My skin just started getting pretty oily.  Granted, just in my t-zone, but it’s never really been a problem for me until this summer so I was freaking out.  I had been looking for a high quality, effective finishing powder that wouldn’t leave me looking cakey or give me the annoying ashy flashback effect in photos…and I finally found it: MAC (MSF) Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Dark.  How dost I love thee? Let me count the ways.

mac mineralize skinfinish

Powdered Silk for a healthy glow

 

Positives

Where do I start? It is silky and smooth and melts right into your skin and/or foundation to create a matte finish that looks like skin.  It never looks cakey!  I use it during the day if my nose starts to get shiny, and it always does the trick.  It’s super breathable and I never feel like it is heavy or thick.  It is a great powder for photographed events as it leaves no flashback, but it still has a vibrancy that adds a health glow to any makeup look! This comes with a lot of product, so it’s well worth the price.  On days when I am not feeling like foundation, lightly dusting this all over my face gives a great matte finish with just the right amount of coverage.  This is a must have for sure.

 

mac mineralize skinfinish

Silky smooth mattifying coverage that doesn’t leave me cakey

 

Negatives

I must say, I don’t have any.  Perhaps for someone looking for more coverage, this powder could disappoint.  But it isn’t really advertised as a powder foundation so much as it is marketed as a finishing powder so I don’t see that being a big issue.  The price may deter some, as it did for me, but I am so glad I finally splurged because it is well worth it.  It is actually pretty affordable compared to some of the other high end powders on the market.

 

With everything said, I have to say I LOVE this product and highly recommend it!  I think everyone will definitely love it if they give it a try.

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Nearly Naked is a dream come true

I bought this foundation shortly after I bought my Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in hopes of finding a dupe that is easier on the pockets. Did I succeed? Absolutely.

Revlon nearly naked foundation

In all her glory…

 

Positives

This foundation is nothing short of amazing.  While it does not slide on as smoothly as the Bobbi Brown, it performs just as well in every other aspect and even supersedes its oil-control abilities.  It stays all day, even outside, even in considerable heat!  It is lightweight, buildable coverage at its finest.  Drugstore dupe for my favorite foundation, $9.99.  Being asked about my foundation routine in Sephora by the makeup consultants while wearing a $10 drugstore product? Priceless.  It photographs beautifully with no flashback, and works wonderfully with my milk of magnesia/aquaprime pre-foundation routine.

 

revlon nearly naked foundation

Cappuccino

Negatives

This foundation, being so lightweight, is a bit runnier than average.  Not a problem for me, but the lack of a pump or other more controlled dispenser opens the door for potential mess.

Verdict

This has to be the best foundation I have ever tried when you take both price and performance into account.  It is beautifully light with a buildable coverage that performs well on small breakouts.  Great for combination skin, and those without severe discoloration.

This product can be found at most drugstores for $9.99.  Cappuccino is a bit dark, but I prefer to go dark than lighter, and you can always blend with a lighter shade.

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Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation is worth every penny

bobbi brown skin foundation

Meet my Holy Grail Foundation

 

I have to tell you I am not a foundation girl.  I own only three, all of which I bought this summer, and I certainly don’t use them everyday.  Most often I dust some MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Dark and keep it moving.  This summer my t-zone has been the oiliest ever and I have had some breakouts, so I decided I needed something that looked like skin but did not make me oilier.  I wanted something light coverage, lightweight, and buildable.  I wanted something that looked like skin! And with Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I have definitely finally found it.

bobbi brown skin foundation

Pump dispenser is ideal for portion control

Positives

The biggest plus for me is definitely that actually does look like skin.  It was love at first swatch in Sephora, and I immediate knew I had to have it.  When I say it “looks like skin,” I mean that it absorbs well enough to give coverage without the foundation texture that I hate.

The second most impressive quality is its oil control abilities.  Now I can’t say that this works alone to control oil, but it definitely does not add to the problem which is impressive because its a skin foundation that’s not really meant to mattify.  Incorporated into my foundation routine (which includes Aquaprime, Milk of Magnesia and Finishing powder) This performs beautifully.  It works especially beautifully with my MAC MSF powder to give an amazing, flawless finish.  People literally stop me in Sephora all the time to ask me what I use whenever I wear this holy grail product!

bobbi brown skin foundation

I use the Warm Walnut 6.5 shade

Negatives

The only negative is the price.  On a student’s budget I would never have been able to afford this, but I have recently graduated and thus come into some money (thanks friends and family!) so I was more than excited to splurge.

Verdict

This product is worth every penny and I will definitely be repurchasing.  I highly recommend this in a solid foundation routine for oily girls who don’t want to look cakey.  For dry skin, I imagine this performs like a dream.

Price: $47

Can be bought wherever Bobbi Brown cosmetics are sold.  I purchased mine in-store from Sephora.  With 20 shades, I am sure color matching will not be a problem for most.

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