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Smashbox High Definition Concealer

What it is:A liquid concealer that masks dark circles and imperfections.What it does:Smashbox High Definition Concealer covers imperfections and dark circles with a weightless, good-for-your-skin liquid formula that leaves a natural finish and provides buildable coverage. Cell-energizing Ribose renews the appearance of skin, and soft focus pearls deflect light to minimize the appearance of blemishes and fine lines.
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Do you go lighter or darker than my foundation for concealer?
I need to buy concealer, but I don't know if I should go a shade darker, lighter, and/or the same color as my foundation??

thank you
asked 4 years, 7 months ago
Eeny
(Winchester, VA)
on High Definition Concealer
8 answers
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answer 1
It's really the best thing to go into a store and have one of the Sephora associates do the shade matching. If you really cannot go in person, the next best thing is to go only one shade lighter.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 2
If I had to choose between one that was an exact match and one that was slightly lighter I might go slightly lighter, but only in certain circumstances. First, if you want to use this on your upper lid, it might be good to go a hair lighter than your usual foundation because upper lids are almost always a bit lighter and it does look odd if you have a darker lid. Also, lighter colors on the upper lid help open the eye up, so you'll look a bit more rested with a slightly lighter upper lid. If you're planning to use this under the eyes too, then it's hit and miss to choose a lighter shade. If it's much lighter, you'll end up drawing attention to the lower lid area. If it's only slightly lighter, though, you can achieve a brightening effect.

The most important thing to do is to use a very light hand and a concealer brush to buff this product onto the delicate skin around the eyes. That will give you the most natural finish despite what color you choose.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
sbsunshine
(Santa Barbara, CA)
answer 3
The old way? Go lighter. IMO this just calls attention to the area and is especially bad if you have any puffiness. Light colors advance and look bigger (think of white pants and a not-so-slim rear) and can result in the reverse raccoon look. I say match your make-up. I have had a hard time convincing even some cosmetic consultants of this, but they are often surprised at the result when I insist. Give it a try.
answered 4 years ago
wallflowerartist
(Amelia Island, FL)
answer 4
I would go a half shade lighter, not too light or you'll look like an owl.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Shersing
(Beverly Hills, CA)
answer 5
I use both the fair concealer and fair foundation (I got a sample package initially that had them both together.) They work really well together for me.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
meryl88
(Olive Branch, MS)
answer 6
It depends on what area you're trying to cover up. If you're covering up dark under eye circles, go a little lighter than your foundation. If you just want to cover up blemishes and other spots, definitely stick with the same colour as your foundation so there aren't any differently coloured blotches on your face
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
tan20
(Calgary, AB)
answer 7
try it on in the store and see how it looks. you should be able to wear your concealer alone, so it should be close to your skin tone.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
KenzieGirl
(Alamo, CA)
answer 8
i would personally go the same shade or lighter with my concealer, and use ur normal shade foundation...that way if u use darker concealer u might have dark spots that point out ur imperfections...even tho they're beautiful ;)
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
kasdianne
(Houston, TX)
Question
Do I apply this concealer under or over foundation?
I have very fair skin with an ever-increasing amount of red undertone & blotches. My skin tone is cool, so I also have bluish under-eye circles. I am ever on the lookout for a good concealer, and the Smashbox HD concealer was recommended. I am not sure how I feel about it as I have only used it twice. How do I get good coverage without looking cake-y? I was told to never put powder on the top of the concealer - but what about oil issues?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
autonoe
(El Granada, CA)
on High Definition Concealer
6 answers
