Welcome back to my quirky corner of the web! How has everyone been doing? I am super excited today because guess what? It is beauty review time! It has been a hot minute since I sat down and talked about makeup, but the time has finally come.
I have recently got back into testing some new products. I admit I was in a rut where I just wanted to use the exact same products over and over. I really felt uninspired to try new makeup, but I finally am feeling creative again.
So if you’d like to hear my thoughts on a 24 hour lasting foundation (but is it really) then just keep scrolling!
Today we are talking about the Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation from Smashbox. Let’s first just go over their marketing for the foundation.
Smashbox “facts” or Marketing
- Retail price $36.00 (Ulta.com)
- 38 shade options
- Comfortable wear
- 24 hour full coverage
- Controls oil and shine
- Blurring effect
- Sweat and humidity resisant
- Won’t look cakey or cause acne
My Real Experience
I was ecstatic for this foundation to come out. I am a huge fan of Smashbox products so when I heard about a full coverage foundation I was pumped. Sadly, they let me down, and here is why.
The marketing for this foundation drew me in immediately. As an oily skinned girl with lots of freckles and scarring to cover this sounded like everything I could ever want in a foundation. So I must say shame on you Smashbox for totally mis-marketing this foundation. My number one pet peeve with brands is when they market their products to be something they aren’t. I 100% understand advertising your product, and making people want to buy it. However, there is a line into complete lies that you shouldn’t cross just to gain a sale. In the long run it turns people away from the brand entirely.
In this first picture you can see I am extremely oily. This picture was taken after about 9 hours of wear and blotting twice. Now granted 9 hours is a long wear time, but this foundation promises 24 hour wear time. I have many foundations that don’t have that claim that at 9 hours still look flawless. The first time I wore this I wore it with a pore filling primer, and I set it with a powder. That typically is enough for me, but not with this foundation. I stayed oily all day to the point that I blotted twice, and typically I don’t blot at all. That alone disappointed me because this claims to not only be long wearing but also oil controlling. I am here to tell my oily skinned guys and gals this is NOT oil controlling. The only people I see that could wear this without getting oily is dry skin people. I also don’t agree with the claim that it never looks cakey. A very little dot of this foundation goes a long way, and even then it is very heavy. I would not consider this a weightless non-cakey foundation.
I also have a beef with the shade range. Yes there are 38 shades, but when it comes to light/fair shades with a cool undertone there isn’t much to choose from. I ended up having to choose between a shade with the correct undertone that was way too dark or a shade about right with the wrong undertone. I ended up going with the olive undertone which pulls incredibly too yellow on my skin, but the other shades were way to light or dark to work. So while they have a lot of shades there isn’t a good variety in my opinion.
I have tried this foundation in every way I can think of trying to make it work. I honestly wanted to make it work so bad, but nothing makes this look good on my skin. In the second photo I mixed it with my Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation plus Concealer, used the Becca Evermatte Poreless Primer, set it with a powder, and with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. This combo did control the oil slightly better, but midday I still had to blot and I was still shiny at the 9 hour mark. Therefore, this foundation is a dud for me. The only positive I have on this foundation is I do believe it has a blurring effect. When it is first applied before it gets oily it did smooth over my pores, and made my skin look very smooth. However, as soon as the oils break through so did my pores.
Just for reference since I haven’t mentioned it in awhile I have combination oily skin. Some days my skin is more on the normal side, and then others I get a little oily. I have never had a foundation make me look as greasy as this one did. It just was not flattering. I would not recommend this to anyone that has oily skin. I am curious though if it wears well for dry skin.
If you have tried this foundation I would love to hear your thoughts! What’s your skin type? Did you love it or hate it? If you happen to love it please tell me how you wear it, maybe there is something else I can do to make it work.
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