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Monday, 7 January 2013

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is my personal Holy Grail of Foundation Primer.  

Until around about September time, I never actually realised the benefits of priming before your foundation.  I always thought that Moisturising was enough but I would become frustrated 5 hours into the day or when my make up would begin to look either greasy or dry.  Especially on days that I wasn't quite feeling myself, you know the days when your make up just doesn't look right?    

I started reading blogs a little while before starting one myself and the subject of foundation priming would crop up all over the place, I spoke with my mum and sister who also just moisturised but didn't really know to use a primer first.    

My first primer actually came in my first Glossy Box subscription which was the Collection 2000 version,  this one was alright, I felt it made my face feel a wee bit greasy so I stopped using it.   I wasn't really seeing a lot of benefit and nearly reverted back to only moisturiser.  

I go into town nearly every Thursday night - up here in Aberdeen it is the only night that does 'late night shopping'   we are still in the Twilight Zone none of this shopping till 10pm unfortunately (actually that's a lie now, as the new shopping mall is open till 8 daily now, however, It isn't my favourite shopping centre mine is only open till 8 once a week).  

Anyway, to cut a really long story short, i'm almost always in Boots for my make up - I like to collect my points and object to not buying from Boots if I don't have to.  Well, in October Smashbox opened a counter and I was so excited - something different.  I got into a discussion with the beauty assistant about primers and she recommended Photo Finish to me (there were a few different types of primer for different skin types), I decided to give it a whirl.  

Instantly after trying this, I fell for it.   It is a clear gel type liquid (if that is even a thing lol) and I use it religiously after moisturising now, it feels ultra smooth on application and it doesn't have a scent.  I then apply my foundation on top.  What a difference this makes to the look of my skin when the foundation is on, I can honestly say that I hardly ever think my foundation looks terrible now, it is that great.  It definitely extends the wear of my makeup. 

Some days if i'm in a hurry I may forget to put this on, it isn't until after the foundation is applied that I think 'oh crud'.  It is those days that I don't like my make up, perhaps it is psychological because I forgot the primer but I doubt it. 

I believe they have a new one out which is similar -  Photo Finish Dark Spot Correcting. 

I bought the full size 30mls for £25 in Boots, but what the sneaky minx - beauty assistant failed to mention was I could actually buy a travel size version for 12mls at £12.50  which I think is a good price as it lasts ages and you only need a pea sized amount - why pay £25 each to their own I suppose. 

This is the reason that Smashbox Photo Finish is my holy grail of primers - What is yours?



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  1. My mum has this one and on occasion i have sneakily borrowed some as I have become disappointed with Benefits Porefessional primer. This Smashbox one works so much better than the porefessional! its amazing. very good choice! :D

    Jen xxx

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    1. Yeah I have some samples of the Porefessional only tried it once , benefit products are hit or miss x

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  2. Ooh I have a little sachet sample of this hiding somewhere, I must dig it out and try it! x

    http://onewaybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. It's really worth investing in. Xx

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  4. This sounds great!! xx

    xelliealicex.blogspot.com

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  5. Ooh I didn't know you could get these in travel sizes! I had my eye on one of their primers ages ago, but never bought it because of the price xx

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  6. I have always wanted to try this, thanks for the review :)

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  7. I think I used this primer in the past but I remember it being an opaque white colour, it may have been the 'Light' version. Anyway, I only had a small sample of it but it lasted ages AND it's by far the best primer I've ever used.

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  8. Need to try this, I am a little obsessed with primers lately

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  9. You know...Monistat Soothing Care Powder Gel has the same ingredients as Smashbox Photo Finish primer, and it's a fraction of the price...
    I use Avon Magix as my primer because I like an extra layer of SPF.

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    1. I've never heard of it but will maybe try it out. Thanks for the info x

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  10. I've started using a sample of the Nivea primer (sachet with a mag) and I love it, it moisturises AND primes :D YAY!

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  11. I love Smash box its one of my favorites I like Tarte Clean Slate poreless primer too its awesome.

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  12. After using a foundation that contains silicon I no longer need a primer because my foundation stays on all day, but before changing my skin routine, and foundation I used the too-faced primer and it was great :) xx

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  13. I've heard so many good things about their primers. I've never used anything actually by smashbox, but I know it is supposed to be top notch. I might have to treat myself this weekend :) x
    Heroine In Heels

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