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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation Review + Swatches

April 25, 2018

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches

Today I have a review and swatches of all the shades in the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation ($46 for 1 fl oz/30 ml). It’s been a while since I’ve tried Bobbi Brown foundations. I remember using her original Foundation Stick and Oil Free Foundation many years ago. I loved her color range and the fact that she had so many yellow-based tones which were perfect for me. She reformulated her foundations a number of times and there was an ingredient that caused me to have an allergic reaction in many of them. Over the years there have been quite a few new base launches and I simply felt overwhelmed by all the options. The Bobbi Brown team sent the newest base for me to try. Her Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation has SPF 15 and is a full-coverage natural matte base that still allows skin to breathe. It comes in 30 shades and the shade range is quite impressive. I have swatches of all the colors to share today along with thoughts on testing this base.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches

Quick take is that this is an excellent full-coverage base. I was very relieved to find it did not irritate my skin, clog pores or streak. I’m even more impressed they were able to guess my shades from online photos! I received full sizes of Natural 4, Natural Tan 4.25, Warm Natural 4.5 and Golden Natural 4.75. The one I’ve been testing is Natural Tan 4.25. This is one of the few foundations I’ve tried that does not oxidize at all. I usually pick something that looks a tiny bit lighter because most foundations warm up or darken as they set. This one stays 100% true to color. The sun and warmth has arrived back in Florida and I’ve already started to get my tan back. I suspect I will be going up a shade soon.

The foundation is formulated with Marine Sugar Cane and mineral powders to help combat shine. It also has Vitamin E, C and Shea Butter to add hydration. Formula to me seems almost gel-like. It blends in seamlessly into the skin with their Full Coverage Face Brush or a beautyblender. I find it rare that bases blend in this seamlessly with a brush. This one has impressive application. A little goes a long way. To me I feel like it has a gel-like feel because it is just the slightest bit thick and if you don’t blend quickly or add too much it does not feel weightless. I hesitate saying this because it it isn’t thick at all, just in comparison to some other bases I’ve tested recently in this post, I don’t feel like the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is weightless in feel. Still it is natural, it’s not heavy and has impressive lasting power. On me it has a slightly semi-dewy-looking finish so I recommend setting with powder.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches Natural Tan 4.25 and Full Coverage Face Brush

The foundation is described as full coverage. I would say it’s medium full, but not 100% opaque. It did cover enough that I did not need any concealer and most of my freckles were covered well. I liked that it was crease-free on me around my smile lines. It’s recommended you use this with their cult-favorite Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Full Coverage Face Brush. This is my first time testing both and I was really impressed. The Vitamin Enriched Face Base is something I’ve used in place of moisturizer and it has a smoothing and hydrating effect on the skin. I resisted trying this for a long time because the word “enriched” made me think it was going to way too rich or heavy for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s quite lovely! The brush is very soft without any poking feel – it does feel like synthetic material and blends and buffs the foundation into the skin flawlessly.

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Full Coverage Face Brush Review via The Beauty Look Book

My bare skin vs an application of the shade Natural Tan 4.25 (no concealer or powder). Also added in the after picture is Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Tendresse, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Incandescent Electra Blush. Photos were taken with a flash, even though the Skin Long-Wear Foundation has SPF 15 I didn’t see any flash back.

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches Natural Tan 4.25 swatches

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches Shelfie

Swatches of all 30 colors below:

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Swatches All Shades

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Swatches Alabaster 00, Porcelain 0, Ivory .75, Warm Ivory 1, Cool Ivory 1.25, Sand 2, Cool Sand 2.25, Warm Sand 2.5, Beige 3 and Warm Beige 3.5

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Swatches Alabaster, Porcelain, Ivory, Warm Ivory, Cool Ivory, Sand, Cool Sand, Warm Sand, Beige and Warm Beige

Natural 4, Natural Tan 4.25, Warm Natural 4.5, Golden Natural 4.75, Honey 5, Cool Honey 5.25, Warm Honey 5.5, Golden Honey 5.75, Golden 6, Cool Golden 6.25

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation swatches Natural 4, Natural Tan 4.25, Warm Natural 4.5, Golden Natural 4.75, Honey 5, Cool Honey 5.25, Warm Honey 5.5, Golden Honey 5.75, Golden 6, Cool Golden 6.25

Warm Almond 6.5, Golden Almond 6.75, Almond 7, Cool Almond 7.25, Warm Walnut 7.5, Walnut 8, Cool Walnut 8.25, Chestnut 9, Espresso 10, Cool Espresso 10.25

