Rated 4.22 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review This is my #1 go to foundation
Since I have found this Foundation it has been my go-to. I always compare every other Foundation to this one's sweat, humidity resistant, and transfer resistant properties, which is what I love about this Foundation. I put it on in the morning around 7 and by 7 p.m. my face still looks flawless. My imperfections are still blurred and I may only have slight oil coming through which I usually just block off with a piece of toilet paper but the makeup still stays on. I always work in jobs where I'm moving around a lot and constantly busting a sweat, so I need a foundation that stays in place and doesn't look like a separated mess at the end of the day. I am also a guy so I need a foundation that is light enough to not settle into my pores but heavy enough to cover imperfections without looking like makeup. I always get compliments on my skin and how radiant it looks. I also like this Foundation because it is a Demi matte Finish, so the natural Radiance of your skin does shine through a little bit unlike some matte foundations that completely take all the Natural Glow away from your skin and make you look like there's chalk particles in your makeup. I find I can get the product to go further if I use my fingers which I did in the beginning, however, I have invested in a foundation brush, but no matter the foundation brush I still feel product absorbs into the brushes so I like to use my fingertips most of the time. I can't say enough good things about this Foundation I've tried others and I literally always come back to this one, I just wish they would carry a little bit more shades (which they have released a few more) but in the world where most makeup lines carry 42 shades of foundation I think this one only carries 20 Shades or so. I am normally a 3.1 in Smashbox but I also use 2.74 as well as 3.2 it just depends on the undertone of my skin that Day. I feel many foundations are stepping up their game to match the benefits of this Foundation.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for me
To be honest, there isn't a whole lot I liked about this foundation.
COLOR: I got a sample of this in Shade 2.2 The color was good in terms of not being too light or too dark. But I think this foundation is definitely geared towards people with yellowish undertones. My skin is light-medium with cool undertones. As a result, this foundation looked very yellow on me.
COVERAGE: Other reviewers have stated this is a medium to full coverage foundation. I don't agree. In my opinion, this gives light to barely medium coverage. Definitely not as good as my Makeup Forever Mat Velvet. I also found this foundation extremely difficult to blend. I like fast drying foundations, but this one dries almost as soon as it touches your skin. No matter how much I tried to blend it, it never really cooperated. It basically just sat on the surface of my skin. Due to a genetic disease, I have alot of redness and small bumps on my face, which make me very self-conscious. This foundation did almost nothing to cover the redness, and emphasized every bump on my face. Definitely not the look I was hoping for.
BUILDABLE: In my humble opinion, this foundation is not AT ALL buildable. One layer doesn't cover much of anything, but attempting to use any more than that makes it look heavy, cakey, and very unnatural. It took me 3x as long as normal to apply my makeup. And I absolutely hated the results when I was done. There was no way I was gong to work looking that way. So I removed it and reapplied my Mat Velvet. In my opinion, the Mat Velvet is superior in regards to coverage, looking natural, and buildability. I can't realy say if it stays on 15 hours or not, because I didn't leave it on for more than about 10 minutes. I would recommend this foundation to people with yellowish skin tones and no major flaws. But if you have any type of scars, bumps, or fine lines, I wouldn't recommend this foundation.
I'm glad I only got a sample of this rather than splurging on a full-size bottle off the bat. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't be purchasing a full-sized bottle, and intend to stick with the Mat Velvet.
Reviewed by 2977 customers Love this!
Beamer from Youngstown, oh
Love this foundation! I have used Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation forever, at least 15 yrs maybe. And, of course, it was discontinued! Found this and it works better than the Tarte! Looks natural, long-lasting- what more could you want? Love this!
Yes I would buy this again.
Jude from Austin
Evens out my skin tone without being heavy
No coverage at all
jessxoxo from LV
I love makeup and have tried many foundations for fun. I tried this after being recommended it for my dry skin and honestly, there is literally NO COVERAGE! I wear concealer under my foundation to help hide any imperfections and this foundation doesn't help hide anything. You can see redness under it. It's so lightweight and it is buildable (the only reason it got 2 stars) but I've been having to mix it with other foundations. The other issue is it is so streaky! Lastly, I have the matching concealer and I can SEE the concealer under the foundation, it will not blend at all, just sits on top. If you want something lightweight, go for Urban Decay or Morphe. Will not be purchasing this again.
Di from Alabama
My favorite foundation for 12 years
Great for my oily skin!
Teresa from Florida
Works well for me in this Florida humidity.
Top 5 WORST Foundations I've Ever Used
Caked Up (and not in a good way) from Washington
I typically get Estée Lauder foundation. But I saw that SmashBox was having a deal with their primer, setting spray and foundation so I thought to give it a try.
Admittedly, the primer felt very watery. And as soon as I put on the foundation, it did not sit right on my skin at all. It wasn't giving me coverage I wanted and made my skin look VERY textured. Every bump and blemish on display for the world. My skin has a lot of discoloration and redness, and this foundation seemed to amplify that. After 30 minutes, the foundation was shifting around and looking cakey, flakey, and just oddly sitting on my skin.
The only reason I am giving this foundation 2 stars is because of their shade range. I feel this is the only foundation to best match my shade. But unfortunately, it is not worth it for everything else.
I bought it this morning and I am going to return it the same day. Super unhappy.
I will buy this product again. It is a better color.
