REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation in Warm Beige

That title’s a mouthful!

As y’all must know by now, I splurge a lot on bases, mainly because I think they’re the foundation (heh) upon which all makeup is built. A good base can make or break a look, so I choose only the best – my queen, Bobbi Brown.


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REVIEW: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation

Bobbi Brown is the freakin’ queen. Her Makeup Manual is awesome, her beauty philosophy is on point, and her products are raved over by makeup mavens the world over. Which is why on a whim, I decided to #TreatYoSelf and bought her Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation.

What I love about Bobbi is that she makes cosmetics for a wide range of skin tones. I got Warm Beige, which is an exact shade match for me.
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REVIEW: Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation

When I started running out of Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation, I went shopping for a new one. I wasn’t asking for much—I just wanted a foundation that controls my oil. Is that so hard?
Apparently, it is. 😦

Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation in Sand 60

It comes in a plastic tube but it doesn’t look cheap. The design is sophisticated and sleek. To get the product out, you just have to squeeze and control the amount. No wastage here! Also very travel-friendly.

The texture isn’t as heavy as my Revlon Colorstay but has a little bit of heft to it. It’s easy to blend as it doesn’t dry easily. Coverage is light-medium.

Unfortunately, that’s all the good things I have to say about this. 
When you get the product onto your fingers/brush/sponge, you’ll get a whiff of a pungent, sour, plastic-y smell. I’d like to say you get used to it, but it bothers me up to this very day, and I bought this like half a year ago.

After application, it looks beautifully natural and smooth. After a couple of hours, my face turns into an oil spill. My T-zone gets especially shiny. If I use my Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, it only takes around an hour before I have to de-grease again. I checked, and the bottle says oil-free—so what is happening?!
It transfers, too. When I wore this, I couldn’t lean on my boyfriend’s chest or shoulders without leaving an orange stain. My handkerchiefs are always spotted with the stuff, and the neckline of my clothes too. Ew. Such Oompa-Loompa feels.
Price: PhP695
Verdict: Way too expensive for the piss-poor quality! Frickin’ NO. Thanks to this product, I am never buying a Max Factor product again.

REVIEW: Revlon Haul Part 1 of 3: Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

Earning my own money gave me the chance to indulge my previously dormant beauty wannabe-maven. I can finally get frequent manicures and buy make-up! Since then, I’ve been browsing Make-up Alley and watching Bobbi Brown videos like crazy.

Because I couldn’t afford Bobbi Brown (sob), my desired alternative was a drugstore brand that’s relatively cheap but still does the trick. I then turned to Revlon for my latest cosmetics purchases.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin in 240 Medium Beige

I wanted to find my HG foundation because the Max Factor Smooth Effects I was currently using was awful (but that’s for another post). I did some digging on the Internet and I found that Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin has excellent mattifying properties, so I wanted to try it out.

It comes in a heavy glass bottle, which makes me afraid that it’ll break if it drops. The weight makes it less than ideal for travel.
What really irks me is how there is no dispensing mechanism for this. No pump, no squeeze mechanism, no applicator—there is absolutely nothing frickin’ else to do but a) stick a goddamned finger in the jar (unhygienic), or b) pour the stuff out and pray to god it doesn’t spill more than you need. Majorly annoying.

Coverage is medium-full, which evens my skintone out. Texture is a little heavy, so you need to use only a small amount of product to get good results.

I apply it after The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Lotion with SPF15. Now, here’s where it gets a bit wonky. Sometimes, the foundation lasts all day looking fabulous, but other times my face resembles a grease trap after a few hours. I strongly suspect that I don’t give my moisturizer enough time to be absorbed before applying foundie. Does anyone know how much time do I need to let the moisturizer sink in?

It’s very matte, so upon application it gives me a rather masklike finish. But thanks to the Philippines’ humid weather, I’m guaranteed to sweat buckets before even leaving the front door, so when I get to my destination my foundation looks quite natural.

Price: PhP825
Verdict: Awesome. Maybe not HG status, but for the price, it’s pretty damn close!

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My next Revlon purchase would be their Nearly Naked pressed powder. Got any reviews from similarly oily-skinned people? 🙂 Comment away, mofos.