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation swatches Warm Almond 6.5, Golden Almond 6.75, Almond 7, Cool Almond 7.25, Warm Walnut 7.5, Walnut 8, Cool Walnut 8.25, Chestnut 9, Espresso 10, Cool Espresso 10.25

Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Foundation Review and Swatches

Overall thoughts: I had a positive experience with this base. It does look like skin even though it has rich coverage. I’m not sure I’d describe it as “weightless” but it’s not heavy. Lasting power is really good and was crease free on me. I do 100% recommend you set with a powder. I suspect it will work with a wide range of skin types although if you’re looking for a matte finish this may not be the base for you. A little goes a long way – it’s not a base I would layer on generously as it can get a bit sticky feeling if you layer too much. The brush is excellent but I still prefer my damp beautyblender method of application. Best parts include the fact that it did not oxidize and that it did not crease on me. Also a huge plus that they seem to have removed the ingredients that irritated my skin.

If you can get to a Bobbi Brown counter I highly recommend giving this a try. If you have to order online I hope these swatches helped you. Also give her Skin Long-Wear Foundation website page a look as she has some of the best face swatches I’ve seen to give you a better sense of what your best match might be.

You can find the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation at all counters now. Online at Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue. Have you tried this one yet? What did you think? If not do you use any Bobbi Brown foundations? What formulas do you recommend?

Skin Long-Wear Foundation, Vitamin Enriched Base and Full Coverage Face Brush provided as press samples courtesy of Bobbi Brown for review.

 

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  • chiceverywhere April 25, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Ages ago I used that face base from Bobbi Brown and I remember it having a light fresh scent and being really fantastic. And I used it both as a primer and a moisturizer. I haven’t tried her foundations in a while. Might be time to try again!

    • BeautyLookBook April 25, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      I love the fresh light scent too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Millie Robinson April 25, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    I have heard so many great things about this foundation! I love their original Skin Foundation, so I will have to pick this up and give it a go! x

    Millie | http://www.bymillie.co.uk

    • BeautyLookBook April 25, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Their original Skin sounds so nice!

  • Neha Kaul April 25, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    What skin irritant ingredients did the product contain in the past?

    • BeautyLookBook April 25, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      I have no idea! I suspect it was one of the sunscreen ingredients. But I don’t have the bottles or packaging from past formulas to check the ingredient listing.

  • Charli Griffith April 25, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I have yet to try any Bobbi Brown foundation… actually Iโ€™m lying ๐Ÿคฅ I have that huge foundation and concealer book that she sells. I bought it for my daughter and she ended up not needing it so I kept it. But Iโ€™ve never used it all over my face, just as concealer or for contouring. I do like that book & whatever is in there.
    Thanks for the great review!

  • Vanessa Maynard April 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Where on earth did you find that Diptyque Paris candle?? I’ve never seen that one before!

    • BeautyLookBook April 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      It’s exclusive to Paris! One of Diptyque’s City Candles. They have Miami, Beverly Hills, New York, Shanghai, London, Berlin, Tokyo and now Paris. I had someone custom purchase Paris from me overseas. You can only find them in each city’s Diptyque stores. Twice Diptyque launched them on their US site for 48 hours and they sell out really fast.

  • Bernadette April 25, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    I currently own one bobbi brown foundation the ‘skin nourishing glow’ one (or something of that nature I currently can’t remember it as its early morning here & I haven’t had my coffee haha). I definitely need to try this particular foundation out – it sounds quite lovely.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Marina April 25, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Really huge palette. I’ve got a corner in the local store, definitely will try some natural ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you Sabrina

  • Norma Jeane Monroe April 25, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    The color match is spot on. I’ve never had a foundation match my skin tone this well. I’ve tried Lancome, Nars, and Estee Lauder… color was always a bit off. Again this was perfect. I have mostly dry skin and I was told that this foundation may not work for me because it’s supposed to be matte, but I have had no issues. It looks very natrual which is great. I never considered Bobbi Brown till this purchase. I’m very impressed!

  • Anne Capitant April 26, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I might get a sample of this one to test out even though I don’t usually go for full coverage. Also I have had her Full Coverage Face Brush on my wishlist for AGES. I really need to get around to buying that one.

  • Yourbeautypantry April 27, 2018 at 9:32 am

    You have pretty skin.

    http://www.yourbeautypantry.com