Saturday, 1 October 2016

Bobbi Brown long-wear even finish foundation Vs Mac studio fix fluid foundation

When it comes to high end make up there is always a big debate about which brand is better. I have always stuck with either Mac foundation or Bobbi Brown foundation but i'm open to other suggestions of your favourite high end foundations to try. I am aware that the foundations in the picture look a totally different colour to each other but there is only around one shade different in the colours and the Bobbi Brown bottle is not see through which makes it look a lot lighter. 

First i'll start by saying both of these brands are not cruelty free. They are both sold in China which means that due to the law in china that they would have had to be tested on animals to be able to be sold there. So if you are looking for a cruelty free brand then these two brands are not for you. 

The first foundation is the Bobbi Brown long-wear even finish foundation. "Comfortable and hydrating, this medium to full coverage oil-free formula never looks cakey or masky." I have very oily skin and I find that this foundation really helps to keep it under control. It doesn't 100% get rid of oil for 12 hours but its nothing that I haven't been able to control with a light dusting of face powder over my t-zone.

"Glycerine and Shea butter keep skin feeling moisturised while a gel base creates a lightweight finish that stays colour-true. Lasts for up to 12 hours even in the most humid conditions."  I wear this in the shade sand which really matches my natural skin tone and continues to make my make up look natural and not really heavy. I have to say it is one of my favourite foundations i've ever tried as it leaves you with a smooth matte finish. 

Due to the thicker consistency it takes a bit more time to blend this foundation compared with water based foundations. I prefer to do this with a brush until its blended and then finish off the blending with my beauty blender. 

One thing that people either love or hate about this foundation is the strong lavender scent. Personally I love the smell of lavender because it reminds me of my nana but for some people the scent might be too overpowering. Its not a smell that stays there all day but you can defiantly smell it when you are applying it.  

This foundation is defiantly one of the pricier ones at £32.50 but I never regret splashing out on this foundation every few months because I love the finish it gives me. 

The MAC studio fix fluid foundation is described as "an oil-controlling formula that offers a natural matte finish with medium to full coverage." I wear this foundation in the shade NC20 in the summer and NC15 in the winter. This isn't a foundation that I wear as much now because after using it for a couple of years I didn't feel like the finish was as good as when I first started using it. 

Unlike the Bobbi Brown foundation the MAC studio fix foundation doesn't come with a pump and has to be purchased separately which can be a pain because if you haven't bought the pump it can take a while to get the foundation out of the jar. This is said to be a medium to full coverage but I feel that at a medium build you can tell that you are wearing make up and once built to a full coverage it starts to look cakey. 

It sets to a semi matte finish and with normal to dry skin I think this foundation would be really long lasting but with oily skin like mine after a couple of hours oil starts to shine through and will most likely transfer at some point in the day. 

This foundation is really easy to blend and can be put on with a brush or a sponge. You can even use your fingers and have a smooth finish, if you were to use your fingers I would suggest to use a sponge to go over it with at the end to make sure you don't have any lines on your face. 

The smell of the MAC foundation really doesn't draw me towards it. The only way that I can really describe it is imagine that someone has painted your room and the next day you can still smell the paint...its like that. 

Overall I wouldn't use this foundation on a daily basis because I don't love the finish it gives but I would use it for the off day when I want to change up my make up a bit. This foundation is at a price of £22 which I think is reasonable for the quality. 

Have you used these foundations? What did you think of them? 

Kia x x x 

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