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on 4/18/2015 1:02:00 PM
More reviews by elaine1390
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
i'm on my second bottle now && i actually really like this foundation. It's so hard to find a foundation that fits my skin type because i have very oily skin, acne prone and some acne scarring. This foundation goes on great! It's thick but goes on kind of light so the coverage is buildable, it leaves a dewy finish that makes it look natural. And out of all the foundations i've tried this one actually stays put and lasts for hours. It also doesn't break me out, so it doesnt contain any irritating ingredients... definitely a must buy for someone who is acne prone/ oily
on 4/6/2015 4:15:00 PM
More reviews by countrybearjamboree
Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Coarse
This is a great foundation. This is very comparable to my beloved discontinued Chanel Mat Lumiere. In fact, I'm satisfied enough to continue to use this in place of when my Mat Lumiere finally runs out. Both are long wearing and give the skin a glow that blurs out imperfections yet provides oil control. What impressed me about Smashbox Studio Skin is that its no joke when they say 15 hour. It lasts for a long time (the most I've worn this was ten hours) and my skin has a tendency to eat foundation but this stayed true from the minute I applied it. I'll now go into detail with this foundation.Shades: I almost snubbed this foundation off for good because this brand is known to have orange toned shades. I went into the store and swatched all of the 3 shades which I would fall into but all were way off for my skin and dark. I wanted to swatch the next shade lighter, 2.4 but they were all sold out and no tester! I gave up and assumed it wouldn't match anyway. A lady on the message boards said she loved this foundation and suggested I go back and test it out again. So, I did. I went to a different Sephora and tested 2.4 and it was a perfect match but sold out. Thank goodness there was another Sephora 10 minutes away and ended up getting the foundation. This location was very limited on available shades as well. This appears to be the new hot foundation! I even noticed in line that two ladies ahead of me both had this foundation in their baskets. Back to 2.4. For reference, all shades run on the dark side. I'm shade Barcelona in Nars Sheer Glow and 2.4 is about the same shade color. I'm anywhere from NC37-40 in MAC. I'm 6.0 in Urban Decay Naked Skin. 2.4 leans more neutral on me and not as golden as Barcelona and not as yellow as NC. Packaging: Professional and high quality. The pump is exceptional on this. It dispenses the perfect amount each and every time. It doesn't get messy like MAC and UD foundation pumps. The pump has a secure small black cap that fits tightly over the pump. The formulation of the packaging is very easy to clean as well. It isn't rubberized like Nars and any drips or fingerprints can be easily wiped off.Texture: This is a medium thickness consistency foundation. It is the same consistency as Chanel Mat Lumiere. Thick enough to hold onto the skin and not run but thin enough to blend easily. As with Chanel Mat Lumiere, Smashbox Studio Skin works best with a foundation brush rather than fingers. Finish: You get that airbrushed picture perfect finish with this foundation. It doesn't contain shimmer but it gives skin a healthy glow. It is also similar to the finish of Nars Sheer Glow but this outlasts that foundation. Coverage: Medium buildable. It starts off medium with one layer but this layers beautifully. With two layers, I get close to full coverage.
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on 3/29/2015 10:15:00 PM
More reviews by RollerGirl1978
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I have been a MUFE HD girl for a while now. It is one of the only products I have used up and rebought multiple times. Sometimes, though, you just need a little change, and a little sephora splurge. I was at sephora on payday last week, and looking in the little mirrors, saw that the foundation, powder, blush, and highlighter I'd applied in the morning had turned into a horrible flakey, color separated disaster on my face. The foundation had worn off in patches around my nose, the color looked too light, and my too-pink skin was showing through. Perhaps sephora has magic lighting and mirrors just to show you how terrible you look, so that you feel you must buy something new!So, I tried the laura mercier silk whatever foundation on one cheek, and the smashbox studio skin on the other. In the kooky sephora mirror, the LM side looked terrible. I could see the foundation sitting on my skin, and the area looked flakey and dry. The smashbox side looked beautiful! The description in the store said it was moisturizing, and there was nary a flake to be seen. I was happy with it, so I took some home. I got the lightest color, I think it's 1.1. For reference, I am a MAC NC20, and MUFEHD 115. The SB looked a little warmer than I usually wear, and a bit darker in the bottle, but once blended on my skin, it neutralized redness (rosacea) and looked seamless. At home, I've been applying this with the sephora collection visionary foundation brush, and the finish is beautiful. I wear primer sometimes, but find that the wear lasts all day, even in the creases of my nose and around my eyes even without it. I have noticed no flakiness or exacerbation of dry sensitive skin with this foundation, even though I have heard it marketed for people with oily to combo skin.
