Review: Bobbi Brown SPF25 Tinted Moisturing Balm

What it says on the Bobbi Brown website: A lightweight foundation alternative for dry, dehydrated skin, this formula is ultra-rich, and blends easily, giving skin a dewy look with light coverage. SPF 25 helps protect skin against damaging UVA/B rays. Dermatologist tested.

To use: Apply to clean, dry skin in place of regular moisturiser. Dot on forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin and lightly blend with the foundation brush.

Whilst looking through my stash of never ending products, I came across this which I've been meaning to review for months!

On the whole my skin isn't typically dry or outright dehydrated, but it has its moments and so I thought I'd give this a go. I was sceptical about skipping my moisturiser the very first time I used this and applied it as normal. My face resembled an oil slick within an hour! I recall having to blot numerous times and so decided to follow the instructions and skip my moisturiser when using it next.

I've had better results with the Tinted Moisturising Balm when I've skipped moisturiser and surprisingly each time I use it, my skin doesn't miss it. There appears to be enough moisture in this balm (perhaps down to the shea butter and glycerin that it contains) to see my skin through the day and I don't suffer from any dryness as a result of applying it directly to my face after using a toner. I do however, feel that this is a little too greasy for my liking - probably because my skin isn't dry or dehydrated enough!

The packaging is simple and portable, however in a worst case scenario, I can envisage myself accidentally dropping the glass jar on a hard floor and it either smashing or flinging its contents across the floor. I'd prefer it if this came in a tube or pump bottle.

 Formulated with:
    • Glycerin, Shea Butter and Squalane deeply moisturize skin. • Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) and Carrot Extract help reduce the appearance of fine lines.  • Angelica Seed and Chamomile Oil soothe and calm skin.   
Texture wise, it looks like quite a thick product, but appearances can be deceiving as this blends easily over the areas on your face that you need coverage and is pretty light. I use a foundation brush to apply it, using small amounts and blending as needed.

Awkward packaging aside. I'm on the fence with this product.  I cannot for the life of me take the pong of the SPF in this. I'm not one to easily be affected by cosmetics smells. When people mention for example, that a mascara scent is really strong, I can never smell it, unless I'm practically sticking the mascara wand up my nose. The smell of this hits me the minute I unscrew the lid and I can still smell it when it's sat on my face which makes me want to retch.

On its own it's not enough to cover blemishes (not mine anyway), and I still rely on applying concealer where it's needed. However, t does seem to brighten my skin up and I'm happy to wear this on days when I'm 'not really bothered'. Would I purchase it again? Probably not, the stench of the SPF is too much for me to bear, it's too lightweight for me, not giving me the coverage I need and it's not best suited to my combination skin.

If you're looking for an alternative to your normal foundation, have dry or dehyrated skin and have no real use for a full coverage base then this lightweight tinted moisturiser may be a product you'd like like to check out in the near future.

It comes in eight shades, and my shade is Deep.

Alabaster, Extra Light Tint, Light, Light to Medium, Medium, Medium to Dark, Dark, Deep 

How much is it? £32
Where can I buy it from? Bobbi Brown counters Bobbi Brown online

14 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

Wande's World said...

im guessing deep is the darkest shade!

In terms of fitting your skin shade how was the colour?

VexintheCity said...

@Wande's World - Yeah in that product. They go darker in other foundations. Check the site. It was a good match for me. I'm just not feeling it in the long-term.

socialitedreams said...

that probably would have been a great product when I lived in Miami.

WillWorkForMakeup said...

It's a shame that I don't think this would work with my oily skin but I notice it every time I pass by a Bobbi Brown counter because I love the packaging! The jar is so simple and classic.

Sami said...

I have dry skin so foundations like Nars Sheer Glow always look really cakey on me! This is probs better for me... it sounds a bit similar to MAC's Face + Body?

MochaMakeupLover said...

Hmmm...I have been experimenting with different tinted moisturisers lately. I think I will try to pick up a sample of this. Thanks for the review!

Av said...

I actually love the smell of this! Weird isnt it! My Mother uses this daily and has done for years. I reckon it is perfect for mature skin as the skin drys out as it ages so this is one to keep in mind when we're older & wrinkly!!

StacyNicole said...

Thanks for the insight about the smell of the product. I had planned on trying it for the winter because the other Bobbi tinted moisturizer doesn't moisturize enough for me,even in the summer, but now that I know about the smell, I may rethink!

Kristie said...

Thanks for the great review Yinka. I've always felt like their balms are too heavy or for really dry skin.

V said...

Question: How come you don't return products that don't meet your expectations? Or do you return them? You don'thave to answer me on here send me an email. The stores here have a generous return policy. If you don't like it they will refund your money back. Just curious.

VexintheCity said...

@V - Here in the UK, you can't take back a cosmetics product if you've changed your mind or you don't like a product! It sucks!

SilhouetteScreams said...

Is it bad that I kind of want to go to a counter to see how bad it smells? LOL

ylateefah said...


Thanks for ur post I've just discovered your website, and I love it!
Do bobbi brown do an alternative for oily skin?


Amrita said...

Good review hun... Only thing is, don't use this product with a foundation brush or any brush for that matter.
It's a balm and it works A LOT better when you use your fingers and rub it or press it in. Using a foundation brush doesn't really do anything which is why you felt that it was greasy whereas when you press it or rub it in to your skin, it eliminates the whole feel of it and the smell doesn't linger around either.

This is for people with dry skin but if you've got normal or oily skin, try the Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser. It comes in a handy tube and comes in the same shades as the Extra Tinted Balm.

Hope that answers anybody elses questions on here :-)

Amrita xx


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