I really don’t know why, but for the longest time I’ve been wanting to try the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation. And with that I mean for the past 3 years. A couple of months ago I finally decided to buy it and give it a proper try. Since I’ve been trying out a ton of new foundations it did take me a while, but now I’m finally ready to tell you guys everything there is to know about this foundation. So, if you’re interested in reading about the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, make sure you continue reading!
The Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation comes in a box like most high-end products do. The product itself comes in a pretty standard bottle. Most of the bottle is made out of glass, just normal shiny glass. The lid is made out of matte black plastic. The fact that this is matte does make is a little more unique, but it still is a pretty standard packaging. All though it is standard, I do really like the look of it. It looks very professional and serious, which does remind me of the brand Smashbox.
The bottle has a normal size and contains 30 ml of foundation which is pretty standard as well. Because it is a foundation that is very blendable, I feel like this bottle will last for quite a while. Because I’m someone who wears a different foundation everyday it won’t be likely for me to use it up anytime soon, but if you use it on a daily basis that will happen somewhat quicker of course!
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation – €40,30
The Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation comes in 21 different shades ranging from very pale to quite deep. I do think the shade range is big and I also think that there’s a shade in there that will match most of us. The deepest shade is quite deep and there are more than one deep shades in the collection which I think is a big plus as well. Of course it can always be better, but considering the fact that some brands don’t even create deep or very pale shades, I do think that the Smashbox shade range is very decent.
The shade I bought is called 0.5 and it’s the lightest shade I could find on the website. It isn’t the palest shade I’ve ever seen, especially in the bottle it looks quite dark, but on the face it actually looks really good. It’s a pretty decent match for me.
On the back of the box Smashbox tells us a little more about their Studio Skin foundation. They claim that is a hydrating foundation that will make your skin look good for up to 15 hours. According to them this is a medium to full coverage foundation, it’s supposed to be buildable, it is sweat, humidity and exercise resistant, colour true and transfer resistant. It’s also supposed to have a demi-matte finish.
Overall Smashbox makes it sound like the perfect foundation. A product that has it all! But of course those things could be too good to be true. But before we jump to conclusions, let’s first go through the claims, discuss them and find out whether they are flat out lies, exaggerations or the truth.
But before we jump into coverage and staying power I first want to talk to you about the texture or the consistency of this foundation, because that’s one of the things that really stood out to me the first time I put a bit of this foundation on the back of my hand. I have mentioned this a couple of times but Dior foundations always have this really unique and incredible texture, which is why I love those so much. They’re smooth, silky and glide on to the skin so flipping easily. Well, the texture of this Smashbox foundation is pretty similar to that.
It’s a rather thin formula, but it’s not very runny. It feels like it has something smooth to it, something that makes it glide on to the skin so incredibly easily. I find it really hard to describe what it feels like so if you really wanna know you might be better off just going to the store and feel it yourself instead of trying to figure out what on earth I’m talking about, but I’m really trying.
It feels like it’s a primer and foundation in one. It has the smoothness of a primer and the coverage of a foundation. It also looks like there’s something satiny mixed into it, that adds this really nice sheen to it. What I like about the texture is that it seems to be pretty thin, but it’s incredibly effective and also very blendable. A little bit of this foundation goes a very long way.
Coverage wise it’s also great. Smashbox says it’s medium to full coverage and buildable and I agree with that. If you apply one layer of it it’s definitely on the high side of medium and if you apply another layer – on parts of your face where you need it – the coverage will be pretty close to full. It will cover up most of my imperfections, all of my scarring and it will leave me with a gorgeous flawless looking complexion which is something I really, really appreciate!
Smashbox says that it has a demi-matte finish and I agree with that as well. Because it’s a very smooth and silky product it might seem to be very dewy at first, but it really is demi-matte. With that they mean that it does have a bit of dewiness to it, but it’s not super dewy. It’s a matte finish with a touch of dew. This, again, sounds pretty vague, but I hope it makes sense.
The staying power of the foundation is more than okay. It looks good all day long, no matter what you’re doing or where you’re doing it. Whether it’s hot, cold, humid, sweaty or steamy. This foundation survives it all. And in my opinion that’s pretty impressive. I’m also very impressed by the fact that it doesn’t break up on my nose or my chin when it’s hot or humid, which is something that does usually happen to me. It’s just a great foundation for days you know you have a long day ahead and you want your makeup to stay flawless al day.
Lastly the foundation claims to be colour true and transfer resistant. The colour true part is definitely true. This foundation doesn’t oxidise, it doesn’t go orange once you put it on the skin and it just stays the same shade all day. However, if you look at it in the bottle it does look a bit darker than it is when you pump it out of the bottle, but for me that’s a good thing because otherwise it would’ve been to dark.
The transfer proof part is a more difficult one. In general it doesn’t transfer too much, but once I get very oily on my nose or forehead, it can transfer a little tiny bit. But that’s only if you touch it with your finger and it doesn’t really transfer onto your clothing. So in other words, it pretty much is transfer proof, unless you touch it with your hands when it’s oily.
Overall this foundation really impressed me. I have been meaning to try it for so long, I was almost scared my hopes were too high and I would be disappointed. Luckily that isn’t the case at all. I really like the foundation in fact. The shade matches my skintone really well, I’m obsessed with the amazing texture of the foundation, it applies very nice and evenly and it sits on the skin beautifully. It has medium to high buildable coverage and the finish is really pretty as well. Yup, this is definitely a winner for me!
And that’s everything for todays review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you think of this foundation and also let me know which foundation you’re currently using!