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.

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