on 3/16/2015 7:53:00 PM
More reviews by xoaida
Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
This is my HG foundation! I have pretty bad scaring from acne, but this has build-able coverage so I am able to cover my scars without having that caked on look. I get complimented on my skin all the time, my friends can't believe I am wearing foundation. PROS:-This lasts ALL day. I have the Smashbox primer, but even if I don't use the primer this stuff is like glue. It will not BUDGE. You won't get oily throughout the daily, it wont fade, it wont oxidize, NOTHING! When I use it with the primer, I have flawless skin from 8 am through till 1 am/2am the following day. It's unbelievable. They are not joking when they say 15 hour wear.-Very natural looking, I have olive skin and its so hard to find foundation that isn't too pink or too tan. While this looks incredibly dark and orange in the bottle. It matches my face and undertones so well. I definitely recommend it for darker skinned girls!-Doesn't stick to dry patches, but it also doesn't make you completely oily. It just gives you this perfect "better than skin" glow. -I have incredibly sensitive skin, and this didn't make me break out at all-It has an amazing pump on the bottle, you can do a full pump, or "half" a pump. So there is no waste.-It applies beautifully with a brush AND the beauty blender.-Absolutely ZERO transfer. This will not transfer onto collars or jackets, pillows etc. Obviously be careful with whites. -It photographs BEAUTIFULLY. You look photoshopped. -Very buildable, you can use a small amount for a "no makeup" look, or pack it on without looking cakey. -Doesn't feel "heavy or sticky" on the face. Obviously no one like a sticky or heavy face. But this foundation literally feels "weightless". CONS:-Expensive...for 30 ml its almost $50 in Canada. Since I have scarring and need to use 2 pumps every day, it starts to add up. I can usually make a bottle last 4-5 months using it about 5 days a week. I've tried to find more "budget-friendly" products. But nothing has been comparable yet.-The shade selection isn't extensive. I think they only have 10 shades, but if you can find one that matches well, BUY IT! -It sets quickly, I'm not sure this is much of a con. But you do need to blend it right away. But come on, who applies foundation and doesn't blend it right away?I seriously suggest that everyone go out and try this, or at least if they have a shade that matches. I've tried all sorts of foundation from Laura Mercier, Clinique, Revlon, Urban Decay, Loreal etc. and nothing compares to Smashbox.
on 3/14/2015 10:25:00 AM
More reviews by Prinny88
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Other, Straight, Fine
Nice foundation, I usually use Clinique even better- this is actually very similar, I did half my face in each and there was no perceptible difference, except the smashbox didn't seem to cling to dry skin as much as the Clinique but that could be because it's a bit drier due to having it longer. The smashbox is also a tiny bit more matte.Havn't really noticed any massive improvement in longevity which is a shame, also it's medium coverage at best so you need a separate concealer for dark circles/ spots, but that said the colour blend is good and it applies well, doesn't look thick at all.I would buy again, unless I found something better! Glass bottle will be a pain when it's nearly empty, but there a screw off lid so all is not lost at least.*TIP after applying a full face with a foundation brush try patting a little extra in with your fingers on dark areas/ spots if you don't have concealer- let a drop sit out for a while to thicken first if need be, works in a pinch.