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answer 1
Someone once gave some great advice for this very situation and I've found it to hold true for everyone I've put makeup on ( which is a lot). Always apply foundation first and concealer second because foundation is going to give you some coverage and then the concealer will make up the difference. Which is way better then applying too much makeup. Its easy to apply more if needed but harder to remove too much. Another great tip : some concealers can be dry and difficult to blend into the skin you can mix some concealer and foundation together on your hand and then apply it to your skin for a even finish.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
daL6
(Portland, OR)
answer 2
This concealer is so awesomely light that you can use it under OR over your foundation, whatever is more comfortable for you.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 3
Under, because it will get flaky if you don't set it with concealer. I learned this the hard way, and it looks much better now that I've been putting my concealer over it. :)
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
ilikepistachios
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 4
I'm pretty fair too and one of the things I've gotten pretty religious about is an eye cream. I found that no matter what concealer I was using, it never looked as good as when I used an eye cream and helped to take care of any caking or coverage issues. I also use a powder foundation and don't actually even go under my eyes with it once I use this concealer because I don't think it needs to-you might find it does.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Blueyes
(NYC, NY)
answer 5
I put this on first to cover by "age spots" and bruise looking under eye circles. It covers beautifully without being cakey. I often don't even use foundation over it because it leaves such a beautiful radiant finish to my skin and blends nicely. This is the first and only product that actually works for me! I hope it works for you as well!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
karirn
(Syracuse, NY)
answer 6
I use it under my foundation for blemishes and on top of foundation for under the eyes to hide circles and brighten up the eye a bit. As far as powder goes Sephora got me hooked on Make up Forever's HD Microfinish powder that I apply at the very end. I have oily skin and have found that this works best for me.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kristielyn
(Forest Grove, OR)
Question
Does it hide puffiness under eyes
tan skin
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
Dancegirl983
(Seattle, WA)
on High Definition Concealer
5 answers
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answer 1
This really hides dark circles. For puffiness, you really should use under-eye serums or cooling gels (the better ones come with rollerballs). Just search under-eye cooling gels around Sephora.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 2
Nothing really hides puffy because it's not a color. Some people have said to put a slightly darker color on the highest (point that is most puffed) and a lighter were the puff receads. Kind of a optical illusion. In theory it works I guess I havn't quite masterd it yet but I sure am trying. Best of luck...
answered 4 years ago
campbellc092
answer 3
It is hard to hide puffiness, and I confess I resorted to surgery for this problem, but in general the old rule of going a shade lighter for under eye circles just calls attention to the problem in my opinion. I say don't go any lighter than your foundation, light colors advance and the last thing one wants is the puffs to look "puffier"!
answered 4 years ago
wallflowerartist
(Amelia Island, FL)
answer 4
I don't have trouble with puffiness, however it does a great job of covering the darkier part's on my face (i.e. under eye and chin).
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
bailee4
(Philadelphia, PA)
answer 5
Doesn't hide completely, but definitely helps!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
thanksbliss
(Los Angeles, CA)
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i always choose the wrong shade
i choose the lightest and it's generally incorrect although my coloring is very fair. suggestions please. my complexion is fair (golden rose undertone i would say). blonde hair, green eyes).
thank you
asked 4 years ago
queensgirl57
(coral springs fl)
on High Definition Concealer
5 answers
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answer 1
You sound like fair/light. However, here is a tip for picking out your color concealer.

