Fun Facts:

Bobbi Brown graduated from college in Boston with a degree in theatrical makeup and then moved to New York City to work as a professional makeup artist.

In 1991, with the help of a chemist, Bobbie Brown launched a line of ten wearable lipsticks under the brand name Bobbi Brown Essentials, which was purchased by Estee Lauder four years later.

Her cosmetics range grew out of one overarching message: simple, flattering, and wearable.

In addition to authoring five books, Bobbi Brown is the exclusive beauty editor for The Today Show, a frequent guest on the E! and Style channels, and a partner with the charity Dress for Success.

Today, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics are available in over 850 doors in 50 countries worldwide.

Company News/Recent Launches:

In 2008, Bobbi published her fifth book, Makeup Manual, a unique guide for novices and makeup artists alike.

The new Nude Collection replaces the concept of monochromatic, barely-there makeup with perfectly matched makeup.

The Illuminating Bronze Collection strives for a healthy, sun-kissed look with a bit of shimmer.

The Ivy League Collection recently debuted as Bobbi Brown's Fall'09 line, featuring makeup products to achieve smoky eyes and toned-down lips.

Key Ingredients:

Carrot extract and vitamin A complex in Vitamin Enriched Face Base

Shea butter, petrolatum, aloe, and cucumber in EXTA Moisturizing Balm

Vitamin E and sesame, sweet almond, olive, and jojoba oils in EXTRA Face Oil

Ginger root extract and olive/jojoba oils in Cleansing Oil

TIA's Take:

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics take great pride in fostering ingenuity and garnering accolades. Proven ingredients and clinical evidence take a backseat to flawless application. As a result, some formulas tend to be marred by irritating fragrance additives, and most of the makeup products lack sufficient UVA protection. Bobbi's EXTRA Moisturizing Balm, one of the few skincare items to boast about its formula, mentions petrolatum as a selling point. This ingredient, which appears in a number of skin rescuers like Aquaphor and Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream, carries the risk of being contaminated with carcinogenic impurities. The Overnight Cream claims to use an "advanced Protein Activator" to help boost collagen production, but there is no indication of how this complex works. Likewise, the rest of Bobbi's skincare products make big promises with little proof to back them up. Without full ingredient lists posted, we cannot know what sorts of anti-aging components are used or what allergens might be contained within. We commend the high-quality performance of Bobbi Brown's makeup and brushes, but we have to err on the side of caution and say "buyer beware."