Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation in Alabaster, €49.50. No press samples featured.
A skin-care hybrid foundation is, when done right, the stuff of dreams. You know, if your dreams centre around fancy makeup. They add coverage and glow, along with a dose of sun protection and nourishment.
Some are nice, lots are indistinguishable from any boring old base, and Bobbi Brown Intensive Serum Foundation is perfect.
We’re starting on texture, because it’s incredible. It feels comfortable, hydrating and, while it’s massively creamy, it’s not very thick at all. I can literally wipe this into my face like it’s serum, and the finish is still gorgeous. I could blend it in with my hands behind my back. As the finish is so dewy, I say go for it if you like the look or have drier skin.
Coverage was almost a deal breaker, until I settled into applying it with a buffing brush. With just fingers, it’s on the light side – especially as I’m always very rosy and need more coverage in winter. When I use a brush, it’s close to medium, and its texture is very easy to layer. I won’t be skipping concealer, but am happy with the overall effect. Uniform, brightened and natural.
Longevity is good, but it’s not a key feature of the foundation. At the end of the day, my face looks grand. The only issue with fading is around my nose, but that’s par for the course with me and dewy bases.
The shade is a new oldie. Alabaster is the lightest in the Bobbi Brown range, and it’s properly pale. It was discontinued for a few years, but they brought it back – apparently after pressure from Irish and Scottish fans. I haven’t found another department store range that carries a comparable shade. Dior, YSL, Armani, Guerlain, Smashbox, Benefit – none of ’em have a foundation that I don’t have to mix with a shade adjuster.
The packaging isn’t as much of a faff as I expected. It’s a dropper, but the foundation isn’t totally runny, so I’ve not made a mess yet. Yep, I’d prefer a traditional pump, but this is alright too.
In performance, it’s almost a ten out of ten. With the bonus points for shade range, it’s tipped right over the line with full marks.