(Oh, and I suggest trying it out in the store before you buy it.)

Use your ring finger (or brush) to dab the concealer underneath your eye. If it makes your undereye look grey, then the color is too light for you. Try the next shade up. Concealer should be a bit lighter than your foundation or about the same. At least that is my opinion. I like to wear makeup and make it look like I am not wearing makeup.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
jerseymc
(New Jersey)
answer 2
Try the Smashbox HD Concealer in Fair/Light. I have the same problem with other brands because I am too dark for the lightest shade and too light for the next darker shade and have golden undertones. That makes many make-up colors look too pink on me and I used to have trouble finding the right colored make-up -- until I found Smashbox.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
answer 3
I was doing the same think for ever. What I do now it pick out the shade I am drawn to initally then go one shade darker. Because you don't want a shade lighter then your skin it will just highlight the area you want it a bit darker not much just enought. With this I can finally get ahold on the darker areas under my eyes. Also I tend to have a pinkish undertone as I'm quite fair skinned but I went out on a lime and tried a slightly yellow based color and found that I was much more happy.... just some thoughts.
answered 4 years ago
campbellc092
answer 4
I have a light complexion, blue eyes and blonde hair. I choice "fairly light" shade of concealer and it blends in perfect with my foundation.
answered 4 years ago
starsilver
(Madison, WI)
answer 5
Because your concealer is supposed to be a shade lighter than your natural skintone anyway, I recommend the color Fair. I have the color Fair/Light, and I'm light with olive undertones, and I find it to match my skintone a little bit too well (I say that, because again, it's supposed to be a shade lighter).
answered 4 years ago
beautyinsider09
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Blemishes
How does this concealer stack up againist blemishes? Would you reccommend it so someone with acne?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
on High Definition Concealer
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes yes yes yes yes! It will cover anything if applied properly. First I put it on the blemish with a concealer brush--just on the blemish itself, not the area around it. Then I have an airbrush concealer pro brush from sephora that I "buff" it with. Works every time.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
NNorS
answer 2
This is actually great for covering acne. I have combination skin so I break out here and there, but since this concealer is so concentrated and lightweight, you do not need to use a lot in order to cover discolorations and really stays on all day. Not oily at all. Just be sure to take care and wash your face twice a day.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 3
I used this product on my blemishes and was amazed by the results. I use Differin Gel which really dries out my blemishes as they heal. A lot of concealers and foundation accentuate dryness. I am in love with Smashbox products because they even out my skintone and minimize the appearance of dryness. This concealer fully covered my blemishes and my skin looks flawless. I use a concealer brush to apply this product and a little goes a long way. I squeeze the tube ever so slightly to make a little bit of product appear, dab my brush in it, and apply to my face. I don't waste any product and it goes on smoothly with the brush, blending in perfeclty.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
lisapisa
(Atlanta, GA)
answer 4
It' so thinck that it actually enhanses the appearance of blemishes etc!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
matrioshka
(Marin County, CA)
Question
is this item waterproof?
asked 3 years, 5 months ago
camdansmom
(Sherman Oaks, CA)
on High Definition Concealer
4 answers
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answer 1
If you plan on crying, swimming, or sticking your face out in the rain, then maybe you should skip concealer all together. Otherwise, this is lightweight, very blendable, covers up all day and I think it's the best concealer out there.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 2
It's not waterproof, which does mean that if a longer wear time is desired a primer is probably necessary. As well as for any circumstance where you might sweat--photo shoots, exercise, etc.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
laurared
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 3
No, this product is not waterproof. However, it is watery.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
delmarmama
(Del Mar, CA)
answer 4
I love this product, but it's not water proof.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
eramcowlas
Question
Fine lines
Does this concealer seep into under eye fine lines?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
on High Definition Concealer
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
Not at all. In fact I think this diminishes the look of the fine lines and wrinkles.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
Riley
(San Diego CA)
answer 2
Not as much as many others - more on the inner corners than the outer edges.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
murph89
(Lincoln, NE)
answer 3
No, not if used sparingly. But it IS hard to get the right amount out of the tube without wasting a lot of product.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
janacool
(Cool, CA)
Question
this or amazing cosmetics?
which one has better coverage?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
misics
on High Definition Concealer
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I think this is the best concealer I've ever used.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Shersing
(Beverly Hills, CA)
answer 2
I was actually at Ulta and tried both, one under each eye. While I liked the Amazing sample I got from Sephora, side by side I liked this one better. The Amazing is very thick and can be hard to blend in on that delicate area. This had very good coverage and I didn't feel like I was tugging on my eye. This also seemed to brighten up the area better. I'm buying this one now.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
ambermh
(Northern VA)
answer 3
this one, it you can get over having to squeeze it out EVERY time and storing it upside down 24/7
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
KenzieGirl
(Alamo, CA)
Question
Does it go on before or after foundation
and approximately how long does it last?
asked 3 years, 11 months ago
vanityprincess
(NY)
on High Definition Concealer
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
I asked one of the sales associates at a Sephora store and they said because it's so great and lightweight, it can go on before OR after your foundation. Just a matter of whatever you are comfortable doing. Also, it lasts all day, which is why I think this concealer is the best. And trust me, I have tried A LOT of concealers.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 2
Thank you ginger022! Also how long does the bottle last?
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
vanityprincess
(NY)
answer 3
i put it on after foundation to conceal any blemishes foundation did not cover up. for me it lasted until i washed my face.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
ginger022
Question
Is this product noncomodegenic?
I have acne prone skin that has been worse lately. I love this concealer, but I want to be sure it is not making my skin worse. Does anyone know if it clogs pores?
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
on High Definition Concealer
3 answers
Answers
answer 1
It does not clog pores! Coming from someone who is acne prone and has gone through so many concealers, I believe this Smashbox HD is the best!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
JDMarie
(Addison, IL)
answer 2
I have acne-prone skin and I haven't had any problems at all.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
ratri
(Orlando, FL)
answer 3
It doesn't contain any mineral oil or petroleum or petrolatum (the main pore clogger in most) so it's better than others but, it does have sodium chloride which is just salt and that can clog your pores and irritate skin. This is a better choice than most others I've found though.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
anna507
(Kailua, HI)
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