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Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15


Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

What it is:A vitamin-packed moisturizer with a hint of color.What it does:Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer is a lightweight, revolutionary sheer color formula for naturally radiant skin. A healthy complexion starts with unique citrus honey ingredients for long-lasting hydration and oil absorption, with UVA/UVB SPF 15 added to guard against future sun damage. Vitamins C and E offer protection against free radicals and antiaging peptides improve elasticity. Skin stays flawless and protected with a smooth, matte finish all day long.What else you need to know:The moisturizer does not contain oil, paraben, or fragrance.
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15

Question
What shade is right for me?
I have very fair skin, and i want full coverage and a slight glow/ tan effect...

& also how long does it take for the color to show up??
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(NY)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,

The best thing to do is go into a Sephora near you and let the consultant help you find exactly what you want. This may not be the correct product for what you need. The consultant can help you determine what you want the product to do, and then help you with the right color. Plus, she can also give you samples to make sure you like it. Smashbox has other products which might fit the bill and if not, there's other brands, too.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
dreamyone
(EVERYTHING IS BLOOMING IN THE SOUTH)
answer 2
I think the fair or luminous would be great for you. It has some coverage but if you are looking for more full coverage I would try the healthy definition foundation from Smashbox in F0.
I don't think you would get a tan look from these though. The color takes just seconds to blend into your skin.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
MakeUpRocks
(New Hampshire)
answer 3
No. This is not a fake tanning product, the color won't "show up". Its a tinted moisturizer, which means it offers light to medium coverage. It works like a creamier and sheerer foundation.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
smashboxlover
answer 4
Medium shows up tan for me when I am very tan, so get the lighter shade. color shows up right away and beautifully.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
Eleanora
(chicago IL)
answer 5
If you are looking for full coverage then this product would not be for you as it is a sheer formula. Dior, Clinique, Lancome, CK and LORAC to mention a few make excellent foundations. Try your luck there instead!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
mhwhetsell
(Tennessee)
answer 6
When looking for a foundations color match I always test. Most women test on their arms, but you should always test on your face. Ask for help when going in a Sephora store and they will be more then happy to assist you. Because I dont know your extact match without seeing you I advise you experiment. Color should show up quickly. Then add a light bronzer, nothing dark or orange based. Try Warmth from Bare Minerals. Perfect for all skin tones! Hope that helps!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
lisssa71
(Denver, Co)
answer 7
I think the fair shade would be best for you as it works for very light and light skin tones. The color shows right away when you apply it.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
glamourgirl19
(Mount Prospect, IL)
answer 8
this is not a full coverage foundation. it is a tint and is very sheer. the color shows immediately
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
special
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 9
immediately
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
retiredmom
(phila pa)
answer 10
I don't think this will be the product you are looking for. This is more like a lightweight foundation, not a tanning lotion.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
soccermama
(Round Rock, Texas)
answer 11
To find the right color you'll have to go into the store and try on a few to make sure. The coverage is good enough to cover up without looking heavy. Does give a nice tan glow.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
RayNay
(Gilbert, AZ)
Question
Does this cover acne scars?
I have a few spots and acne scars & i just want something to cover them up w/o wearing too much make-up. I'm torn between buying this or the Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer

