Bobbi Brown's BB Cream - swatches and review

I've managed to keep the hype at arm's length until Bobbi Brown joined the party. I grew up with Clinique thinking that was the only option for me - forever reigned in by the silver and medical white finishes. Soft, inviting and good for you.  Well, I lost the Clinique shackles last year and purchased Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation for those days when I felt I needed a bit more coverage.  It blends and builds up in an instant and leaves me with a soft and natural finish.  If Bobbi's foundation can do that, then obviously I had to get well-acquainted with her BB Cream. Call it what you will - beauty balm, blemish balm, etc., etc.  BB Cream was originally used on patients post-surgery and then made its way to the Far East where it captivated the Asian beauty market for decades. Finally, it was re-imagined for the Western world.  The accessibility of beauty balm is immense - from Maybelline to Smashbox, your options are endless.  It's just a matter of finding the right formula for you.


Breakdown of Bobbi's formula:

  • Balances (moisturises), brightens (clearer complexion), renews (smooths) and protects (35 SPF).
  • Creamy consistency.
  • Blends well with your fingers or when using a foundation brush.  However, I found I needed more product when I used a brush.
  • My skin felt soft and touchable.
  • The plastic tube is great for travel.
  • I still feel compelled to use my facial moisturiser, because my skin's been flaky thanks to the dry winter.
  • Kept the afternoon shine in my t-zone to a minimum.
  • Available in five shades: extra light, light, fair, medium & medium to dark

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Bobbi Brown's BB Cream:

  • $60.00 AUS / $42.00 USD.  When I bought this last Thursday, the makeup artist told me it was going to retail for $75.00.  Boy, am I glad they came to their senses!

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 8 out of 10 bags – I think I prefer her foundation over the beauty balm, but it's nice to have options.

Likelihood to purchase again:

  • I really should've caught a whiff of Beach during my visit.  I can always go back ;)

*loving my lippie?  I'm wearing MAC's

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