When I heard about Clinique discontinuing my favourite Almost Makeup SPF15, I was a teeny bit heartbroken. Where else was I going to find a sheer, lightweight, easy-to-use foundation-type product that I would love as much?

I really should have figured that I would find a replacement Holy Grail product in the cosmetic sanctum that is Bobbi Brown.

Photo courtesy of bobbibrowncosmetics.com

Thank you Bobbi, I am well and truly enamoured by your Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF15.

Here are the various reasons why this product has earned its spot in my makeup/skin care arsenal:

Formula: Some background information to start off – there are two variants of Bobbi’s tinted moisturiser: the regular and the oil-free. Both offer a similar set of benefits: light hydration, sun protection, smooth-blending natural-looking coverage. The difference between the two is that the former contains jojoba oil, has a creamier composition and is intended for normal to dry skin types, while the latter is gel-based, has Vitamins C and E for free radical damage protection and hydration purposes, and was created for oily-skinned girls. I love that the oil-free formulation appears quite rich and dense directly out of the tube, but feels very light on skin. Also, it spreads with great ease so all you need is a little over half a pea worth of it per section of the face (I use that amount for each cheek, the entire forehead, and the nose + chin areas combined).

Scent: Light, pleasant, not quite discernible or distinctive (i.e. doesn’t really smell of anything specific), almost negligible. Doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, quite like it.

Shade Match: This tinted moisturiser is available in nine different shades, although I have yet to see any Bobbi Brown store or counter in Singapore or Malaysia that carries the full range. (Ladies, do let me know if you have!) I matched myself to the Light Tint, and I have zero complaints. The shade is a lovely neutral beige with (as one would expect from Bobbi) a yellow undertone, and it blends seamlessly into my skin. The makeup artist who tested the product on me used a brush for maximum coverage and precision, but for everyday purposes, I prefer using my fingers to warm and spread the moisturiser evenly over my face. That way I get sheer but substantial coverage from patting it in.

Performance: This lovely product evens out my skin tone so nicely that I have (almost) abandoned all thoughts of purchasing a liquid foundation. My skin has been terribly splotchy of late, and this tinted moisturiser does a great job of toning down the glare of irregular red patches across my forehead. The coverage it offers is natural enough to look like bare skin, only slightly enhanced. I use this tinted moisturiser every day and it has not caused clogged pores or breakouts at all. Oil-free as it may be, however, this tinted moisturiser does not control oil terribly well over the course of the hours, so I always top it off that with a layer of Clinique Blended Face Powder before leaving the house, and that helps a great deal.

Pour conclure, I’m going to be stuck like glue on this tinted moisturiser for a while. And I don’t think I am the only one – this product has a five-star rating on the Bobbi Brown website, 9.5. out of 10 points over at Temptalia, and a 9.0 out of 10 rating at TotalBeauty! Thank you once again for a stunning product, Bobbi 🙂

A 50ml tube of Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 retails in Singapore at SGD 63.00 and in Malaysia for MYR 150.00.


12 thoughts on “Review: Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser SPF15

    • Hey Rinnah! I can’t say anything about the Mercier variant, but I’d definitely recommend Bobbi’s 🙂 I’m guessing Mercier’s costs a bit more too 😦

  1. I was looking at the laura mercier one as well as clinique’s moisture surge tinted moisturizer. im not sure whether a tinted moisturizer would be too sheer to even out the dark areas of my face though, must test!

    • They don’t sell Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser here, sadly, Mim 😦 I love Bobbi’s though. And I reckon the trick is to find a shade that flatters your skin!

  2. Loved reading this since I have such an oily skin! and the fact that you’re considering to not use foundation anymore thanks to this one is having me on the hook! bobbi brown is not such a caommon brand so I start thinking how to get hold of her online…. any website?
    though I will have the powder close just as you say!

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