I have been a fan of Smashbox Halo Powder for a while now, so I was very excited when they brought out a liquid foundation based on the radiant Halo glow! I was never a big fan of their original HD foundation, although I really like their HD concealers. I was really hoping this would be an improvement, and it certainly is.
This silicon based foundation claims to
• Works with all undertones • Buildable sheer-to-medium coverage • Long-wearing • Moisturising • Sweat and humidity resistant
Which ticks a lot of boxes for me! Being oily of face, I was concerned about it being too greasy but the oil-free formula left my skin pleasantly luminous without too much shine for HOURS!!! I am wearing shade 3 on the left side on the photo above, which is slightly too light for me. I think shade 4 would have maybe been better, but I can always add bronzer for the summer as I am much fairer in the winter months.
I primed my skin with Nars Radiance Enhancing Primer (which I also LOVE LOVE LOVE) and buffed the foundation on to my skin with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It gave a sheer coverage, and made my skin feel like silk. The first day I tried this product, I powdered with Estee Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder, which is their recent HD style silica based finishing powder. I regretted it immediately, as it made it look too matte and took away the gorgeous finish of the product. The second try, I left it as is and just applied a little cream blusher. After 5 hours of wear, doing wedding makeup in a very warm conservatory I might add, it still looked as fresh as when I applied it and the coverage still as good. I was really impressed when I went to take it off another 8 hours later, I was getting a little shine breakthrough, but the makeup itself still looked great! Without any powder or setting spray!
I have invested in this for my kit as well as I think it will make a great foundation for my clients and models. I picked up shades 1,2, 5, and 7 so that I can blend and customise perfect shades. 10 shades are available in total. As a die hard fan of Double Wear and Double Wear Light by Estee Lauder, I am really impressed with the gorgeous texture, finish, and staying power of this radiant makeup. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants their skin to look naturally beautiful. Smashbox is available in the UK at selected Boots stores and via their website www.smashbox.co.uk.
Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?