Foundation Files / Smashbox BB Water

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 50 in Fair ReviewI was very intrigued when I first saw the Instagram post introducing Smashbox’s new BB Water so when I was making up my Shop and Box order a few days later, I thought it was worth giving it a go. Smashbox never lets me down and their original BB Cream has some very loyal followers. Their website says it’s oil-free with built in primer water technology (and I’m definitely a fan of that), it’s alcohol free and gives a sheer, radiant but buildable finish with a demi-matte finish.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 50 in Fair Review

Packaging – It comes in a fairly compact glass jar. Nice and simple but very classy. Because it’s in glass it’s not ideal for travelling, I’d say. There’s a dropper inside, controlled by the button on the lid to dispense just the right amount of product. I find that a full dropped is enough product for a light layer.

Application – It has a very thin consistency, as you can expect by it’s water-like claims, but it still somehow takes a bit of effort to blend into the skin and look natural. It doesn’t really blend out entirely to look completely like skin, it still looks quite present, particularly on dry patches.

Finish/Coverage – On me and my combination skin, when first applied, this looks fairly dewy. And continues to remain glowy throughout the day even with me setting it down with powder. One layer covers most redness and does a good job of covering blemishes but I like to go over with another layer or two on my cheeks and my nose to get rid of all the redness in my cheeks and get a properly good base going. If you’re just after a light bit of coverage on a good skin day then one layer might be enough.

Colour – I got the lightest shade, Fair. It’s got a fairly neutral to yellow undertone to it and can look a little dark on me if I’m not careful (this is, however, the case with most foundations). It actually matches my face much better than the inside of my arm in this pic.

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water SPF 50 in Fair Review

Wear – Throughout the day, it stays on most of my face but looks a little worse for wear on my chin and jawline. It tends to gather around my nose and on my chin in a rather noticeable way after a few hours of wear. It picks up dry patches after a few hours.

Dry skin? It will probably highlight dry patches if you’re not careful to prep the skin before application but the finish will be hydrating and glowy which could be your thing.
Normal skin? If you want something that doesn’t have to wear for too long then this could be a great lightweight dewy base for you.
Oily/combination skin? It can be fairly dewy and doesn’t last too long when oil is involved so if you’re interested, you might need to invest in a good setting powder and take the time to touch up.

Overall, if I’m looking for a very lightweight base and have the time to layer it to my required coverage then this is a good one. That’s assuming I won’t need it to wear for more than a few hours. It’s got a decent SPF 30 in it which makes it great for a light, summer, no-makeup makeup base. I wasn’t entirely amazed by it and it’s definitely not my favourite BB cream but I’m still glad I tried it and it will still get plenty of use on those good skin days.
Are you intrigued by this BB Water? What’s your favourite BB Cream?

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  • This sounds like a foundation I would love. I love the packaging and the finish sounds beautiful, I love dewy and light bases so I’m definitely going to check this one out!

    Jasmine |

    • Glad you like the sound of it! It’s definitely very dewy and light coverage so if that’s what you’re after make sure to check it out when it’s available! 🙂

  • Oh wow okay that looks so so sooooooooo thin (but I guess that’s why its a water?) Feel like it would do absolutely nothing on me hahaha x

    Katina |

  • Hmm, this is super intriguing. It’s like one of those super liquidy foundations (maybelline dream wonder, that new ysl one, etc) but less coverage I guess? I think I would prefer better lasting power/possibly more coverage though so I think I’ll skip this one!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • I love that new YSL one judging by my little sample that I got but yeah, this is super thin and light coverage. It’s a pricy pick for something that serves a fairly specialised purpose…

  • It sounds good if you’re looking for something light. I have really oily skin so I don’t think it would really work on me.

  • It looks really moisturizing and glowy! Which is what I’m looking for, but the coverage doesn’t look quite enough for my hyperpigmentation ugh.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  • I just got this yesterday, and need to play around with it a bit. Can I ask what your favorite way to apply it was? Brush/fingers/sponge? Hopefully it works for me! 🙂

    • It works really well with a brush and with fingers, I find that a sponge soaks up a little too much of the product because it’s so thin! Hope you like it! 🙂