Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Foundation
Continuing with my Sephora haul, I picked up this product because I was curious as to how a BB product would work as a fluid, watery texture as opposed to the usual lotion or even cream-like consistency. Housed in a handy pump-dropper bottle, this foundation is travel-friendly and the dropper helps dispense the right amount every time, making it much easier to gauge the amount one needs for their coverage preferences.
What I liked about this formula is that it comes with SPF 30 and it doesn’t carry the usual oily or heavy texture that normally comes with foundations with that kind of SPF coverage; the foundation went on light and it felt light all day 🙂 This is definitely a sheer-to-medium coverage kind of foundation where if you have less-than-perfect (in a relative sense here, people) skin, you’ll need to either a) dot gently on imperfections to conceal or b) use a separate concealer to do so. Being an oil-free formula, I was quite surprised as to how hydrating it still felt on my skin, and it gave me a semi-matte finish to begin with in the morning that became a glowy and radiant finish that lasted all day; I must stress that in no way do I mean that it has terrible staying power because it gave me a glowy look. I’m definitely a fan of the natural dewy, glowy and radiant look; after a full work day of approximately 8 hours with no touchups, my makeup still looked intact and fresh enough.Having combination-dry skin meant that I had to blot a little on my t-zone at the end of the day, but gosh, my makeup looked as fresh as it did in the morning as it did at the end of the day.
With this foundation, I used it alone as well as with bases that I had on my rotation to test drive its holding power (namely, the Smashbox Photofinish Primer, Make Up For Ever Radiance Primer and the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Makeup Base); I noticed that the Bobbi Brown one made the foundation a little too dewy-looking even for my taste at the end of the day, and this is most likely because of its lotion-like consistency combined with a high SPF coverage. The other two most definitely was able to help the foundation hang on just that much better than when I used the foundation on its own, where it melted and blended into my skin at the end of the day and I felt that the coverage also went with it as well to give me a less-than-perfect look; this is fine when I’m just out and about on the weekend, but I would definitely want to touch up if it were a (long) work day.
At the end of the day, I would repurchase this product as I can’t go wrong with bringing just this bottle with me on trips because I feel that this foundation can help my makeup look in giving my skin an extra oomph for radiance while still giving me the choice to build up its coverage without looking cakey or dry. This is a winner in my book <3