  which means after a few hours of wear it darkens,  but this product does not oxidise at all so you don’t have to worry about having bumped up a shade by early afternoon.  A very big issue I do have with this product though is its wear time,  due to the mositurising formula it melts off my skin after 4 or 5 hours,  but to combat this I put a bit extra powder onto the concealed areas to set it.  I feel the coverage it gives to blemishes is excellent and I can go out without foundation if I’m wearing this with a touch of pressed powder, as it gives me a lovely natural and casual look.  So Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick at £27 is a little overpriced in my opinion because of the poor wear  time,  but because of the smooth application and wide colour range it gets a 7/10 from me.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara, Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara, and Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

The staple of anyones makeup bag will always be a decent mascara,  it instantly lifts your overall appearance and makes you look more awake.  I only use one coat of mascara as more than that tends to clump on my lashes,  and these reviews are just based on my lashes which are short,  dark,  and thick,  so they might come out better on different lash types.  My opinion is based around the main qualities of a mascara;  the ability to lengthen,  curl,  volumise, darken,  and its value for money. 

No Mascara

Unfortunately as you can see I have quite short lashes, and in this picture an irritated eye.

Chanel Inimitable Mascara

    

This mascara is the most expensive out of the three, I paid around £21 but I think the price has gone up since then.  This I feel would be a reasonable price for a spectacular mascara that fulfilled all my eyelash wishes,  but unfortunately whilst Chanel Inimitable creates a  pretty,  natural  look I wouldn’t say it’s worth that price.  It lengthened my lashes slightly,  provided a little lift, and did give a my lashes a  deeper colour of black,  which provided a look that would be appropriate for school or work but certainly not one for a night out.  Although the results aren’t anything to rave about I must say I loved the brush;  the short,  spikey,  plastic bristles made for an easy and quick application,  I managed to get it right into the corners my eyes without causing any damage.  Being a clump hater I must always brush out my eyelashes with a Tweezerman lash-comb,  but this mascara didn’t clump on me at all.  It lasted for around 8 hours without flaking or giving me panda eyes, so I would say last a full working day.  Taking all this into consideration (including the scarily high price) I give it 7/10.

Urban Decay Super Curling Mascara

I was actually given this mascara as a present but if you’d like to buy this baby then it’ll cost you £15.  This mascara may not have given me ridiculously curly,  betty boop-esque lashes but it did manage to give them a sweet, feminine flick,  and it also lengthened my mini lashes to decent proportions.  This really is more of a lengthening than a volumising mascara,  so if you are already blessed with long, fluttery lashes you really shouldn’t bother with this product.  This brush in my opinion is great,  it cups my lashes and makes for fast application and doesn’t clog up too badly, there’s only ever a little excess on the end which is easily removed.  Clumping isn’t a big issue with this mascara which means major brownie points from me.  I’ve never really noticed any flaking with this one as the formula doesn’t dry completely,  it remains slightly tacky which means it can’t actually flake,  but don’t worry it doesn’t smudge onto your eyelids.  So,  overall of the three this was my favourite and surprisingly the cheapest and I’m giving it 9/10.

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara

My opinion on this mascara seems to be a controversial one as most people who buy this love it,  I on the other hand cannot stand it,  so much so I gave it to my mother.  It cost £18 and my first impressions of the product when I took it out the box was how small it appeared,  I thought the ones on display had been tester sized and was incredibly disappointed when I realised it was actually full-sized.  It did do a good job of lengthening,  darkening,  and lifting my eyelashes but considering how light handed I was when I applied it the clumps were unbelievable,  I felt like my lashes were doing an interpretation of a spider.  Even though I despise clumps I can usually just comb these out but this mascara dried like crispy,  concrete so I couldn’t even get rid of them without pulling out a ridiculous amount of lashes.  Another irritation was the whole removal “process”,  and yeah I’m not kidding it was an ordeal to get this stuff off,  it came off in rubbery tubes and gave me panda eyes that would only budge after minutes of scrubbing at my face.  I can’t comment on the wear of this product as every time I put it on I feel so clogged up and crunchy I just attempt to take it off.  Although this product doesn’t work well at all on me it looks amazing on my friend,  so maybe it’s just my lashes and I hope no one gets defensive about this mascara… I just don’t like it, sorry.  So to round up,  this mascara was a big let down for me so it gets 3/10.