Held on to it for way too long because it was so expensive and I couldn't believe an otherwise great line could make such a crappy product. As others have said, shades have a jaundiced yellow/orange undertone which oxidized badly in hot weather on my sensitive skin. It also developed a horrid, sulfur-like smell a month in & I did not have it stored in any extreme temperature. On me the coverage was very minimal and it did not hide any blemishes or freckles. It certainly did not make me HD ready and it broke me out. Never again!
It blends perfectly into your skin and looks natural. Its not as dry as the other foundations I've tried and it doesn't exaggerate any dry patches of skin. The color is also very good (at least for the one I got for myself). Paula's Choice said to avoid M3, but that was the closest to my natural skin color, so I tried it and it looks good. I didn't wear this throughout the entire day so I can't tell you if it oxidizes or not, but I've heard people saying it looks horrible after a few hours. The reason I didn't wear this outside is because it does not cover well. I would say it has a sheer coverage, so if you're trying to cover up acne, this is not right foundation for you. Maybelline's Superstay Makeup 24HR has way better coverage, although I'm not to crazy about the color I picked. It kind of makes me have like a purplish undertone, if that makes sense. But anyway back to Smashbox. I forgot to mention that the foundation has SPF 15 which is a huge plus. I have a hard time finding any foundations with SPF where I live. Another downside to the foundation is that it was super expensive. I think I payed over 400kr (norwegian kroner) and that is very expensive compared to the other ones I've bought.
So bottom line is: if you have normal, slightly oily and/or slightly dry skin, and you're not trying to cover up any blemishes, this can work for you.
Yeah...I love this foundation. I am partially influenced by the fact that it is such a good match for my skin tone. I wear Dark D1 and it is the most neutral shade of med brown I've ever tried. It isn't red, it isn't orange, it's just right.
I love that the foundation is fragrance and paraben free as I have sensitive skin. The foundation isn't greasy on me, nor does it make me look lifeless. It's a nice satin finish on my dry skin. My nose also stays shine free which never happens. Generally putting mu of any kind on my nose makes it shiny.
It wears all day (10hrs), it blends into skin perfectly and it has a nice light-med finish, just enough but not too much. It's super light-weight and barely noticeable.
11/30/11 Okay so I had to come back and take a star off because it did cause some pore clogging on my forehead, which was pretty disappointing. Also I'm on the phone a lot a work and it would wear off it the most funny way where the phone would touch my face. I don't expect foundation to stay on through that, but I would want it to come off nicer if that makes sense? I think it was just too cone-y for my dry skin. It just would kind of sit funny on the dry patches of my jaw line by the end of the day, even though it started off fine.
*This is a foundation where it is very important to follow the instructions on the box and shake it well. I think this is why you see so much variation in the reviews. I can't be sure, but that's my best guess.*
I really wanted to love this product! It went on my skin so good...it looked so natural and blended in very well...but I ended up having to return this to the store because it broke me out, I have very sensitive skin and some things just don't work for me :( Sad because I really did like it
I was loyal to Laura Mercier's Moisturizing Foundation for several reasons. First of all I have drier skin and second I can't tolerate foundations that contain peptides. I recently discovered that Mercier has discontinued this foundation, so I was on the search for a replacement. I went to my local Shopper's Drug Mart, the sales associate removed the makeup I was wearing and used this foundation. She did apply the green primer with a brush from Smashbox first, as I am ruddy in the cheek area due to vascular rosacea. She then applied the High Definition Foundation in F1 (I used Blush Ivory in L.M.), also with a brush, and set it with powder. I absolutely adore this foundation. I found that it gave me better coverage than Laura Mercier, and it looks flawless, after hours of wear. It really meshes well to the skin. I now use very little concealer for my dark circles. This foundation contains a lot of silicones, six to be exact, so it is probably best for someone with normal to dry skin.
I really wanted to love this one. When I apply it, it looks amazing for about 2 hours, then it starts to oxidize horribly and makes my face very oily. On the bright side, it didn't make me break out.
Granted, I didn't buy this. I just tried it on at the counter and left it for the day. Very glad I didn't buy it. It's SO ORANGE! Gross.
This made my skin look so oily, I have combination skin and even tho I used a smashbox primer and halo setting powder it still looks like an oily mess after a few hours. I hate the feeling of this, and it turns orange on my skin. The only pro is the pump, and the fact that it might work for someone with dry skin.
This might be the best liquid foundation ever and I have used some , can't go past this base, Thanks Smashbox !
Fairly neutral shades, which is a plus. But it oxidizes like crazy on me and turns my face into the shade of a tomato. Very disappointing because I liked the coverage, the SPF and the fact that it was cruelty free.