Sunday, April 5, 2015

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation demo and review

Bobbi Brown's new Intensive Skin Serum comes in a black glass dropper bottle that might remind you of a volatile oil foundation.

But it's not.

Unlike those silicone-y, fast-drying, lightweight liquids, this is a thick luxurious feeling skincare cream foundation more similar to those that come in jars than in dropper bottles. 

Created based on Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum, this foundation amalgamates skincare and coverage, and contains Cordyceps Mushroom extract, Bamboo Grass, and Lychee extracts for antioxidant, soothing, hydrating, and anti-aging skin benefits. What it aims to do is to provide a plumping and smoothing effect to the skin.

I think the first thing you will notice most about this formula is how hydrating it is compared to typical foundations. The dropper bottle dispenses a single pea-sized amount in a squeeze, which should be sufficient for spreading over most of your face if you want lighter coverage. 

This foundation is buildable, but you need to let the first layer set a bit first. Otherwise the creaminess might end up dissolving and sheering out the first layer. Spread out with fingers or a brush, it acts almost like a tinted moisturizer with higher coverage. The sheen and hydrating texture only adds to that effect.

To build up more coverage, take a bit more product on your hands after letting the first layer set a bit, then dab a bit more where you need coverage and pat - don't rub - the product until it evens out and blends in.

This foundation gives the effect of clean, moisturized skin. It looks so real that I almost look like I have no makeup on in the "After" image. But you can see the little mole on my inner cheek is almost not visible. The little veins around my lower cheeks are also hidden. 

But you WILL need to set this foundation with powder because even if you have dry skin, it can still crease a bit around laugh lines and under the eyes. As mentioned earlier, this feels quite like a traditional cream foundation for normal to dry skins and doesn't set completely, even though it's not oily. The dewy sheen can also emphasize pores around the inner cheek area, so it's always a good idea to powder around those areas.

Otherwise, if you have oily skin or live in a humid climate, it can start to feel a tiny bit rich on the skin. 

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation after powdered

Though Bobbi Brown states this foundation is suited for all skin types, I still believe every foundation works better on some skins than others. And this is not one that I think oilier skins would enjoy. It might not be oily or comedogenic in formula, but it can still feel a bit heavier compared to other options on the market.

My recommendation is that if you have normal to dry or more mature skin that needs the plumping and smoothing effect, and you like fluffy cream foundations like Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation or Clinique's Dermawhite, this would be a nice option to consider.

Base makeup notes:

  • Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation 3.5
  • Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Concealers in 3 and 4
  • Clear Last Face Powder (medicated)
  • The Balm Bahama Mama powder for subtle sculpting
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish powder in Lightscapade on cheekbones
This is pretty much what I do daily for my base routine even though I switch the products in and out. And sometimes I'll keep it simple and just keep the focus on my lips.

Super-nude makeup look with just an intense lacquered red lip
  • Givenchy Ombre Couture 1 Blanc Satin on lids - nothing but tiny diamond sparkles
  • Physicians Formula Organic Wear mascara - don't like this mascara in the original formula; I'm just using it up!
  • L'oreal Color Riche Lipstick in RW512 Bloody Mary - a deep dark cherry-toned red
  • Shu Uemura Laque Supreme in RD 02 - cherry-toned cool scarlet gloss stain


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  3. Between this serum foundation from Bobbi Brown and Dior nude air serum foundation, which one do you like more? And why? I have dry skin and am looking for a light coverage foundation. I don't have many pimples or scar. So, anything that will make my skin look even is fine. My main concern is that I sweat so much most of the products are gone by noon. :( I'm trying to find the comparison between these two and found none. :( I see you have both on your arsenal. :) Could you please give me feedback on this?

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