March 8, 2016

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer Review & Swatches

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Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 ($46) is a newly formulated nude, tinted moisturizer that was introduced for the Spring 2016 in 9 shade selections. As a fan of Bobbi’s original tinted moisturizer, I decided I wanted to try out the Nude Finish version as it did sound intriguing with it’s sheer, lightweight formula.

It’s not official but I believe Nude Finish will replace the original Tinted Moisturizer formula which appears to be disappearing quickly from a variety of locations. For example, only has a single shade in stock and Nordstrom isn’t carrying it at all.

This is a shame as I actually prefer the original formula compared to the new version.

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer was released in conjunction with the new Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powders for Spring 2016. It looks like the brand is embracing a fresh, natural look for Spring and I’m quite on board with that. I like my foundation or base products to be very light and very sheer as I already have fairly good skin that’s blemish free. I want my foundation or my tinted moisturizer to ease dullness and brighten my face while evening out my skin tone. If it does that, I’m good. I don’t desire or require full coverage or even medium coverage so products like Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer should be an ideal fit for me.

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer Swatches (Light Medium)

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer Swatches (Light Medium)

Some things to take into consideration…

As I mentioned above I don’t officially know if Nude Tinted Moisturizer will take the place of the original Tinted Moisturizer formula but I will say it is more expensive at $46 for 1.7 oz compared to the $44 for 1.7 oz of the original formula. It’s also a little bit of a different formula in my opinion.

I find the texture is thinner and much, much more moist compared to the original. I like the new texture in terms of moisture. This leave skin very, very refreshed and well hydrated with a soft, smooth easy to blend formula. If you have dry skin you are going to love how hydrating this is. The thinner consistency I’m not a huge fan of as I preferred the much creamier texture of the original but none the less no complaints how well it applies and absorbs. It leaves behind a dewy finish but nothing shiny or oily.

It’s promoted as coverage that you can see your freckles through yet still has enough pigment to make redness or unevenness disappear. I beg to disagree. The original formula seemed to have much more pigment not a ton more mind you but considerably more than Nude Finish. I was hoping for a brighter evened complexion. Unfortunately, I looked as dull after application as I did before. It really has very, very, very sheer nonexistent coverage. If you have major redness it likely won’t conceal such an issue.

I had no issues with the product oxidizing but I couldn’t really tell how strongly it wore since my face looked like I hadn’t applied anything on it so as the day progresses who knows if it did or didn’t wear away. This is the type of product that will look great under mineral powder or regular powder as the powder will give you the extra coverage you might need while the Nude Finish acts as a base to keep the powder from adhering to drier areas. But $46 is a lot to splurge on something you’ll be using as a base product only. It does have a rather strong lavender fragrance so if you’re sensitive to fragrance in your skincare or foundation products beware.

If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer is lovely but way too sheer for me. Granted, tinted moisturizer are sheer to begin with but I think this formula takes it above the normal tinted moisturizer formula. For me, tinted moisturizer is an excellent way to even out my complexion while brightening it up and easing dullness. Sadly, I failed to see any of that from Nude Finish.

Have you tried it?

Do share!

Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer is available now on counters or get it at

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • N

    Ugh, I agree if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. I had been using the Bobbi Brown oil free tinted moisturizer and it was great, but I had to mix the two lightest shades to get my shade as my skin color fell in between the two and I got tired of doing that. Not only did they keep the same limited color selection and low SPF, but now it is sheerer and has fragrance.? It used to have just the right amount of coverage, not too much and not too little, and was fragrance free. That is a step in the wrong direction in my opinion and I will definitely not be buying it.

    • Isabella Muse

      right?! I don’t get it. I like the original a lot (don’t feel bad I have to mix a little too) but this is so much more sheerer. I don’t get it :-/

  • Ana

    Hey Muse, the new tinted moisturizer is replacing the original. It’s the same ingredients as the old, or so I was told but I agree it’s very different. I feel it’s more illuminating too.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Ana! I thought so as I am having a hard time finding the old version on counter or even online. It does in fact have many of the same ingredients but the texture is quite different and yes, there’s a sort golden sheen to the newer colors however, I didn’t feel it was noticeable on face thankfully as I do so hate a glow-y finish!

  • Kathy

    Such a great review! I agree also. I just purchased it. It is very sheer but very moisturizing. I bought it for the exact same reason. I just wanted a little coverage. So I guess I’m still on the hunt. I was wondering what you recommend or find is your holy grail tinted, bb, or cc cream for light coverage.

        • Isabella Muse

          aw my pleasure! Btw the wondercushion sold out online but I have seen it in stores!

    • Lauren

      I don’t know if this is helpful (4 months later!), but I’m a TM/BB/CC aficionado, though of course I’m no Muse!!! But I have decent skin, like light coverage, and I’ve tried almost everything. My Holy Grail is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue (I have no affiliation with Bare Minerals, Sephora, or anyone else! ). The trick is to use truly a pea sized amount, less than you think you should, and rub it in with your hands like face cream: it really brightens, evens everything out, and blurs my redness. It’s the best!

    • Elaina

      Hi ladies,
      I have been using Philosphy’s No Reason to Hide as a light coverage in the warmer months and as a base/primer in the winter. Stumbled upon this as I was looking into purchasing the product by Bobbi, but only because I wanted one less shopping stop. Will be sticking to Philosphy. The only drawback for the NRTH is it only comes in two shades. They are workable for many skin colors, but not likely a good fit for much deeper complexions.

  • Sara

    Have you tried the Bare Minerals complexion rescue tinted gel cream? It’s my everyday go to and it does exactly what you’re talking about, which is all I really need too.

