So I came across this foundation on MUA and I was getting tired of my old foundation (ELDW). I wanted to try something new. Hence, I instantly purchased this foundation after reading some rave reviews. I must say, I really DO like this foundation compared to ELDW. The consistency is creamier and more blendable- which I love. I'm normally between NC30-35 and the shad the I bought was 2.3 and the match was perfect. The color is very yellow-based which is OK, since I have yellowish undertones. The foundation comes in a nice glass bottle with a PUMP- yes, a pump. YAY!!! Easy to dispense and doesnt create any mess. I use my ELF Powder Brush to apply and it creates a really nice, airbrush finish. Again, because this foundation is creamy, its very easy to blend. Whitin a few minutes, the foudation just melts into your skin and you really don't feel a thing. Very light and I never looked cakey. The staying power was great. I live in the South so the heat and humidy can be troublesome but with this, it stayed on for about 8 hours and it looked great. I use a cleanser oil to remove since it can be a little tricky. So why the 2 star rating? Well sadly, after a week of loving this foundation, I came home and discovered some breakouts. For me, these breakouts were the painful, under-the-skin ones. Not one, but five cropped up. At first, I was in denial thinking that maybe I was just stressed but nope, I thought about it and the only thing I changed in my routine was this foundation. So sad. Everything about this formula is wonderful, even the perfect color match. I would recommend this to friends bu for me, it just didnt work out. =(
I wear NC20 foundations most of the time to tone down the redness in my cheeks which can get pretty flushed especially in warm weather (I'm actually a NW20). I have this foundation in 1.2. This foudation is medium coverage but I think it can go to full if you use more than a pump.
I can wear this foundation without any primer and it will stay on for at least 10 hours through some dabbing and wiping (even a little eye rubbing). After that, the redness in my cheeks will start to show a little as it fades. However, it just looks like I have blusher on so that's no biggie. The finish is neither dewey nor matte and it doesn't emphasize lines once it has set. I usually press on loose powder and brush off the excess to give it a more soft-focused look. Maybe it's because I only use one pump for my entire face but it does not cover my pigmentation. Does better with dark circles though (really minimizes them).
I'm giving it 5 lippies because it does last a long time (even in hot humid weather) and it doesn't give my skin the tight feeling I get from long-wearing foundations like Revlon Colorstay. In fact, I often forget I have it on. My skin is dry combination and I've only experienced a little shine on my nose at the end of the day which is a bonus for me!
Got a sample of this to take home from Sephora and tried it once--it broke me out within that first day! It went on fine, felt alright through the day, however the real test is by the end of the day when my skin is incredibly oily. By that time, this foundation was still good coverage, however it felt itchy/tingly on my face, and when I removed it with cold cream and then washed my face off, it was more broken out and my current breakouts were even more irritated. This is how I know when foundations are a no-go for me! So sad this didn't work, but in some ways I'm glad because I wouldn't want to pay that price for something I'd use everyday. Nonetheless, it was a nice texture for oily skin types, and the color choice is awful because even the lightest shade is a bit too yellow and dark, which can look to orange in natural light on my pale skin.
This product is amazing for full coverage if that's what you're looking for. I'm giving it four lippies because it is amazing for that. Unfortunately, it was just not for me. I felt like I was wearing a mask, and that's not the look I'm going for. Trying chanel next. I do rec though if you want a long-wearing even-looking full coverage foundation.
So far, I am REALLY loving this foundation, and it just might be my Summer HG. I have tried SO many long-wearing foundations over the last several months and all have either broken me out, irritated my skin, or I couldn't find a color match. So far this has done neither of those things and the shade 1.1 is a *perfect* match for me. For reference, I'm currently an NC15, or possibly between an NC15 and slightly toward NC20. While I'm super happy that it matches me, I'm also a little disappointed because that means in the winter when I go back to my NC10-15 paleness, this is definitely not going to match. If I continue to like it enough I may try mixing it with a white foundation during that time. I've had absolutely no itching or irritation bumps with this and no regular breakouts either. In fact, the existing ones I had (from other long-wearing foundations I've been testing) have been clearing up since I started using this.
Applying this foundation is super quick and easy. I've read that some people say it's thick and hard to blend but for me, that couldn't be further from the truth. It's easier to apply than MAC PLW or ELDW in my opinion. I only use a total of 1 pump for my whole face, applying one moderately thin layer first, then going back over the areas that need more coverage and I'm good to go. I use much less concealer when I use this foundation than I do with others, so I would say it gives nearly full coverage. The coverage is very similar to ELDW and MAC PLW, but looks more natural. It feels great on the skin and I don't feel like I'm wearing a thick mask made of glue or anything like that. I do use a setting powder with it just because I like the polished look it gives, and also because this does feel just a bit tacky after you apply it. So far it's lasted me from about 7:00am until around 10:00pm when I wash my face before bed, with NO touch-ups, blotting, or powdering. That's very impressive, considering it's been in the upper 90s here lately, and the a/c in my car is broken (and I run a lot of errands during the day for work so I'm driving quite a bit). So far I've used my fingers and my Sonia Kashuk flat top brush to apply. Both work very well but I prefer using my fingers. I've also been using oils to remove it at night to make sure I get it all off.
