Thursday, September 24, 2009

SMASHBOX HD FOUNDATION, CONCEALER, PHOTO FINSH PRIMER, & HALO POWDER- REVIEW

STORE: ULTA

COST$39-49 FOR THE KIT

PROS:
LIGHT COVERAGE
GOOD FOR DRY SKIN
HD FORMULA
HALO POWDER IS SMOOTH & MOISTURIZING

CONS:
PHOTO FINISH PRIMER TOO OILY
HD FOUNDATION IS WAY TOO LIGHT
CONCEALER IS SEE THROUGH/NO COVERAGE
NO STAYING POWER
HALO POWDER IS SO MESSY

I keep saying this, but this time I mean it. This will be the last Smashbox product I buy. I bought this in a kit, HD Kit, and I should have taken it back the very first time I tried it.
The HD foundation & concealer have NO coverage, none. I tried building it up, & I had the same results, no coverage. The concealer brightened my under eye circles, not conceal them. I bought the Smashbox primer before, & returned it. It is so oily that I couldn't even put the product on top of it. it was like an oil slick. I already have oily skin, & this made it worse. Within 1/2 an hour it looked like nothing was on my face.

The top half is my bare skin, & the bottom is 2 coats of foundation. No difference at all.
This is the only part of the kit I liked, the Halo powder. This is a travel size in light. The powder does feel smooth & hydrating, but little coverage on its own & too much with the foundation. I am going to try this in the next couple of months again because it's a little too light. Beware, you are in for a big mess because when you shave the powder you never get all of it & this is what happens.
Conclusion: I do not like any of these products or I have to say any other Smashbox I have tried. They feel too cheap & they're not. I wouldn't even say to go out & get this powder. I think it's $56 alone. My La Femme mineral powder from Sally's is so much better.

What are your thoughts on Smashbox? Am I missing out on something? Should I try something else?

7 comments:

tiff said...

All I have from Smashbox is one of the Softlights and some glosses that came together in a set. I barely see any glow when I use the Softlights...I really have to pack it on but then it looks too powdery/chalky. The gloss isn't bad, but nothing special either.

smiley13tree said...

Aww. Even though it sucks everything was bad for you, I've never liked Smashbox much either. Not only is their stuff overpriced (you could get the much better MUFE), the quality of their products are just mediocre.

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Becks said...

hmm, I've had samples of Smashbox's primer and the oily feel needs a bit getting use to, but overall I felt like it provided a smooth canvas. I tried the concealer in Sephora once and thought it was okay - at least better than Macs moisturewear - now THAT does nothing! Do you have any recs for primer? I'm still scoping around reviews for a good one.

GiGi said...

@ Becks I have been ussing the Tarte primer & it's not greasy at all. I am still looking though.

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