Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation
Smashbox’s Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation seems quite polarizing: it gets rave reviews from people who absolutely love it or hate mail from those don’t, without much grey area in between… and we can see why. The formula will be a hit or miss depending on your skin type and personal preference on coverage.
Essentially, if you have oily skin that’s fairly smooth (no major texture issues such as flakiness or large pores) and want a foundation that delivers a high amount of coverage, you’re likely to fall on the love end of the spectrum. For everyone else, it’s likely to be a complicated relationship.
Housed in a squeeze tube, a little goes a long way with Studio Skin Full Coverage 24 Hour Foundation’s liquid-cream texture. On our first couple applications we used too much product and ended up with an unnatural look (à la opaque stage makeup), but after experimenting with a damp beauty blender and just a bit of product, we were able to achieve a more natural look that delivered impressive coverage for discolorations and blemishes—all while feeling surprisingly light.
The trick is that this foundation sets quickly so swift blending is a must before it dries down to an absorbent matte finish. True to claim, the formula controls shine and stays put—not for 24 hours like the name implies but you can count on it lasting through a standard workday. It’s also resistant to water as promised.
The downside is that the absorbent nature of formula draws attention to dry, flaky areas and it can end up looking making fine lines look harsh. We also noticed that it tends to emphasize enlarged pores if not blended really well (you almost have to press it into the skin).
On the positive side, Smashbox launched this fragrance-free foundation with an impressive 40 shades, representing a wide range of fair to deep skin tones/undertones. We’re also happy to see that the formula contains a nice mix of beneficial ingredients to replenish skin and provide antioxidant support.
The bottom line: This foundation’s nuances require some extra effort to achieve a flawless looking application, but for some particular skin types, it can be worth the tradeoff. If you decide to give it a go, just know that it might take a little more experimenting along the way.
- Delivers impressive coverage of discolorations and blemishes.
- Matte formula stays put throughout the day and helps control shine.
- Feels surprisingly light.
- Extensive shade range.
- Fragrance free.
- Absorbent formula exaggerates textured skin and fine lines.
- Requires swift blending due to very quick dry time.
- Takes some experimenting/extra effort to achieve flawless, natural-looking application.
A comfortable, 24-hour full coverage foundation that weightlessly glides over skin. It controls oil & shine & has a blurring effect. It’s also waterproof, sweat & humidity-resistant, won’t look cakey or cause acne.
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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