thanks
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
eisha
(Huntington Beach,CA)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
No. This product does not cover my acne scars, though it makes them less noticeable. It has very sheer coverage.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
deathydesires
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
This will not "cover" scars. Depending on how dark the scars are, it will lighten them. If you want to cover imperfections, a tinted moisturizer is not what you want.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nikkithediva
(Laurel, MD)
answer 3
I think you could get something a little heavier with more coverage; this tends to just even out skin tone.
answered 3 years ago
bellaby
(Palmer Lake, CO)
answer 4
I have both products. Trust me it will be with your money. I have fair skin with redness and a few zits here and there. But the 17$ smash box primer because you only use a little, youll be amazed at how soft your skin is and it prevents from getting more acne from your make up. Also get the tinted moisturizer to help your foundation and powder apply evenly and easily. You end up using less make up. So you put on the primer then the tinted moisturizer and then foundation and a little loose or pressed powder. The primer and tinted moisturizer provide little coverage but protect your skin, help your make up go on evenly, also helps to use less make up so your skin won't look cakey. It leaves your skin with a dewy fresh look. It's worth it. Both.
answered 3 years ago
mkeupbeutyqueen
(Syracuse, Ny)
answer 5
This has a very light coverage and while it's better than nothing for my acne scars, I would only recommend for very light scarring.
answered 3 years ago
ieatthewalrus
(OK)
answer 6
totally get the moisturizer! the primer will not cover the imperfections, it just help the makeup last longer and create a smooth silky surface for the skin, its just to prep your skin. i chose this over the primer and its really good. very lighweight also
answered 3 years ago
kariigirl
answer 7
This is a tinted moisturizer not a foundation so you're not going to get complete coverage of your acne scars. However, as a fellow acne-sufferer myself I can say that this moisturizer does minimize their appearance and gives your face an overall even finish.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
msmac1788
(Lexington, OH)
Question
Should I wear foundation primer under this?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
gabrielletracy
(21122)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I wear this over Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer (Light). It helps the tinted moisturizer last longer on my oily skin.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
deathydesires
(San Diego, CA)
answer 2
You really don't need to. It has replaced my daytime moisturizer, primer and foundation.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
cael
answer 3
I don't think its necessary, but you certainly could.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
deb1018
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 4
I do. i find its easier to go on but its just personal perfence.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mac98
answer 5
you should first where the foundation primer and then wear the sheer focus tinted moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
babyjedi
(league city, tx)
answer 6
I tried this alone, over moisturizer, over MAC primer, and over Too Faced primer.
I think it really is a stand alone product. I felt like the best finish came from using it alone over clean toned skin. If you tend towards the drier side of things, it works over oil free and water based moisturizers, but I found it to get slightly chunky over primers and oil based moisturizers.

I have combination skin, oily in my Tzone, drier on my cheeks and around my mouth. But I have HUGE pores on my nose and on my cheeks close to my nose. This is the only tinted moisturizer I have tried that doesnt seem to magnify my pores. In fact I think the finish minimizes the look of them, without feeling like my pores have been "filled in" like primer sometimes makes me feel.
I love this on its own, if I feel like I want extra shine control, I top it with MUFE HD powder or MAC skinfinish natural.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
sylph1212
(Avon Lake, OH)
answer 7
Yes it will make it last longer.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
texilexi
(Dallas, TX)
Question
Color for fair skin?
Anyone else have very fair skin? I am very pale-- I often have trouble finding makeup that is not too dark/ too orangey. Is anyone else in the same situation, and which color of this do you use? Thanks!
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
shaunaq
(Portland, OR)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,

I have very pale skin and Luminous is for me. However, a friend who has similar skin needs fair. The best thing you can do regarding which shade or product to choose, is to go to a Sephora if one is near you. The consultants there are trained to help customers pick perfect shades and the right products, addressing each issue the customer might have. Sometimes what has been suggested to me has been surprising, but they're always right. Having someone on a review board suggest a shade or product is based on someone else's perspective never having seen you or your skin.

If there is not a Sephora near you, I suggest you call the 877-SEPHORA toll free line and they'll also be pleased to give you a phone consultation. This way you can get something perfectly suited to what you need, and not what someone reviewing here happens to personally favor for themselves. The Sephora consultants are much more objective and can deal with all sorts of skin conditions and issues and shade selections much better than any of us can, when it deals with specific issues.

