This is a long overdue review of the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, which I promised to pop up couple of months back. But hey, better late than never right?
When I look back at 2017, and count the days I have been wearing makeup, this is likely my most used foundation, despite of its poor package. Well, the package, let’s start from that. The foundation is housed in a weighty glass bottle, and the product is distributed via a pipette, which is not as easy to use as a pump, but I don’t hate it. However, the problem comes when the foundation starts to gradually build up along the body of the pipette, and when you put the pipette back to the bottle after use, the excess foundation on the pipette would ooze out and create a mess around the top of the bottle. And if you don’t wipe clean the bottle every week, it will look like what you see below. It hurts me every time I think about how much product has been wasted like this. And as the product runs low, sometimes, it’s a bit of struggle to get it out, or maybe it’s nearly finished and I just couldn’t tell? Who knows!
Yes, there is no doubt I dislike the package, but I love the foundation enough to overlook this flaw. As a matter of fact, this is the first foundation I’ve been using more than 3 months straight without changing, and I have to mentally remind myself to give it a rest and show some love to other foundations sitting in the draw. I’m pretty sure this will also be the first foundation I will completely use up.
It’s a serum based foundation (dah, as the name suggests) that gives light to medium coverage. As the Bobbi Brown website describes, it’s “formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts”, aka. good for skin ingredients that I personally find ideal for someone with dry skin, as it provides a heck lot of hydration to the skin throughout the day, leaves a naturally beautiful finish, without making you feeling sticky or tacky. And the added SPF protection is always a bonus. But that’s not even my favorite part of the foundation. I adore the glow this foundation gives to my skin, and it lasts a solid 9-10 hours on me. There are a few times, where I caught myself in the mirror with this foundation on, and I would be amazed at the radiance it’s giving to my skin, even though some might say it’s borderline shiny, but nothing a bit of powder cannot fix.
I usually apply one drop for the entire face, with either a beauty blender or a buffing brush, which work equally well with this foundation. If you compare my before and after photos above, hopefully you can see that even though it doesn’t give a lot of coverage, but it’s enough to even out the discolorations on my face, hided my under eye bag just a bit, and has lightened the spot I have going on at my chin, and overall, makes me look more awake. Also take a look at the close up of my right cheek, where I have some dark spots left since childhood – they are still peeking through with this foundation, but much less visible. If you prefer, you could also add more drops to build up the coverage, but on day-to-day, this is the ideal coverage for my liking.
One final look of the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation on me at the end of the day – this is after 6 hours of wearing time.
So my final thoughts about this foundation: if you have dry or dehydrated skin, and heavy coverage is not something you are looking for, then this is the best hydrating, comfortable and glowy foundation I have ever used, and I don’t think you will be disappointed with it – assuming you can bear with the troubles that comes with the package though. But if you have oily skin, it may not flow your boat that well, especially if glowy skin is not your thing.