A few weeks ago I popped along to the Bobbi Brown Pro Studio on Poland Street (well worth a visit if you fancy a splurge) to find out more about the extension shades that have been added to two of the most popular Bobbi Brown foundations: the Skin Foundation Stick and the Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15, both of which now have a staggering 43 shades each, which is mega and particularly fabulous if you really struggle to get that perfect match.
I’m just in the process of writing-up a review of the Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation (spoiler alert, it’s amazing) and I was going to include this news in that review, but I thought it deserved a post as it really is quite amazing what they’ve achieved with their shade range. As someone who really struggles to find a good match as I’m very pale, although I don’t look quite as pale as I actually am – whenever being matched, people always think I’m going to be a lot darker even though I always start with a “I’ll be the lightest shade!” introduction – it was a revelation to get matched with a member of the Bobbi Brown pro team and find that my shade is Sand, which is now the 8th lightest in the range…
…let’s put that into perspective, as there are certain lines that still don’t go pale enough for me, or if they do, they’re too warm and end up looking very fake, so to find my shade match is so far down the list of all the paler possibilities is quite something. Full disclosure, I think if I had picked my own shade I would’ve gone for Cool Ivory which is the sixth palest, because the next one along is Warm Ivory which would’ve been too warm and I find Sand fractionally too warm for me, however, I’ve asked a few people about this and literally nobody agrees, so I think this might just be my desire to have a foundation a shade too pale that I can warm up for fear of anything else looking too warm – pale girl problems!
As you’ll see in the review of the foundation that I’ll be posting shortly, the shade match is really good – natural, flattering and just what you want from an everyday foundation. I wasn’t able to swatch all the shades, so I just thought I’d grab the three palest new arrivals which are Neutral Porcelain, Neutral Sand and Cool Beige. The rest of the newbies are Golden Beige, Cool Natural, Cool Honey, Warm, Golden, Cool Golden, Neutral Almond, Neutral Walnut, Neutral Chestnut, Cool Chestnut, Neutral Honey and Neutral Golden. What I think is really clear from the new line-up is how the range is evolving to cover every skin undertone, which is so important and makes a huge difference to how natural a foundation looks – if you get your perfect match but it’s the wrong undertone, it’ll really show! It’s well worth visiting a Bobbi Brown counter to get shade-matched, especially as they’re currently offering a free 7 day foundation sample to help you find your perfect shade.
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