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Bobbi Brown
Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25
Rating
$58
Category:Makeup > Foundations With Sunscreen > Cream Foundation w/ Suncreen
Last Updated:05.01.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

Unfortunately, the main extra you’re getting from this rich, creamy foundation for dry skin is an extra dose of irritation. The formula provides broad-spectrum sun protection that includes avobenzone for UVA (anti-aging) screening, but it also contains several fragrant plant oils and extracts. Combined with the active ingredients this foundation contains, you most likely will be getting a good amount of irritation, which will not repair skin. Irritation can cause collagen breakdown and impair your skin’s ability to heal.

Without the fragrant irritants, this would be a very good foundation for dry skin. It has a smooth texture, hydrates without feeling greasy, and leaves a soft, dewy finish while providing light to medium coverage.

The shade range is admirable and includes excellent options for fair to dark skin tones. Some of the medium to deep shades are too orange, gold, or copper, but it’s not worth describing the specific shades because, regardless of color, this pricey foundation is impossible to recommend. Bobbi Brown offers better foundations with sunscreen that spare your skin the needless irritation.

Pros:
  • Smooth, creamy texture and dewy finish are ideal for dry skin.
  • Very good range of shades for fair to dark skin tones.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Formula contains several potent fragrant irritants that hurt skin’s ability to look and act younger.
  • Jar packaging is unsanitary for a water-based formula, and allows several of the beneficial ingredients to break down with each use.
  • The synthetic sunscreen actives may be a problem for use around the eyes because they can cause stinging if they get too close to the eye itself. The same is true for the fragrant irritants in this foundation.
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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%; Homosalate 5%; Oxybenzone 5%; Avobenzone 2%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Shea Butter, PEG-4 Diheptanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit California), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Pelargonum Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Angelica Archangelica Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantum Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Retinyl Palmitate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Lecithin, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Sorbitan Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Polysorbate 60, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Laurate, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

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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01.13.2015
Extra Unrepair foundation

I already had Bobbi Browns Extra Repair foundation, which I loved. it does give a dewy look & is creamy, but it did make my eyes stream and if I continued to use too consistently, I found that I would break out around the nose/cheek area. After listening to YT Nathan & Bryan re glass packaging & ingredients that can irritate the skin, I looked on beautypedia & found the remarks, which relate to my reaction. Its such a shame that money comes before the benefits of cosmetics! Thank you!

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