Reviewed by Elena

I am 28 with normal to dry skin. I had seen a lot of ads for DermaBlend and was curious to give the Smooth Indulgence Foundation with SPF 20 ($30) a shot when Truth in Aging offered me the chance to review it. The texture is rather thick – I rub it between my fingers to warm it so it spreads more easily. Because it doesn’t really sink in to the skin the way liquid foundation does, I dab it on 8 to 10 areas of my face before blending.

I tested the Natural Beige shade and found that the finish was flat. The foundation doesn’t leave dewiness or a glow on the skin, and it leaves a slight white cast because of the titanium dioxide in the product. However, it does a good job of covering blotchiness and uneven skin tone. My face has a uniform color after applying the foundation, so that’s a plus, though the powdery finish is rather mask-like (no one would believe you if you told them you weren’t wearing makeup). In addition, I have a couple dry patches, and they were accentuated by the foundation – my skin looked flaky unless I used a (very) hydrating serum or heavy primer underneath the foundation. The makeup seems to set after applying, but if I pull a shirt over my head, it will rub off on my clothes.

It’s great that the Smooth Indulgence has SPF 20, but as it takes about a teaspoon of sunscreen to adequately protect the face, there’s no way an average user would get enough protection just from the foundation. I used a sunscreen underneath, sometimes followed by a primer. One day I tried mixing it with moisturizer to use as it as a BB cream, and the result was pretty good – it was like a tinted moisturizer.

I would recommend this product to someone with uneven skin tone or rosacea, but no wrinkles or pimples (it would cake). If you’re the type who can’t be bothered with sunscreen this may help a bit, but if you’re like me (scared to death of UVA rays causing wrinkles) you will need to supplement. The listed price is $30 though it can be found cheaper from many online retailers.

Ingredients: Titanium dioxide 6.1% Water, Cyclopentasiloxane,Dimethicone, Glycerin,Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate,Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate,Pentylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Methylparaben, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium Stearoyl Clutamate, Tristearin,Acetylated Glycol Stearate, Acrylates Copolymer, Butylparaben. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides FIL B8539/3