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 2952 customers The Foundation I've Been Looking For
Ashley from Tennessee
I absolutely love this foundation. I've been trying out different foundations/brands for months now,and every single one made me look cakey,didn't blend well,made me break out etc. Until I got to this one. It's perfect. Doesn't make me look dry,doesn't come off easily during the day,and blends well. It is a little thick,so a little goes a long way when you're applying it. This will be my go to foundation from this point forward.
Silky smooth founds
SandyRN from Southaven MS
Applies beautifully, gives your face a dewy glow; doesn't heavily settle into lines on your face. Biggest frustration is that after 2 tries unable to get good color match:(
not for me but maybe someone else?
prissy from galletita island
yeah this didnt do my combo/oily skin any favors really and the ulta worker who helped me gave me a foundation shade too light for my skin where my bf told me i looked like a mime haha. but maybe the finish just wasnt for me?
VHokc from Oklahoma
I apply to one section at a time, and it is good. I definitely need to use moisturizer and a primer especially in the facial lines. If I do that it holds well. A little goes a long way. I quickly realized I was using too much. Just a drop will do, so it lasts longer than my other foundation.
Carrie from St Louis
This foundation is definitely worth the money. The coverage is fantastic and lasts all day even through wearing a mask all day.
Kmartin from Charlotte, NC
Love this! I was shopping for a new foundation and I decided to give this a try off a recommendation from a friend, so glad I did! I was between this and bare minerals and this was the better option! You won't be disappointed
So far, am loving this foundation!!
Gina G from Chicago, IL
Great coverage, doesn't feel "cakey" or look mismatched on skin at all. No streaks left, love it, highly recommend for an everyday foundation!
smooth, but dries too fast
Alli from chicago, IL
Nice medium coverage, very smooth consistency and satisfying to put on. However, it dries almost instantly so it's hard to blend. I don't like to wear foundation over my entire face, so it was very hard to blend out the edges into skin. My T-zone and forehead are a bit oily/not textured, and this was beautiful there. But matte finish emphasized the slightly uneven texture of my cheeks and looked cakey. Great for smooth, oily skin. Steer clear if you have dry patches.
sarah from montana
this is just so awful it's not even funny. good coverage but doesnt blend at all! or even out If you have a minor mess up might as well take your entire face off cause there's no correcting it. cant tell you how many times I cursed in the mornings applying this before going about my day.
MamaBear1617 from Bowling Green, KY
I have crazy oily skin and I'm super super pale. And it's hard for me to find good foundations for my oily skin let alone my super pale skin. But this in the shade 0.3 seems to be a great match, and it's comfortable on my skin. And it's not super heavy either. So far I'm loving it.
High hopes ..failed
chez from Iowa
left my skin looking very dry and dull. I take good care of my skin and prep well, I ended up using this mixed with my Smashbox oil to give me a less cake look, though that helped a lot it makes the final look very sheer.
allie from florida
i used this foundation for a year until the bottle broke when i dropped it, just repurchased can't wait for it to come in.
Makes my skin look dry and dull
Katie from Charlotte, NC
I wanted to love this but after using it a handful of times, I'm over it. It makes my skin look really dry I feel like it makes me look older. The coverage isn't great for redness either. Going back to Tarte!
That one from Earth
I've used this successfully in the past- it was phenomenal. After not wearing foundation for a while, I repurchased. I keep putting it in and taking it off. I keep trying different primers- moisturizers after all I love this foundation, right?
Then I noticed the Ulta rating has crept downward. After reading a few reviews I see what I overlooked : the dreaded formula change. 14 hour to 24 hours. Yep - no wonder this foundation keeps settling in small lines and making me look cake and dry and it looks SO HEAVY!
THAT SAID: This may be a good option if you're younger, more oil-prone or are looking for a medium to med-heavy foundation.
I'm sure overall this foundation will be a wonder all for many other people. But if you're dry, or looking for lightweight coverage and hydration this NEW formula may not be for you. It certainly isn't for me. :(
yk from New York
This foundation is HORRIBLE! It is super drying, cakey, and has no coverage of any sort. I recently figured out that this foundation made me break out in hives and blister around my lips. DO NOT buy.
Tried 3 times and sucks
Rose from Tempe, AZ
I wanted to love this foundation but each time I used it, it felt really heavy and sticky and oxidized very quickly. I use primer and setting spray and appropriate brushes for application to no avail.
Jess from Tacoma, WA
I tried 4 different foundations before I got to Smashbox. I have super dry skin during the winter months and need something with a little hydration after my morning skin care routine. I only gave 4 stars because I was bit disappointed that it was more of a medium coverage.
Great coverage- but not heavy, stays on, easily blendable.
Sy from Nebraska
Great product- I wouldn't have even considered it until my salesperson recommended it- love it! Not heavy but stays on even under a mask- no transfer of make which is great
Not for all skin types
Honest from Bastrop, TX
I wanted coverage medium to full coverage. Yet I felt this foundation was still a little too sheer. I have large pores and mature skin. This product made those features more obvious. The only thing I did like was that it controlled the shine. Returned it for Lancome.
Kae from roseville, MI
I have a unique skin one that's hard to match. This is the best foundation Ive found that's a nearly a perfect match. I have neutral olive undertones and boarder between medium and dark. Not only is the shade range amazing, this foundation doesn't really set into fine lines! I must say am absolutely loving this product.
Second time buying and will by again
Roothie from CA
This is the second time I buy this foundation. I have an oily t-zone and random dry spots around. This works great in both areas. While it can get cakey if you overly apply the product, I learned the best combination is setting it with the photo finish setting spray. I have tried many different oil-controlling foundations but I have circled back around to this foundation. I start the day perfectly, but at the end of a long day, I still have my oily spots; while it doesn't completely get rid of my oil it is by far the best foundation I have tried.
I thought Smashbox would really work for me!
Momof3 from Atlanta
I thought this would work for me after years of using it. I tried a new brand and came back to it. I then realized this is not going to work for me. Too thick; oxidizes ad does not work well for me.
THIS IS AMAZING
Bliss from alabama
I always have problems with foundation either cracking or slipping or just coming off in general but this foundation showed up and showed out. I am at the 12 hour mark and about to take it off only because I am going to sleep . no slipping. it still looks just as perfect as it did when I put it on at noon and it is midnight. I love this foundation. you don't need much at all . it is wonderful. im looking now to see if they make a concealer. as a girl that has tried everything this is a game changer !
I like it
Katie from Texas
I like it I wear milani sand beige or shade 6 and I got shade 3.15 I've had it for about 2 weeks and it's going fast. I think it's because I has trial and error with this product. It's best to work in sections cause it drys fast. It last a good amount and I'm sure if I set my nose it would last all day. You can definitely build this up. It also sets down as if you've powdered it. I like it, I would say it reminds me of the urban decay matte foundation but this is less cakey
Indy from Orlando
I am amazed that my skin is in a bottle , and the foundation is so light weight ! It's definitely buildable, which is the vibe nowadays because full coverage can make us look fake , lol . But this is very versatile and practical for everyday use ! After using Born This Way for high end , I tried a few other brands and was not happy . It's not easy to find my undertone and skin tone , but their color match is so accurate ! I'm impressed and highly recommend.