Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation


The Smashbox Photo Filter Foundation is the second powder foundation to the range and this product is very much focusing on the final effect once the powder has been applied. Smashbox claim that they have incorporated transparent filters into the foundation so when you take your selfie – there will be no need for a filter as all imperfections are blurred. The foundation comes in a compact with a large mirror. There is a double sided sponge; one side gives light to medium and the other side gives full coverage. I found that both sides gave pretty full coverage and I preferred using a brush. The powder is very finely milled. It has an embossed pattern which is disappears after the first use. For me – this foundation is a grower. The first time I used it with a brush, I found that the colour made me look grey which understandably, I was not happy about that.

After one to two minutes it settled and I looked like myself again but a foundation should not make you look grey. I have used it again in different lights and found that the effect is different in various types of light which must be thanks to the filters. In natural light there is no grey, in florescent and tungsten light (especially in offices), there is a definite grey tone.

According to Smashbox the filters are transparent but they are definitely affecting the pigments on the skin. I also don’t know if this is just in the deeper shades. Once the grey disappeared, I did not look powdery and the coverage was medium so I could build it up. If like me your face has more than one undertone, you can use this to balance out the red and yellow tones in your face.

It is a good alternative to a translucent powder, I have since used it with a variety of brushes, on its own and over a light layer of liquid foundation. This product is not the most mattifying powder - a light retouch half way through the day was required. It is available in 10 shades so you will probably be able to find a shade to work with. I found that my scars from blemishes were still visible so I had to build it up in those areas. In terms of selfies – I am still using filters on Instagram.

Smashbox Photo Filter Powder Foundation retails for £29.00 from selected Boots stores and the Smashbox website.