The Foundation Files – Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation

This review has been a long-time coming since I don’t think I have ever found a long-lasting, oil-free foundation I like so much. This is for all those ladies out there who really need a foundation with some muscle to it, that can handle their oily or combination skin, whatever it throws at them. Because really, who wants to look like a disco ball two hours after they’ve left the house? Not me, that’s for sure. Usually I’m a fan of lightweight foundations (I mean, you’ve seen my reviews of Chantecaille, Vitalumiere and Myface, which is what I keep in high rotation in my kit), but they aren’t right for every skin type. What to do if you have oily skin, or just like more coverage?Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Foundation

This is when I send in my Bobbi Brown big guns, her Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation. This foundation contains sponge like powders so it will absorb oil on the skin, yet emollients lock in moisture so skin stays balanced. It’s also transfer resistant, so it’s great for hot or humid climates. Like all Bobbi’s foundations (which are legion, and all the ones I have tried are amazing), they come in a great range of tones, but they are definitely more on the yellow side. Bobbi’s foundations are more comprehensive in colour tones than most brands on the market, from Alabaster through to Walnut. However as always, do check the colour is thoroughly right for you (on your FACE please miss, not the back of your hand or your elbow or on your best friend – it’s supposed to be going on YOUR FACE).

Simply apply with a foundation brush as you would any other foundation, and all those lovely little spheres go to work, mopping up facial oll and generally keeping your complexion looking gorgeous. What I love about this foundation over other oil-free foundations is that it adheres to Bobbi’s philosophy that skin should still look like skin, even if it does have a medium to heavy weight foundation on it. So it won’t look like a scary mask, but like a prettier, fresher (matte-r!) version of yourself. It also has an SPF of 15 so it’s great to know that you have that box ticked at the start of each day.

This lasts all day, and provides flawless coverage. It definitely deals with the oil on skin better than most foundations, meaning much less powdering time. And it’s still comfortable on areas that are dry (something I know about since my skin is that lovely combo of oil and dehydration which can be so hard to deal with).

It doesn’t mean you won’t have to powder at all as you probably will at some point during the day, but you won’t be shiny after 35 seconds. I just top up with either a Laura Mercier or Bobbi Brown powder and a brush, through the T-zone.

If you struggle to find a good foundation in general I do heartily recommend you check out Bobbi’s foundations as she has most of bases covered (please excuse the shocking pun) – the most minimal coverage you can get away with, and a fantastic selection of foundations formulated for all types of skin problems. Viva Bobbi Brown!

5 Replies to “The Foundation Files – Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation”

  1. Hi! What a great review! I completely agree with everything you’ve said! I asked for a sample of this foundation the other day and I have been trying it out for a week and I am absolutely pleased with the results! Not only it is super long-lasting, but it looks very natural and leaves a flawless skin without looking heavy or overdone. The only thing I don’t like is that it contains powder and I am afraid that using it everyday will cause my pores to clog a little bit. But anyways, I think I will use it just for special occasions, so that is perfectly fine.

    Thank you for this amazing review, I love your blog!!

    1. Thank you very much! I like your blog too – although your English is much better than my Spanish so it’s good that Google has a translation tool. I’m glad you like the BB foundation – I’m such a fan of Bobbi’s makeup in general, it’s beautiful quality and ideal for everyday.

  2. I am completely sold! I have read a couple of great reviews about this foundation and now I from reading your review I know I have to have it.
    Great work!

    1. Thanks! It really is my go-to foundation for oil-free long lasting coverage. I also like Chantecaille’s Oil-free Future Skin, but that’s a much dewier finish and that’s not always what us oily ladies want.

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