22 August 2013

Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Review, Pics, Swatches

Halo is a Smashbox hero product: a mineral-rich powder that has gorgeous luminosity and really brightens up the skin. So here's a little bit of happy news for all its many fans - a lovely liquid version is headed our way!

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation

Launching on September 18th, Liquid Halo HD foundation will be available in 10 shades (mine is #2), all oil-free with SPF 15, which earns it brownie points before it’s even hit my mug. 

Sez David Factor, Smashbox Founder and photographer, “This is the result of more than 20 years of getting skin to look flawless on camera, even under crazy HD technology. This is all of our lighting knowledge in a bottle full of cool innovation and technology.”

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation #2

With its talk of liquid light technology and gel-covered pigments, this immediately called to mind another excellent foundation launch– YSL’s Le Teint Touche Eclat, which took the beauty world by storm last year.

The idea is that the gel-covered pigments in the product will act like photo filters, blurring imperfections and giving the complexion a flattering, lit-from-within glow.

Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation
I use just the one pump to cover my entire face 
And like the YSL product, this has also been created to work with skin's natural undertones, for a 'my skin but better' effect that effortlessly blends and is undetectable once it's on the skin. 

The main difference between this and Le Teint Touche Eclat? Liquid Halo lasts. I put it on in the morning and it stays put till the end of the day - no muss, no fuss - and quietly controls my oily tzone, too. 

Smashbox Liquid Halo foundation After
Wearing no other make up - obvs! 
I’ve been dialling down my base coverage lately, reaching more often for BB creams than out-and-out foundations. So with this, I use the lightest layer on my face for sheer to medium coverage, though it can also be built up for a more perfected look. 

The finish is lovely - natural, demi-matte but glowy, (similar, actually, to Chanel's Perfection Lumiere) with a flattering soft focus effect - and you'd expect no less of its €35.50 pricetag.  I'm definitely a fan - and you? 
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