Illuminating Finish Powder Compact Foundation

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$46 
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Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:
12/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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

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 baby-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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