Foundation Series: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – Review

It’s Cushion Saturday! So excited today and for so many reasons. The sun is shining outside (thank you, London, you owed me that after a rainy and windy week mid March!) and Bobbi Brown literally just launched the Skin Foundation Cushion Compact yesterday in the UK – well, currently it’s exclusive to Selfridges, but will be available online and nationwide April come! This is the much awaited Bobbi’s cushion foundation and I’m such a cushion addict that I couldn’t wait to grab it!

The new Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 35 close up to packaging
The new Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 35

A CUSHION FOUNDATION

Cushion Foundations originate in Asia and they’ve recently started making their way to Europe. The L’oreal Group was the first one to innovate in the Western world, with Lancome launching the first cushion foundation in Europe a couple of years ago. Since then, more brands have followed and we now have two cushions from Lancome (light vs fuller coverage), one from YSL, one from Dior and let’s not forget a couple of drug store brands which followed the trend too.

Bobbi Brown wouldn’t fall behind with the latest innovations, especially seeing as the cushion craze has penetrated our market too! Cushion foundations are *so* convenient to carry around. They’re uber portable and can save you when you’re on the go. Plus, there is something satisfactory about dipping your sponge in a cushion filled with liquid. Or, so I find! The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact complements Bobbi’s Skin Foundation line, so now we have many options to choose from: stick, liquid, creme and cushion! Here’s how the line is marketed at Selfridges in London:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion, Stick and Fluid as displayed in Selfridges
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion, Stick and Fluid as displayed in Selfridges

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact is a liquid foundation that comes in a compact. In case you aren’t familiar with cushion foundations, there is a sponge inside and a cushion which contains the product. As you squeeze the cushion, the foundation comes out and you can apply straight on your face with the sponge, if you wish.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact packaging open close up
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact the sponge close up
Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – other side of the sponge
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact - close up to the cushion inside
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – the cushion inside
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact - the cushion inside close up opened
Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – a closer look at the cushion

Hope the pictures above help with how the packaging is devised and with what the sponge and cushion look like. Now, I have to admit, I am no cushion foundation expert, so I cannot tell whether Bobbi Brown’s cushion is the best quality she could have used. To me, it looks like a standard cushion but could it be more tight and would that affect application? I’m not sure. Asian reviewers tend to be stricter about cushion foundation quality than we are in Europe, so if any readers are from Asia, please let me know what you think of the cushion in this foundation. For me, it works ok and does its job well.

Close up to the The cushion inside the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact
The cushion inside the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – swatch of light to medium shade
claims, finish and coverage

The fact that this is a portable, new technology foundation has already been established. How about the claims though – how does it differ from other foundations in the market just now? Bobbi Brown promises the following (taken from here):

“Skin-energizing, glow-boosting coverage in an instant. Boosts skin’s glow with skin brighteners and soft focus pigments…”:

This foundation is very dewy. The make-up artist at Selfridges tried it on me with a brush and I tried it with the cushion. Both times, the effect was what I would call very dewy. You will definitely glow. You can use powder to prevent further shine, but if you are oily, you should expect to get more shiny later.

“…erase the look of imperfections and unevenness for a perfectly diffused complexion and no makeup feel… Coverage goes from sheer to medium with just a few dabs of the cushion”: 

Expect this foundation to even your skin tone. It is, however, a very light, dewy foundation, which means that if you have any marks from blemishes or spots, you will need a concealer. Coverage is light and you can build it to medium. However, on my combination skin, when I build this up to achieve more coverage, it feels a bit heavy and I get oily in four hours. I love it for sheer coverage though, on a good skin day (like today!) or when I can use a concealer on top to cover any spots. For that, it’s fantastic. Here is my before and after:

Me with no foundation on
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact shade Light to Medium on skin close up
Me with the Bobbi Brown Cushion Foundation in shade Light to medium

It’s infused with skincare benefits… Replenishes skin’s natural energy with energizing Caffeine and Lychee, while Pink Silk Tree Extract and SPF 35 help soothe skin and stave off environmental damage“:

I can definitely say that my skin felt so soft after application and the softness hung around even after I removed it. So, it should be good for your skin. Beware though; it contains lavender oil, which can be an irritant. My skin is fine with lavender oil, but if you react to that ingredient, this won’t be a foundation for you. Here are the ingredients:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact Ingredients List
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact Ingredients List

“Who is it for? All skin types”: My skin is combination, dehydrated and acne prone. This foundation did not break me out, neither did it intensify my dryness. However, on combination skin, it lasts around 4 hours and then I need to blot and reapply. Based on this, I *doubt* this will work well on oily skin. I think it’s a foundation for dry (even very dry, I’d say), normal and combination skin.

Skin Foundation Cushion – Additional thoughts

For a dewy, light coverage foundation with skincare benefits this is a good foundation. It will even your skin tone and soften your skin. You will need a concealer to cover any serious discolouration or blemishes though. My preference is a less dewy foundation, just because of my combination skin. However, I’ve popped this in my bag and I will definitely use it not only because it’s so portable, but also because I like light coverage on a day to day basis. Oh, and the shade Light to medium is spot on for me, making it a very good, fuss-free everyday foundation.

To showcase you how dewy the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact looks on me, here it goes three hours after application:

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact in Shade Light to Medium close up
Wearing the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact in Shade Light to Medium

Can you see how perfect the shade is? I also started looking a bit shiny in my T-zone, but in a way that I like. An hour later and I definitely need to blot though, as the shine is too much for my skin type.

The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact is available in 9 yellow-based shades and retails for £36. As I mentioned, it’s now available in-store at Selfridges in the UK, but from April it will be available nationwide and online. In the US, you can already buy it online for 50USD.

What are your thoughts on cushion foundations and have you tried any? Are you curious to try this one?

Hope you all have a good weekend and speak soon!

Hugs!

Eleni

 

10 thoughts on “Foundation Series: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact – Review

    1. I’m not a fan of a super dewy finish even. I tried the Dior one but the colour match wasn’t right for me at all. Too pink somehow. This matches my complexion so well though. My ideal would be the Dior finish with this shade and undertone but that’s too much to ask 😂

    1. I would say yes – depending on your skin type. On me four hours of lasting time is not as good as a traditional foundation but I have this with me and top up. I just have the right shade that matches my skin tone and for me that’s rare. If your skin is more oily than combination, probably best to not go near this one, it won’t last well then. Thank you for popping by 🙂

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