Brightening SPF 50 UV Protective Face Base (Discontinued)

by Bobbi Brown  Brightening
Price:
$38 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
7/31/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a very good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for normal to dry skin, and it’s not packaged in a jar! UVA protection is provided by avobenzone, and the emollient base formula contains an impressive mix of antioxidants to boost the sunscreen’s efficacy. The mineral pigment mica is on hand for its cosmetic brightening effect, but in terms of ingredients that can affect hyperpigmentation, this treats your skin to only small amounts of ingredients capable of lightening discolorations (and those included don’t have a strong history of efficacy in skin-care products). Despite this, the sunscreen element of this product will help keep new discolorations at bay while also providing several helpful ingredients that dry skin needs to look and feel better.

This soothing lotion helps shield your skin from the harmful effects of the sun with a high level of broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Lightweight and quick-absorbing, it can be layered over Brightening Moisture Cream to help prevent future damage and help maintain a radiant, even skin tone.
Active: Homosalate (5%), Octisalate (5%), Avobenzone (3%), Oxybenzone (3%), Other: Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Methyl Trimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Polyester-8, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Yeast Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Whey Protein, Caffeine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Alcohol, Vp/Eicosene Copolymer, C30-38 Olefin/Isopropyl Maleate/Ma Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium Edta, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, 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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