Rated 4.03 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Mixed Feelings but Pverall A good Foundation.
Ironically, I watched/read a bunch of reviews AFTER purchasing this foundation and NO ONE had anything good to say.... but I still gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried it and im glad I did. Every foundation works different for EVERY single person. Even ppl w/ the same skin type. So after watching tons of oily skin reviews on it and reading that it was terrible for oily skin I was worried. But I am delighted to say this foundation is actually really nice. The only downside I saw to it was it dried very fast so it was hard to blend if I let it dry in certain areas before finishing. All in all im impressed and will use the foundation again for sure. Definitely give the foundation a try at the very least. If you're nervous then ask for a sample of it and try it out first1 a little but goes a long way!
Most Helpful Critical Review I really wanted to like this...
I really want to like this foundation since it got raving reviews from several beauty gurus I follow. At first, the foundation applies flawlessly and gives me such full coverage but after 3 to 4 hours, it starts breaking down on my nose and around my nose and mouth area. I've never had a foundation that doesn't cover my nose at all and this foundation just shows up patchy on my nose. Meanwhile, the area around my nose and mouth appears super textured. By the end of a 12-hour day, all the lines on my face, especially my forehead, becomes emphasized. This foundation does look very flawless and perfect when I look at myself in the mirror from faraway but definitely not good close-up. It also feels heavy around my problem area. This may work on people with normal skin that is neither dry nor oily; since I have both, unfortunately, this did not work on me.
Reviewed by 1885 customers No Way
Audrey from Citrus Park, Tampa FL
It is supposed to be long wearing. Where it was still on my face, by the end of the day it separated and looked horrible. It was like it separated from my skin. I will be returning it later in the week.
Theo from Orlando, FL
I purchased this and paired it with the Huda Beauty waterproof setting mist and I was highly impressed with the staying power. This foundation stayed on even with my head submerged entirely underwater (FULL COVERAGE).
Things to know before you buy: it is a Demi-matte despite its claims of being matte. This is a Kaolin Clay based foundation therefore it is a bit thicker but in turn requires less product to be applied. This formula is best to be used for combination or oily skin, but dry skin types can still use this if they pair with a moisturizing primer (or if you do what I do, which is use a gel-based moisturizer instead of primer). Due to the clay base of this foundation I highly recommend applying with a wet/damp beauty sponge- it will DEFINITELY spread the product better (highly recommend also to wet your sponge with your setting spray especially if it something that is waterproof/water resistant).
I urge anyone who has had troubles with caking or separation from this to read through these tips and try them to see if they will change the way the foundation works for you!
Alma from Chicago
This foundation is NOT for oily skin! It does not last it leaves blotches on skin! Pores look huge after a couple of minutes! Can't use a blotting sheet to remove excess oil because it removes the makeup. Once the foundation separates on skin theres no fixing this. Primer does not help either! Wanted to love it but it's a waste of money!!!
I wouldn't repurchase it
Gabs from San Jose
I really liked the coverage of this foundation. I liked how it covered my Imperfections. But the smell of the foundation I just couldn't get over . Even after I washed my face I still could smell it . I wish it didn't have that nasty smell . Cause I really did like it .
natwin from Syracuse, NY
This is a thick full coverage foundation. I don't have anything like it, so at first application I was thinking- up close this is going to look like cake frosting, but surprisingly, no. it's even and smooth. It doesn't grab at dry patches and the finish is really nice. it needs maybe the tiniest amount of powder to set, if any at all. It's similar in a way to L'oréal infallible matte because it sets to almost a powder finish. wouldn't wear it every day. It's a full glam going out thing, but for that it's really nice.
Em from IL
waaaayyyy too thick for me. It cracks and breaks up and the lightest shade isn't light enough for me. Very disappointed.
Patchy and horrible
Sara from Massachusetts
Put the foundation on by itself and loved it! But as soon as I put any concealer on top the foundation disappeared from my skin making my look splotchy and horrible.
Cam from Colorado
By far my favorite foundation. It's very lightweight, but still full coverage. It's also matte so I don't have to go crazy with powder. There are so many different color options though, which does make things a little difficult.
my new favorite!
beachbunny from California
I love this foundation so much. I wore it poolside in 100 degree weather and it didn't move at all. I have dry skin and this looked great on me despite it being an oil-free and matte foundation. I would say it's more of a satin matte/natural finish. It made my skin look healthy and very pretty. I moisturized with the ordinary moisturizer mixed with one drop of marula oil. I didn't use a primer and found that it blends better with a dense buffing brush or the blendiful sponge by Tati rather than a sponge. I didn't need to powder and it dried down enough so that I can flawlessly blend powder bronzers and blush on top. I then set it with UD all-nighter setting spray. I also want to add that usually when I don't powder my foundation, it will settle into my smile lines and my under eyes; I don't know how but this foundation was the first that DID NOT do that. It made me feel beautiful all day and night.
