Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder is the latest translucent powder from Bobbi Brown, whose signature look is the natural and polished face. The powder comes in six shades: Porcelain, Bare, Nude, Buff, Golden and Rich (lightest to darkest skin tone). Unlike a typical translucent powder, the Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder pan contains a chessboard of six small squares of powder with varying levels of pigment and shimmer. When you dip in your powder brush and swirl around the pan, you pick up the different types of powder, which when applied to your face, gives you a very natural, glowing finish (looks lit from within). It has sodium hyaluronate (for moisture retention) and mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts. My shade is Nude, which suits light to medium skin tones (note: my Bobbi Brown foundation shade is Natural).

bobbi brown nude finish illuminating powder

Pros of the Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder:

  • Beautiful natural finish, not powdery or shimmery;
  • Makes skin look lit from within;
  • Great for people with fine lines, wrinkles, large pores (it does not accentuate them or sink in);
  • Makes foundation last much longer;
  • Not drying or cakey;
  • Comes in a beautiful compact.

Cons of the Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder:

  • Very expensive: US$50
  • Not mattifying enough for very oily skin

How to apply the Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder:

The powder is densely packed and not powdery at all. You may need to swirl your brush around the pan twice or thrice to pick up enough product. Because it’s not a superfine powder, it does not fall over your face or your clothes, or onto your table. You can use a smaller brush to pick up the shimmer from one of the squares, if you want to highlight your cheekbones.

How to choose face powder:

If your skin is oily, you will need a more mattifying powder. I recommend Shiseido Translucent Pressed Powder, which is US$32. It has a beautiful finish and is more appropriate for oily skin. If your skin is very dry and has wrinkles, don’t powder everywhere. Consider using an emollient foundation and dab it lightly with a tissue to soak up excess moisture and shine. Apply powder sparingly – on the eyelids, for example, before applying eyeshadow. This Bobbi Brown powder is fine for very dry skin.

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