Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 is a medium coverage liquid foundation with a satin finish that leaves skin looking smooth and hydrated. This foundation also provides broad spectrum sun protection, and is available in an extensive range of colors from alabaster to ebony.
With all those positives, why the poor rating? The nose knows! The pervasive lavender scent that wafts from this foundation's bottle is a sign of potential skin trouble, as we explain below.
Although lavender oil is often touted for its calming properties (and indeed, inhaling the scent can be therapeutic), as a cosmetic ingredient it's a problem. In fact, the use of lavender oil prevents us from recommending this product. Even small amounts of lavender oil (0.25% or less) can be problematic. Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil pro-oxidant. This enhanced oxidation also increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150).
Like we always say: fragrance isn't skin care! We hope Bobbi Brown will make a fragrance-free version of Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15, but in the meantime, check out our list of Best Foundations with Sunscreen for our current picks.
Note: Although the ingredient list for this foundation doesn't specify the form of lavender used, we confirmed with the company that it is, in fact, lavender oil.
- Available in a remarkable range of shades for light to very dark skin tones.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Smooth, easy-to-blend texture.
- Satin finish leaves skin looking smooth and hydrated.
- Includes lavender oil—a known skin irritant.
- Highly frangrant.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)