Barb from Ohio
I use the product to even out my skin from post COVID blotches. It makes me feel better.
Dana from BR La!
Great product.. love it!!!
I will be definitely buying this product again!
Lorrie from West Haven, CT
I use this foundation every day. I love the way it feels and looks. I also love that it's a cruelty free product. Also, it comes off easily with both make up remover wipes and face cleanser. I use both in my nightly skin care before applying night cream.
Carrie from St. Louis
Covers great without looking cakey like the other full coverage Smash Box foundation. Although you do need to use a little more to cover enough.
Amplified pores and wrinkles
Ktne from Arlington, tx
Nice texture and thickness and perfect color match. Unfortunately did not meet my needs.
I wanted something full coverage and this is not
Heather from Lake Jackson tx
I wanted something full coverage and this is what was recommended it's not full coverage, I told her I have a problem with my face being dry and looking dry with make up on and this doesn't help. Definitely won't be buying this product again
Simply the BEST!
The best! from Texas
I was IN LOVE with the now discontinued urban decay naked skin HD foundation. I have spent tons of money trying to find my new favorite and I don't know how or why I was never recommended this. It's exactly what I've been looking for! The perfect balance between coverage, comfortability and long lasting! I consider the coverage medium but certainly buildable, easily hides my occasional redness from breakouts. I'm a 1.1 in the summer and maybe a .03 in the winter sometimes in between I mix the two shades. I have normal skin sometimes on the drier side. I use sunscreen as a primer and set with a very light translucent powder and it lasts ALL DAY LONG. Definitely my favorite!
Great foundation terrible bottle
Me from Florida
I love the foundation, but would be nice if you put it in a glass bottle that doesn't easily break. I had it on my counter and accidentally knocked it off my counter; not hard btw, and the bottle broke in half.
Love this foundation
Makeupfan from Longview
I have combo/oily skin and large pores. This foundation helps control the oil and gives me a flawless finish. I love it. I've bought several bottles now.
Best Foundation Ever!
SweetMelissa from Lehighton PA
You do not need much and it does work better with a brush because it helps spread the foundation more evenly, then i use a beauty blender for my concealer to just blend it all together. Ive seen some bad reviews about this so my advice is to not cake this on like a YouTuber its not that kind of foundation. Two pumps dotted evenly over your face then blended out with a brush is all you need to do! It also matches my olive tome skin VERY well!
Sarah from Michigan
I work in a setting where my mask comes off and on frequently and I was looking for a medium coverage foundation for my picky combo skin. I've tried everything and either it transfers and breaks apart or they don't have my shade. (I'm fair but like a deeper fair with some peach undertones) This lasted my 10+ hour work day and 90 degree heat too. P.S it worked best with dense foundation brush instead of a beautyblender.
Katie from North Carolina
I have tried A LOT of foundations on my extremely oily skin. This looks amazing! Fantastic staying power. I live in the South. It's hot and humid and this look so good all day. Not valet or heavy.
Tiffany from Alabama
Last all day long. I do wish it was a little more full coverage but it is buildable.
On my 3rd bottle
Jess from Tampa, FL
This is my favorite foundation. I have dry skin and this always makes my skin look fresh and healthy. The finish is natural/satin, not too dewy and not too matte which I love. It has light-medium coverage but can easily be built up to medium-full coverage. I also LOVE the shade match (I wear 1.2 fair w/ yellow undertones). It's hard for me to find foundations in the right shade with the right undertone but Smashbox nailed it. Last, it really is super long wearing! Even though my skin is dry, my nose/forehead still get oily but this foundation holds up really well day-to-day. I also wore this foundation for my wedding day and it looked great even after hours of wearing it in the boiling hot Florida sun. This is by far my favorite, I won't buy anything else!
Dianna from Asheville, NC
I was looking for a cruelty free alternative to Lancôme. Ulta turned me to Amazonian clay, which, after protesting I still bought just to try. I knew it would be too thick and I was right. When I complained upon my return, I was recommended to this. I love smashboxs primer, so I was all for it. The consistency is very similar to Lancôme. On the thinner side. They ended up giving me the wrong color because we can't test anything right now due to covid. The second time around, they got the color much closer, but I was super disappointed that it had like ZERO coverage and is not blendable, AT ALL. It's very streaky and you need to BUILD like a beast. Not my cup of tea. I need something light with good coverage. Seemed a little dry, too. I'll be returning.
Candy from Rio Vista Ca.
Gives great coverage of all the foundations I have tried.
MaoriCR from Georgia
I am very happy with this foundation! You don't need too much to get a good coverage, one pump is enough for me. The 2.12 color was a great match for my skin color. It doesn't break or sits on the fine lines, it doesn't leave my face with patchy areas, and it doesn't oxidized. I did notice that it applies better with a primer that is more oily than creamy (at least for me). I'm so happy and impressed with this one!
Steph from RI
After 2 hours of wear, the foundation separated on my skin. I tend to be on the dryer side so I was surprised. I tried it with primer, without primer, with setting powder, without setting powder, with finishing powder, without finishing powder, with setting spray, without setting spray, all with varying combinations. The same thing happened every time, it separated and was a slick mess after a few hours.
Maggie from Corona ca.
To dry for me, returning. I love smash box camera ready BB cream, med dark, been using for a long time and then discontinue it.