Today I'm going to be talking about a very interesting product - Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base. I picked up a tester of this Face Base because I was having a ton of trouble getting my Bobbi Brown Long Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation to wear nicely on my skin. I asked the Bobbi Brown ladies if they had any ideas - and they suggested trying out this Face Base as a primer!What Does It Do?
"A Bobbi Brown Best-Seller. Bobbi recommends this as the first step to prepare skin for the smoothest makeup application. Rich in feel, but never greasy, this advanced oil-free, face formula, with Shea Butter, instantly hydrates, softens, and cushions skin. Carrot Extract and Vitamin A Complex help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E help protect against environmental damage. Grapefruit and Geranium fragrances leave a light, uplifting scent on skin. With daily use, skin looks and feels its best. Dermatologist-tested." (1)
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Butylene Glycol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-40 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Epilobium Angustifolium Extract, Yeast Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Beta-Carotene, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit California), Tocopheryl Acetate, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, C12-15 Alkyl Octanoate, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Sodium Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Methylparaben" (2)
This Face Base is super thick, like a very solid cream. It has a strong lemony fresh scent which I don't mind, and a little goes a very long way. It doesn't absorb very fast and feels very thick and slightly greasy on my skin. It feels really moisturizing and it really helped my makeup apply smoothly and beautifully!
That is where the positives end for me! I do have oily skin, and I found that this Face Base made my face produce oil faster, which is obviously not good when you're already struggling to make your makeup last! I'm also allergic to something in this product (still not sure what it is!) and after 5 days of using this product my skin was looking pretty bad.
Would I Purchase This Product?
No. Even if this product didn't trigger my allergies, it's just too heavy for my oily skin! It's also very expensive at over $100NZD for 50mls of product. It also seems like a lot of people are allergic to this product, so if you're interested in trying out this product and you have sensitive skin I definitely suggest heading over to a counter and picking up a sample of this cream!