Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just Not For Me: Bobbi Brown Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm

I've sort of, kind of, always been a one foundation at a time kind of gal. This is not to say that everyone should be this way, but for my purposes its the most practical thing to do. Consider the facts. I'm extremely pale and never tan: this eliminates the need for a darker shade. My skin type doesn't change seasonally, I'm always dry: this means I have only one skin consideration to keep in mind. Unfortunately, I never took into account that I could be changed by a foundation. This all sounds quite dramatic ... foundation can be really good, but when it all boils down it's not life changing. Nevertheless, my point of view on foundation was irrevocably changed by Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup (review here).

To be honest with you, I didn't think Armani's Fusion Makeup had changed me that much and so like the product junkie that I am when I finished the bottle I was eager to try something new. I ordered a product that I've heard fellow dry skinned dames raving about: Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm in the shade Alabaster.

Bobbi Brown's Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm has an SPF of 25 and was formulated to be "a lightweight foundation alternative for dry, dehydrated skin, [the] formula is ultra-rich, and blends easily, giving skin a dewy look with light coverage." If you are a fan of light coverage base products as I am take note, this is quite literally the lightest coverage product that I have ever used. I prefer using bases that moisturize and even my skin in equal measure as I have very little to cover at this stage in my life apart from occasional redness (okay, and dark dark under eye circles ... but that's a job for concealer). Ultimately though this is almost too little coverage even for me.

The foundation smooths onto the skin not unlike a day cream with quite light coverage. I prefer to apply with my fingertips because the texture is so reminiscent of a lotion. I follow application with a concealer as I find the Tinted Moisturizing Balm just a bit sparse in the coverage department. Much like many of Bobbi Brown's products, there is a light scent that I find pleasant; however, it may bother users with sensitivity to fragrance in their base products. 

After a few weeks of use I've come to the following conclusion ... the fact that Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm moisturizes my skin is not up for debate, but my skin is so moisturized that by noon I have a shiny t-zone. Me?! The dry skinned queen with a shiny t-zone! It's unheard of, and as much as I require hydration it's completely unnecessary and undesirable for a moisturizing product to have that effect. I've also determined that it's not Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm that is to blame here, it's the fact that my view of foundation has changed.

(Left to right): Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm Alabaster applied heavily, 90% blended

A year ago this may have been perfect for me, but now? I just can't dig it. I'd prefer to moisturize my face with a day cream, and have the even, light coverage and silky smooth finish only Giorgio Armani Maestro seems capable of achieving. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I'm repurchasing Maestro and relegating Bobbi Brown's "foundation alternative" to the role of weekend and "no makeup" makeup day base product. I guess that makes me a two foundation girl, after all?

Have you tried Bobbi Brown's Extra Tinted Moisturizing Balm? How do you use this product, and what were your thoughts.