12.18.2014
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Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation
Rating
$42
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
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.
Claims
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 good foundations with a neutral range of shades; improved powder eyeshadows; the great Photo Finish Lipstick; a lash primer that really makes a difference; well-constructed makeup brushes that cost less than the department-store competition.

Weaknesses: A small, mostly boring assortment of products priced higher than they should be; a couple of products contain irritants that have no benefit for skin; several lackluster makeup categories, including concealer, blush, eye pencils, and brow shaders; the Cream Eyeliner is a mistake if you expect any amount of longevity; several specialty products that should offer more for the money (and the one with sunscreen leaves skin vulnerable to UVA damage).

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. However, this seems to be a case where the proverbial apple didn't fall all that close to the tree. It is apparent that Dean and Davis are better at their respective careers as CEO and photographer, respectively, than at creating a cosmetics line. 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, many of the colors are too sheer to register on medium to dark skin tones, shiny products abound, and several of the complexion-enhancing products just don't look as natural on skin as they should. In fact, the foundations and concealers could use some updating; they haven't kept pace with what other makeup artistry lines are launching, and don't demonstrate much longevity under normal conditions, as in day-to-day casual makeup.

Realizing that celebrities sell products better than the product claims themselves, Smashbox steadily capitalizes on its ties to Hollywood and often mentions several famous faces who wear their products. Their counter brochures follow suit, tempting women to sit down with a Smashbox artist to get the star treatment. It's easy to get caught up in the hype, but as a comprehensive line Smashbox doesn't have what it takes to create A-list glamour, at least not if you're looking for cutting-edge textures and finishes.

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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