Professional opinion? A breakthrough in foundation.
As a MUA that works with celebs, magazines, and runway - I have to give this foundation all 5 stars. Not only is it sweat/transfer/water resistant, but it's also paraben and cruelty free, which is big to a lot of my clients. Camera-safe SPF also helps with on-location shoots. It is my new "go-to" foundation. You will notice many more neutral tones, a great change from Smashbox's popular VERY golden-based HD formula. I only wish there were more shades, 12 is not enough! The following photo is of model Brooke Quinn wearing Studio Skin with powder, concealer, and blush. - from my video "Ultraviolet Eyes."
I bought it before my prom. It is really good for taking picture, and it isn't heavy on my skin. I was a little sure at first because you could clearly see the the dry flakes, but now that I've had it for some weeks, It's so much better! The shade is a little too light for me though, but I just mix it with a darker foundation. The coverage is really good, and looks great in pictures! Compared to other foundations, the oil stays put for really long. Oh, and the finish isn't dewy, glowy... but rather a matte, satin finish. You could try to mix it with your highlighter if you want that dewy finish! :) So far, I don't think it breaks me out.
The last thing we beauties want to worry about is our makeup fading throughout the day. The longer our days get, the longer we need our foundation to last and still appear flawless 12+ hours later. Last weekend I purchased the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour foundation spf 10. This is a hydrating formula which works awesome for those of you with dry skin like myself. I chose to review this foundation after testing it for one week to provide the best review. Let me just say, this foundation is great! I purchased this foundation in shade 4.1 from Sephora and paid $44.10. Some may consider this foundation to be a bit pricey but I feel that it's worth every penny. I applied this foundation at about 8:30 a.m. and did not return home until about 10:00 o'clock p.m. When I returned home my face was still flawless! This foundation goes on smoothly and blends in perfectly. It has medium-buildable coverage with a natural finish. In comparison to M.A.C. Pro Longwear foundation, Smashbox takes the lead in my book. I have had problems with M.A.C.'s Pro Longwear foundation matching my skintone but Smashbox matches perfectly! I am giving this foundation 4 1/2 stars! Let me know how this foundation works for you beauties!
I've been going back and forth on whether or not I really like this foundation. I think my biggest problem with it is the fact that the color is wrong for my skin. When I first apply it, it blends in just fine, but by the end of the day I look much paler than usual. This is really odd to me because most foundations darken throughout the day, but this one makes me super pasty pale. It is definitely long wearing, but when it dries down on my skin I can feel it sort of "shrinking". It feels a bit tight on my face, but it isn't really uncomfortable. I think I would like this a lot better if it didn't get lighter throughout the day, so I may try it several shades darker and see how it goes.
I love this foundation! I have tricky skin... It's sensitive, dry but can get oily with the wrong makeup; especially when it comes to foundations! I used to use Smashbox's HD foundation, which I loved! But when I saw this, I wanted to try it... I use it under the Tarte Pressed Powder foundation, and my skin stays balanced, and hydrated without becoming too oily after hours and hours of wear. It has buildable coverage, and comes in almost every complexion shade you can think of. I have also used it on clients, and it is ideal for on set projects such as photo shoots... It's around $40 a bottle, but lasts a pretty long time.
For me, this is the best. I have oily skin and this works wonderful, very natural finish, and lasts. The shade matches perfectly to my skin as well - which is always a struggle for me to find. I've been searching for a good yellow-based foundation for awhile, and someone mentioned Smashbox has great options for warm skin tones. I love it. Definitely recommend.
Overall good and buildable foundation
I got this foundation back in the winter when my skin was really dry. Obviously with the help of moisturizer and Smashbox's hydrating primer this foundation covers well yet leaves room to build upon it. It dries pretty quick, though. Matches almost perfectly with my skin.
I honestly hate this foundation. So not worth the money. I would recommend Mac instead. I had to switch. It dried out my face and was very blotchy. Drug store foundation I've used worked better.
I looooove this foundation. Wait I don't think you heard me, I LOVE this foundation. I have tried other foundations, but this one works the best! I have combination/oily skin & this product doesn't make me look like I can fry eggs on my forehead by the end of the day. The color of the foundation works well for people who have warm/yellow undertones. The product goes on evenly, but does begin to set pretty fast. It has really good full coverage. & btw looks amazing in photos. The foundation also sticks well to your skin & doesn't melt away as the day goes by. When you have oily/combo skin like me it's great to have a product that won't go away. The ingredients don't break my skin out either like other foundations. (I have eczema). Also pair it with the smashbox photo finish primer. It glides on like butter. It's pretty pricey, but it's well worth the $. I definitely recommend :)
I personally love this foundation for full coverage. I do not use it all the time or if im going out somewhere or to a party because its a little pricy but it is worth the money. Make sure you get your skin tone because that simple mistake can mess up your whole look and be over powering