Well, this new product by Bobbi Brown is aptly named, ’cause what you see is what you get: an illuminating (yup!), moisturizing (check!) balm.
Technically, this should not be exciting…
But it may be if your skin is dry like mine.
Yeah, I know. Another moisturizer sounds about as interesting as clearing out the leftover pieces of popcorn from your bra after getting home from the movies, but before you step away from the computer to go hug your plus-size tabby cat, you should know that this moisturizer is significantly more interesting than it appears.
Picture this: 10 hours of sleep followed by a trip to a day spa. 🙂
Yeah, that’s right. Rested, radiant skin. Like MAC Strobe Cream, Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm ($63) has a rich formula with opalescent particles to make skin look more alive, perkier and basically less dull.
It’s a new addition to Bobbi Brown’s Extra line for extremely thirsty skin, and it’s available right meow.
You’ll probably want to sniff it first before slathering it all over your face, because it’s also scented. I think it smells kind of, I dunno, herbal? — like I spent the morning squeezing lemons and chopping basil with Giada or something. But I like it. It’s refreshing, but it’s probably worth noting because the fragrance is rather strong, although it does seem to fade quickly.
Massage it on bare skin for a little extra lift and glow, or wear it under foundation or BB cream for upgraded opalescence, and if you want a slightly more intense effect, pat it on top of your foundation with your fingers or a flat foundation brush.
You could probably also mix it with your foundation, too, if you were feeling creative, although I haven’t tried that yet.
It doesn’t make a big Broadway-caliber dramatic difference, really. You may not even be able to tell at first, because it’s very chill, but you’ll see it up close — more luminous, energized skin.
Overall, I really, really like it. It’s refreshing like skin Gatorade! — and more moisturizing than MAC Strobe Cream, which isn’t quite moisturizing enough for me when my skin’s drier than usual, like it has been this winter. It also hasn’t caused any breakouts yet (and everything breaks me out), so yay!
If you’re in your 30s and up and have very dry skin (or, if pores are a concern), this could be your new secret weapon — a way to jazzercise and energize your skin without looking terribly obvious.
At $63, it isn’t cheap, but it is another option to consider.
PRICE: $63 for a 1-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available online now and at Bobbi Brown counters
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A- (the only things are the scent — it is quite strong — and the price)
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,