Smashbox High Definition Foundation | The Foundation Diaries




This is now the 4th foundation I’ve reviewed in as many days! Phew!

Smashbox is a brand I hadn’t really come across before, mainly because there aren’t many counters around where I live.  But I managed to pick up this foundation in a complexion kit a few months ago.  This is the ‘light’ shade which is actually fairly dark so I’d just say to be careful when picking colours with this one, especially if your going on a whim without seeing the colour.  This would be my perfect shade with fake tan on, or to mix with other lighter foundations in the summer.

It’s a thick creamy texture which doesn’t slide or move when put on the back of my hand to then use with my buffing brush.  The instant coverage is probably the best of all 5 foundations this week.  I didn’t use much product on my brush and got an amazing first layer. However, I would say I felt like this foundation felt a little ‘mask-like’ when it had been on my skin for a few minutes.

The staying power was ok, but I wouldn’t rave about it. To touch it felt a little bit like the Rimmel one does, slightly tacky.

The colour range of this foundation is fairly limited, more like a drugstore offering IMO. And the shades they have seem to be mostly yellow based (which is ok for me, but not everyone) with just one very dark shade, presumably for Asian skin tones.

The one thing I do like about this is the pump action packaging. Obviously many foundations come with a pump, but this seems to have the system that pushes from the bottom too so that you literally get every last drop out. It’s also very light and compact so even the full size is fine to take away for holidays or weekends away.

I feel this has been a slightly negative review, but some of that could be that this colour is just not right for me at the moment. I will be taking this on holiday with me in February so my opinion may change slightly. I will say though I’ve been using the concealer to match this foundation and it’s brilliant! Absolutely brilliant coverage!

At a glance (marked out of 5)
Shade choice 3
Coverage 4.5
Staying power 4
Texture & finish 4.5
TOTAL 16/20

Has anyone else tried any Smashbox products? What are your recommendations?

Clarins Everlasting Foundation | The Foundation Diaries



I have to start this one off with how underrated I feel this foundation is. This is my ultimate Holy Grail foundation.

I was hoping that that would be enough of a post, but that’s not exactly a ‘review’ is it!

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation | The Foundation Diaries



This was my first foray into drugstore foundation since I was a teenager. Many of the bloggers I follow rave about drugstore foundation (Wake Me Up, Happy Light, Healthy Mix Serum), but when I went to check them out I found that almost all of them are very light coverage and fairly dewy finishes.
I was back to square one in finding one to go for.

After a fairly lengthy time I found this one. I had already had the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation in my basket but realised that this colour would match better, so it got swapped out.

The colour range if this foundation was average at best. I find that even some of the lightest shades are too warm and they oxidise quite easily on the skin making them go darker and often leaving tide lines on your face. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised by the finish of this foundation. I definitely don’t get as much coverage from my first application; in fact, it almost feels slightly watery when I apply it. I definitely have to build the coverage on this one, but in general once I have got that desired coverage it’s pretty long lasting. I’m not going to lie, I haven’t tested out the 25hr claim but, like the NARS, it lasted a busy day at work.

One thing I would say about this is that although it seemed to give me a semi matte finish and then I followed with a loose powder, my skin always felt quite tacky if I happened to touch it during the day. This made me wonder how it was actually staying in place because it felt like it would just slide away. But even so, it did still last all day, only wearing very slightly on my chin.

I don’t have any other drugstore foundations to compare to this to in terms of quality of the same type and finish of foundation, and this hasn’t set my world alight enough to make me switch from my high end foundations on a regular basis. I just don’t feel that drugstore can live up to the same quality of finish and texture as my experience with high end brands. Having said that, I have seen two blog posts recently about other medium/full coverage drugstore foundations that I’d like to try and hopefully I will be more impressed with those.

I hope this doesn’t sound like an all bad review, because it’s not meant to be, I’m just very hard to convince when things come up against my high end favourites!

At a glance (marked out of 5)
Shade choice 3
Coverage 4
Staying power 4
Texture & finish 3.5
TOTAL 14.5/20

Has anyone used this foundation? What did you think? If you can recommend some other drugstore foundations with this kind of coverage I’d love to hear them!

The Foundation Diaries


Finding the right foundation and giving it that Holy Grail status is a big thing for many of us.  We often try many different brands, finishes, textures and application tips before finding one we are 100% happy with.  I have only recently been experimenting more as I had always been pretty happy with the one I’ve used for a few years.  I felt I must be missing out on the quality of drugstore foundation after reading post after post about how good they are.

In this series I will be posting a review on a different foundation every day between Monday and Friday. They all fit into the medium/full coverage and long wear category so I really feel I’m comparing like for like.

I have only one drugstore foundation in this list, mainly because I found it so hard to even find one that seemed to tell me it did what I wanted it to do! I feel much better when I can ask a consultant exactly what a product does how to use it to get the best out of it, and also to ask for an opinion on colour match.

I hope these reviews will be useful to anyone else who uses this kind of foundation, whether thats everyday or just for nights out.

I would love to hear your recommendations for medium/full coverage foundation along the way. Just leave a comment below this post or any of the posts this week.


EDIT: All links to posts from this series are below.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation
Clarins Everlasting Foundation
Smashbox High Definition Foundation
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation