Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Cream Foundation
Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

You might have seen the ads for this foundation featuring actress Katie Holmes, with flowing hair and impeccable skin. While there is definitely some airbrushing magic going on there (it's true of all makeup ads), you can still expect this cream-to-powder foundation to deliver on its promise of beautiful coverage that doesn't look "made up"!

Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation is a creamy formula housed in a compact that comes with an applicator sponge. The sponge works just fine, but you can also use a foundation brush, or even your fingers, to apply this. It blends quickly and easily and provides excellent medium coverage with a natural-looking soft matte finish.

This doesn't feel the slightest bit heavy; in fact, you might forget you're wearing makeup—and it lasts for several hours without fading. Bobbi Brown claims this can hold up for as long as 12 hours, although we didn't wear it quite that long.

This formula would work for most skin types because it's creamy enough to be moisturizing but not so emollient that it will cause problems for oily skin; however, if your skin is oily, it's best to use this together with powder, as some oiliness can become apparent after about four hours of wear. Note that the ingredients that keep this foundation in cream form aren't the best for use over breakout-prone skin.

As with most Bobbi Brown foundations, this comes in a great variety of shades, from very light to very dark, and they look natural on their intended skin tones. Even better, this is fragrance-free. All around, this is a great addition to Bobbi Brown's makeup stable!

  • Blends quickly and easily.
  • Natural-looking, medium coverage with a soft matte finish.
  • Lightweight feel.
  • Comes in a wide variety of shades that look natural on their intended skin tones.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • None.

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Silica, Tribehenin, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Ozokerite, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Dimethicone, Trihydroxystearin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simethicone. +/-Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Mica.

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.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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The product isn't bad. However, even on a fully moisturized face it settles in the fine lies at the chin area & makes them appear dry & more pronounced than before. It is hyped as a "cream" compact and goes on nicely but then flips itself to a powder/matte look that is not what the "cream" foundation compact customer is looking for. I will return it.

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I tried this foundation based on the Beautypedia review and I have to say that I agree 100%. I have normal to slightly combo skin and this foundation feels like nothing on my face. Coverage is very nice and can be built up or sheered down as needed. I found that after an hour or so, it melds really nicely with my skin and looks very natural. What seals the deal for me though is the perfect color match. Yes, it's expensive but a little goes a long way.

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Experiment with WHEN you apply it in your makeup routine!

The secret for this foundation is to apply it on bare (or only moisturised) skin, and make sure there is no oil in the products on your face under it. You will have problems with the foundation pooling, and emphasizing fine lines if it is applied on top of any concealer, primer etc that has oil in it, as this foundation is "oil-free". I bought it and was disappointed that it didn't behave as Paula's review suggested, but one day applied it bare and had success!

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Amelia L
Perfect moderate coverage for dry sensitive skin

Been searching for a cream to powder foundation that works well with my dry skin and am so glad that I found this one. Tried liquid and powder foundations but do prefer this one, especially when the colder months tend to dry my skin further. Great moderate coverage that doesn't settle in my wrinkles and lines. It is also pretty good as a base prior to applying eye makeup. More importantly, it doesn't irritate my skin. Love the product, but it is pricey so I gave it a 3 on value.

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annie y.
Long Wear??

I, too, found this foundation emphasized fine lines, pooled on top of my skin after several hours, and highlighted dry, flakey skin that I didn't even know I had (never had problems like this with any other foundation). I had high hopes for this product based on Paula's review but found it a huge let down as this product definitely does not deserve a "best" grade. Try something else, this product disappoints!

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Amelia C
not that great

This makeup instantly highlighted any dry or flaky areas (I was wearing a moisturizer) and then settled into every fine line on my face. If you are 20, go for it, otherwise the search continues!

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perfect for even the most sensitive skin

i concur with everything in paula's review.i love this foundation. i never feel it on, yet it makes my skin look flawless, and it stays put! the best part? no sunscreen. nothing to irritate my skin or make me break out. a true must have foundation.

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