In the same way that NARS is known as The Blush Authority, Smashbox is across the way waving to them as The Primer Authority, but I think more credit should be given to their complexion products. I discovered the magical world of concealer back in 2012 and it was the missing piece. Back in the day I’d apply foundation and be confused as to why it was that under my eyes still looked dark and only some of my blemishes were covered. Anyhow, ever since discovering the magic of concealer — much like blush, I’ve been unable to go without it in my makeup routine. I was given the chance to try out Smashbox’s newest concealer which is an extension of their Studio Skin line. Naturally I was interested as I’ve tried Studio Skin Foundation previously and was impressed with the build-able coverage.
While Studio Skin concealer is not made to provide a radiant effect, I’m definitely a fan of the coverage that it gives and the consistency when applying it. In comparison to MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Studio Skin does not feel as thick and it does not dry down to a matte finish. In comparison to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, it is more watery and does not give a radiant effect. This is one of those products that holds true to ‘a little bit goes a long way’.
One of the most interesting things about concealer is the various ways in which it can be used — eye primer, to mute your natural lip colour, to add dimension, mixed in with foundation; the possibilities are endless. Let me speak more to the last 2 ways I listed. While I haven’t tried the Studio Skin Concealer line for highlighting and contouring, I’ve mixed this in with foundation to give it a little more ‘stick’ (added coverage) as I saw in a video by Lori Taylor Davis (Global Pro Lead Artist) and it works like a dream.
If you find that you experience creasing under the eyes, you could go ahead and set this with some loose translucent setting powder. On a note of honesty though, I find I don’t encounter creasing issues under the eyes hence I can’t speak too much on how to combat that.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes, however all thoughts, opinions, and images are my own.