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Written on Friday, February 9, 2018

Hi there,

It’s been two months since I purchased the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation and I don’t know why I decided to write this review only now. I have quite controversial feelings about this product, but read on and find out yourself if you need it or not Smile

Price: $42

Period of use: 2 months on a regular basis

Volume: 30 ml

From the manufacturer:

An oil-free, hydrating liquid foundation that gives you flawless skin for 15 hours. It's tested to ensure that you look good in any light.

Medium-to-full buildable coverage with a natural matte finish

Blurs imperfections with light-diffusing spheres

Stays put for 15 hours

Lightweight, comfortable feel

No touch-ups required

Exercise-resistant, sweat-resistant & transfer-proof

Ideal for all skin types


My skin type: I have problem skin that is oily in my T-zone. In winter I always have dry patches on my forehead and cheeks.

So, I’d like to share with you my honest impressions of use in this review:

Packaging: The foundation comes in a tube made of thick glass, so there is nothing to worry about if you drop it.

The design is very simple and nothing special. However, I’d like to note that it has a convenient pump dispenser that closes with a cap.

Use: The product lasts quite a while. 2-3 pumps are enough for me to apply to my entire face. There is more than half of the tube left at the moment. I think that the foundation goes quite a long way taking into account that I use it every day and even twice a day sometimes (nighttime inspiration, you know.)

Consistency: it has quite a thick texture, which spreads out on my skin easily.

Shade: I have it in Shade 0.5 and I’d like to say that it’s an awesome find for girls with fair and pale skin. Yes, the shade is not perfect for me and you can even see the difference between the color of my neck and face. ANYWAY, I’ve never tried such a light foundation before, so it’s amazing, especially when compared to the Clinique Superbalanced in the shade Alabaster that gets darker on my skin.

However, this shade has a downside also. I look like a vampire or a sick person without any blush… Laughing out loud

What to apply it with? I have an issue here. №1 Option: you can apply it with your fingers. In my opinion, this is not hygienic and effective, because the foundation applies streaky. №2 Option: use a brush.

I have two brushes: the one for a bronzer (the sales assistant recommended me this brush for applying the Smashbox foundation) and the one from Real Techniques. The first one applies the foundation so streaky that it’s a hassle to work with.

The second one performs better, but not much better. I use it, but the coverage is far from being perfect. Let me know if you know a better brush for applying this foundation Smile

Coverage: Medium- the product definitely evens out my skin tone, but it doesn’t cover up acne spots and breakouts completely.

The finish looks quite natural and not totally matte, in my opinion. I don’t set it with a powder, but add a blush and a little bit of a highlighter Smile

Before and After:

Wear time: the manufacturer claims that this product lasts 15 hours. True? Honestly, I couldn’t prove it and wear the foundation for 15 hours. Anyway, it lasted 6 hours when I was at my exam and 9 hours when I was out pretty well. I didn’t have an oily sheen, which is already a huge plus for me. It comes off a little bit from my nose and forehead towards the evening, but it’s not that big of a deal.

What to remove it with? It removes with a cleansing oil or foam really well.

I would also like to note that it didn’t cause any breakouts! As a rule, my skin breaks out when I use new makeup products, but this foundation passed this test perfectly.


  • I can feel it on my skin, although the feeling is not like with the Estee Lauder DW.

  • If you don’t set it with a powder, it smears and transfers literally on everything, so you better not touch your face with your fingers, phone, etc. Otherwise you’ll be all over in foundation.

  • It emphasizes my flakey bits very badly. This is actually the biggest drawback. I moisturize my skin regularly and apply a moisturizing cream twice a day, plus before makeup, but it doesn’t help, it applies unevenly still. It is especially clear on my forehead and you can see it in the picture.

My skin looks perfect from a distance, but if you take a closer look, the situation is deplorable Sad


To top it off, it seems that this foundation doesn’t moisturize my skin but dries it out on the contrary.

Conclusion: I have mixed feelings about this foundation, as I’ve already said. It would’ve been perfect if it was undetectable on my skin and didn’t emphasize my peeling. Also, I’ll check how it behaves in spring and summer, when I won’t have any peeling anymore. Comparing it to the Estee Lauder Double Wear, I love Smashbox Studio Skin much better for many reasons. I give it 4 stars and would recommend it to those with combination to oily skin, especially. The product is totally worth a look Smile

Thank you for your attention! ^^

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Type: Foundation
Brand: Smashbox
Category: Make-Up
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