This loose-powder foundation goes on sheer so it looks natural, but it has enough coverage to even out your skin tone without looking chalky. The finely milled texture is super fluffy and light; as a result, it can get a little messy when transferring the product from the brush to your face; but, once applied, the result is an effortlessly smooth finish, weightless feel, and broad-spectrum sun protection all rolled into one.
Keep in mind that we don’t recommend relying on any SPF-rated loose powder as your sole source of sun protection because it is unlikely that anyone, including you, will apply it liberally enough to achieve optimal sun protection (a light dusting will not protect you from the sun’s damaging rays). It is best to use an SPF 15 powder in conjunction with a moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater and that contains UVA-protecting ingredients, which are titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), Tinosorb, or avobenzone.
This foundation’s rating is due to its overall performance rather than its SPF rating. Due to concerns about people not applying sunscreen liberally enough to get the amount of SPF protection stated on the label, it is often recommended to look for SPFs with ratings higher than 15. If you plan to use foundation as your sole source of facial sun protection, consider using one rated SPF 20 or greater. If the foundation with sunscreen you choose is rated less than an SPF 20, we strongly advise applying it over a daytime moisturizer rated SPF 15 or greater and following it with a pressed powder rated SPF 15 or greater. That way, you’re ensuring sufficient broad-spectrum protection which is essential for having and maintaining healthy, younger-looking skin at any age.
- Silky, weightless texture.
- Goes on sheer yet provides enough coverage to even out your skin tone.
- Doesn’t look chalky.
- Smooth finish.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection, although we don’t recommend relying on any SPF-rated loose powder as your sole source of sun protection.
- Fluffy, loose powder can be a bit messy during application.
- No good shades for dark skin tones.
- Pricey for what you get (this is easily replaced by far less expensive versions).
The inclusion of “mineral” in this product name is just a marketing ploy that companies use to make consumers believe they are getting something “natural” or special. Mineral makeup is truly nothing more than powder, although these days many companies are calling every product they make “mineral,” regardless of what it is. Mineral does not make it revolutionary or better for you in any way.
Note that although this foundation contains some great antioxidants, the jar packaging will not keep them stable once it is opened, so this is not a foundation with built-in anti-aging benefits.
Active: Titanium Dioxide 7.80%, Octinoxate 3.60% Other: Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Glycerin, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Laureth-12, Alumina, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aluminum Hydroxide, May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides
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.