Review: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit & Sheer Finish Pressed Powder

Hi Glamifys,

** Quick update: Robinsons Singapore is having a “GST Absorbed” sale from today till the 9th of September. GST is calculated as 6.54% instead of the 7% that we are used to. **

I headed down to the Raffles City Robinsons today as I needed to get a matching concealer to the Bobbi Brown BB cream and foundation that I have been loving.

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Ever since I switched to Bobbi from MAC, the concealer (studio finish by MAC) seems to be too ashy for me. By ashy, I mean that instead of the under eye looking brighter, it looks greyish-whitish and just looks odd.

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There are many concealers/colour correctors from Bobbi and they are rather pricey. The one recommended for the eye is very emollient… I wouldn’t say its oily more than it is creamy. It is creamier than studio finish from MAC. I got mine in Warm Natural and the matching setting powder is in Pale yellow.

It comes in a duo set and retails for SGD 60 before any discount or rebates. Concealer is 0.05OZ/1.4g and powder is 0.06OZ/1.7g. Made in USA.

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From left to right: concealer, pressed powder, blended concealer into skin + set with powder

Comparing it with Mac’s studio finish concealer, here are the differences:

1. Texture: Bobbi is creamier and blends easier too. Mac is creamy but takes a little effort to blend it out nicely

2. Staying Power: About the same, roughly a 6 hours and then you will need a touch up. Bobbi seems to crease a lot easier than Mac. Was told by MUA that I should just pat the concealer from time to time with my ring finger to blend it out again. No need to cake on with more concealer or powder.

3. Price: Bobbi is double of Mac. Mac is going around $30 where Bobbi is $60. Do keep in mind you get an extra matching powder with Bobbi.

4. Packaging: both do not come with brushes/applicators. They are best applied with your fingers. Bobbi comes with a mirror whereas Mac doesn’t.

5. Suitable for which face area: Bobbi is specially made to go under the eye. It is creamy and emollient thereby ensuring that you will not get wrinkles or dry skin. You can also use it on other parts of the face although it might be extremely oily for your t-zone if you have oily-combination skin. MAC applies well all over the face. Just keep in mind to use a good eye cream to prevent any signs of aging.

** Side note: Laura Mercier’s long lasting concealer created little wrinkles under my eye even though I applied it over eye cream and MAC’s studio finish concealer.. Extremely displeased with that…. ! It is great for the rest of the face but definitely not around the eye area.

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What I prefer:

I prefer the Bobbi as the colours available are crazy compared to Mac. I was advised by the MUA that I should just apply the concealer around my eyes, set it with the matching powder and apply foundation to the rest of the face. There is no need to apply foundation around the area which I had put the concealer.. The concealer matches perfectly to my skin and covers the blue/black shades under my eyes. I can use the concealer without any foundation on and it would still look natural.

Not for:

-Those with extremely oily skin around the eye area

-Those with very bad panda eyes.. You will need a colour corrector like their peach series to counter the blackness before applying concealer

Since my Mac sheer pressed powder has hit pan, I decided to purchase the Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Warm Natural #6 too. It also retails for SGD 60 before discounts and rebates. Made in Italy and weights 0.38 OZ /11g.

It comes with a puff and mirror. It is comparable with the Mac sheer pressed powder too although it is about SGD 20 more expensive than MAC.

It is light coverage, very nice to set your makeup with since it doesn’t look cakey. It stays on just as long as Mac and I have to reapply probably every 4-5 hours or so. Might give this a miss and switch back to Mac the next time.

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So what I actually paid :

Concealer: SGD 60

Powder: SGD 60

After “GST Absorbed” Promotion: SGD 112.15

After 5% Robinson Card Rebate: SGD 106.54

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Cheers,

Glamify Sg

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5 Comments on “Review: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit & Sheer Finish Pressed Powder”

  1. Shenz
    April 7, 2014 at 2:27 am #

    Hi,

    What number MAC pressed powder do you use? I’m looking for a colour that’s the same as the Bobbi Brown Warm Natural.

    Thank you

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    • April 7, 2014 at 2:45 am #

      I use Mac lightful powder in nc 42 ( this series is just extra light. So I have to go a few shades darker).

      As for face & body liquid foundation. I’m a n2 based on the new formula.

      For Mac studio sculpt and studio finish, I’m nc 35

      For Mac matchmaster, I’m 4.0

      For studio finish concealer
      My face shade is nc 25-30
      Undereye is nc 20

      Hope the above helps.

      Just a thing to note. Bobbi brown is extremely yellow base. So it would be good for you to head down to the counter to swatch it.

      Plus it would be good to match your powder with your liquid foundation or bb cream. For example. If you’re liquid foundation is a tad too light and you would like to look slightly more tan, then take a slightly darker powder. That way you could balance the shades out 🙂

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  2. December 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    thanks for the review, was the bobbi brown concealer ashy at all? because I’m having the same problem with the mac concealer looking ashy x

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    • December 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Hi!

      If u get matched properly the concealer won’t be ashy. I had e same problem as Mac. Seems like e Bobbi brown is better when it comes to oxidizing. Basically your concealer turns ashy due to being exposed to air and the natural oils on our face. You could try using a higher pigmented concealer and using a tiny amount of it. Also try using concealer over primer so that it oxidizes slower.

      The other alternative is go for colour correctors. Bobbi brown’s peach series is pretty popular for under eye circles 🙂 hope that helps

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