11.26.2014
951
Liquid Halo HD Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15
$42
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Community Rating (8)
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Last Updated:11.26.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Liquid Halo HD Foundation has a sublime, fluid texture that feels almost otherworldly. The fragrance-free formula goes beyond silky to uber-silky, and is a breeze to blend, gliding over skin without being so slippery that it doesn't "grab" while blending. This sets (rather quickly) to a smooth matte finish that looks dimensional, lit-from-within, and quite skin-like. Really, it's among the most natural-looking foundations we've seen lately—and a great way to make your skin look better with minimal effort.

Smashbox states Liquid Halo provides light to medium coverage, but even when layered, the most you'll get is light coverage. We applied several coats and this maintained its somewhat see-through translucency. It's not a great foundation for those with something to hide, but if you're using foundation to highlight already great skin and want broad-spectrum sun protection, this is one to audition!

Turning to the shades, Smashbox offers a good range from light (but not very light) to dark (but not very dark), all of which are decidedly warm-toned. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but on some skin tones the golden-peach tone many of the medium to dark shades have will be a deal-breaker. This is absolutely a foundation to sample and check the results in natural light. That being said, none of the shades are a must to avoid; rather, consider potential matches carefully (the shade swatches on Smashbox's site are way off, so don't go by those).

This foundation is best for normal to oily or sensitive skin, and is suitable for breakout-prone skin, too. Its finish, while glow-y, is matte enough to exaggerate dry areas, so be sure to prep dry areas, including around the eyes, beforehand.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Sublime texture.
  • Weightless, refining finish with subtle, lit-from-within glow.
  • Natural-looking; your skin, but better.
  • Very easy to blend.
Cons:
  • The shades are decidedly warm-toned, with most veering toward golden/peach.
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Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 4.90%, Titanium Dioxide 2.90%. Inactive Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polysilicone-11, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Dimethicone Silylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alumina, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, C12-16 Alcohols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Brand Overview

Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is 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 makeup—their 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 primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.

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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Strengths: A unique Anti-Shine product that is a must-try if you have very oily skin; mostly excellent foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows and lip color products; well-constructed makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: A few products that are better in concept than execution.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Smashbox is 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 makeup—their 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 primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder, call (888) 763-1361 or visit www.smashbox.com.