Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating powder

 
What it is: Nude Finish Illuminating Powder is a subtle, natural, ultrasoft, translucent pressed powder that instantly gives skin a lit-from-within glow with a natural blend of skin-brightening botanicals and light-reflecting powders.
 
Who it’s for: It’s ideal for very light to light skin tones.
 
Why it’s different: Nude Finish Illuminating Powder features varying levels of pearlescent pigments in skin tone correct shades for a naturally luminous effect. Plus, it’s formulated with a skin-brightening blend of mulberry, grape and scutellaria extracts as well as moisture-magnet sodium hyaluronate.

I was super excited when I saw preview of this product and ordered it blindly the first day it became available.  I love the idea of the nude glowy skin. Bobbi disappointed me as most of the time. It seems I have always very high hopes and expectations from her product but most of them were let downs.
The product comes in the signature Bobbi square package but instead of black it is in nude color. It is simple but not as bulky as shimmer bricks which I liked but plastic is somewhat cheap.
The idea behind this product kind of reminds of Guerlain meteroties – you know that blurred photoshoped skin with subtle glow. My experience with this is that it did 0 blurring or perfecting the texture and the tone of the skin. It performed pretty much as any other setting powder on the market. Did it set nicely? Absolutely. I tried it over multiple foundations and it always looked very nice but not nicer than any other cheaper setting/finishing powder on the market.
It also promises brightening but I did not notice that either. In a daylight you can’t really notice how large the shimmer is in it, but if you look at it under the artificial light you will probably be as suprised as I was. Now let’s make something clear – I LOVE SHIMMER. I do not mind shimmer on eyes, lips, cheeks… but even for me this was a bit too much. I would see chunks of silver shimmer/glitter randomly on my face that would just migrate everywhere. I think I would be fine with this if it did better job blurring imperfections.
Texture wise it was soft but not as silky soft as MAC Careblend or MAC Mineralize skin finish for comparison. And these two are almost half a cost.
I picked out shade Bare which is the second lightest. It is nice neutral/warm toned shade perfect for NC15/20 skin. Color wise it was spot on. Lighter shade I think Porcelain was much cooler toned.
I think if you are looking for a nice finishing powder you are better of with one of the Hourglass ambient lightening powders or Guerlain meteorites .

I keep going back to BB stuff and I really want to love something but it seems it’s not meant to be yet. I love her makeup philosophy I love the soft natural look she is always pushing but so far I only really loved couple of products (one of them is shimmer brick in beige).

Nude finish illuminating powder retails for 50$ + tax and I purchased mine at Nordstrom.

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