Other comments: As for the "hydrating" properties I can't say for sure. I have normal skin but it dries out fairly easily. It usually takes a week or so for a foundation to start drying it out if it's going to but I can say that so far, I definitely don't have any new dry areas or anything like that. The packaging is very nice. I do love the nice glass bottle and the fact that it has a pump. I wish however that the cap and pump part wasn't made of that matte black stuff that just ends up looking dirty when the foundation gets on it, like the NARS caps. Not a big deal by any means though. And as another review said, it's as if the nozzle where the foundation dispenses was placed too close to the neck of the pump, so it's more like the foundation kind of runs down onto the neck rather than dispensing out onto your fingers. But again, by no means a dealbreaker. I don't detect any scent with this one, which is really nice. Price is $42, and at this point I do feel this product is well worth it. I will update once I've used it consistantly for a week or two. :) So far, my only complaint is that it doesn't come in lighter shades for us really pale people so we can use it year 'round (or so we can use it at all, for those who don't do any method of tanning). :(
ETA: I just wanted to edit my review to say that this foundation DOES match me in the winter when I'm at my most pale. It actually matches me very well. I still think it's a beautiful foundation and I still love it!
This is my second choice in foundations, after HG ELDW. Actually, what differentiate them is the coverage and lasting power, Smashbox having a little bit less coverage and tends to disappear faster than DW.
Otherwise, it's just as good.
It does cover, I'd say medium coverage (whereas DW is medium-full).
And it is good for my oily skin, with primer it lasts almost the whole day. I do need to blot twice/day though.
The finish is satiny on me, it looks very natural.
The transfer is minimal, and there is no scent.
Never broke me out.
So this is my choice for everyday foundation, while DW is for going out or for those times when I need to look my absolute best.
I've been on a new search for a long-wearing, great coverage foundation and this was one I recently sampled. The coverage is light to medium and buildable, but I really had to build it a lot to get the coverage I wanted. It never did fully cover my cheeks, the middle of my forehead, or my chin, no matter how many layers I applied (they tend to be a little red and need concealor). It seemed to apply smoothly. My face looked decent at home, but once I looked at my face in the light of my workplace, it was very mask-like. I'm sure that is due to the numerous layers I needed to get decent coverage. I have to say it is lasting pretty well, but that may be due to the amount I applied. I'm going to pass on this one, but I think if you only need lighter coverage, it may work for you.
I am so disgruntled by the oiliness of my complexion, that it's frustrating at times. I'm still going through different foundations, I've been through about ten in the last year, but this foundation stands out.
When I got this product, I was excited, this finally might be the one. To my naive little mind, it seemed too good to be true. It was.
Overall, the color of this product is too orange.
I have oily skin and this did keep me matte for a good amount of time, and I must mention that my skin did look good in pictures.
It gave me a full coverage and looked rather nice in unnatural lighting like the house for instantce. Something about walking out into the sun screws with the foundations and makes it orange.
The product did not break me out.
The product went on nicely, and it looked nice.
The down side to this product is just the color, the way it won't match a white persons skin. It's too pigmented. The color just isn't right, I wish that SmashBox could just fix the colors, I honestly would buy it again if the colors were proper.
UPDATE: So disappointed with this foundation! Left it for a few months over the summer because it was not the right shade and the consistency had totally changed to this thick, gloppy and gluey mess.
Well, I certainly do have a love-hate relationship with this foundation which is why I gave it 3 stars. I have dry skin and this foundation made my skin glow and not an oily glow, but a really healthy glow from within. The foundation also lasted an abnormally long chunk of time without the need for touchups and stayed looking perfect. What I did not like about this foundation was the consistency, shade selection including undertones and the messiness of the packaging. For me this foundation was far too thick regardless of what I used to blend it whether it was my fingers, a brush or a damp sponge. I didn't feel the thickness until I swept a very light dusting of powder over my face and then I felt like I was molding a mask or something. As well, a general complaint about Smashbox cosmetics is that all of their cosmetics are geared towards women with yellow or warm undertones which doesn't work at all for me because my undertones are very rosy. As well, I have very pale skin and their lightest shade which I bought was like 30% darker than my skin tone. Lastly, just a little complaint is that the spout for the pump is too close to the bottle and any time I went to pump the product out, it just slid down the side of the bottle which wasn't too nice. Overall I think that the staying power, finish and coverage were very strong points in this foundation which is why I gave it 3 lippes but Smashbox could definitely improve on colour and undertone selection as well as the packaging. I would not repurchase but I can definitely see someone with a bit darker skin and wanting a bit of a heavier coverage (medium- full) going crazy for this foundation.
Best liquid foundation I've EVER used and that says a lot! I've tried high-end like Guerlain Parure Extreme, Teint Idole Ultra and 24H, drugstore, EL Doublewear and the list goes on. They either broke me out badly, looked unnatural or settled into pores. I'm so acne-prone, the majority of skin care and makeup products cause cysts, even oil-free. I've been using this for several months now and I get absolutely no breakouts- in fact, my skin is clearer underneath.
-fantastic wear, from 5am to 11pm
-no settling into pores or lines
-transfer-free and waterproof
It's slightly too dark for my pale yellow skin, but it adjusts. I hope this is never discontinued, I love it so much.