What is Bobbi Brown Week without one of their world famous foundations? One of my most-used and favorite bases of all-time is the brand’s Skin Foundation variant. I reviewed it here
and have nothing but raves for it until now. Consequently, it left me hankering for more because it was that
goooood – my skin but better
, as I touted it. This time, I’ll be trying one of the more matte offerings from the range, equally as loved and raved about – the Skin Foundation Stick
While the Skin Foundation Liquid is very natural and glowy, giving light-medium coverage, the Skin Foundation Stick is of the soft matte finish with medium-full coverage. Combination – Oily-skinned ladies, rejoice! This may
just be your best friend, especially in humid Manila weather. Despite the coverage, it doesn’t feel heavy on at all. What is with Bobbi Brown foundations and their lightweight-ness
of this Foundation Stick is mousse-to-cream like. Quite dry to touch, not overly creamy which means it isn’t a breeze to blend with the fingers (which I am quite a fan of). This is one of those foundations that you’re definitely better off blending with a buffing brush as it gives a more seamless finish. I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and Buffing Brush alternately with this foundation and they work perfectly.
I find that it tugs a bit on the skin while blending, even with the brushes, as the texture of the Stick and my skin don’t meld well together. The best way for me to get a really smooth application is to apply this after putting on my moisturizer. It’s much more workable this way.
is definitely medium as you’ll see in the photos below. With this, I find that I don’t need to pile on the concealer because it does a pretty good job covering up the dark circles on its own. Right after blending, I initially thought the foundation looks a bit too flat on me and almost to the point of cakey
but after 10-15 minutes – it sets to a softer, more natural-looking finish.
So don’t be scared when you apply this and feel like how I felt above, you have to give it time to settle down fully. An issue I encountered with this though, is it has a tendency to cling on to dry patches so you have to moisturize prior, let the moisturizer dry down a bit and then put this on. It will give you the most beautiful medium-full coverage that doesn’t scream “I’VE FOUNDATION ON, PPLZ!”.
I have not tried this with a setting powder or loose powder on top yet as I quite like the finish on its own. Not a fan of an overly matte face, in case you didn’t notice yet, so I can’t say how it’ll look when topped with powder. Will it then look cakey? I’m not quite sure. Will get back to you on that one!
However, I do find that I oil up on my T-zone around the 5/6-hour mark with this foundation. That’s when I either touch up with the stick (because it’s so handy I do carry it around my makeup kit!) or blot with powder to remove them oilies. Lasting power, on my combination skin, is impressive. It doesn’t slide off easily despite the heat.
At the end of the day around the 9-hour mark, lipstick is gone, blush has faded a bit but the Foundation Stick is still kickin’. It lasts relatively longer than the Skin Foundation which I find slides off easily sans any loose powder. I still love the Skin Foundation, though for an everyday natural dewy look.
Like I said above, the liquid Skin Foundation is still my favorite Bobbi Brown base at the moment. This Skin Foundation Stick
, I like but since it’s more on the fuller coverage, I would reach for it only when I need it, let’s say, for an event. Despite being medium-full coverage, I like that it still feels lightweight and still somewhat skin-like when it finally sets. Over-apply and it will look cakey, so heads up on that.
Overall, the Skin Foundation Stick
is best for those who are looking for a fuller coverage foundation sans the heavy and cake-like feel. Did I mention it doubles as a concealer and is handy so you can “stick”
(couldn’t resist) it in your bag and carry it around for touch-ups? Bobbi Brown also has one of the widest range of skin tone shades so you’re sure to find your match.
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