October 24, 2013

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Review

Liquid halo? Sounds like a dodgy cocktail, but nope, it's a new foundation from Smashbox. I'd kind of missed the hysteria that surrounded the likes of Make Up For Ever's HD foundation a couple of years ago, and, still, curious, was eager to give this a shot.

Liquid Halo HD Foundation* (€35.50) promises to completely even out skin with gel-covered pigments for flawless, undetectable coverage. Having recently had a lot of success with other "blurring" products, namely the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders, I was quite excited about this.

The foundation itself has a very light-gel-like finish; akin to Bourjous Healthy Mix but maybe even a bit lighter. One layer really is undetectable on the skin once blended, and it's also very easy to build the coverage up to medium without looking cakey. There is a luminosity to the formula, but not quite as pronounced as say, YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat or Rimmel Wake Me Up.

Although this foundation is bulidable, I did still need a little concealer for blemishes and redness, but that's nothing out if the ordinary! What sets this apart from many other lighter coverage foundations that I've tried is the lasting power - I found that it stayed very well on my oily skin and didn't oxidise or separate badly throughout the day. There is a decent range of colours and the shade I was sent (1) is a great match for me.

I think that this would suit almost any skin type apart from the very dry-skinned among you; I'm impressed at how it performed on my difficult skin and think it'd sit nicely on normal/slightly dry skin, too. I wasn't expecting it to last long at all, either, so plus points for that. As for the 'HD foundation' claim, I am probably the most pleased about how well it photographs - my skin does not look like this in real life! Fair play, Smashbox - this is worth investing in.


  1. Holy moly that looks great, your skin seems almost airbrushed!! Must check it out. I would like my face to look that flawless.

    Sara @ BelfastBeautyLove xx

  2. That looks gorgeous! Plus the shade is amazingly pale x

  3. Im dying to finish off what im using and give this a try. Dee you look sooooooo beautiful!!! x

  4. Your skin looks so flawless, like celebrity perfect. I was wonder how well it lasted on oily skin so now this may be my next foundation purchase.

  5. Wow this sounds good it looks great on you.. I don't own much by Smashbox, but might invest!

  6. Ooh this looks lovely, always been wary of smashbox foundations though because even the lightest shades seem to be way too dark for me...

  7. Oh my, it looks really, really, really lovely! I've so many foundations on the go, dare I justify buying another??? ... Ooooh it's so tempting!


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