Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation

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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.

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.

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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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  1. annie y.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 04, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    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.

  2. Amelia C
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 10, 2013
    • Results
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    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!

  3. SANDRA S.
    Reviewed on Thursday, September 05, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      1 / 4
    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!

  4. LINDA S.
    Reviewed on Friday, August 30, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    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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