I Just Tried My First New Foundation In More Than 8 Years, And I'm In Love

I have used the same tube of foundation since high school, but Smashbox's new foundation is sort of blowing my mind.
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I have used the same tube of foundation since high school, but Smashbox's new foundation is sort of blowing my mind.

I'm sure you’re already gasping in disgust. My aged Clinique foundation is probably swimming with bacteria and way past its best-before date. I know it belongs in the garbage, but here’s the thing: when I had horrible acne in high school, I was told by my dermatologist that wearing makeup on your face is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. 

As a result, I swore off the stuff, and haven’t really tried anything since. I had my one bottle of foundation in case of emergency, but I was so scared to make my skin worse that I never used it. This fear ran so deep that my one sad bottle lasted from grade 9 until this year.

Rest in peace, old buddy.

Rest in peace, old buddy.

When my tube finally ran out a few days ago (I used it for under-eye coverage occasionally), I wasn’t sure I was even going to replace it. I’d made it this far without any full-face coverage, so why would I need it now? I was also concerned about looking all cakey and fake, but there was of course also a degree of curiosity: What if I was missing out on something?

Turns out I was. I was missing out on Smashbox’s newest foundation, Liquid Halo.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Liquid Halo truly lives up to it’s name. Sold in a heavy glass bottle, it has SPF 15 to protect your skin, is oil-free, and is the only formula available that uses Smashbox’s new “Pure Liquid Light Technology.” Essentially, this means instead of reflecting light like a normal foundation, Liquid Halo absorbs and reflects, leaving the skin with a natural, perfect glow and even coverage. It’s especially designed to make your skin look great under the harsh light of camera flashes, but is still almost undetectable in person. 

It really is the stuff of angels; just look at these before and after photos.

Normal naked-skin me.

Normal naked-skin me.

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And wearing Liquid Halo.

And wearing Liquid Halo.

Though the price is steep, this bottle is truly a gift flown down by beautiful angels from heaven above to give us all even, perfect skin tones. I still won’t be using foundation everyday, but this is definitely my new go-to for special occasions, and I have a feeling this bottle won’t be lasting 8 years. 

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