05 12 / 2011
Created for women with oily skin who want light moisture, sheer coverage and sun protection in one, Bobbi’s new gel-based formula is the perfect alternative to foundation. Light and refreshing, it glides on smoothly, blends easily and provides a hint of coverage for soft, even and natural-looking skin. Vitamins C and E protect skin from free radical damage, while SPF 15 helps prevent sun damage.
This tinted moisturiser purchase was a little different from my other foundation/tinted moisturiser purchases because this time, I deliberately chose a shade one shade darker than my natural skin tone to balance out the skin tone difference between my face and the rest of my body. Even though it is hardly noticeable normally, I find that in photos taken at night with flash, it becomes extra noticeable. It was surprisingly easy to find exactly what I was looking for – I am very satisfied with my Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer (Oil Free) in Medium!
Shade is only one of the important factors I consider in choosing tinted moisturisers and foundations (one with skin nourishing ingredients will always appeal more to me), but in this case, because of what I was looking for, it was the top factor. This tinted moisturiser comes in 9 shades, from Alabaster to Rich. Light/Medium is the 4th shade, which I tested, but found that it was too yellow-toned for me, so much so I personally wouldn’t purchase it if I was normally searching for a tinted moisturiser that matches my natural skin tone.
However, after testing the Medium (5th) shade, which I’d describe as a warm, golden, honey beige colour - I was very happy with the results, and purchased it at $67 at 50ml. I chose the Oil Free formula because of my combination skin, so it wouldn’t add to the oiliness of my T-zone.
My thoughts after having used this for a month is that it is well worth the price for the excellent coverage it provides. In fact, I’ve found that it’s similar to that of a foundation, and feels much more like a foundation than a tinted moisturiser! The coverage is rather thick given what I expected from using many tinted moisturisers this year, but once applied, I love the overall finish. Unlike many tinted moisturisers, it doesn’t tend to flake, either – what a relief!
Its texture is smooth, creamy and blendable – everything you’d hope for in tinted moisturiser or foundation. This makes applying this tinted moisturiser effortless to use even when I’m in a rush, although I have to say it’s made even easier with my Sigma F82 Round Top Kabuki Brush. The results are always even and flawless; I have never experienced any streaks as some tinted moisturisers can produce. With its extra benefits, such as vitamins C and E and light sun protection, I’d recommend this for daytime wear as well as night-time, because the SPF 15 is too light to cause your skin to appear pale in flash photos, yet gives you the look of an even, beautiful complexion. I think the finished look is great, even though it could be slightly even more matte.
I’d also recommend it for women with oily or combination skin, like me, while women with drier skin in need of hydration could consider Bobbi Brown’s Moisture Rich Foundation with SPF 15. In addition, I like that it comes in a durable, hygienic, glossy black tube and that a little goes a long way, making this a tinted moisturiser one of great colour, formula, and value!
Taken at night at flash - normally my photos are in natural daylight, but I wanted to show the results in the environment that I usually use this tinted moisturiser. You can see the noticeable difference, me having chosen the shade one shade darker than my own. It does not completely cover blemishes, being a tinted moisturiser, however it makes them less noticeable.
See the difference? On my left cheek, the tinted moisturiser effectively conceals redness and unevenness. I’ve included a second photo to show that in certain photos it appears a lot more light and natural!
Bobbi Brown at Smith & Caughey’s, $67.