Hi lovelies! I don't know about you guys, but in the summer, I cannot stand thick, heavy foundations, but I always want a medium to full coverage, as while I don't by any means have bad skin, it's just very slightly uneven at times, i.e. red nose due to occasional hayfever (the joys) and dark undereyes due to lack of sleep. So, as you can imagine, when the warmer weather rolls around, my usual go to MAC Studio Fix just isn't going to cut it, as no one wants heavy foundation in the heat! So, on my mission to find a nice light, decent coverage foundation, I decided to try Bobbi Brown's Luminous Moisturizing Foundation.
As I have combination skin, I find some foundations can cling to the drier patches of my skin, generally around my nose, so this is a particularly unattractive look as I'm sure you can imagine. Because of this, the 'moisturizing' claim that came with this foundation hugely appealed to me. Despite being totally non-oily, this definitely delivers on it's claims. On first application, the smooth, light moisturising texture was the first thing I noticed, it almost felt like a tinted moisturiser on my skin rather than a foundation, definitely a plus point! The finish was very even and very dewy, more dewy than I actually like, but once powdered over, I really liked the finish it gave. I got this in the shade 'Natural', which is perfect for my skin in the summer (aka fake tanned) but would be way too dark if I didn't have tan on (which is never, so not really a problem). There is a huge range of shades, but I'd recommend trying them out in store, as online swatches aren't great.
As for how long this lasts on the skin, I'd say you'll probably get a good 6 hours without too much need to touch up, unless you have very oily skin. Drier skin types may get slightly longer, but this definitely isn't a long wearing foundation. It won't completely wear away after the 6 hours, but there is definite fading, which for me isn't a problem, as I quite happily touch up my foundation several times a day anyway (running a beauty salon means it's quite an easy and appropriate place for makeup touch ups!).
As much as I do love this, I have recently tried another foundation at a similar price point that I much prefer, if you follow me on twitter and are super observant, you'll know what one that is, but that'll be in a post to come soon! So, I would definitely recommend this to those of you who like a light, dewy finish foundation with a buildable amount of coverage and particularly if you have any fine lines, as while I don't have this problem myself, I have used this on my Mum and it doesn't settle into fine lines at all, so that's something to keep in mind if this is an issue for you. So for those who like a dewy finish, medium coverage and possibly have fine lines, go for it!
This costs £31 in Debenhams, which is where I got mine, however I think they have actually chaned the packaging slightly on newer bottles to include a pump. I've heard that the formula is the same, however the shades are now slightly off, so that's worth knowing if you've had Bobbi Brown Foundations in the past!
What do you think? Does this sound like the sort of foundation you'd like? What's your favourite foundation?