The return policy is excellent if there is a problem with a product. However, if a consultant helps, either on the phone or in person, problems in shade selection are rare.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
I agree that Luminous would be a great match for your skin. I am also very fair and it's tough to find natural looking light tones, but this was perfect. It's cooler toned than the fair shade, and would be less noticeable.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
HelloMokona
(Michigan)
answer 3
Update: Luminous was the best match. Fair was a little too orange-y.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
shaunaq
(Portland, OR)
answer 4
Luminous is the color I use and I have fair, pale skin.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
babyjane
(Boise, ID)
answer 5
Luminous was the color I picked for my fair skin, it is a bit more glowy than the light shade. I think the luminous would be for you if you want really sheer coverage and a bit of a glow, and light if you want a more natural finish.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
VickiT
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 6
Hi - I am quite pale with freckles. To put into perspective, when I buy foundation I usually buy either the lightest (if it only comes in a handful of shades) or the second lightest (if it comes in many shades). I am using the shade called Light for this product and it's perfect on me. I think this product runs a bit lighter than you would think.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
therealemelle
(San Jose, CA)
Question
does this tinted moisturizer cover redness and blemishes?
i've tried laura mercier be4, and it's great. but the price is too high for me. i don't want to spend more than $40 on a tinted moisturizer (that's more expensive than my foundation). i'm looking for a tinted moisturizer than will provide enough coverage to cover redness and blemishes.
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
CitrusLily
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
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answer 1
I used L.M before as well but also found it to be an expensive habit. This product has a light veil coverage to it, and you will find that it covers mild redness beautifully..I wouldnt use this for blemished skin though, you may want to consider a full coverage foundation for a more flawless result.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
diygou
(Toronto, CANADA)
answer 2
I have roseacea, and this did it for me. However, since Sephora stores allow you to try products before you buy them, why not go to a store and see for yourself?
answered 4 years ago
allicat600
(Rego Park, NY)
answer 3
I have ance and redness so i thought this would be better than foundation but it didn't cover the acne but it did cover the redness.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
sephorafoxx
(Santa Barbara,CA)
answer 4
Personally for me, this does not cover redness, i like the typical woman carry redness around the nose, between the eye brows and random blemish here and there. This is VERY sheer coverage buildable but very sheer. you would have to use a concealer seperately to cover the blemish you want as this did not even out my skin tone as much as i wanted. I would suggest though it itsn't a tinted mosturizer NARS sheer glow, it does cover redness and for only i believe 42$ a little goes along way and goes on sheer.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
brittz254
(Seattle)
answer 5
For me it neutralizes a little bit of the redness on my face, but it definitely doesn't cover any blemishes like a regular foundation would.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
JeniKate
(Normal, IL)
answer 6
This is a very sheer tinted moisturizer and I do not think it will cover blemishes or redness.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tasha506
(New York, NY)
Question
How well does this product work with combination skin?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
cokerette
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think it would work well with combination skin. Its moisturizing for the dry zones yet the matte finish does not make oily areas look shiny.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Digigal
(Edmoanton, AB)
answer 2
I have combination skin and have used this product for 2 or 3 years now. It doesn't bother my skin at all, which is very rare.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
trx4kids
(Baton Rouge, LA)
answer 3
I have combination skin and I actually thought it helped my blemishes even when I took it off. It worked really well on though.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
pupuplatter
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 4
I have combo skin & it works great ! I put Laura Mercier's translucent powder over to set. Works like a charm !
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
ashlielgrant
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I believe Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer would work well on combination skin. I have extremely dry skin, and this would not be enough moisture for me in the cold weather. However, even on a warm day, it was not at all greasy feeling or looking. I hope this helps!
answered 4 years ago
allicat600
(Rego Park, NY)
answer 6
This product is perfect for combo skin! It is oil-free and provides a nice glow to the skin without being oily, yet it also provides a bit of moisture for the dry areas of your face.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
janeausten9
(Philadelphia, PA)
Question
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer or Smashbox Tinted Moisturizer?
The question is pretty self-explanatory. I just don' t want to spend $42 on a tinted moisturizer if Smashbox's is better.
Thanks!
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
lolomarie
(SoCal, CA)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't think either of them are completely waterproof. I JUST switched from Laura Mercier to Smashbox since Laura Mercier felt heavier and more difficult to blend.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
pabos
(Boston, MA)
answer 2
I have tried a number of tinted moisturizers and like the Smashbox - price, coverage etc.. cannot beat it!! I typically use the luminous as I am very fair but will try another shade for more color as I am almost ready to reorder another..
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mare1
(Milford, NH)
answer 3
laura mericer
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mac98
answer 4
I've used both and I like the Smashbox better. It's more lightweight and I think it blends better. With the LM, I always felt like I had a layer of something on. Definitely go with the Smashbox.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
jgeorgieva
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I preferred Laura Mercier's, personally. I think it was a little more versatile with respect to coverage. However, I'm using Smashbox now and it's great. The lightest one is a little orangey on me, but I have a very very light complexion without much yellow in it. According to the sales rep, this one gives the best hydration which helps keep oil under control. My skin tends to be oily so I never use liquid foundation, but with this tinted moisturizer oil hasn't been an issue at all! All in all, if you're looking for value, do Smashbox. Especially if you don't have the palest complexion. It really is great.
-Maddie
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
madisonrclark
(Oklahoma City, OK)
answer 6
I have used Laura Mercier's and Bobbi Brown's and loved both, but got Smashbox for the price difference. So far I am very pleased, except that I chose to dark a shade.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
gal4sh
(Pinedale, WY)
Question
Is this water-proof?
I need a tinted moisturizer for summer. Please and Thank You :)
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
jeuxd
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This washes right off for me too.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
lleessaa08
(Austin, Texas)
answer 2
It is not waterproof
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
penguin53
(Sunrise, Florida)
answer 3
No it's not waterproof, but I personally think it would be ok for the pool. If you're looking for waterproof with sheer/ light coverage look at face & body foundations. They're water based and waterproof! Hope this helps! :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
abaker
(Saint Louis, MO)
answer 4
i live in Louisiana and the humidity is high! At the end of the day, I still have this makeup on.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
jenlsu
(Prairieville, LA)
answer 5
It might be water-resistant, but I don't think it's waterproof. And remember that it's moisturizer, not foundation, so it's designed to soak into your skin over time, not just lay on top of it.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
triedit4
(NY, NY)
answer 6
I'd say it's water-resistant... I think it would stay put with some exposure to water, but it definitely won't last after swimming. I've worn it to the beach and to my outdoor job a couple of times and it'll get me through a few hours of sun/sweat/water, then it'll fade by the end of the day. I'm pretty active though, so for less strenuous activities I think it holds up pretty well for a generally lightweight product. Give it a shot, I love this stuff.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
coralsage
(Healdsburg, CA)
Question
worn UNDER EYES??????
can this be worn under eyes, under concealer to help with dark circles?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
lilbutton
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes,yes,yes it provides little coverage but it helps foundation and powder apply evenly and easier.
answered 3 years ago
mkeupbeutyqueen
(Syracuse, Ny)
answer 2
This does not work very well as a concealer.
answered 3 years ago
ieatthewalrus
(OK)
answer 3
i wouldnt really recommend it for your under eye, it dosnt really cover it very well and gives off some sort of a glowy sheen to it, not in a good way. its soo amazing on your face though. i would try their concelear stick for the eyes.
answered 3 years ago
kariigirl
answer 4
This product isn't really good for under eye circles. For best results I recommend using cover FX: conceal FX camouflage concealer, it's the best for dark circles!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
mariamaria808
(Honolulu, Hawaii)
answer 5
Yes, but you are not going to get the coverage you need. I recommend you use Laura Mercier under eye concealer. Don't put on too much, because it will accentuate any wrinkles. Also, never forget to set with transluscent powder.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
gold80
(Los Angeles, Ca)
answer 6
I wear it under my eyes also but first use concealer and then blend this over the concealer and the rest of my face for a more natural look
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
adilettante1
(Radnor, PA)
Question
is this for dark skin that is oily and acne prone
I'm looking for a product that I can use for the summertime;as it gets hotter in NY my makeup disappears on my skin.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
roxandra
(Bronx,NY)
on Sheer Focus Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
If by acne-prone you mean, "If I don't wash my face at least twice a day little evil white men will burrow themselves under my skin and plot to ruin my social life," then yes, I too have the same issues as you. I have a dark complexion and my skin will get very oily if I do not moisturize. I was actually shopping in Sephora one day and one of their beauty consultants brought it to my attention that my skin may be over-producing oil in attempts to moisturize my initially dry skin. So in the summer when the days get hot in Westchester county, I wash my face in the morning with an oil fighting cleanser, slap on the Smashbox tinted moisturizer and some eyeshadow and go buy some groceries. Maybe some concealer and powder if I know the cute butcher is working.

