I purchased the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 back in November when I was really struggling with my super dry and dehydrated skin thanks to the cold weather as none of my foundations were sitting nicely on my skin and I was getting really desperate to find a foundation which didn’t look ridiculously patchy and horrible. I spent ages researching which foundation would be best for my skin, and I finally decided upon the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 after reading many rave reviews from bloggers that have very similar skin concerns so I figured it was well worth a try even though it’s pretty pricey for an higher end foundation at £40, especially if it was going to be yet another fail.
The Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF40 is formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts to create an high-powered formula which helps give skin the energy it needs to look fresher and younger. Bobbi Brown describe the formula as being a super silky emulsion which floats over skin’s surface for a flawless yet natural look–instantly and day after day. The foundation is suitable for those with normal to dry skin types, and I opted for the palest shades; Alabaster, but there are an impressive 21 shades in total. What makes the Intensive Skin Serum Foundation different is that it supposedly goes beyond the surface, beautifying skin with a powerful combination of serum ingredients and helps support skin’s cellular energy offering key anti-aging benefits for a smoother, firmer, more lifted look.
The foundation is packaged within a black glass bottle, with a pipette dispenser with the lid which in theory is a great fuss free method of dispensing the foundation but the packaging is flawed as the pipette doesn’t actually pick up any foundation. Instead I have to keep dipping the glass wand back into the bottle and wipe the foundation from the outside of the wand onto the back of my hand and then use my Beauty Blender to apply it to my face.
I find that Bobbi Brown foundation shades run very warm, with a strong yellow undertone but the Alabaster shade of the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation is actually quite neutral in comparison to my Alabaster shade of the Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation so it matches me a lot better. I hope you can see from the swatches above, it blends into my skin seamlessly and you can’t really see where it starts and stops although you can definitely see the ‘glow’ it has given my skin. I don’t think this foundation would work for anyone apart from those with dry skin as it’s very glowy, and even when I set it with powder, it has a sheen to it which I personally like but it’s something to consider if you don’t want to look shiny.
Even with the very sheeny finish, I really do love this foundation and I think it might be one of my all time favourites already. I really do hate the packaging as I feel that it lets the foundation down as the formula is just perfect for my dry skin as it offers light to medium coverage, and it doesn’t cling to dry patches which I guess is down to the serum content. I do wish the foundation was a little more buildable, as it doesn’t offer the best coverage but I go in with concealer after applying the foundation so it’s not a big deal but I do like my foundations to more buildable.
The weartime isn’t amazing, as it lasts around five to six hours before fading but I’d expect that from a sheerer foundation with coverage as light as this so I’d typically touch up with concealer around lunchtime. Overall I’m really happy with this foundation, and although I keep trying new foundation products, I always find myself coming back to this as it applies so easily and sits nicely on my skin even when my dry patches are super noticeable so I’m thrilled to have a foundation option for when my skin’s particularly dry and dehydrated.