    • Isabella Muse

      I have 🙂 reviewed it some time ago, it is indeed very nice!

  • Sara

    What was happening to the old formula was that it separated. This is why we have this new and improved formula! The old one had a more watery consistency for me…

    • Isabella Muse

      I have a tube from last Spring and no issues with separation! I thought this one was thinner in comparison! How odd!

      • sara lau

        I’ve been working at the Bobbi brown counter for 3 years and have had returns for separation

        • Isabella Muse

          I’ve never personally had problems with the old formula separating. Kinda sad to see it go!

  • Lee-Anne Stewart

    This is strange as BB says that this is exactly same as old tinted moisturiser just repackaged! I never tried to old one so hard to compare. I previously used Chanel Les Beiges as a tinted moisturiser on holiday.

    I had it applied at the counter (with a little bit of foundation stick over certain areas) and the finish and coverage was lovely. Assistant used the BB full foundation brush to apply but when I try at home I don’t get such good results and need much more foundation stick.

  • Rose

    I was really confused by the fact that this product was in the ‘New’ section on the UK BB website, but that there were reviews saying it was just the old formulation in new packaging. Having watched a number of video reviews on Youtube I thought it definitely looked sheerer than the old version, and also, in John Lewis they had both tubes (old and new) out side by side for a time and the shades definitely looked slightly different too. Your review has convinced me that this is NOT the same product (which I actually don’t mind – I found the old formulation a little bit drying on my skin) and I think I will now take the plunge and order the new formulation to see how I get on with it. Thanks for posting this.

    • Isabella Muse

      They both contain a good deal of the same ingredients but they texture is considerably different comparing the old to the new! Also I felt this version was much much more hydrating. Let me know how you do with it Rose! I’d be curious to see what you think of it!

  • Isabelle

    Hi Muse,
    Do you think that it might be possible, that I broke out because of the bb tinted moisturizer? I got some blemishes on my forehead and chin and I can’t really tell where they came from. My cheeks are in a very good condition and my nose too. I think that the blemishes on my forehead might have been there one/two days before I started using it, but the ones on my chin definitely not. I also have the BareMinerals tinted gel moisturizer which I (and my Skin) do really like. Just a coincidence or might there be a possebility? Would love to hear your opinion (and to all the other follower feel free to share your experience) 🙂

  • Xah

    I’m confused. So is this just new packaging? I bought the old tinted moisturizer and I’m wondering whether to return it to the store for a tube of the Nude Finish. What do you recommend?

  • CJ

    I used to love the old version of this before it was reformulated in Spring 2011, anything after that broke me out and was very drying.

    I find it odd that the ingredients vary very slightly between all 3 versions but I noticed a huge difference between all of them in terms of consistency, staying power, and thickness. Here’s what I have from the old versions if anyone is interested. I am truly perplexed on how they can all be SO different. Still mourning the loss of the original formula all these years later, it was fantastic.

    Original formula before Spring 2011:
    Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 3%, purified water, phenyl trimethicone, butylene glycol, pentaerythriyl tetractanoate, simmondsia chinesis (jojoba seed oil), petrolatum, biosaccharide gum 1, Steareth-21, glyceryl stearate, sodium hylauronate, tocopheryl acetate, polymethyl methacrylate, magnesium aluminum silicate, ethylhexyglycerin, cetyl alcohol, acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethylaurate copolymer, PEG-12 dimethicone, isohexadecane, lecithin, xanthan gum, steareth-2, potassium stearate, citric acid, fragrance, limonene, linalool, benzyl salicylate, polysorbate 80, disodium EDTA, BHT, sodium dehydroacetate, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, proplyparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, iron oxides.

    Spring 2011+:
    Added: Caprylyl Glycol
    Removed: Parabens
    Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Titanium Dioxide 3%, Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraoctanoate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Steareth-21, Glyceryl Sterate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Steareth-2, Potassium Stearate, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Polysorbate 80, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

    2016 version under new name:
    phenyl trimethicone
    butylene glycol
    simmondsia chinensis
    jojoba seed oil
    biosaccharide gum
    stearesth 21
    glyceryl stearate
    sodium hyaluronate
    tocopherol acetate
    polymethyl methacrylate
    magnesium aluminum silicate
    caprylyl glycol
    cetyl alcohol
    acrylamide/sodium acryloyldimethyltaurate copolymer
    preg-12 dimethicon
    xanthan gum
    potassium stearate
    citric acid
    benzyl salicylate
    polysorbate 80
    disodium edta
    sorbic acid
    +/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891)
    iron oxides (ci77491, ci 77492, ci 77499)

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks for the update on the ingredients CJ! very helpful! I was surprised too how much difference there is in the texture but the ingredients are virtually the same! So odd!

  • Tracy

    I have used the old version in the past and loved it but had moved on to try something new. Yesterday I decided to go back to BB and got the Nude Finish TM and its completely different. For one thing its So sheer that its like youve applied nothing at all. When I tried to apply it slightly heavier, ugh, it was also a different color?!? The color before was definitely more yellow based and this is pink. I found the finish to be pretty but I hated the feel. It felt dry and tight to me. Definitely disappointed and will be returning, but what a hassle.

  • Lhahn

    Do you have application tips? The rep used a brush she spritzed water on, but I don’t get the same results. I tried using my fingers, but I think it looks a little streaky (I’m pale, so this sheer is a little noticable on me). My skin is normally dry, I’m thinking I should moisture more, then apply? Do I need a primer to prevent it from settling in fine lines around my nose, mouth, and eyes?

    • Isabella Muse

      I use fingers and always prep before I apply any makeup on face. A primer is key for the smoothest results when using any foundation or base product!