Hope this helps
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
mangofiend
(Croton on Hudson, NY)
answer 2
I have very oily, acne-prone skin that breaks out easily. I broke out a bit the first few days of using this product, but it hasn't caused break outs since. It keeps my skin matte much longer than other foundations and tinted moisturizers that I've tried, which is great.
I use this over the Smashbox Light Primer, and set it with Tarte's Amazonian Clay loose powder. Stays put for most of the day!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
deathydesires
(San Diego, CA)
answer 3
My skin is acne-prone and oily. I know exactly what you are going through. I wear this in the summer and touch up with matte powder as needed. I don't feel weighed down by makeup and I have a nice light coverage. It is a bit greasy going on, though, so you may want to take that into consideration.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
nikkithediva
(Laurel, MD)
answer 4
Yes, I have oily skin and only use oil free products. It is very light, but if you are like me who also wants coverage to cover up scars, it might be too sheer.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
gold80
(Los Angeles, Ca)
answer 5
Works for me. I use medium. Coverage is light. Perfect for hot humid summers. I ust tarte smooth operator over this product to finish. Lasts all day.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kizzles
(Chtitsiansted, VI)
answer 6
I have a deep medium brown complexion and I use it everyday in the summer. I wasnt sure at first because there's only one shade for darker complexions but it worked out. I use this with the smashbox primer to help it stay when its really hot.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
fefe33
(philadelphia, pa)
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