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

October 7, 2011

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

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 and 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.

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 did 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!

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

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 in 2.3 Light Warm Beige

Wearing Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 in 2.3 Light Warm Beige

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

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation SPF 10 is available at Sephora and for $42.

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  • Reply Kat October 8, 2011 at 1:20 am

    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.

    • Reply Phyllis October 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Yes it worked very nicely on my dehydrated combination skin and did not highlight flakes/emphasize lines. I wish I could say the same for MAC Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation.

      • Reply Kat October 11, 2011 at 4:06 am

        Thank you so much for answering my question. It’ll definitely be worth me looking into this foundation.

        • Reply Phyllis October 11, 2011 at 10:11 am

          You’re very welcome!

  • Reply Jamilla October 8, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Thanks for the review – very helpful!

    • Reply Phyllis October 10, 2011 at 11:44 am

      You’re very welcome =)

  • Reply Venus October 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

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

    • Reply Phyllis October 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Hi Venus,

      The BB Skin Foundation and the Smashbox are actually quite different in terms of coverage, texture and finish. The Smashbox has a thicker texture, higher coverage and gives a more matte finish (the BB is dewy). I also find it to wear better than the BB foundation. If you’re on the oilier side, definitely go with the Smashbox.

  • Reply Jennie October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Phyllis, between this and the new NYX HD foundation, which do you prefer?

    • Reply Phyllis October 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm

      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.

  • Reply Stacy October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Can’t wait to see a FOTD of you wearing this!

  • Reply Rola January 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    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?

  • Reply alyse February 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    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.

  • Reply Jun February 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    hi! are you nc30? if yes i will get the same shade as you. 🙂

    • Reply Jun February 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

      opps sorry. you are nc30 lol :p

  • Reply aki March 21, 2012 at 8:53 am

    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! (:

  • Reply Jodie October 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply Leanne December 18, 2012 at 1:40 am

    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!

    • Reply Phyllis Li December 23, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      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.

  • Reply Amanda July 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I am more of an NC35 and am looking to buy this foundation. Do you have a recommendation of which shade to purchase?

    • Reply Phyllis July 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      I think you can do with 2.3 Light Warm Beige as well. I wear NC30 and the color is actually a tinge darker than my skintone.

  • Reply Charlotte November 12, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Do you moisturise and use a primer beforehand? If so which primer? When I apply the foundation it tends to go patchy and doesn’t cover all my Dave evenly, I have tried useinf my fingers and a brush. I don’t seem to get the flawless look at all

  • Reply Shelby April 21, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What did you use to apply this foundation? Do you feel that it works better with a brush or a beauty blender?

    • Reply Phyllis April 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Shelby, the foundation worked fine with both brushes and sponges but I personally prefer the beauty blender.

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