Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Product Review: Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Powder

   I bought this at Selfridges a while ago and I've been saving it so that I could thoroughly review it. 

   In comparison to my everyday powder foundation, Rimmel Stay Matte, I could definitely notice the difference - particularly its staying power. The powder provides coverage for the whole working day, whereas the cheaper Rimmel powder only provides coverage for a maximum of four to five hours before it starts melting off my face.

   In terms of colour match, I got the Bobbi Brown foundation after a skin tone test at Selfridges, meaning that it automatically wins over my previous foundation, which was apparently a bit too pink for my skin. The Bobbi Brown however, serves as a bit of a colour corrector, evening out skin tone as a good quality foundation should.

   This powder holds blusher really well. I found that with my previous powder, the blusher was almost invisible by mid day as it faded with the foundation itself. When using the Bobbi Brown foundation, I found that my blusher stayed on as long as the base.

   The box states that the product has an SPF of 12. This isn't much, but any protection is good, as I almost never apply sun tan lotion to my face (and I'm sure a lot of women would say the same).

   In terms of the packaging, I always notice that Bobbi Brown uses a sleek, easy to clean design - so you won't get grubby-looking compacts in your beauty bag.

   The sponge is pretty much pointless, that is, unless you dampen it slightly for high coverage. I use a large, soft-bristled brush as I believe this provides a light, but effective, coverage without affecting my liquid base.

   The mirror is handy; it's clear and not too small - a plus when it comes to compact foundations.

   If you're stuck in a 'should I buy an expensive foundation?' dilemma, I would say '100% yes' to investing, especially in this award-winning foundation.

£31.00 for 13g

Scent - N/A
Texture - 5/5
Efficiency - 5/5
Price - 3/5



  1. hi! i bought this foundation and it is perfect for photos... you are right about the sponge i swear its hopeless..would you recommend a dense kabuki brush for this product? just cos i love the finish but it takes me FOREVER and its good on some days and some days not so great... :( with the sponge i mean

    1. Hi Janice, thanks for reading my review! I would recommend a kabuki brush with this product, however I do find that brushes like the Real Techniques Powder Brush, or something a little bit smaller than a kabuki works well for slightly heavier coverage x


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