Sunday, 23 February 2014

Reviewed - Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation




I did something very uncharacteristic the other day (I think it was because it was payday) - I bought a foundation without knowing anything about it. 

I hadn't seen anything about it in magazines or, more importantly, read any blog reviews on it and even more importantly, I own NO Smashbox products. But I was already shopping and was on the hunt for a new foundation as two of mine are on the out. Plus the Smashbox counter was so shiny and inviting. I had a look at the shade range (there are ten) and found one that suited my skintone pretty perfectly (I did the jawline test myself as the customer assistant was busy colour matching someone else). 

The Claim - Smashbox says it blur imperfections with special liquid lighting technology and was developed in their studios so it is undetectable to the naked eye. The formula is oil-free and so claims to be long-wearing and the coverage is sheer to medium. 

The Verdict - Firstly, I give myself a pat on the back for getting my colour so right without a sample, a big 'ol risk especially with a foundation that costs over £25. I got shade 9 which is their second darkest, which isn't great considering they're definitely ladies a few shades darker than me that might want to try this foundation, but still it's better than the high street offerings. Secondly, by the end of a regular day I am shining like a beacon. I put my make up on at around 6.20am everyday and take it off at roughly 7.30pm and have very oily skin so I need always need a bit of blotting and powdering throughout the day, but I have to say this foundation is quite good on the oil front. It's very sheer and lives up to the claim of being 'undetectable' - my editor told me it didn't look like I was wearing foundation. Win.

Although I'd never buy a foundation on the whim again, I really feel like I really lucked out with this one. It's definitely a great foundation if you're not looking for high coverage and simply just want to even out your skin tone in a natural looking way. 

Love Keeks xo



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