Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 in #2 Sand, Review, Swatch & FOTD

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I went for a shopping spree yesterday and today on my mission to get appropriate clothes for the new job. One would think that in the university everyone is rather casual but it turns out they like presenting their best selves to the students. It is time to get used to the idea that I can't use the half of the clothes in my closet because of the weight gain in the last 3 year. I have to shake these off eventually but for the time being I need to buy a few things. And I need shoes but it was so hard to get one because my size is is between two sizes so one size is too big and the other one is not so comfortable. Shoe hunt has to go on! Oh then I had to wait for hubby to pick me up from shopping and ended up drinking two Mojitos while waiting. I told them to go easy on ice but who would know they would fill it up with Rum instead! I am tipsy, so bear with me.

Bobbi Brown's new Serum Foundation shook the blogosphere a bit and made me super curious. Right on time when I was considering to order it from another country, they released it here. I have been using it for a few weeks now, on and off and here are my thoughts.



Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40



Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 is describes as a hybrid foundation. The formula is not as thin as other Serum Foundations such as YSL Fusion Ink or Diorskin Nude Air. I would describe it to be between a normal liquid foundation and a serum foundation. It feels a bit like a mousse as a result. "Skin Serum" name is backed up with ingredients such as lynchee, bamboo grass & cordyceps extracts and it is one of the higher sun protection foundations with SPF 40 UVA and UVB protection through ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zink oxide and octyldodecyl neopentanoate. The full ingredient list is as follows:

Ingredients:
Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Laureth-4, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Dipentaerythrityl Tri-Polyhydroxystearate, Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Artemia Extract, Cordyceps Sinensis Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sasa Veitchii Extract, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Dimethicone Silylate, Sodium Lactate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium PCA, Methicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Sodium Hyaluronate, Potassium Sorbate, Dipropylene Glycol, Dextrin, Silica, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499)] <41438>


Some of you may have noticed the lavender oil and linalool in the list. These give the foundation a lovely and soothing scent but if your skin is very sensitive you may want to patch test first. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation didn't irritate my skin. Tom Ford foundations have lavender oil as well and I love them just as well. As far as I have read the ingredient per se is not bad but the concentration matters. These two are down at the list in this case.




Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40

It is advised to give the foundation a good shake before application. The applicator is unfortunately not very suitable to this thicker formula so it ends up getting stuck in the tube or not being sucked in on the first place. I ended up spending much more time than necessary trying to get the product out of the bottle which is a shame. I am hoping they change the applicator because the foundation is really good.


The coverage of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is medium, the finish is satin to matte. It applies beautifully and stays long. I like using my hands to apply this foundation and as a finishing touch, I go over it with Rae Morris #27 Radiance Brush. It is my preferred method of foundation application for a month and two and I like the blended result. 



Before/After: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 in #2 Sand

Bobbi Brown's range is very impressive when it comes to find the right color for yourself. There are 16 shades to select from. I went for Sand without trying it out, it is a shade with natural undertone but seeing the swatches, I might have gone for Beige which is a bit deeper but still natural. That said since my neck is a little lighter than the rest of my face, as you see in the swatch above, Sand works quite good on my skin tone. It has a tad of peachiness which provides the complexion with a waken up look. The finish looks natural and not too matte. Below you can find a comparison of Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation #2 Sand to Chanel B20, YSL B20, Tom Ford Fawn, Givenchy 4 and Dior 020.



Comparison swatch: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 in Sand


In my last FOTD (here) you have seen me wearing Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation. It doesn't give me the glow which Guerlain Parure Gold provides (reviewed here) but it is a great everyday foundation which stays and looks natural. It is also more affordable than the Guerlain one by having two third the price. The price in Germany is around 58€ for 30 ml and it is right now available.



FOTD: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 in #2 Sand

Check out Lily's lovely review here.

Final thoughts: Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation  is a good coverage foundation with a significant SPF (which is always a good addition) and a good formula with antioxidants. If you are allergic to lavender oil, you might want to patch test. It applies beautifully, looks natural and lasts long. Thumbs up.

Do you like Serum Foundations? Which one is your favorite?













Disclaimer: The product in this post were provided free of charge for my consideration.
I am not paid for this review. All opinions are honest and my own.

26 comments

  1. This looks great on you! It's very natural and lightweight. One of my favorites aside from the Smashbox BB Water. I laughed about the clothes situation as I am also starting a new job and I've been allowed to wear jeans over the last 10 years of my career.

