Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 Review | Shade: Medium


“Bobbi’s groundbreaking mineral makeup is made of specially-selected mineral powders to instantly even out skin and diminish the look of imperfections.” –


PRICE DETAILS: $38 for .21oz/6g

SHADE REVIEWED: Medium (See shade chart below)

QUICK REVIEW: Has a very natural look compared to other similar products – however, it is not a completely “mineral” formula.

the REVIEW (09/19/2011): Bobbi Brown is known for creating the look of naturally flawless skin with her collection of skin tone correct foundations, concealers and powders. Her newest formula, Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 is no exception. With a simple palette of 9 shades ranging from Alabaster to Rich, this foundation is a welcome – and expected – addition to the Bobbi Brown collection.

BOBBI BROWN SKIN FOUNDATION MINERAL MAKEUP SPF 15 $38Packaged in the traditional sifter style container, Bobbi Brown Mineral Makeup has a finely milled texture that glides onto the skin without looking artificial or chalky. Unlike other mineral powders, it is void of bismuth oxychloride (which gives mineral makeup its opacity – and frankly, irritates the daylights out of my skin) and has skin care ingredients like sodium hyaluronate, glycerin and a vitamin C & E complex to help protect against free radical damage.

The color I received was Medium, which is a distinctly warm based medium beige that is suited for slightly tan skin tones. At first I thought the color was too orange, but it blended seamlessly into my skin and balanced out my skin tone. It can be applied either with a traditional kabuki style brush for the most natural finish, or with a powder puff/kabuki brush application for more coverage.

This is NOT a full coverage foundation and those looking to a one step cover-all, this is not it. It works incredibly well over other foundations or tinted moisturizers for a natural matte finish. Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 also wears incredibly well for a mineral powder. Traditionally, other foundations like it will settle into fine lines, pores or simply vanish by the end of the day. Even in unusually humid, warm weather, this held up well and didn’t get greasy (I wore it over Boscia No Pores No Shine T-Zone Treatment $36).

So how does Bobbi Brown Mineral Makeup compare to other brands? In comparison to the ever popular Bare Escentuals Original SPF 15 Foundation, it has a more natural appearance on the skin and can be used easily on oily or dry skin. The natural finish is comparable to the Jane Iredale Amazing Base SPF 20, who’s PurePressed Base version is my personal favorite. What I do appreciate about Bobbi Brown Mineral Foundation is the color selection, which runs a tad on the darker side. Sometimes mineral makeup has a tendency to look chalky and gray – the warm tones in the Bobbi Brown version does NOT. Skin looks natural and “like skin”.

the FINAL ROAR!: It’s going to take a lot to switch me from my Jane Iredale PurePressed Base SPF 20, but I have found myself reaching for this more often than I expected. I really like the color – Medium matches my Bobbi Brown 4.25 Natural Tan skin perfectly and looks incredibly natural, especially on days when I don’t need heavier coverage.


Before (bare skin), After (powder puff application) and actual product swatch on inner wrist.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Bobbi’s groundbreaking mineral makeup is made of specially-selected mineral powders to instantly even out skin and diminish the look of imperfections. The result is a natural finish that never looks masky or overly made up. The super-fine powders in this formula are triple treated with glycerin, vitamins and skin softeners, and wear extenders. Smooth and silky, it glides on with a weightless feel and helps improve skin’s appearance. SPF 15 helps protect skin from damage.” –
HOW TO USE IT: For light to medium coverage, use Bobbi Brown’s Face Brush or kabuki brush to apply makeup around the nose, blending outward where needed. For medium to full coverage press and blend makeup into skin with a powder puff. Build coverage with second application using a Face Brush.
BOBBI BROWN SKIN FOUNDATION MINERAL MAKEUP SPF 15 INGREDIENTS: Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Polysilicone-11, Silica, Polymethylsilsesquioxance, Phenyl Trimethicone, Clycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Panthenol, Ceramide 2, Ceramide 3, Glycerin, Ergothioneine, Sodium Hyaluronate, C9-15 Fluoroalcohol Phosphate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Tocopheryl Maleate, Magnesium Stearate, Nylon-12, Laureth-12, Alumina, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Aluminum Hydroxide, [+/- Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), CI 77492, CI 77499)]<ILN37917>
BARE ESCENTUALS ORIGINAL SPF 15 FOUNDATION INGREDIENTS: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 12.6%, Zinc Oxide 21%. Inactive Ingredients: Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, Iron Oxides, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide
JANE IREDALE AMAZING BASE SPF 20 INGREDIENTS: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 14%, Zinc Oxide (CI77947) 6% Mica, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Plankton Extract, Algae Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens.
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**Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 was submitted by Estee Lauder Travel Retail for review consideration. This is not an advertisement for this product. All reviews and information was gathered independently by Cosmetic Monster – and no compensation is received based on the outcome of this review.

SHOP NOW - WHERE TO BUYBobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 is available at most Bobbi Brown counters and at


2 thoughts on “Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Mineral Makeup SPF 15 Review | Shade: Medium

  1. Love that this particular mineral powder is without Bismuth – that’s the main deterrent I have from mineral makeup because my face is very oily and that ingredient makes my face break out so badly. Bare Escentuals was a nightmare for me because of all the Bismuth and mica they add to their powder. I tried some shades of the Bobbi Brown Minerals in Sephora yesterday and am on the fence as to purchasing full size. It doesn’t provide much coverage, and for the price, would like a more flawless finish. It’s comparable to the Tinted Mineral Powder from Mattify Cosmetics that I’ve been testing out, which leaves a nice matte finish and also has no Bismuth or mica, but again doesn’t cover all flaws. The coverage seems almost identical actually, so it would be tough to choose a $38 jar of Bobbi Brown over the $16 jar of Mattify Tinted when they seem to do the same thing. One plus for the Bobbi Brown is the big selection of colors, and like the review says, they are nice and warming to the skin tone.

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