Review: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation in Sand

When it comes to foundations, you have a choice from getting either powders, liquid, cream, stick, mousse or even in spray form. My first powder foundation was from L’Oreal and I remember my first ever liquid foundation was from Bobbi Brown. I never really used any cream foundations in a compact, to be honest, so I was curious to try this Bobbi Brown one. It’s the Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation that is oil free and I would say it is suitable even for those with combination to oily skin.


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As you’d expect any foundation in a compact form, you’ll get the pan of foundation and also either a sponge or a brush included. In this case, we get a sponge, because that makes sense, doesn’t it? I always had a thing against using and re-using the sponge included especially when you can’t clean the sponge properly. However, I’m happy to note that this sponge cleans out just fine, without any foundation residue. I have tried applying this with finger and brush, and honestly, I like buffing it in with a synthetic brush. Applying it with the sponge yields a heavier coverage, while applying with fingers just dragged my skin around. So, what I like to do is to stipple just a little product onto the brush, dab the foundation on my face before smoothing it in. Works great 🙂 However, there is one thing I must add. This foundation, when applied with a brush, looks like it’s sitting on top of my skin, not truly blended in. This can be easily remedied by using my clean warm palms to gently press on my face. Somehow or rather, the heat helps the foundation sink in beautifully.


Bobbi Brown Sand swatch


Sand matches my skin quite well initially, but it does oxidize a little bit so my skin looks a tad bit sallow when my skin reddens from the heat. This problem can be mitigated by setting using a powder foundation. I am always light handed when I set with powder foundation because a) I don’t need that much coverage and b) too much is not flattering and cakey. As you can see in the picture below, the stripe of foundation on my face looks lighter than my face, but it matches my neck. This is the issue I have with all foundations – the fact that my face is much redder and a tad bit darker than the rest of my neck and body. After applying the foundation on my face, you can see that my skin tone has evened out much better, looking brighter. I am not wearing any concealer or any other makeup other than this foundation. It provides a medium coverage which can be built up, but it can also be sheered out if you apply sparingly. It does not grease up my skin nor does it slide around my T-zone after a few hours. It does not emphasize flaky bits on my skin, and in general, I’m really happy with it. (Also note, sharper face – photos taken months ago. LOL!)




Do you use cream foundations? Do you have any problems finding a shade match? Do foundations oxidize easily on your skin? Have you tried Bobbi Brown foundations? Have I asked enough questions?


xoxo Lily



Bobbi Brown cream foundation ingredients


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