Saturday 20 April 2013

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation...

Hey beauties, hope you had a lovely Saturday! In London we had a super pretty day, sunny, warm, beautiful what else could you ask for! I even rocked my flared jeans today, first time this year. This is going to be a short blogpost [hopefully], because it's been a very long day and I hardly can keep my eyes open but since I am a little behind with my blogposts I decided to do a quick review before taking a bath and calling it a day - that's what I call devotion!

Generally I don't write bad reviews simply because I rarely come across products that are bad, which is why I always share beauty stuff that I love and works for me. Having said that, it might well be that this foundation is just not working for my skin type or even that I don't react well to one of the ingredients, so I'm not really saying that it's a bad product as such, but just sharing my experience with you. I have used up about a third of the bottle before finally giving up on it, I always make sure to use any skincare or beauty products for a while before declaring my love/writing a review.

First of all I love how Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation looks with bareMinerals Matte Mineral Foundation on top, both of them together create a beautiful flawless finish. On its own it has a medium coverage but it definitely needs some sort of powder to finish as it feels kind of sticky, it has a thick gel like consistency. It lasts beautifully all day without any need of blotting or powdering throughout the day. So far so good, you'd think! If you are new to my blog: I used to suffer from out of control continuous acne break outs, but have managed to stop the breakouts by choosing the right cleansers, skincare, and gentle exfoliation is the key(!), now I only get a pimple once every few weeks and they are easy to tackle - my skin type is combo/oily.

But already on two previous occasions when I was using this foundation I started to get really painful bumps under my skin, felt and looked like cystic acne. But I wasn't hundred percent sure whether the break out was just due to this foundation as both times I was also trying out other skincare products. But this time [third, and last] I got my skin in almost perfect condition, very clear and I was not using anything else new or different to my regular skincare routine. So I decided to give this foundation one more chance. 

After I used it for about three days I started noticing small pimples in random places, where I usually don't get them. I kept on using the foundation while my skin would get more and more breakouts, out of nowhere all of a sudden I had white heads and that painful bump right in the middle of my cheek appeared again just like the other two times,  which must have been on Day 4 or 5 my skin went from clear to a minefield. So there and then I realised it's just not for me, which is a pity as I do love how it wears, but it's just not worth it. 

This foundation has great reviews, I haven't come across anyone reacting the same way to it as my skin does, so that's why I thought it might be useful if anyone of you is experiencing similar skin reaction and you don't know where it's coming from. My bump is slowly going down, I am using enzymes to exfoliate with and bring my skin back to normal. Oh dear, I just realised I got carried away with this review... But I hope someone out there will find it helpful, after all - we spend so much time and money to get a clear looking skin, so it can be rather frustrating when it gets out of control, which is why the sooner you realise what is causing your skin-madness the better!



  1. I have problem skin, what do you use to help keep it clear? I have tried so much, any advise happily taken on board

    1. Hi Nicola, it depends what skintype you have is it dry, combo or very oily? Also how sensitive is it? Are you prone to acne? Not knowing the details I would recommend something that works gently on every skin tone.

      Cleansing and exfoliating is the key when it comes to having a clear skin and reducing break outs to a minimum. Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser is something I recommend to everyone, it's a gentle cleanser and when used with the muslin cloth it also exfoliates the skin without being abrasive. Do let me know what skin type you have and I'll be able to suggest a few more things.

      Hope this helps! x