The other day, as I was planning out a few weeks of blog posts, I realized that I’ve never reviewed my favorite foundation of all time. Since I’ve had problem skin for the majority of my life, I never thought I could find a foundation that would actually make my skin look better. A few years ago, on a whim, I decided to try a foundation from Bobbi Brown. To me, Bobbi Brown is an amazing brand. When I was younger and getting into makeup, I would read her books from front to back. Her brand is definitely expensive, so it’s not something that I purchase all the time.
When I tried her Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation, it was pretty much insta-love. Just so have an idea of my skin and what I like in foundation, here is some background information about all of that. I have combination/oily skin that is sensitive and acne prone. I have sun damage and acne scarring, so I prefer a high medium or full coverage foundation. That’s not always the type of foundation that I reach for, but more often than not full coverage is what I like.
Since my skin is oily and I live in a humid climate, a long wearing foundation is very important. Also, in case you haven’t noticed, I am extremely pale. I mean… when your foundation color in NARS is Siberia … you’re pretty pale. So often is the case that when you’re pale, you can’t ‘have it all’ in a foundation. Either you find the perfect texture but it’s ever so slightly too yellow or too pink. Or, you find the perfection foundation but the lightest color still isn’t light enough for you. More often than not, I sacrifice texture for the perfect shade.
Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation ticks all of the boxes for me. It matches me perfectly in color 00 Alabaster, it lasts all day, and the texture is incredibly skin-like. Not least of all, it feels so good when I apply it. The ‘secret’ is glycerin and shea butter in a gel-like base. It’s hydrating without being greasy, yet somehow it stays put through an entire work day. I am being completely honest when I say that my skin will look this good when I walk out of the office at 5:00.
I mentioned earlier that Bobbi Brown is pricey, and this foundation is no exception. When I first tried it, it was $48. It is now $50 for 1 ounce. The glass bottle is very sturdy and nice. It has a pump application system, which is my favorite way to dispense foundation. A little goes a long way, but I can also build it up to nearly completely full coverage with an extra pump or two.
As far as application, I love to use any type of buffing brush. Something big, dense and fluffy is perfect. It also applies perfectly with a damp beauty blender. I have used my hands to apply it as well, but I really prefer a buffing brush.
I really can’t recommend this foundation enough. If you have had a difficult time finding a foundation that’s right for you, this would be a really great one to try!
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