on 2/28/2015 4:09:00 PM
More reviews by cinnamonstickbella
Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
I HAD to have this! BUT... I needed a new foundation. Long story short...could not match my olive/yellow undertone skin even though this runs yellow!!...maybe orange. Purchased (and returned) all shades in 2's. None worked :( GOOD news for those who CAN find a match- stays on allllllll day! Almost no transfer! I am so sad :( 4 lippies bc great product...-1 bc not my shade.Stay power is AWESOME on the SB! I wish!I wear Mac studio NC 30 to NC 35 FYI for shade reference. Seems my winter shade is NC30 currently in Studio Fix.Pics of swatches::First foundation (top) is Mac NC30 (perfect for me)middle: Philosophy Miracle #6 (tad light?)bottom: smash box 2.3 studio (see orange) :) Ignore my way pale underarm. I know the shades look oddly dark. Middle Philosophy is near perfect for my winter face. Tad light. MAC NC30. Perfect winter shade.SMASHBOX 2.3 darkens as it sits during the day and dries. (all have been on arm for 6 hours now in this pic). 2.2 Smashbox gives me a ghost face- for sure...2.3 is a bit light when first applied, then darkens orange as day goes on (for me). 2.4 SB was too dark orange from the get-go. Full Size ImageBelow is a pic JUST after applying the swatches (20 mins). Added is swatch on far right. Smashbox 2.2 which was too light for me. Had it on to compare to SB 2.3. Keep on mind my face is not as light as underarm....and it is applied pretty thick on swatch. Smashbox runs orange even for my half Italian skin. Mac (top) was still wet in this pic. Keep on mind camera/lighting/etc. Full Size ImageUpdate: Went to Sephora. They used the Color IQ on my face. Said match was Studio Smashbox 2.4 (one shade darker?). Applied by staff to my face. So nice...but way too dark and orange (darker than one on my arm in the pic). @sigh@ Smashbox it won't be for me at least for mu winter color. Maybe with a tan :(
on 2/21/2015 3:36:00 PM
More reviews by Megals
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This is my all time favorite foundation - hands down. I've never found something that works as well as this one. Not only does it last all day, it has nice sheer coverage but can be built up more so if needed. I have fairly problem prone / oily skin and this doesn't make me break out in the slightest. I wish there was a little bit more product for the price it's at, but regardless I'll continue to purchase this time after time!
on 2/13/2015 3:51:00 PM
More reviews by rodriguezv19
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
Love! Love! Love this foundation! It has a matte finish and does not leave dry patches on my skin. It has a medium coverage that can be built up. So easy to apply and does a great job at leaving my skin so perfect! I would recommend people to try this foundation! I am running out of mine and will be repurchasing! :)
on 2/7/2015 4:57:00 PM
More reviews by FauxChic
Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm
Hair: Black, Other, Coarse
I have two shades in this foundation, 4.1 and 4.2, I get far warmer in the Summer months so getting a different shade was a must. Now on to the nitty gritty - I was actually pleasantly surprised by the coverage and finish, considering it was quite watery in consistency it did give me a nice medium coverage without looking cakey at all. I have dry combination skin, with my nose being the most oily - I always find it hard to find a foundation to last more than four hours around my oily zones so blotting was a must. Whilst the rest of my face would last a good 10+ hours on me. I love the fact that the 4.1 shade hasn't got a crazy orange undertone though... I can't imagine the amount of times I've had to return foundations because they had me looking like an Oompa Loompa. Overall, this is currently my fave foundation giving me flawless, immaculate and matte coverage without the cakiness and also features a pump dispenser ^_^
on 1/27/2015 7:22:00 PM
More reviews by Chanelthischanelthat
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Curly, Coarse
Overall I think 4 stars is being a little generous, but all in all I quite like this foundation. I got so sick of trying to find a foundation that suited my skin tone, and the extremely dry and oily patches I have - however this foundation was recommended by a lot of beauty bloggers for the fair skinned so I thought I'd give it a go. When it arrived I noticed it still looked a little too dark for me which it is, but not too awful so I can forgive that (a little warmth to the face never hurt anyone 💁). I've been wearing this foundation for a few weeks now, and I do *like* it, but I don't think I'll buy another when it runs out. The reasons being, I really don't like the way it sits on my dry patches and under my eyes as it kind of emphasises the dryness and looks a little cake - y (which isn't ideal). Also, the 15 hour staying power it promises is a bit ambitious as when I get back from school I look quite blotchy and red and gross. However, the coverage when I put it on is pretty good, the consistency of the product feels good against the skin and it didn't break out my really sensitive skin which is frankly a miracle at this point. When I've just put my makeup on it's like a 5 star product, but I'd say after 2 hours it drys, cracks and looks dull - but not too badly that I feel I can't wear it and I have had some compliments on it recently.
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