Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

Today’s post is going to be pretty straight forward. I got a sample of this Smashbox primer quite a while ago with a purchase from Ulta. I wasn't real excited to try it out because I find it hard to find a good primer that works with my skin and my foundation. I've been using the Tart Amazonian Clay Foundation for a while, and for me, the foundation seems to work best without a primer. I've tried quite a few primers and I just didn't feel that they worked well with that foundation so I’m always hesitant to try new primers out. However, I still decided to give this primer a try to see how well it did and it actually turned out better than I thought it would.

First, one reason why I’m a bit picky about primers is because I don’t like the slippery feeling a lot of primers give. I know they are meant to create a smoother finish so your makeup application will look more flawless but sometimes primers can be too slippery. After applying a primer, when I then apply my foundation, it feels like the foundation is sliding around my face rather than staying in place. This may not be true for everyone, but that’s just what my experience has been with most primers. Now, onto the review for the Smashbox primer…. 

When I first opened the sample I noticed that the product was clear so I knew this wouldn't help to correct or neutralize any unwanted tones. Then when I touched the product it felt a tiny bit thick, sort of like a gel consistency, and it felt slippery. Right away I had my doubts but I decided to give a try anyways. It was very creamy and blended in really well. This primer definitely made my skin feel super smooth and silky. It also helped to fill in lines and pores. If you’re looking for a primer to create an even texture and give a flawless look to the skin then this is great. I was actually surprised that when I applied my foundation it didn't seem to slide around like it does with other primers. I was pretty happy about that. Overall the application process and finished look turned out much better than I had anticipated.

In a nut shell, this primer does a great job at prepping the skin and offering a smooth finish to makeup application. My foundation is already a long-wearing foundation so I’m not sure if this primer actually helped in that way. I feel it would though because it didn't cause my foundation to slide around and actually helped hold it in place. I know this primer is expensive for some people and to be completely honest I’m not sure if it’s really worth the money. Recently I did a review on some e.l.f. cosmetics and I tried one of their primers. I feel that primer is quite similar to this Smashbox one but for $30 less. The e.l.f. primer isn't exactly the same and the Smashbox is a better quality but I still feel they are similar with their overall finish that they give makeup. I also wouldn't go out and purchase this primer myself. It did a great job but, for me personally, I didn't feel it was magical enough for me to purchase. Hope this review helps you out and if you have tried this primer then I would love to know your thoughts!

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