Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm
1 fl. oz. for $54
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Tinted Moisturizer w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm includes an in-part avobenzone sunscreen. But for this greasy tinted moisturizer, that benefit is negated by the many fragrant oils, all of which are irritating to skin and that counteract the anti-irritants present in the formula. Without them, this would have been a good option for those with very dry skin, and all the shades are impeccably neutral.


Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%; Homosalate 5%; Oxybenzone 5%; Avobenzone 2%. Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, PEG-4 Diheptanoate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Shea Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit California), Angelica Archangelica Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-40 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Citral May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Bobbi Brown At-A-Glance

Strengths: A good cleanser and eye makeup removers; some impressive foundations, with options for all skin types and preferences; very good blushes and eyeshadows (powder and cream); several top-notch mascaras; the Gel Eyeliner and Shimmer Brick are impressive; mostly excellent brushes..

Weaknesses: As with most Lauder-owned companies, the well-formulated moisturizers are hindered by jar packaging, which compromises the effectiveness of light- and air-sensitive ingredients; several otherwise effective products marred by irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components; concealers and lip glosses are unimpressive; CC cream leaves skin looking worse, not better.

It all began with lipsticks. In 1991, New York based makeup artist Bobbi Brown debuted a collection of ten lipsticks at Bergdorf Goodman, expecting to sell about one hundred units in a month. She sold more than that the first day. From there, it's been mostly success after success, as Brown launched her classic foundation stick, wrote her first book, Bobbi Brown Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Resource, and enjoyed continued attention as an in-demand makeup artist and beauty educator.

The popularity of the line, particularly the makeup, did not go unnoticed by Estee Lauder, who acquired Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in 1995. Since Lauder has been at the helm the line has expanded well beyond what Brown likely envisioned back in the early 1990s, and it now includes fragrance and body-care products, among others. Yet it is Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations (though the ones without sufficient UVA protection disappoint), true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to a woman's classic makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many women, it's one-stop shopping that combines classic makeup application techniques with enough fun-yet-functional products to keep customer's interest piqued season to season.

Turning to the skin-care collection, there isn't a great deal to say or extol. The prices are rather steep, especially when you consider how many well-intentioned products use jar packaging, and fragrant irritants are a common thread, including in most of the sunscreens, which is a shame. Color is Bobbi Brown's strong point, but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of mostly inadequate or problematic skin-care products.

For more information about Bobbi Brown, owned by Estee Lauder, call (877) 310-9222 or visit www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.

Bobbi Brown Makeup

We admire Brown's latest philosophy on beauty. She says, "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are." No arguments here! However, it's clear from promotional materials for this line that Brown believes being who you are should involve some amount of makeup, a concept many women may disagree with. Still, there's no question that the right makeup, applied and blended correctly, can make a world of positive difference to a woman, and in this regard Brown's counter staff is well-prepared. It was nice to overhear the makeup artists explaining step-by-step application tips to customers, rather than just pushing products. With just a few exceptions, this is a makeup collection its namesake creator should be proud of—not only for the products, but also for the level of service and education provided.

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Extremely irritating

I didn't realize I had sensitive skin until I used this product. It applies beautifully and I actually love the bit of shine it gives to my normally dry-ish skin, but after a half hour it felt as though bugs were crawling up my cheeks. One week later I had severe, deep, painful blemishes on my face. I do not generally break out. I never have. I've always had "good skin". Bobbi Brown really did a number on me with this product. My face took about a month to clear up.

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Irritated my dry somewhat sensitive skin

I was hopeful that this tinted moisturiser would be a great option for me - dry ageing skin. I am a bit sensitive so I patch tested it inside my elbow to see if I reacted to it, I didn't so I used it on my face. The fist time I used it, it gave a nice finish to my skin, and a light coverage. I liked it. But it didn't last very long. After 3 days I had red, dry flakey patches of skin on my cheeks and forehead. I wish I'd read the Beautypedia review first...

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This is the best foundation I've ever used for my extra dry face. It's feels so good going on and if you want a little more coverage you can add a little bit of regular foundation. For excessive shine I just use a tiny bit of translucent powder. My skin looks dewy and I've rec'd many compliments since I started using this. I've used all the high end foundations; Le Mer, channel, lancome and nothing compares to this. The cream blush is great, so if you suffer from dry sensitive skin try this

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Jacqueline B.
my review for BB extra spf 25 tinted moisturizing balm

I have always had dry skin (like a snake) but it seemed to get worse as I've aged. I have never found a foundation that works as great as this. It makes my skin look dewy and I have gotten so many compliments on my skin. I've always had good skin but dry. If you need a little more coverage when you're going out at night I just mix a tiny bit of regular foundation to this creamy foundation. It feels so good when I put it on. It will be a little shiny so I use a tiny bit of eshiko powder.

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