Review: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

With so many new releases and limited edition products being pushed and marketed, it’s very easy for us to lose sight on the good old permanent products. I have discovered some gems from Bobbi Brown, and they are this foundation stick and the Illuminating Face Base. I’ll talk about the Skin Foundation Stick today because I feel like keeping this post short.

As with any foundations, it is important to get the right shade, and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick has a whopping 31 shades (30 shades in Malaysia) for you to choose from. So you have a buffet of different undertones and depth to choose fromย and my perfect match is shade 1 Warm Ivory. It is just yellow and light enough to reduce the redness in my skin. I tried Sand as well, and while the depth of the shade matches, it is a tad bit peachy on me. So Warm Ivory it is.





My skin has been behaving quite well, so I can’t show you what sort of coverage it has. I’m not sorry about it because I work diligently (and spend a lot)ย for better skin ๐Ÿ™‚ I can show you that it evens out my skin tone perfectly without looking like I have any foundation on. In short, it’s like skin. There are many other foundations that do that, but what I like about this foundation stick is that it minimizes my application time. I just make a few swipes here and there, and buff it out with a brush and I’m done. Sometimes, when my skin impresses me, I just apply some at the centre of my face and call it a day. Picture on the left is my bare face and on the right is where I place the foundation stick before I blend it out.





And here is after I have the foundation on. As you can see, discolouration and dark circles are gone.





However, I want to mention that if you have oily skin, you might want to set it with powder. I have normal to dry skin, and when the weather is too hot, I still set it with powder. One thing to note is that it does sit on fine lines under my eyes. So before setting with powder, I use my pinky to gently pat on my lower lash line, where most of the fine lines are. It does not settle into pores though. And the longer I have this foundation on, the more it looks like skin. It does not emphasize flakiness or dry spots like a lot of the foundations I’ve tried. Here’s a close up if you want to scrutinize some more.





Then all I need to complete this look is brows, mascara, blush and lipstick. In the photo below, one brow is darker than the other, and it’s actually the lighting. The sun was shining on one side of my face… should have used a reflector or something to even out the light.





In short, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick is cult for valid reason. I am convinced that it will remain a staple in my stash. Price wise, I think I paid only RM160 for it. Most high end foundations are way above the RM200 mark nowadays and liquid foundations usually come in 30ml. This foundation stick is 9 grams.

Have you tried this before? If not, have I convinced you to? I don’t know why I hesitated to try for the longest time. It’s really good stuff.



xoxo Lily




  • ML Chan

    I think the fuss-free element is possibly my favouritest (is that even a word?) thing about the brand.

    • Lily

      Favouritest would be the best of your favourites. Yes, I’m pretty sure that’s a word if it is understood ;-P

  • I’ve never tried this! I just might because my makeup routine is just like yours lately. BUT LILY YOUR SKIN LOOKS SO GOOD WITHOUT ANYTHING. You don’t need foundation at all!

    • Lily

      Aaw thanks Tracy. First, it’s the brighter sunlight that took away a lot of imperfections, but I’ve been pretty happy with my skin lately. It’s mainly my dark circles and some redness but a little concealer will take those away ๐Ÿ™‚ This foundation is good stuff though. It replaces my concealers too!

  • Pfft! What fine lines under your eyes? I don’t see anything! LOL! You have amazing skin, Lily and yes, I too have been investing more on skincare recently and my skin is better than ever. I might pick this up, I like how it looks on you and the coverage is natural. You are making me broke woman! Haha!

    • Lily

      You can’t see because I didn’t zoom in. LOL! I highly recommend this though. I think you’ll like how easy it is.

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    Thank you for the review! I definitely would get something like this, it recently clicked in my head (after the 4th or 5th time it occurred) that maybe I should stop bringing liquid foundation with me in travel pouches if I don’t want to clean up the spills and leaks. Every single makeup bag I have has a beigey stain on the bottom. This looks great on you, but I’d love to look half as radiant as you do in your foundationless picture!

    • Lily

      Thank you! You definitely don’t have to worry about foundations leaking. It’s so portable. You can just keep it in your handbag and touch up whenever and wherever you are.

  • I never liked stick foundation before, but strangely it is the one that I reach for most. Mine is a Revlon which I should talk about on my blog soon. The color is just perfect for me. As you said, I think it is the single most important thing! Once I use it up, I shall look into this range. The coverage looks great and I’m sure I can find something from 31 available! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      I don’t think I saw any foundation sticks at Revlon here. Maybe I totally missed it. And yes, getting the right shade is so important when it comes to foundations. And also, so difficult!

  • I’m using the MUFE stick still, but it’s a bit too peachy. Once it’s gone, I think I’m going to look into this, so thanks for the color match!

    • Lily

      Warm Ivory. I hope you’ll get to test it out. It’s the best match for me.

  • Liz

    I really liked this because it was so easy and quick, but the colour match was a bit too yellow for me (#4, whatever that’s called) so I passed it on to a friend was slightly darker and it’s perfect on her. Also: I’m still oily! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lily

      You’re still oily, and that’s actually a good thing. Lines and wrinkles are still far away from your worries!

  • Fiona

    I bought one from EL warehouse sale a few years ago. It doesn’t finishes! I’m swiping it on my face like crazy and still that much left ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lily

      Really? LOL that it’s value for money ๐Ÿ˜€