Monday, January 5, 2015

My Current Glowy Skin Duo: Vichy + Bobbi Brown

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I have dry/normal skin, and I prefer a dewy finish for my face. I don't wear full foundation daily; most days, I just cover up any redness and undereye darkness with concealers.
Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl.** It's meant to be color-correcting, but it is very sheer and extremely fine. Very lovely and hard to make "too powdery."
Recently, I started setting and adding that final "lit from within" glow with this Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl.** It works equally well over bare skin and over BB creams/liquid foundations; skin is blurred without feeling heavy, and the pearlescent patch adds a nice radiance without being glittery. I would say this finish is satin, but it really depends how long I wait after applying moisturizer. If I apply makeup immediately after my morning skincare routine, then more of that dewy finish is retained. For oilier folk, the product description suggests it can be used throughout the day as a setting powder, but I am under the impression that products promoting "glow" are avoided by many with that skin type.
Applied concealer, did eyes, brows, blush and lips (no foundation or illuminator); Porcelain Pearl was applied just to the right side of my face (your left). The effect is very, very subtle. Just a blurring of skin and a softening effect.
The powder contains sodium hyaluronate, although I wonder how effective it really is in the minute amounts used when applying powder products. I swirl all over the pan with a big fluffy brush before applying to my face in soft, patting movements. GLOW, BABY. Also, dewy ≠ greasy; this powder helps with that (I don't have oily skin, but sometimes eye creams, etc., can leave a bit of an odd greasy effect on skin).
Power duo!
On days that I want a bit of extra moisture and a bit of extra help in the "even complexion" department, I use the Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light**. It runs pink, but not terribly so, and since it's only very light coverage, it's not too noticeable. It works fine on its own, but I do like layering the Bobbi Brown powder over it for that smooth finish. Again, with the powder, it's a touch more satin than dewy, but my face still feels hydrated without feeling tacky.
Vichy Idealia BB Cream in Light under Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Porcelain Pearl. Lips are a mix of Maybelline Vivid Rose + MAC Fashion Revival. Also added a touch of highlighter to Cupid's bow and nose.
You can see that the Vichy + BB combo looks much dewier, more like traditional liquid foundation overall. It still feels lightweight, though, which is a requirement for me. If you have drier skin and prefer this type of satin/dumpling face finish (ha), either of these might be nice to try. I don't think the Bobbi Brown powder is by any means a must-have, unless you use a setting powder daily. For me, that pearlescent patch really kicks it up a notch (ha, ha!) and adds that ever-coveted touch of radiance, so I've been using it daily, with or without the Vichy BB cream. I need to pick up another bottle of MAC Fix+, because I think that will be the icing on the cake for this duo - perhaps a glowy skin trio!