For the longest time I’ve been meaning to try the Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Foundation and Concealer. About a month or two ago I finally decided to buy the two, put them to the test and finally see what they are like. Today I’m going to review the concealer and tell you guys everything there is to know about it, from packaging to texture to coverage, everything! If you’re interested in reading about that, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s just start off with packaging, shall we? The Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer (what a mouth full) comes in a pretty regular concealer tube. It looks pretty similar to a lipgloss or a liquid lipstick tube, but that’s rather normal. It’s a slim but long tube, clear for the most part, decorated with a lot of text and a black lid. It does look very elegant and professional, but it’s not a very detailed or special packaging. It does look good, but it doesn’t necessarily scream luxury. Not that it has to, but it doesn’t.
The Smashbox Studio Skin Concealer comes in 10 different shades. That isn’t an extremely large assortment of shades, but compared to most concealers that only come in three different shades, it’s quite a lot. The shades very from vary pale to darker shades and props to Smashbox for creating more than 1 darker shade!
Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer – €25,50
The Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer already sounds interesting because of its long name, but let’s look at what it claims, because that could make it sound even more interesting. According to Smashbox this waterproof, hydrating concealer will last up to 24 hours long and it’s developed in the Smashbox Studios to cover up every imperfection. The most important thing was that it would stay in place all day during a photoshoot. The oil-free formula is waterproof and blends into the skin without streaks or patches. There is no need for touch ups and there will be no such thing as faded concealer throughout the day.
They also claim that this concealer has very buildable coverage, from light to full. It has light reflecting particles that will hide imperfections and it’s resistant to sweat and humidity.
I have to say that I feel like Smashbox is going overboard a little with their claims. I mean, I do believe that this is a good concealer, don’t get me wrong I really do, but they make it sound like the best concealer in the world and maybe even better than the best concealer in the world. I hope it will live up to that!
I have to say that at first I wasn’t that impressed by this concealer. Because I’ve been wanting to try it out for so long I had build up quite high hopes. You know when you’re so excited to try something, when you finally get the chance to do you, you just expect it to be amazing. And how higher your expectations are, how more likely it is to get disappointed. The reason why I felt a little disappointed is because the concealer didn’t really cover up my dark circles that well and that’s the main problem on my skin that concealer needs to tackle.
After reading through the claims I learned that this concealer is actually buildable from light coverage up to full coverage, so if you do want it to cover really well you need more layers. I don’t know how I feel about that because it does mean that you would need a lot of product to get full coverage and that’s just a waste. And by the way, who buys a concealer for light coverage. If you want light coverage you buy a foundation. Concealer is for more heavy duty work in my opinion, so I don’t get why you would create a light coverage concealer.
What I do think is positive regarding this concealer is that it has a really thin and lightweight consistency. If you’re going to have to build it up, the last thing you want is that the concealer is very thick and heavy. This product won’t look cakey if you build it up so that’s a good thing. I still think it’s ridiculous that you have to build it up, but okay. At least it won’t be cakey.
I also like how light this concealer is because finding a concealer light enough to even slightly brighten up that under eye area is hard for me since I’m so pale. This concealer is light enough to do that, so that’s a big plus for me. But when I haven’t had a lot of sleep and my dark circles are even worse than normal that definitely won’t be enough.
Another positive thing is that it is a really easy product to work with. Because of its lightweight consistency and it’s soft texture it’s just a dream to blend into the skin. It doesn’t take much effort at all and it looks very natural. It’s not cakey, thick, heavy and it’s not dry at all. It doesn’t accentuate those small lines underneath your eyes and it won’t clump up. I do like that about it.
I have to admit that these are probably the worst before and after pictures ever, but because I just want to be real with you I’m sharing them anyway. Part of why the coverage doesn’t look too impressive is because of my poor camera-skills and also because I only applied one layer on this picture since I wasn’t aware of the buildable aspect of this concealer just yet. However, this does give a clear image of what one layer of this concealer looks like. Yes it does brighten up the area a little bit, it takes away some of the darkness, but it’s not amazing.
And guys, don’t get me wrong. It seems like I’m hating really hard on this concealer, but I’m just trying to be critical. I paid almost €26 euro’s for this, it can’t be ‘decent’ or ‘okay’. I’m not going to say it’s a great product if it’s just okay. There are a million concealers out there and there are definitely better ones out there.
However, I don’t hate it. I mean I wouldn’t repurchase it, I wouldn’t say that I highly recommend it and I wouldn’t buy it if I knew it was like this before, but now that I have it I do enjoy using it. It does brighten up the area a bit and it has a really nice texture.
I think it would just be a better product for people who don’t have very dark circles and are just looking for something brightening to make their face look a little fresher. But if you have dark circles that require heavy duty concealing, just skip this one please.
Overall I’m not head over heels with this concealer. The coverage is buildable, but I don’t think it’s okay for a concealer to be this light-covering. I do really like the texture of the concealer, how blendable it is and I do like the shade as well. It’s very light and therefore it definitely brightens up the under eye area. I do think it’d be a great product for people who don’t have very dark circles, but if you do have some severe darkness going on underneath your eyes, this ain’t what you’re looking for!
And that’s everything I have to say about this concealer. Thank you so much for reading today’s review and be sure to let me know if you’ve ever tried this concealer and if so let me know what you think of it. Also let me know which concealer is your current favourite or which ones you would recommend to me!