Product Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Primers are a makeup product that anyone who uses makeup on a daily basis should invest in. They act as a protective barrier for the skin beneath makeup, and furthermore as act as a means to increase the longevity of the makeup on your face.

One of my favorite primers is the Cover FX Anti-Acne Mattifying Primer. I have oily skin, so this primer helps to keep the oil in my skin from breaking through my foundation and causing my face to appear greasy, and it is also formulated with ingredients such as Salicylic Acid to fight blemishes while it is on the skin. It is multi-purpose and follows through with its claims in regards to performance and function.

I was looking for a different primer to try for a change in scenery, so I purchased a bottle of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water. It retails at Sephora for $42.00, and for the price, I was hoping it would live up to my high expectations.

Alas, it did not. Personally, this primer did not do a thing for my skin. I did not find that it increased the longevity of my makeup, not did I find it effective as a setting spray, which it claims it can also be used for. The packaging is nice, coming in a spray bottle for easy application. It dries quickly on the skin, which is also a pro, however that’s about as far as its pros go.

An odd thing about this product is that it is virtually impossible to find its ingredients anywhere. They are not listed on any website, including the Smashbox Cosmetics website. I’m thinking the entire product is just a gimmick and is probably composed of mostly water.

In conclusion, save your money on this one, and instead either try out one of Smashbox’s oil-based primers or a Cover FX primer. As for setting sprays, Urban Decay makes excellent quality ones.

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