I purchased the Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation first nearly a year ago & realised I never did a review on it. I got it in 2 shades, 1.15 for fair skin & 2.25 for tanned skin. A lot of my clients, myself included, have dry skin, so most of the foundations I purchase are suitable for dry skin.
On Smashbox.co.uk, they state the following about their Studio skin foundation:
“An oil-free, hydrating liquid foundation that gives you flawless skin for 15 hours. It’s tested to ensure that you look good in any light. We consulted global makeup artists around the world to ensure that our shade range works for all skin tones. We’re the only beauty brand with a lighting lab called Flashbox, where we test and perfect colour consistency across all 22 shades in any light.
• Blurs imperfections with light-diffusing spheres
• Stays put for 15 hours
• Lightweight, comfortable feel
• No touch-ups required
• Exercise-resistant, sweat-resistant & transfer-proof
• Ideal for all skin types”
The foundation bottle comes with a pump, which seems to be a rare find with the high end brands these days. The foundation bottle is glass & there’s 22 shades to choose from. I have some redness on my face, so normally I need to apply to green colour corrector cream before foundation, but this foundation covers the majority of my redness without it. I use the AYU Buffer brush to apply my foundation. There is no flashback with this foundation, so it’s perfect for bridal or debs makeup. This foundation gives a beautiful, semi matte finish to the skin. There is no need for any touch ups throughout the day, as this foundation stays put, as long as you use a primer with it (I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer). It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin either, which I love, as I hate when your skin feels like it’s stiff due to foundation. It says this foundation is suitable for all skin types & even though it is oil free, I’m afraid to use it on oily skin types, due to it being hydrating (which I would associate for dry skin). It could be used for combination skin if your skin is a bit oily, but I would set it with a powder to prevent any shine coming through.
The only thing I really disliked was this foundation in shade 1.15. It didn’t sit well on the skin for myself or clients. It showed up a lot of pores & didn’t give the beautiful, smooth finish like the darker shade 2.25 did. I repurchased this foundation in 2.25 lately but I won’t be purchasing the lighter shade again.
This foundation costs €37 & the 2.25 shade is definetly worth it. If you are near a Smashbox counter, ask them to colour match you. Also ask if there’s a sample available if you’re getting the lighter shade, to make sure you don’t have the same problem I did with my 1.15 shade.