Monday, 24 April 2017

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, review with 'before and after' photos

Smashbox is a brand that has been on my radar for a long time but somehow I never got around to trying anything from them until recently. I think they're pretty underrated, especially in UK and you don't see a lot of talk about their products around the blogosphere. I knew they're well known for their Photo Finish Primer but I wasn't aware they have a good foundation in their offer until I read about it on Emmy's blog (Emmy's Beauty Cave). After that I searched YouTube for reviews on the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation and have found many people who raved about it.
So it ended up on my wish list and finally, a month ago, I bought it.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, Smashbox Studio Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer

The foundation comes in a glass bottle with a pump dispenser and there are 22 shades to choose from, from very light to deeper tones. I picked shade 2.1 Light Neutral Beige which matches my skin tone really well.
It claims to be hydrating foundation with medium-to-full buildable coverage, oil-free, with light diffusing spheres to blur the appearance of imperfection, sweat and transfer-proof, with up to 15hrs wear time.

It has a liquid-y formula which blends easily into the skin with both, dense brush and beauty blender type of sponge. In my opinion, depending on the application method (brush or sponge) it offers light to medium coverage with the possibility to build it up to medium-full, I wouldn't say it's a full coverage foundation that would cover perfectly every imperfection.
True to its claims it does offer some blurring properties and the finish is semi matte but very natural looking. I doesn't gather in my smile lines or wrinkles, which is almost unheard of for me, and it doesn't accentuate my pores.
And what has impressed me the most is the longevity of this foundation, it truly lasts all day, (we're talking here about 12hrs which is the longest I normally wear makeup), without fading, budging, getting patchy or gathering in my fine lines, it's also true that it's transfer resistant!
It's absolutely the best foundation I've tried in terms of longevity and I have tried quite a few, from drugstore to high end.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, Smashbox Studio Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer, before and after photos
From left: my bare skin, after applying Pore Minimising Primer, after applying one layer of Studio Skin Foundation.
Although I've been relatively happy with how my skin looks there still plenty I like to cover if I wear makeup :) On the photos above you can see how well the foundation covered my imperfections but my skin still looks natural. I usually use 2-3 pumps of the foundation to cover my entire face as I like to use a sponge to apply it with and it soaks up a bit of product. If I use a brush 2 pumps is usually enough for the medium-full coverage I prefer.
The first time I used this foundation I was actually really disappointed as it didn't blend well into my skin and it was just sitting strangely on top of it. But it appeared my skin was going through dehydrated phase and most foundations were looking strange on my skin. Using a hydrating primer underneath, switching up my skin care and upping up my water intake has resolved the problem and now I can't get enough of the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation and have been reaching for it almost every day since I got it a few weeks ago.
Now I don't even need to use a primer underneath as it blends and lasts perfectly well on its own.
The foundation claims to be hydrating but I found it slightly drying when my skin was on the dehydrated side, so if your skin is dry then hydrating primer would be probably a good option to use with this foundation.
My skin hasn't been very oily lately, it's been actually very well balanced but with this foundation I don't need to blot or retouch it once I set it with powder. After about 6hrs I have a bit of shine coming through but it only makes the foundation look even more natural on the skin.
In overall I'm very impressed with it and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a truly long lasting foundation which doesn't look heavy or cake-y on the skin.

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, Smashbox Studio Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer

Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation, Smashbox Studio Photo Finish Pore Minimising primer swatches
From left: Photo Finish Primer, Pore Minimising Primer, Studio Skin Foundation in shade 2.1
Together with the foundation I got couple of primer samples which you can actually buy from the Smashbox website and I have tested them out a few times so I thought I would share my thoughts on them with you.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, £26 for 30ml or £12.50 for 15ml
This is one of the first well known primers from Smashbox, it has a very silicon-y texture but it doesn't feel overly greasy, it smooths out skin nicely leaving it with velvety finish and help a foundation glides on easily. I didn't find it filled in my pores as well as the other one though. But I tried it with a foundation that doesn't last very well on my skin and it improved its longevity so I think it's a pretty decent primer which also doesn't feel drying on the skin.
Smashbox Pore Minimising Primer, £28 for 30ml or £5 for 7ml
This primer reminds me Benefit Porefessional but I think it's actually better as it doesn't feel greasy and it really does fill in the pores and wrinkles leaving smoother skin, ready for makeup application. You can see in the photos above that it clearly blurs my skin making any texture less visible. It's also good at controlling oil throughout the day so it could be great for oilier skin types, dry skin might find it a bit drying though.
Now I've tried some Smashbox products I know I will be exploring the brand more and have already created a wish list of next things to buy from them ;)
Have you tried any Smashbox products?



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