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  2. I really want to try this now after your review & Lily's!! I got a sample of the serum concealer & have really been loving it, so this will have to be next to try😘 What Lillie are you wearing in the FOTD?! It looks beautiful!! xo

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  3. Hi, I was so curious after Lily's review too. I would like to try the concealer and corrector, i will check them out in person once I am at the counter. Have you checked the correctors as well?
    I am wearing Dior Rouge #753 Continental from Fall Collection, one of my go to Fall lippie at the moment :-)

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  4. Thank you, yes it is really lightweight. I also have Smashbox BB Water, couldn't come to test it yet but I am intrigued after you say you love it as much as well. I was wearing jeans too, and fun colored pants. Today I found a pair of purple trousers, normally I would be all around them but I didn't know if I can wear them to work now *sigh*

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  5. 😘 Ok thank you - definitely going to check out continental! I haven't checked the correctors yet, but will soon since I'm loving the concealer so much. I love the Armani corrector, & if the BB one is even more lightweight with the same coverage it might be a new favorite - we'll see!

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  6. I think the BB Water has a more gel like texture and less coverage. I find it easiest to blend with fingers and press into the skin as opposed to buffing it in. Looking forward to your thoughts. As far as fashion is concerned I haven't a clue. I started my career almost 20 years ago and wore an eggplant colored velour blazer/skirt I bought from the Gap in 1998 for my very first interview. Even though I got the job I don't think that would fly nowadays lol!

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  7. I'm curious to try this one, but I'll wait until I'm at a counter. I'd also like to try their new liquid concealer/correctors as I have yet to find the ultimate undereye concealer.
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  8. Oh it looks so wonderful on you! I've never used any kind of serum foundations, I'm the kind to just stick to what I like and not venture off too far from it haha I have oily and acne-prone skin so I get so afraid to try new things. But it sounds like this is a great foundation!


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  9. This looks really beautiful on you! I have oily skin and it' REALLY oily at the moment, plus my skin eats Bobbi Brown foundations, so I don't think it'd last that well on me.
    I use Diorskin Nude Air and I love it. I have used both new Dior foundations for a year now and the bottles appear largely undented LOLOL.
    And I use Nars All Day Luminous Weightless; I've only had it two weeks and used it a few times but it seems great for my oily conditions!

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  10. Hi Sara, it looks nice on you! Bobbi's foundations are strong for their excellent colour! Since the Diorskin Nude Air serum foundation broke me out so badly, I've avoided serum foundations for my combination skin. But I am using the Bobbi Brown Skin foundation which I like a lot - wish it could last a little longer on me though!

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  11. Thanks for the shout out Sara. If you like this foundation, then you'll also love the corrector and concealer. I've been using them every single day since I got them! I've been skipping foundations lately though. Too hot!

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  12. Great review! I sampled this foundation and while I liked the texture and finish, it didn't last as long on my oily skin as I would have liked!


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  13. Great post! Maybe more mojitos in future while blogging ? ;)

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  14. Hey Sara, I go over my foundations with the Radiance brush too!!! LOVE that brush!! This sure is an interesting foundation, and after Lily's (now yours!) review, I was tempted to run out ot get it. But seriously, how to finish so many foundations??

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  15. Holy smokes u look gorgeous in the last photo!!-mojito's all around!!
    I sampled this foundation-first Bobbi one that I really like-still pondering the shade tho -but I just bought the MUFE ultra HD and CTilbury Magic foundation so can hold off for awhile......

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  16. Hahah eggplant blazer shirt is ok I think, like an alternative to black if the shade is deep enough. I am very curious about Smashbox BB Water, still haven't given it a try though. For somedays (especially once I am rushing) I prefer less coverage because it is faster and more forgiving.

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  17. I have the concealer and the corrector. The corrector really rocks. Concealer is nice as well. I had Armani corrector, the Maestro one, the package was so messy. The other one with the brush is nice though, still in my to try list.

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  18. I have the corrector/concealer now and they are superb, will post about them soon. I am also always looking for a good product for under eye. I will also review that but the new concealers of Suqqu is to die for if you have dryness under eye.

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  19. Hi Mika,
    I think if you have oily skin, this one might be a bit too rich for you. But most of the serum foundations work especially well with oily skin. I would check YSL or Dior if I were you.

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  20. Hi Bella,
    Oooh if your skin is really oily, probably this one is not the best option of you. Diorskin (or Deerskin haha!) Nude Air is great on me as well, such a good foundation that it works on my dry skin and your oily one *scratches head*

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  21. Hi Eleni,
    Dior broke you out, oh that is not good. Some foundations did that to me in the past but recently almost nothing breaks me out. Am I getting old? LOL
    This one is not very much like a serum foundation to be honest. It is a bit thicker in texture and it has more coverage so you might want to check it out.

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  22. I have the corrector and the concealer now and you were so right, I love them!
    And yes I can totally understand you skipping the foundation. Once under eye darkness is under control a few spots on my face doesn't bother me either.

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  23. LOL Katherine,
    I am hoping to get some tonight!! ;-)

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  24. Hi Jenni,
    most of the time what works on me wouldn't work all that good on oily skin so maybe for you my reviews are more like things to take out of wish list ;-)

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  25. Hi Linda,
    yes the brush is great and so practical! I think you should first go through your 100s of foundations before purchasing one lol

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  26. Hi, aww thanks that is so nice of you!
    How do you like CT Magic one? I am curious about it.

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