Review & Swatches: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation

Availability: Sephora, ULTA
Price: $42.00
Disclosures: PR Sample; Affiliate Link

Company’s Description

A foundation with light-responsive technology for an even, luminous finish. Makeup, reimagined: this foundation utilizes 100 percent Liquid Light Technology for a totally natural, radiant finish. The microscopic, gel-covered pigments mimic photo filters to blur imperfections. This HD formula completely evens out skin, but is undetectable to the naked eye. This oil-free foundation works with all undertones and builds from sheer to medium coverage.

Smashbox’s new liquid foundation is called the Liquid Halo HD Foundation and comes in 10 shades. It’s said to give an even, luminous finish. The shade depicted in this review is #3.

Packaging: 9.5/10

This foundation comes in a rectangular, clear, glass bottle with a black cap and pump. This packaging is simple, sleek, and functional. The bottle and pump keep the product inside sanitary and the ingredients stable. Make sure to keep it away from sunlight, since the glass isn’t opaque.

Quality: 10/10

I wanted to test this foundation in particular because my skin is very dry right now. So please note that my comments on this foundation are a reflection of how it wears on someone with dry skin. (See Cafe Makeup’s thoughts on this foundation for oily skin.)

The Liquid Halo foundation has a thin liquid formula but also has a very thin gel-like quality. The foundation gives you light to medium coverage. It leaves an extremely natural finish that isn’t dewy but also isn’t matte. The formula reminds me of MAC’s Face and Body foundation, but the Liquid Halo formula gives you more coverage and a less dewy finish.

This product leaves a wonderfully smooth and naturally healthy look to the surface of my skin. It feels extremely light-weight and doesn’t remind you that you’re wearing a foundation on your face throughout the day. I don’t set this with any powder, and I did not touch it up or blot once during a 12-hour day. If you have oily or combination skin, you will probably have to blot as you normally do, but this foundation certainly will not exacerbate any shininess or oiliness. This foundation is long-wearing and I didn’t find any oxidation with Shade 3.

Shade 3 is a great match for my NC20 skin. You’ll get some leeway with your color selection since the pigmentation with this foundation isn’t heavy.

Put simply, I love this foundation. It looks natural and beautiful on the skin. It’s low-maintenance (at least for people with normal/dry skin) because it maintains its finish all day. Plus, you get the added benefit of full-spectrum sun protection!

Ease of Use: 9.75/10

I don’t have to do much blending to get this foundation to look smooth and even on the skin. The pump applicator dispenses a small amount of product at a time, so I find I have to use 7-8 pumps for my face which using a sponge (fewer when using a brush). But other than that, this foundation is hassle-free. I don’t even have to set it with powder.

Price: 8.75/10

For $42.00 you get 1 ounce of product. This is the standard amount of product and a few dollars more than most liquid foundations from competitor brands like Urban Decay, Benefit, and Stila.

Final Grade


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Swatch Shade 3


Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation Swatch Shade 3


Octinoxate 4.90%, Titanium Dioxide 2.90%. Inactive: Water\Aqua\Eau, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polysilicone-11, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Dimethicone Silylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Alumina, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Palmitic Acid, C12-16 Alcohols, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499)

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6 Responses to Review & Swatches: Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation

  1. Lindsey says:

    Great, thank you for replying! 🙂

  2. Lindsey says:

    What color do you think would be a good match for nw20 skin if shade 3 is good for your nc20?

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  4. Aurora says:

    Do you think it would be go or okay for combination skin?

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