Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 Review, Swatches and Pictures

The latest to join the line of long-wearing foundations is Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation SPF 10, a liquid foundation that promises to deliver flawless and shine-free skin for up to 15 hours.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10


The foundation comes in a 30ml bottle with an easy-to-use pump and looks almost identical to my favorite Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15.

The oil-free, lightweight formula contains UVA/UVB SPF 10 to protect, along with advanced light diffusing spheres for undetectable coverage of blemishes and imperfections. It is water, sweat, humidity, transfer-resistant, oil-controlling and is enriched with antioxidants and vitamins A, E and C to visibly improve skin health with continued use.

The 12 shades cover a variety of skin tones and I was sent 2.3 Light Warm Beige, a medium yellow-based shade that is a good match for my NC30 skin.



Swatch of Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation SPF 10 shade 2.3

2.3 Light Warm Beige



The foundation has a creamy texture that is on the thicker side but goes on smoothly and does not feel heavy on the skin. The medium and buildable coverage does a good job evening my skin out but I do need a bit of concealer to cover up my undereye circles completely.

While I am usually a dewy foundation kind of girl, the satin matte finish is totally to-die-for. It looks and feels just like skin and even if I don’t set the foundation with power, all I get is a teeny bit of shine on the nose at the end of the day, which is nothing my favorite TATCHA Aburatorigami Blotting Papers won’t fix.

In addition, the claim that it is long-wearing cannot be more true! On my dehydrated combo skin, the foundation can wear 12 hours straight without oxidizing, melting or fading. In fact, this foundation is so long-wearing that I read people are having trouble removing it. I personally can get everything off in one go with my DHC and Kose Softymo Cleansing Oils but if you are having trouble taking this or any other makeup off, I highly recommend the Clarisonic Mia!

Overall, this is definitely a rave for me and I will be reaching for it a lot. Below is me wearing the foundation with no concealer or powder:



Have you tried the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 or other long-wearing foundations? Share your thoughts!

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Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 is available at Sephora, Ulta and www.smashbox.com for $42.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for the review of this foundation. It sounds like a really good one since you gave it an A+ rating. Did you find that it was hydrating? I find that most long-wearing foundations are actually quite drying because of the long-wear formula.

  2. This foundation sounds good. Would you recommend this or the Bobbi Brown skin foundation to people with combination skin (that’s me…)?

    • Hi Jennie,

      The NYX is also quite different from the Smashbox. I would prefer the NYX for an everyday dewy look and save the Smashbox for special occasions/going out.

  3. I recently purchased this foundation in 1.2. I thought I was going to be in the 2 range, but the colors were all too yellow for me. I love the look of this foundation. I also picked up their BB cream in Light from Sephora, have you tried it?

  4. my favorite foundation by far i will never use anything else. highly recommend. Im shade 2.3 as well great for all skin types but especially dry skin.

  5. Hi im an NC40 and would like to buy this but its sadly not available in my country. Am thinking of buying in online and getting it shipped here. Which shade do you think would be best suited for my skin tone? thanks! (:

  6. This is indeed great foundation! I also opted for the 2.3 which looks awesome on my skin. The coverage is excellent without being cake-ey. It’s definitely HG for me!

    My only gripe is for me it goes on dry. Even with primer I find it doesn’t glide on smoothly. Rather it sinks in and dries fast which is kind of odd. That said I make sure I blend it as evenly as I can and the end result looks great which is all that counts. Anyone else find this stuff goes on like this?

    I used to use the other Smashbox foundation but found it looked oily after awhile, wore off too fast and broke me out on my chin. I was wary to try this new formula but I’m sooo glad I gave SB another chance. It’s amazing foundation! Love it :)

  7. Hey! I had baught the smashbox smashbox 15hr. wear foundation and absolutely loved it! As soon as I ran out, I went to Sephora and baught another one. I noticed that I just baught the hydrating version of it (studio skin 15hr. wear hydrating foundation). I wanted to know if there are general differences between the too? Will the hydrating one make me brake out? I am 16 yrs old, dry skin in the winter but also have problemed skin which is prone to acne. (Which im thinking it’ll be best to switch to a mineral/pure/natural foundation) Let me know, thanks!

    • Hi Leanne,

      I believe there is only one version of the Studio Skin foundation and it is called the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation, which is also the one featured in this review. If you have used the Studio Skin previously and loved it, I’d just stick with it. I have dry skin too and found liquid foundations to work much better than loose mineral foundations.

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