Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation (Discontinued)
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This talc-based powder foundation has a texture that’s superbly smooth and it applies beautifully. Few powder foundations have such an amazingly natural, skin-like matte finish. Skin looks fresh and polished, never dry or dull. Despite the name, this isn’t illuminating, but the matte finish is sheer and attractive.

Coverage is also sheer, but as with all power foundations it’s easy to layer should you need or desire more camouflage. The formula is best for those with normal to oily skin. The shade range is extensive, with options for fair to tan skin tones, and, with a couple of exceptions, flawlessly soft and neutral.

Note: This powder foundation used to offer SPF 15 but has been repackaged and is now sold without an SPF rating.


Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 6.3%; Octinoxate 3%; Other Ingredients: Talc, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco-glycerides, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dehydroacetic Acid May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Ultramarines, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Red 30 Lake

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; mostly excellent brushes.

Weaknesses: Multiple moisturizers in jar packaging, otherwise great products hindered with irritating fragrant oils or fragrance components.

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.

Today, Bobbi Brown's makeup that continues to excel with superior foundations, true matte blushes and eyeshadows, and with all of the other basics that are essential to anyone’s makeup wardrobe. It isn't the least bit surprising that this makeup collection continues to do so well, because for many 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 skincare collection, there are a few excellent formulas, but unfortunately, many are packaged in a jar, which means their beneficial ingredients are rendered useless due to air exposure (and bacterial contamination from spatulas or fingers). In addition, some suffer from the inclusion of potent fragrant essential oils. Those that should be avoided are noted in their respective reviews. That aside, color is without a doubt Bobbi Brown's strong point—but you will find a few sleeper hits among the selection of skincare products.

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

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This foundation is great! :-) I have Combination skin, and this actually works on my SUPER oily forehead! :-) Only bummer: only Neiman Marcus (not my fave Nordstrom :-( ) has it available online, since the repackaging. Even Bobbi Brown's site doesn't! Hopefully, everyone will get it in soon :-)

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I love BB but this compact disappointed me. The finish looked too powdery and the powder cracked up in the pan now making it a mess to even for touch ups.

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