REVIEW: SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Water

Today I wanted to introduce you to my new favourite, the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water.  This bottle of goodness is like no other I’ve tried before, but my gosh does it work!

There are so many reasons I love this; from it’s priming, hydrating and protecting features as well as more benefits in just one drop that you can read about below…


Firstly, I think the pictures above explain ALOT about why this is my new go-to base product.  For a product so lightweight and hydrating, it perfects and smooths out all of my imperfections.  As you guys know I suffer from quite bad acne and for me to feel confident wearing just a BB Water outside of the house is an achievement in itself.

The consistency of this foundation really needs boasting about; it really is like a water.  The formula is so thin that I thought it couldn’t possibly cover my acne scarring but it does in a way that is so beautiful and flattering – it’s almost like a water-like veil.  I love that it doesn’t feel heavy or cake-y on the skin, in fact when I wear this my skin feels completely bare which I love.

Not only does the product perfect, but it also primes (I think this is one of the reasons it’s so flattering on my skin, as it also blurs out pores, fine lines and blemishes) as well as hydrates and protects with SPF 30 all with a few drops of the product.  It also contains no oil or alcohol which means it won’t cling to your dry patches or leave you looking too ‘flat’, but it leaves me with a sheer but build-able finish which I just adore.  This also means that it’s much more long lasting than your average BB cream which I find tend to slip off after a couple of hours wear.

As a brand, Smashbox have been one of my favourites for a long time now.  I find them so inspiring – the fact that the beauty brand was born out of a real photo studio – the legendary Smashbox Studios in L.A.  As a photographer myself I know that if a beauty product can withstand hours on a face in the tough environment of a studio (in front of hot lights and long hours) it can definitely look incredible and last a day in real life – let’s face it, our lives can be crazy and demanding too with long hours and often hardly time to touch up throughout the day, so I feel confident with the brand to make me look brill whether I’m filming for my channel or popping out for lunch with friends.

I also want to highlight the shade range available, as you guys also know I find it SO difficult to find base products pale enough for my skin but their shade ‘Fair’ is absolutely perfect for me… couldn’t be more happy with this new find.

What are your thoughts on a BB Water?  Would you try it?

Smashbox say: Meet our first and only BB with a water-like texture that delivers multiple benefits in just one drop. This featherweight formula primes, perfects, protects and hydrates. Oil-free. Alcohol-free. Perfect for all skin types. BB Water creates a sheer, radiant finish that makes you really love your skin.

Compensation was provided by Smashbox via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smashbox.



  1. September 30, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Sound like a wonderful product! Lightweight, but gorgeous coverage. Winner.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger

  2. Maria
    September 30, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    Looks so good! I have similar skin to you I think and I recently tried the new No7 Airbrush Away foundation and it had pretty much the same effect. A lot of brands are bringing out this kind of formula – it makes me so happy! I finally don't feel like I have to slap loads of sticky makeup on!

  3. September 30, 2015 / 4:34 pm

    This looks amazing! I think I heard wayne goss say that it's the same as the new mac waterweight foundation which looks beautiful too xxx

    Karan| studentbeautyhack

  4. September 30, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    It looks so beautiful on, I can't believe a BB water can give that much coverage!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  5. September 30, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    I've lost count of the amount of foundation recommendations i've got from this blog… this is yet another. The end result looks amazing!

  6. September 30, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    This sounds amazing! Your skin looks great! I need to try this!

    Lauren x |

  7. September 30, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Wow the foundation made a huge difference! I'll definitely check this out! I love lightweight products


  8. September 30, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    This looks amazing! I like how you said that it was lightweight because these will be perfect for me especially for those days where I feel like not wearing a bunch of makeup. Does this product transfer though?

  9. September 30, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    wow the difference this makes on the skin is absolutely amazing. I suffer from blemishes so I always feel like a thick foundation is better as it will provide better coverage but that obviously isn't the case. I'd love to try this Smashbox product!

  10. September 30, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    This sounds and looks amazing! I really need to try more Smashbox products out.

    Claire | | xx

  11. October 1, 2015 / 1:10 am

    The coverage of this looks amazing! And lightweight…. Can a girl ask for more?
    The Beauty Bloss

  12. October 1, 2015 / 7:18 am

    That looks amazing! I thought it was basically impossible to find a foundation that manages to cover up blemishes AND still be lightweight/look like actual skin… I have to get my hands on this stuff!

    Misia xx

  13. October 1, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Amazing coverage from such a lightweight product! I've never tried Smashbox before so I'll keep my eyes out for this 🙂

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  14. October 1, 2015 / 9:29 am

    It's incredible, right! I use the MAC Waterweight Foundation now which has the same formula.

  15. October 1, 2015 / 11:25 am

    This sounds beautiful! I have been so intrigued about this launch – it sounded almost too good to be true.

    Rachel |

  16. October 1, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    The coverage is incredible while still looking pretty natural. Will have to find a sample and give it a try. x

    Renata | Diorshow Mascara Giveaway

  17. October 1, 2015 / 7:17 pm

    This is amazing, I have been wanting to try out their BB Water but didn't know if it was worth spending the money. After seeing this article I definitly need to buy it and do a review over it!

  18. October 2, 2015 / 11:44 am

    What skin type do you think this suites? I have oily skin and i'm really interested to see if it would last on mine!

  19. October 2, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    This sounds incredible!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

  20. October 3, 2015 / 7:53 pm

    Oh my goodness! This product looks amazing! I'm not sure where I have been but I hadn't heard of this before, definitely need to try it now though. Looks like it would definitely be worth the money x

  21. October 5, 2015 / 3:23 pm

    This looks amazing!! I cannot wait to try it, I feel like I have been looking for this product forever!!

    Check out my blog on natural make-up!

    Styling Happiness xoxo

  22. October 5, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    Ohh i really want to try out this product, seems to be that we have a
    simular skin type, definetly looking in to it.
    Thanks for a great post x

  23. October 5, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    Have you tried the MAC version of this foundation? Would you still suggest this over that one? <3

  24. October 6, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Such a wonderful blog I had found here . It is really a magical thing I had seen which totally change your look.. Thanks and keep sharing more with us.

  25. October 6, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    Hi Katie! Your blog is lovely! It would be amazing if we can support each other and you can follow me also Lots of love xx

  26. October 12, 2015 / 5:01 am

    Love the look of this foundation! I've never tried a BB Water but this makes me want to run out and grab one! Thanks for the review!

  27. October 13, 2015 / 11:52 pm

    This sounds like an amazing product!! Im definitely going to try it xxx PS please check out my blog i would really appreciate it

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