Hi my dear readers. How is your Easter weekend going so far? I went out with my husband for a movie called “Divergent” and I liked it. After the movie, I went on shopping a little in the mall and bought a few things since everything is on sale, and of course, I will have my haul up at my next post.
Today I am going to share my first impressions of the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.
As I have normal to combination skin (oily T-zone- especially my nose and really oily eyelids), I have been looking for a good oil free foundation that does not give me shiny nose after a couple of hours of wearing it. I have heard of good things of the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation on You Tube and after doing my research through other channels, I decided to give this foundation a try.
I bought the foundation in shade 1.2 (yellow based) and it is a pretty good match to my MAC NC 20 skin (maybe a tad lighter? I am still trying to figure it out). However, with a little bit bronzer, problem solved! As I don’t have MAC NC 20 on hand, I have compared this shade with my Covergirl Outlast Say Fabulous 3in1 foundation in shade 825, which is my perfect match(you can see the covergirl one is more beige than yellow.) It seems to me that both of the foundations match well with my skin(sorry for the poor lighting).
The foundation is described by Smashbox as:
“Stay flawless for a full 15 hours with our breakthrough long-wearing formula! Inspired by on-set demands, developed for your life. Skin is hydrated and shine-free, while imperfections are blurred with light-diffusing spheres. Buildable medium-to-full coverage. Water, sweat, humidity and transfer resistant. Oil-free.”
After one day of wearing it, I have to say that I do agree with the statements that the foundation is buildable medium-to full coverage and long-wearing. I wore it from morning 8am and until 8pm at night; the foundation was still on my skin as it was in the morning. Besides, it gave me a pretty good coverage, a matt finish without feel cakey or heavy, so that is a plus. (FYI, I do not have very problematic skin except of a bit freckles on my cheeks.) However when I tried to buff the foundation onto my skin using the Sigma Flat Angle Kabuki F80 brush, I found the foundation was not as bendable as other foundations such as Loreal True Match. (I did switch to a Real Techniques buffing brush and it worked better.) Next time I will try a beauty blender to see how it goes.
Updates: I find that using beauty blend is the method to apply this foundation. It still gives me full coverage however it’s more spreadable this way due to its thick texture.
In summary, I was impressed with the foundation as to its longevity and coverage. It does come with a pump which is always a plus in my book for foundations. The foundation is priced at $62.95, which it is a bit high in my opinion, and it can be purchased at Kit Cosmetics in Australia either online or in Myer stores.
For reference, my skin is light
to medium with yellow undertone. Foundations I have tried that matched my skin colour and undertone are as follows:
Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3in1 foundation 825
Loreal True Match W1 (a tad lighter)
Revlon colour stay 150 Buff
Thanks for reading : )