If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that I recently went on a Smashbox shopping spree, and today I’m reviewing the first product I bought, the Smashbox High Definition Concealer. Until recently I hadn’t tried anything from Smashbox yet, so I was excited to test out the brand in general, but this was the first product that impressed me from when I swatched it in-store.
- Light to full coverage
- Light texture
- Pink, yellow and neutral undertones
- Best for normal to combination skin
- Thin and creamy consistency
- Average wear time 6-7 hours
- Not heavy-duty
- Available in 6 shades (my shade is Light, for reference)
The Smashbox High Definition Concealer is designed to hide dark circles and imperfections, whilst smoothing and leaving a weightless feel to the skin. It has a liquid formula with a creamy consistency which can give you from light to full coverage, and the super compact packaging is travel-friendly. It’s available in 6 shades, from fair to dark and in pink, yellow and neutral undertones.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane , PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Propanediol, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, Dimethicone, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Silica, Methicone, Ribose, Soy Isoflavones, Lecithin, Polysorbate 80, Alcohol, Angelica Archangelica Root Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Salicylate, Lysolecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aspartame, Soybean Germ Extract, Coleus Forskohlii Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
Texture & Finish
This concealer has a light texture and an opaque finish. Smashbox claims it has a natural finish, but on my dry skin, the High Definition concealer didn’t look all that natural – in fact, I can only get it to look natural on me if I apply a super light layer under my eyes with my fingers and finish blending with a Beauty Blender. On blemishes and redness, it didn’t work for me; the concealer enhanced dry spots on my face and clung to dry patches even when I had double-moisturised my skin.
The Smashbox High Definition Concealer has a light to medium coverage, buildable to full coverage if applied in several layers. I found this concealer looks its best on me up to medium coverage, as anything higher than that tends to look cakey and un-natural on my skin. Even with a very small amount of product, I’d say the concealer is still visible on the skin, with a chalky appearance, and it’s definitely not the most natural concealer I’ve tried.
The squeezy tube with the slanted nozzle applicator allows you to be in full control of the amount of product you want to release, avoiding over-applying and wasting your concealer. My preferred method for applying this concealer is with my fingers and then blending with a sponge like the Beauty Blender to make sure the product meshes with the skin as much as possible. I tried applying it with a concealer brush like the Zoeva 142 Concealer Buffer or the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, and I think the brush dragged the product around without fully blending it into the skin.
This is a liquid concealer, that when applied without shaking well, comes out quite thin and runny, but after a good shake, the product gains more consistency and feels like a thin cream. The product tends to gather into my fine lines and creases, but only when I apply more than one layer. This concealer is oil-free, and as far as I know, it is also SPF-free. In general, I would say the High Definition Concealer formulation suits normal to combination skin types best, but I can only speak from experience on my dry skin, and that brings me to the conclusion that it’s not the ideal concealer for me.
There are only 6 shades available, with a limited combination of pink, yellow or neutral undertones. If you’re fair, there is one for neutral and one for pink undertones; if you’re light there’s only a neutral shade available; if you’re medium, there’s one shade for pink/neutral and another one for yellow undertones; for dark skin tones, there’s only one shade with no details about the undertone. Overall, I think all of the shades look fairly neutral to me, even the ones with pink and yellow undertones.
Here’s a list of all the shades available:
- Fair – for very fair skin with neutral undertones
- Light – for light skin with neutral undertones
- Fair/Light – for fair skin with pink undertones
- Medium – for medium skin with pink/neutral undertones
- Medium/Dark – for medium skin with olive/yellow undertones
- Dark – for dark skin
I chose the shade Light, as I found the Fair/Light shade to be too pink and the Medium shade was too yellow. My skin is far from being light – I’m medium with neutral undertones, but then again, I do gravitate towards the lighter concealers to give my face a more highlighted look, especially under the eyes. Nothing crazy like Kim-K, but I tend to go a bit lighter under the eyes, so the Light shade of this concealer will probably match light-medium to medium skin tones.
Lasting Power on Dry Skin
This concealer usually lasts up to 7 hours on my under-eye area, and only 3-4 hours on my blemishes and redness before it starts to fade and look quite flaky on my dry areas. It’s not a slippery concealer, so it won’t leave you looking patchy, but it’s also not very long-wearing. If you want something more long-lasting, I recommend the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, and for a more moisturising alternative, try the Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser Concealer.
I had no flashback problems with this concealer, which leads me to think it doesn’t contain SPF, so if you are planning to wear it on a daily basis, make sure you apply an SPF all over your face, including the under-eye area.
Overall, I think the Smashbox High Definition Concealer is just average; it’s not light enough to be an everyday concealer, but it’s also not long-lasting enough to be a ‘special occasions’ concealer – it sits somewhere in between without excelling in anything in particular. If you’re happy with a very light layer and your skin is lovely and hydrated, you might find it does the job, but my skin is very rarely without a single dry patch, so unfortunately it’s not one I’ll be reaching for too often. The shade range is also not great, but at least it caters from Fair to Dark skin tones.
Price & Availability
The Smashbox High Definition Concealer retails for £17.50 ($23), which is around the same price point as the Mac Pro Longwear Concealer. However, with the Smashbox concealer you only get 8ml of product and with the Mac concealer you get 9ml. Here’s a list of some sites where you can buy this concealer in the UK, US and Worldwide:
- UK: Smashbox | Boots | Amazon | Sephora | Nordstrom
- US: Smashbox | Sephora | Nordstrom | Ulta | Amazon
- Worldwide: Sephora | Nordstrom
Have you tried the Smashbox High Definition Concealer? How did it work for you?
*I am wearing foundation on the photos above; they have only been edited for colour-correction and brightness; they have not been retouched.
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