Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water

While walking around Sephora the other day I spotted a new Smashbox product.

I’ve seen a lot of bb creams and even cc creams, but never a bb water.

You guys know I don’t have much will power when it comes to beauty related items, and so…..I purchased it!



$42 for 1 oz

Available in 8 shades.

I purchased mine in light/neutral.


What it is:
A sheer-to-medium BB water with a liquid-silk texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop.

What it is formulated to do:
– Oil-free formulation with built-in primer water technology that creates a liquid silk-consistency to glide easily onto your face and moves with the skin
– Features SPF 30 sun protection
– Comes in eight shades

This multitasking BB water with SPF 30 is an ultra-hydrating and oil-free formula that creates a sheer, radiant finish that lasts all day. It delivers a demi-matte complexion that’s never flat, creating a natural-looking canvas, and it minimizes the look of fine lines, pores, and blemishes. This unique BB water allows you to build coverage and does not cause any drying, cracking, or caking during wear.

I initially purchased this in the shade medium, but it was a little too dark for me and had more of a pink undertone.

The shade light/neutral is a bit light for me right now (it will perfect in Fall and Winter), but the undertone works well.

This has a dropper which is necessary since the consistency of the product is very watery and thin.


I choose to use my fingers to apply this since it is so thin.  It blended in very easily and evenly with minimal work.

With one layer I achieved light coverage.  Some of my redness was concealed and it did help even out my skin tone.

I choose to build the coverage up more and added a little more product to my trouble areas.

This gave me more of a medium coverage.

 It did feel a little heavy because I added more product, but wasn’t uncomfortable to wear.

I have combination skin so anything that is meant to be moisturizing scares me  little bit.  It typically means I will become an oily monster within the next few hours.

And sure enough…it happened.

The product never set into my skin so that bothered me (and transferred too!)

But I became oily within 2 hours of application and was constantly blotting and re-applying powder throughout the day.

I usually only have to blot and re-powder once on a normal basis.

I also notice the product wearing down pretty quickly (around hour 4).

Needless to say, this is not the product for me.

If you have drier skin this will most likely work better for you!

One other thing I want to mention:

Many people are saying this foundation is the same as the new Mac Studio Waterweight foundation.

I tried a sample of this and compared it to the Smashbox and it’s 100% true!

They are exactly the same formula!

The great thing is the Mac foundation has way more shades (23 in total) and is less expensive ($33 instead of Smashbox’s $42).

So if you were thinking about trying this out….I would go with Mac!!

Wishing you a beautiful and wonderful day!

xoxo Lizzie♥


14 Comments Add yours

  1. aishavander says:

    Your review was so helpful because I’ve seen a few sponsored YouTube videos about this bb water and I didn’t know whether to trust them! I don’t think I’m gonna spend the money now cos I have oily skin too 😛

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    1. I know what you mean! I’m finding it more difficult to trust youtubers because so many of they are sponsored and don’t give their honest opinion anymore! Thanks for your sweet comment!! 🙂

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      1. aishavander says:

        I know right, I guess they gotta do what they have to to make money 😦

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      2. That’s true. But they won’t be getting any more of my money!! Ha ha Do you have a favorite high end brand?


      3. aishavander says:

        Ahaha yeah mine neither! I would say Charlotte tilbury but it’s super expensive, or maybe Nars 🙂 what’s yours??

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      4. I’ve been hearing amazing things about Charlotte tilbury! I’ve never tried anything though. Nars is always good and I also really like Tarte.


  2. The Glam Gala says:

    I just can’t bring myself to jump on board with the Smashbox Water products (especially the primer.) I feels like such a waste of money to be buying a bottle of is essentially just water.

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    1. That’s how I feel too. And they make their products so expensive when it’s really just a watered down foundation.

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  3. Heidie says:

    BB water…just got used to BB and CC creams 😀

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    1. Ha ha! That was my first thought too! I can’t keep up!!!!

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  4. Such a great review and attention to details are really crystal clear. On the whole,
    I love this post completely well.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. You’re so kind! Thank you 🙂

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  5. shayfabs says:

    Great review! And I’m with Heidie – I’m just now getting used to a bb creams, ha! I don’t think I’d like water anything when it comes to makeup. I just don’t see how it can absorb into your skin well. I have a sample of their water primer which I received with my last ULTA purchase. It’s just sitting there because I have no interest.

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    1. It’s the latest trend I guess. I just don’t like paying for watered down foundation. I think it could work well for someone with dry skin, but since I have combo skin it just doesn’t really work!

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