Testing Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA++

Bobbi Brown

I’m finally done testing the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA++ in Warm Beige 3.5 a friend gave me. She’s about one shade lighter than my NC 30/35, but thinks warm beige 3.5 is too dark on her. Received the foundation in January, but forgot I had it til I was looking for a warmer tone ‘coz I got darker from SAR proficiency training. Had a few Bobbi Brown foundations in the past. yet I always went back to MAC Studio Finish powder (the most convenient, most comfortable product on my skin through all the humidity in the Philippines).

Let’s see why Kate Middleton favors Bobbi Brown.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+

And so before my birthday, I reached out for the Bobbi Brown bottle, swatched it on my face, took a photo and liked the color match and finish.  It has the consistency of a tinted moisturizer or a BB cream. The weight is incredibly like nothing on, yet it is able to even out an imperfect skin, without having to apply so much. It’s pretty expensive that I’m reserving it for special occasions, and it’s supposed to be an everyday wear product, considering the nice sheer coverage and SPF content. Since I’m super oily, I have to layer loose powder all over and I’ve pretty figured out which one to wear depending on the peg. It sets to an airbrush-like finish, doesn’t cake, and freshness lasts quite long, like 4-5 hours, unless you sweat a lot. I’m not breaking out from it, so it makes it even much better.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

For this look, I applied Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Warm Beige 3.5 with a finger and used a powder brush to layer MAC Skinfinish Natural Light on top, and then used a stippling brush to blend everything together after shaping with contour and highlight.  Here is a warmer effect when I use Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana to seal in the foundation.

Products Used:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ in Warm Beige 3.5
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 NC 30 to spot conceal
MAC Espresso eyeshadow to fill and shape brows
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre used as eye base
MAC Sweet Lust eyeshadow on brow bone, inner Vs, and lower waterline
MAC Expensive Pink eyeshadow on the crease
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner on upper lash line
Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Mascara in Black
MUD Taupe Eye Color to contour
MUD Warm Bisque Cheek Color
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Light to set makeup
Revlon Matte Stormy Pink lipstick

Bobbi Brown Beauty

My old Bobbi Brown Beauty book.

It’s still raining so hard in the north. I hope everyone is dry and safe. Take care, people!

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013

Fringe Benefits: How to Look Festive in a Flash


Birthday Suit: The Peg:)

In this post, I will be sharing with you tips on achieving your favorite celebrity looks. It’s possible. promise! My grown out bang is the perfect length to enhance the eyes.

Orange Madness

Eyes wide open!

Evening Look Colors

Get the look:

If you’re a faux lashes virgin, you can start by purchasing cheaper falsies available at beauty stores. There are so many types to choose from actually. My crisscross lashes (in a box of 10 pairs) are from the MakeUp Designory class. Application steps will follow next.

Precise makeup tools are necessary to achieve seamless application. My most important tools are the angled brow brush, the large eye shader, the bullet blending brush, the angled contour brush and a stippling brush or a beauty blender. Next, put on a good primer and your basic makeup. If you are going to face the cameras then you will have to apply everything two times heavier, believe me!  To add depth and dimension, don’t skip contouring! You will need it on the sides of the nose, near the ears and the jawline. You don’t want a flat face in photos! Match your brows with the falsies! Stick to neutral colors for the eyes and line only the upper lash line with black kohl or gel product. Leave the inner corners of the eyes bare and put whitish color on the V’s to make eyes appear bright. From the NYX Make-up Artist Kit, I blended pewter and shimmery taupes and used the darkest brown with gold dust on the outer corners. The face colors were so useful, basically everything in just one kit. Now, the mascara — use it on lower lashes and to blend in the falsies and cover excess glue.

For the cheeks, work in blush from the apples to the ears. You can’t go wrong with warm bisque for fairer skin and peach or raisin for darker skin tone.

The lipstick choice depends on you. Generally, I like the shade not too far from the dress color, like I chose a deeper orange red for my monochromatic orange dress to let my face show.

Lastly, set the make-up with mattifying loose powder. Ben Nye luxury powder works wonder on my oily skin. Buff everything with a blending brush or a BeautyBlender sponge. The BeautyBlender, I discovered in makeup class. It works like an airbrush actually, minimizing visible pores.

All in all, it took me 15 minutes to get the look.

Evening Look Necessities

Products used:

MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35 NC 30
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ in Warm Beige 3.5
MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre used as eye primer
NYX Make-Up Artist Kit eye colors, contour and highlighter
MakeUp Designory Cheek Color in lemon cream for under eyes
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Liner
China-made crisscross false eyelashes
Nichido Tru Lashes glue
Maybelline Long Extreme Stiletto Mascara in Black
MAC Espresso eyeshadow to line outer lower lash line and brows
Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana to set makeup
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Rendezvous as lip conditioner and to add in some orange.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ 3/5 Warm Beige

I will do a separate post on Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 PA+ in the posts to come.

How to apply false lashes:

  • Use tweezers to pick up lashes. Trim excess to fit.
  • Apply glue to lash band and wait til half dry, about 30 seconds.
  • Position eyelash to the lid and press unto the natural lash line, starting from the inner corner.
  • While glue is not fully dry, check eyes in the mirror — the correct placement: lashes should curl up.

Necessary Brushes

The shader and bullet brushes are by MakeUp Designory while the angled brow and contour brushes are by MAC.

Beauty Blender

The original BeautyBlender is now available at Vanity Play in Red Dot. They also have the BlenderCleanser to maintain the sponge.

Top image: A montage of photos from the net
Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2013