Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: Smashbox BB Water

Hey Everyone!

I mentioned in my "Get Ready With Us" video that I had recently purchased the Smashbox BB Water and that I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. I've had this product for a couple of months now and I feel ready to share my thoughts on it!

You can buy this product at Ulta, Sephora or any place that has a Smashbox counter and it retails for $42. However, if you buy it at Ulta now it is $25 (which angers me because I bought mine at Ulta for full price and now for some reason it's almost half the price).

The reason that I bought this product was because I had run out of my beloved It Cosmetics CC cream and when I went to repurchase it, they were sold out of my shade in both the regular version and the illuminating version. I took this as a sign from God that I should try something new.

I came upon the Smashbox counter and was really intrigued by the BB water. I'm someone that doesn't like to feel cakey and doesn't wear foundation because I personally just don't like the look of a full coverage face, which is why I always go for BB or CC creams. I swatched the BB water on the back of my hand and really liked the consistency. It is very watery and blended really easily on the back of my hand, so I figured I should just get it.

Being the girly girl that I am, the second I got home, I tried out all of the new products I had purchased that day, one of them being this BB cream. I tried it originally with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (which is amazing by the way) and wasn't in love with the way it looked.

The next time I applied it was with my Beauty Blender and because this BB water is so runny, it was absorbed immediately by the sponge. Then the next time I applied it, I mixed it in with my moisturizer to see if that would help it apply better to the skin and that didn't work either. Finally I tried just applying it straight with my fingers and I have found that this is the best way to apply it.

Even though I had found a way to apply it, I still wasn't sold on the product itself. Since I am so used to other BB and CC creams that look really natural, I didn't like how you could really tell I had makeup on. I even asked my roommate "does my makeup look bad?" She said "well, you can definitely tell you have it on, which before you couldn't tell when you had makeup on."

After she told me that, I experimented even more to see how I could make it look as natural as possible and I found that when you work section by section on your face, with just a little bit on your hands, it works really well and does look natural.

With all of this being said, I do not recommend this product. I do not think that this is worth $42 when it takes so much work to apply it and to make it look natural. If you are in the market for a product that will give you coverage, but still looks natural, get the It Cosmetics CC Cream because it will literally change your life. I have posts reviewing the CC cream and comparing the regular version and the illuminating version. You can read them here and here!

I'm curious to see if any of you have tried this product and what your thoughts are on it. Let me know!



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