12.18.2014
3
57
Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation
Rating
$42
Last Updated:12.18.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This fragrance-free liquid foundation housed in a pump bottle blends on well and sets to a matte finish that stays put throughout the day, but the 15-hour claim is really pushing it; after 15 hours, there isn't going to be much foundation left; at the very least, it doesn't stay looking just applied for that long. The texture and finish are best for normal to oily or combination skin, including breakout-prone skin.

With over 10 shades, ranging from fair to deep, you're likely to find a color that suits your skin tone. Coverage is in the medium range, which makes it ideal for minor skin tone issues or small imperfections.

Pros:
  • Liquid texture blends on seamlessly, providing medium coverage.
  • Matte finish that stays put.
  • Several flattering, neutral shades, ranging from fair to deep.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
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Ingredients

All shades contain:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), ILN37941.

Canadian ingredients:

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Trimethyl Pentaphenyl Trisiloxane, Silica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Tribehenin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methicone, Tetramethyl Hexaphenyl Tetrasiloxane, Phenyl Methicone, Dimethicone, Laureth-7, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hexyl Laurate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cellulose Gum, Propylene Carbonate, Alumina, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone Silylate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

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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02.11.2015
Bad experience

This was my first non drugstore foundation purchase and I am disappointed. I am very pale and got the lightest shade available. At first, I thought I loved it- coverage was good but not cakey and it does stay on a long time. However, by the 3rd application, I noticed that once it dries, it oxidizes into an orangey color and looks ridiculous- especially around my eyebrows and hairline. I'm not giving up on higher end brands altogether yet but definitely more apprehensive about Smashbox products.

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Joan F
02.04.2015
Best foundation ever

Okay, it may be pretty expensive, but this foundation is worth every penny! Before this, I had yet to find a foundation that stays on, regardless of the stellar primer I use underneath. And believe me, I've spared no expense and used A LOT of different foundations (MUFE, Bare Minerals, Clinique, etc.). This Smashbox foundation is awesome on my combination skin. It doesn't slide off my oily t-zone, and it doesn't settle into my dry spots. I don't see myself ever switching this up. Keeper.

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Em J.
08.08.2014
Awesome for oily skin

Great for super oily skin. Really lasts all day, especially forehead, since it comes into least contact during the day. If any rubs off my cheeks from incidental touching, there's still some on my forehead. Truly blends in with my skin--I only apply to the red areas in the center of my face with a stippling/flat top brush, and it's nearly undetectable. I only see skin, not makeup. It's so long-lasting that it's hard to remove with makeup remover before the end of the day...Love it!

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