I've been using Bobbi Brown's Vitamin Enriched Face Base for about a week now, so I thought I'd do a review on it. I first heard of this primer while watching Jeffree Star's Get Ready With Me video with Manny Mua.
I actually made a mistake during my first attempt at purchasing this product and accidentally bought Bobbi Brown's Illuminating Face Base.
It has really fine sparkles in it and I thought, "Jeffree likes sparkles, this must be the one." I didn't even realize I bought the wrong one until I was well into using that primer.
And let me just say, that primer is awesome. I highly recommend that primer for its illuminating effect. So now that I have the right one, I shall review it!
It's described on the Bobbi Brown website as:
"a primer plus moisturization for smooth makeup application (it’s the best of both worlds). Rich in feel, but never greasy, this advanced oil-free face formula, with Shea Butter, instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin."
The primer comes in a little white box with the brand name, product name, main ingredients—shea butter, vitamins c and e—and the size of the jar. On the back of the box is the product description and on the bottom side of the box is the ingredient list:
The jar is a classy clear glass jar with a twist-off black lid, with the logo embossed on the top. I personally prefer tube packaging for primer, because it's so much easier to just squeeze the product out, especially if you have long nails.
Because you'll be sticking your fingers in this jar day after day, make sure you always have clean hands before starting your makeup—you don't want any germs getting in there, as it's a perfect place for bacteria to grow. For this reason, I recommend using a little spatula to get the product out.
The primer has a geranium and grapefruit scent, which I absolutely love! I think it's a very light and fresh smell, definitely not overwhelming at all, and disappears almost completely after applying it. But, if your skin is sensitive to scented products, then it may be best to avoid this product.
The Vitamin Enriched Face Base has a cream-like texture rather than the light lotion consistency of the Illuminating Face Base, due to it being more of a moisturizer. And it definitely went on my skin like a cream, it feels like my night-time moisturizing cream.
I applied a little dab on my cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin, then rubbed it all over my face.
It applies super smoothly, absorbs fairly quickly, and leaves a very light, refreshed feel. It doesn't feel slick, greasy, or heavy, like some primers do.
Being that the primer is very moisturizing, I was very curious to see how my foundation would react to this primer because it most definitely is not a dry or matte primer (side note: Givenchy's Mister Mat primer is my go-to for a mattifying primer).
I massaged it into my skin well and waited a few moments to let it absorb before applying my foundation. This primer made my foundation go on smoother than any other primer I have tried before. I even used a bit less of foundation than I normally do because it applied so well.
I was a bit worried that because this primer is so moisturizing, my face would get shinier than usual throughout the day. But, I was pleasantly surprised because it absolutely didn't!
After a few hours of wear, my makeup looked the same, and maybe even better than it normally would after a few hours (and it's currently super hot and humid in Japan).
One very important thing I'd like to point out about this primer is that I crease a lot less when using it.
Even with baking and setting my face like crazy, I still normally crease a bit under my eyes, especially by the end of the day. But with this primer, the creasing was noticeably less.
I still touch up my foundation with powder every few hours or so because even if the primer keeps my foundation in place really well and keeps the shiny-ness down, I still get a bit shiny after a few hours.
The one major drawback of this product is the cost. For a 1.7 oz (48 g) jar, I paid ¥11,000 at Daimaru in Shinsaibashi. That's roughly $110. For primer. FOR ONLY PRIMER.
But, it's a big jar that'll no doubt last me a long time, I estimate it'll last me at least 6 months. At Sephora, it costs $60, which is still a bit pricey, but much more reasonable than $110. The makeup in Japan is ridiculously marked up.
On the first day I used this product, I first applied my day-time moisturizer and I felt overly-moisturized. Because the Vitamin Enriched Face Base is so moisturizing, I don't need my day-time moisturizer anymore and apply the primer directly on my skin.
After just a week of using this product, my skin is noticeably softer, brighter, and just all around healthier!
Overall, I'd give the Vitamin Enriched Face Base a 4.5/5, taking half of a point away just because of the potentially unhygienic packaging and it's a bit pricey.
It's no doubt the best primer I have ever used and my skin feels amazing! I definitely recommend it!
As of November 10, 2018, over 2 years after I originally wrote this post, I am still using this primer every day and I love it even more now that when I did at the time of writing this review. I haven't found any primer that I like more than this one. I'll keep buying it over and over again!
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