Product Type: Smashbox makeup
Newest Review: ... in a plastic tube or pump bottle. On the back of the bottle is contact information for Smashbox and it also states to keep the product ... more
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation!
Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation
Member Name: GAL713
Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation
Advantages: Good coverage, keeps skin hydrated, and it lasts all day!
Disadvantages: The price.
A few months ago I was convinced by a sales assistant in Debenhams to test some of the Smashbox products. Having never heard of the brand I was naturally curious, so agreed to trying out a few products. This then lead on to me purchasing a new foundation: the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation.
Smashbox is an American brand, used by many professional make-up artists. It is not so well-known in Britain, but it is sold in department stores like Debenhams, and online from various websites. Most of their products are rather expensive, but I have found most of them discounted on websites such as eBay.
This foundation costs £29.50, which is more expensive than many other brands, but the price reflects in the good quality of the product, and I would say that it's worth the money. I am sure you could find a cheaper foundation that does the same things, but this one is the first foundation I have found that I am fully happy with.
I have medium to fair combination skin and it can be a challenge trying to find a foundation that provides good coverage, without drying out my skin or making it oily.
There are over 15 shades of this foundation available, with a shade for every skin tone. Personally, I picked up the 1.2 shade, which looks dark in the bottle, but comes out much paler. I find that even though this shade is one of the lightest available, it matches my skin well.
The foundation is sold in a black box which contains a 30ml glass bottle, with a black pump dispenser and lid. The bottle is simple, but I have no faults with the design; the pump dispenser works well, the lid comes off easily, but won't pop off in your make-up bag, and the bottle is sturdy. On the front of the bottle the brand and the name of the foundation is printed on in black. On the back of the bottle there is some safety information and warnings.
Once dispensed, the foundation is quite thin, but not too runny. The consistency is good for a liquid foundation, as oppose to other similar foundations I have used that are too runny. I apply the foundation with a foundation brush, but a sponge could also be used. You could possibly try using your fingers, but it may be messy. Personally, I dispense the foundation onto the back of my hand, before putting on my sponge or foundation brush, you don't have to do this but I prefer to, so that I don't put too much directly onto my face.
I apply my Smashbox primer (see review) first, and then this foundation, before putting a powder on top. I would recommend using a powder because the foundation leaves a dewy finish, it's not too shiny, but it's not particularly matte either.
The foundation applies well to the skin; it's not streaky or patchy. For best coverage I recommend using a brush, but a sponge will still give you good results. It rubs in well, and sheers out to produce natural and even coverage. The foundation dries instantly, making the process quicker and more convenient.
A little bit of the product goes a long way, so despite the price this product is worth it because it lasts a long time. Usually, I only use two or three pumps of the foundation on my whole face, and that provides sufficient coverage.
I tend to use more foundation over any blemishes or circles around the eyes, and this sometimes can remove the need for use of concealer, although on any darker skin patches, blemishes or marks I would still use concealer, to give extra coverage. The foundation feels light on your skin you can't really feel that you're wearing it.
The foundation is also SPF 10, so protects your face from excess sunlight and sunburn. With the British weather I have not been overly exposed to much sunlight, so cannot fully comment of this factor.
This product should also hydrate skin, which is why I find it useful on my combination skin. After moisturising, the foundation locks in the moisture, ensuring my face remains hydrated all day without drying out. I have found that if you don't apply moisturiser before putting on your make-up this foundation can accentuate dryness though, so a bit of time and care is needed.
The foundation claims to last up to 15 hours, and I would agree with that. The foundation looks as good when I get home in the evening as it did when I applied it that morning.
Another thing I like about this foundation is that there is little transfer if your face comes in contact with your clothes or anything else, the foundation remains on your face all day.
To remove you just need a make-up wipe or make up remover, and the foundation will easily come off your face.
I have particularly sensitive skin on my face, so I must be careful with which products I use on it. Even after repeated use, this product has caused me no irritationto my skin, and hasn't made me break out either.
The bottle states that the foundation lasts for 24 months after opening.
In conclusion, this Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation is definitely a product I will be repurchasing again. I have been pleased with the coverage, the hydration, and the long lasting effects. I am overall very happy with this purchase, and the only fault I can think of is the price. 5 stars from me!
Review also posted on Ciao under the username of Georgia713.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: The price is reflected in the good quality of this product!