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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water: Swatches and review

June 24, 2016

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water: Swatches and Review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!Hey peeps, poppin’ in to give you a review of this Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water, which is an exact dupe for Mac Studio’s Waterweight Foundation. I was able to snatch this baby up for a mere €6 at the Estée Lauder outlet store. I wasn’t in dire need of a foundation, but considering my precious L’Oréal cushion foundation is running out, there’s no harm in getting a backup, right? Read on for my observations!  

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water: Swatches and Review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!Because the formula is, well, very waterlike, this foundation (I’m just going to call it a foundation because face it, most Western Beauty Balms aren’t anything like the Asian BBs out there) comes with a little dropper. As you can tell the colour is quite yellow and saturated, and the swatches really don’t do it justice because it blends very nicely with my skin! I got this in the colour Fair/light, which I think is the same as Mac Studio’s Waterweight Foundation in NC25 but don’t quote me on that seeing as I’m basing this on pictures of swatches.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water: Swatches and Review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!To apply, I put a good 4 or 5 drops on the back of my hand, then dot the foundation on my face and blend with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I would refrain from dipping a sponge or brush into the puddle you make on your hand; the formula is so runny a whole lot of product will end up sucked up by your tool of choice. I like how this covers up discolourations but shows your skin’s texture. As most foundations marked as BB-whatevers, I guess this BB Water isn’t a great option for blemished skin.

One thing I have noticed is that this foundation tends to highlight my dry patches and even my peach fuzz (so odd!). Luckily mixing in a drop of oil (I L-O-V-E Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate) fixes that. It’s a rather uncommon problem and makes me think I should try applying with a brush but I don’t have a foundation brush anymore lolz ?  For longevity I apply a dusting of Essence All About Matt! loose fixing powder, which will make my face last for a full day.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water: Swatches and Review via Disco me to Oblivion, baby!On the Smashbox website, this foundation’s finish is described demi-matte, which I feel is about right. Make it super matte by applying a mattifying powder, a matte blush etc, or go with a shimmery blush and a good highlighter to get a subtle natural sheen to your skin.

I’m omitting the part where one would go on about the high SPF in this, because frankly there is no way a foundation can protect you from sun damage unless you cake it on and reapply throughout the day. Just stay shady peeps!

Overall, I’m quite happy with this foundation! I wish I didn’t need that extra step of a drop of oil, as ease is my number one goal in life when applying my make-up. Also, be wary of the rather steep price. The Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water retails at a whopping €38,50 and is available in Belgium/The Netherlands through Douglas. Find the exact dupe (proof here) at Mac for €34,50 here. As always, I tried to rate this product regardless of the price. Whether or not the product is worth your money, is up to you and your wallet, not me!

Rating: ★★★★

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