Recently I have been really interested in trying out new foundations which is unlike me as I didn’t used to like changing my foundation. I went to Bicester Village which if you didn’t know is an outlet centre, since everything is quite a bit cheaper I thought I’d pick up a few things including Smashbox’s Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.
As this is oil-free I thought it would be good for my oily skin however I wasn’t completely sure what it would be like as it is hydrating which normally means that it’s aimed at dry skin. On first use of this product I hated it! I tried it out with my Real Techniques Stippling brush which I use for all my foundations and it was awful, it didn’t blend properly and looked patchy. A few days later I went back to this but used my beauty blender instead to see if it was any different, it was completely opposite. The foundation blended easily although I had to spend a little more time blending around my pores and I was able to build this up to a full coverage which looked completely natural. I have literally never tried a foundation before that looks as natural and ‘invisible’ on the skin as this one. It does have a slightly weird feel to it when it’s first applied but this quickly goes once the foundation has dried on the skin. The texture is slightly on the thicker side and gives a satin matte finish which is lovely. This claims to be a 15 hour wear foundation and even though I haven’t worn this for that length of time it easily lasts 10 hours on my skin without fading apart from a little bit at the end of my nose. Also this has a pump included which is a big bonus and if you were interested I have the shade 1.1.
Overall I love this foundation when used with a beauty blender, the natural full coverage it gives is great for achieving a flawless look. I don’t use this too often as it does take a little longer to apply and most days I’m rushing my makeup so don’t have time, however for those days when I have a little extra time in the morning to get ready I like using this. I can’t remember the exact price that I paid but this retails at £28 so it’s more on the pricier side however if you ever visit Bicester Village I’d recommend picking it up from there.