Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Review

I decided to do a review on the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour  foundation, because I feel like it gets no love! When I purchased this foundation, I wasn’t able to find very many reviews or blogposts on it. Luckily, I decided to step out on a limb and try it anyway. This long wearing foundation has  SPF 10 and is designed to hydrate the skin. According to the Smashbox website, is medium coverage but can be built up to full coverage. This comes packaged in a glass container with a pump on the top. It is available in 12 shades.

First, let me start by saying that I have been using this foundation for at least 3 months, so I have a pretty good picture of how it performs. Now for my thoughts on it.

I definitely think this foundation would last 15 hours. I have never worn it that long, but I’ve worn it about 12 hours and it still looked almost perfect at the end of the day (with a primer). I have combination skin; my t-zone may get a little oily, but my cheeks and chin are on the drier side. I am able to go around 8 hours without having to blot my t-zone when I am wearing this foundation. I cannot say that this foundation hydrates my skin, however it doesn’t dry my skin out or accentuate dry patches on my cheeks.

This applies relatively smoothly, but it is not the easiest to blend. I think this is because the formulation is a little drier, which probably has something to do with how long it stays on the skin. I always apply this with a flat-top or round-top kabuki brush. If I wet my brush, it does help with blending. In my opinion, this provides light coverage, but can be built up to medium or full. I like that after I apply this, my skin still looks like skin! I do not get cake-face when using this foundation.

I think that this foundation would be great for all skin types. Like I said earlier in this post, I don’t really have to blot while wearing this. Therefore, I think it would be perfect for people with oily skin. It also doesn’t stick to drier areas of my cheeks, so it would definitely work for people with dry skin.

One thing that I don’t appreciate about this foundation is that even though it comes in 12 shades, I am in the next to the last darkest shade. They didn’t do a great job of catering to ladies with darker skintones. I am in shade 4.1 described as deep brown and I definitely don’t think my skin qualifies as deep brown. I hope that one day these cosmetics companies realize that women of color need more than 2 shades.

Overall, I really do like this foundation. It provides buildable coverage, looks natural, and is long-wearing. This retails for $42 for 1 fl oz and can be purchased in department stores, Sephora, or Ulta. If there is a shade to match your skin color, I would definitely recommend this.


-natural looking coverage that can be built up

-doesn’t transfer to clothes once it sets on the face

-bottle has an easy to use pump

-able to be used by all skin types (dry, oily, combo)

-wears well all day

-photographs well

-for me, it doesn’t require a powder to set


-small shade range

-not very easy to blend

-only has SPF 10, which isn’t high enough to protect the skin, so why even put it in there?

Final Grade: A-

Have you tried this foundation? Any suggestions on cheaper alternatives?

10 thoughts on “Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation Review

  1. I recently went to ulta for them to match me. I am in the shade 4.1 as well. I am also new to wearing foundation as well and wanted to ask you, are they any other foundation brands that you use? If so can you tell me the name of them so that I can try them out? I have a very hard time trying to figure out which to buy.

    1. Hi! I actually have a blog post most of the foundations I own HERE. In addition to the ones I covered in that blog post my other foundation shades are as follows:
      NARS Sheer Glow–Cadiz, Loreal Magic Nude–Soft Sable, Revlon Nearly Naked–Caramel, Covergirl Queen All Day Flawless–Q825, MAC Mineralize Moisture–NC44. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks I ended up trying L’oreal soft sable and now because if that $14.99 sale I need to go get that as well.

  2. Because of your blog, I bought the Smashbox Studio Skin and the colour is amazing! So thank you for that. BTW, I know that you are on a low buy so I thought i would tell you that I bought mine from cause they have it on sale for $14.99 and I think I am going to buy another bottle while its on sale as a back up! You should check it out =)

    1. Wow! That’s a great deal! I’m so glad that you love the foundation. I’m very tempted to get a backup now that you told me about the sale (even though I already have 1 backup)! 🙂

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