Not For Me
MagS from Catonsville MD
This was way too thick for me. I tried to thin it out with Beauty Blender but results were not satisfactory. It went back.
A little goes a long way
Jen from RI
I can't believe how little of this product you need to cover your whole face!
I would not purchase this again!
Ash The Makeup Luver from Surprise, AZ
This product is horrible! The 15 hour coverage formula is so much better than this. How is it that the shades are TOTALLY different. 4.05 in this formula is so much more pale and it's pasty like clay, so it is not easy to work with. And when I was looking for the 15 hour formula, the sales person was like they make this one now and it's better. She should have known that the pigments are different. So now I have to return it. I literally only did one side of my face before I put it back in the box to return it. I will not buy this again.
Gorgeous, perfect match, feels like nothing!
Sandee from Ocean Springs, MS
I bought this foundation a little over a month ago out of curiosity - the very first time I tried applying this with a brush I just couldn't get it to blend, but now that I know how to apply it correctly, with a clean, wet beauty blender (my elf sponge is perfect so far!) and as long as my skin is cleansed, moisturized and primed (with elf poreless putty primer on my skin as one example) I am good to go!! Just apply it quickly as it sets within a minute - you just need to apply it a certain way and carefully, and with combo or oily or even normal skin it should be beautiful. On me it is flawless and my best shade match of all my foundations. This, along with BareMinerals barepro performance wear liquid, is my favorite now. I will continue to buy this and highly highly recommend it!! < 3
Erica from New Jersey
I received a sample tube of this foundation, and I absolutely loved it. It was a holy grail foundation for me. So when Smashbox had a sale a while back, I bought it. The full size product is nowhere near the same product as what's in the sample tube. To me, it's a bait and switch, and I probably will never purchase another Smashbox product. The full size foundation is complete garbage. It clings to whatever primer I put on. It's almost like the primer becomes putty or waxy under this foundation, the foundation goes on in splotches and primer literally turns into flakes on my skin. I've tried at least 15 different primers and the foundation does the same thing for all of them. It looks so bad. It also dries incredibly fast. You have less than a few seconds to blend it before it dries completely and it won't move. I've tried using a makeup sponge and a brush, and it still looks terrible. The foundation emphasizes my pores so badly, it looks like I took a grey colored pencil and dotted it all over my cheeks. My pores look like they're craters on my face. And forget about putting any products on top of this foundation. Even powder blush and bronzers go on so blotchy and patchy. 1 star is too high of a rating for this foundation. It's absolute trash. If you are going to purchase this, buy it on a heavy sale. I will try mine with several more primers, and then it's going straight into the garbage.
Tried to love it but cant
Kate08096 from NJ
Tried to love this as I was looking to change from estee lauder double wear. It separates a few hours after putting it on and is very patchy. Looks good from far but when you get close its a hot mess
Love but NEED A FEW MORE COLORS
Guru from New York
I love this foundation it is my new holy grail BUT SMASHBOX PLEASE come out with a few more colors specifically between 4.0 and 4.05 it's goes from very light at 4.0 to to dark with 4.05 there is no in between
100% recommend for oily skin!
lily from cedar hill, TX
this product is one of the best full coverage foundations i've tried. I have acne prone skin with scarring and it does not irritate my skin like other foundations i've tried. super matte full coverage and very easy and smooth to apply. Love it!!
step78 from Chicago
honestly I am blown away by how nice this foundation has sat on my skin. it stays matte all day and even though I wear a mask at work, it does not move and it does not transfer that much onto the mask and it still has full coverage. I will definitely be taking back a lot of other foundations and I will be buying extra of this!
Mrsaal84 from Reading, pa
So good to my skin! And looks amazing!
Great coverage but...
Danie C from Whittier, CA
I tried this out for the first time this weekend and as soon as I started to sweat, it got really cakey and came off. I used a setting spray and everything and it didn't even last a half hour after I was done with my makeup. Total let down.
Brittany from Austin, TX
I have used this full coverage foundation with both a brush and a makeup sponge and they both apply easily. Holds up in Texas heat!
Nope super heavy
Meme from Willis texas
So heavy and can't deal
Ugh, too thick
Ssks from Ft Pierce, Fl
This is way to thick for daily use. Can't test the color because of COVID-19, it's the wrong shade for me. More golden but hard to tell as it's just too thick. More like theatre makeup.
Amazing! I think my foundation hunt has concluded.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! from Georgia
I have always used Smasbox foundation, but this is my new holy grail. No more mixing to find my perfect shade, the color is spot on. Amazing product!
It didnt work for me!
Yenni from Texas
Feels to heavy in the skin, plus it gets cake!!! Not for me.