Friday, 17 April 2015
[review] Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40: Lovely formulae, sucky pump.I have to say that I am throughly annoyed with the packaging - which I will delve in later.
<Also, with it being 'creamy', it sometimes (read: every time) clogs the pump so it'll take several attempts for it to absorb and then dispense the product. *rolls eyes*>
The thing I really like about BB foundations is they have really good color-ranges. Especially if your skin is yellow/olive-toned, I am a hundred percent sure that you can get an exact match. I also read somewhere that Bobbi was the first to create yellow-based foundations for the mass market, so a big thank you to Bobbi *claps*. Foundations these days, I find, are so catered to those with neutral and pink undertones individuals that it annoys me. Neutral foundations on me is looks okay but I will have to bring the foundation down to my neck, whereas pink-based ones just makes me look ashy and fake. I can't even. uh.
Important point: Also, with medium coverage and above foundations, get a proper colour match if possible because a wrong one or one slightly off will show. Unless you bring it down to your neck and ears.
Now, the packaging. Prepare yourselves for a massive rant. I loooveee the black bottle as it looks chic especially if it is sitting on your vanity table. BUT, the pump. Oh my gosh. The trouble I have to go through.
Storytime: I went to the BB counter near me to test out this foundation. Its pump/pipette works perfectly. By that I mean you can press the tip of the pump and it absorbs the foundation and you can dispense it. Color-matched, blah blah. Went back home, tested mine, the pump doesn't work. I tried pressing the pump several times and then unscrewing it, but it still didn't absorb the foundation into the pipette pump space thingy what-cha-call-it.
Went back to the counter to exchange this 'faulty' one, this lady that color-matched me asked me to poke the pump with the cotton bud. Went back home, nope doesn't work plus tried a myriad of ways.
I've read reviews online such as the one from John lewis and other retailers and a lot of other people have experienced this issue too. Pisses me off. 39 freaking pounds. You'd expect they sort this out but nooooo. Gurl please. *flips table*
Interesting note: I could tip the bottle upside down without screwing the pump back on and it won't spill because there is some kind of mechanism that prevents it to do so.
This fancy-pants mechanism also helps to "wipe" (don't know how to
describe it) the sides of the pump when you take it out of the bottle.
Which also frustrates me because then, if it doesn't absorb well, at least you
can use the foundation that is on the sides/around the pump right? NO. FREAKING NO.
Normally I apply this with a buffing brush but for more 'fuller' thicker coverage I use a damp sponge and stipple it on. Both methods blends nicely onto the skin.
The finish is satin to very glowy. It has a bit of greasy residue, but you can't really 'feel it' on your skin but you can see it. Clearly, this being creamy-textured, it won't feel as weightless as those liquid foundations which consistency is more umm, liquid.
Thus, the finish has this 'glow' that translates to oily that needs to be powdered down unless that's what you are going for (note: the Korean 'glow' look nowadays is also paired down haha, so if that's your excuse, no).
It covers blemishes/redness well unless your blemish or pimple is massively huge and red, then you should use a separate concealer. It lasts about 8-9 hours on me before it starts to fade. It doesn't cause me to breakout. That is, if you wash your face every night to remove every last trace of makeup.
Picture on left: some post-breakout marks are showing through, but they are minority concealed. I had a huge pimple on the side of my forehead (left) and it concealed that well without caking/creasing into the lines around it.
Other products also sit well on top of the foundation. Creams products, liquids, etc especially work well on top since it also leaves a very slight but not noticeable tacky finish. Those with oily-skin types will likely find this too emollient/shiny for their preferences.
On me, it goes oily mid-day, I have combination-oily skin.
Important point: Foundation's main job is to blur and conceal minor (emphasised) imperfections. It is supposed to look natural. You want to cover everything? get a concealer.
Additionally, the scent of this foundation is lavender. How do I know? Because it has Lavendula extract in the middle part of the ingredients list. I love the scent but if you have sensitive skin or skin that can't tolerate fragrances, stay away as scents often, if it should even be present, should be at the lower-part of the ingredients list.
With SPF40, this foundation provides sun-protection as well, which is a nice bonus. But, don't be fooled. You still have to wear a sunscreen below because unless you slather this all over your skin, and by slather I mean slap thick piles of this on, you won't have adequate sun protection. I use a very light-textured/consistency sunscreen under this as this foundation is emollient, creamy and to my understanding and experience, do not mesh well with those creamy typed sunscreen/moisturisers, unless you skin is really really really really dehydrated/dry.
Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 3.9%, Titanium Dioxide 6.1%, Zinc Oxide 3.8%. Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Laureth-4, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Artemia Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sasa Veitchii Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Dimethicone Silylate, Sodium Lactate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Methicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Dipropylene Glycol, Dextrin, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)] <41438>
Overall, is it worth the cons? Will I repurchase?
Yes and no. As this is the best 'serum' type foundation that I have used and found so far, I will repurchase IF (emphasised) I finish this and don't find one in the future. If another 'serum' type foundation is released by another brand that is better than this, then I won't repurchase this.
I recommend those who like more creamy-typed foundations that provides medium coverage to go to one of the BB counters to try this out. Test the colour match in broad daylight! I, for a fact and from experience, know that departmental store lighting makes you look sometimes flawless and good. I don't know how but it does. Also, BB often provide samples of their products so do get one and see if you like it. Good for all skin types except for those oily.
This foundation retails for £39 and can be found on their website, departmental stores such as Selfridges or any one of their counters worldwide.