The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer needs no introduction. Oh wait. You haven’t heard of it? Oh dear… let’s remedy that 🙂
Just as the name implies, its a makeup primer. Use it before you apply foundation because what it does is fill up all the pores and give you a smooth finish so your foundation goes on smoothly and looks air brushed. It also has oil control qualities so if you have been having problems getting your makeup to stay on, look no further than the Photo Finish foundation primer.
However, it would do to note that the primer is nearly completely silicone based so if you are sensitive to silicones, and prone to break out from it, stay far far away. I’m not, and I do like this primer. Well, I was going to buy the full size, after trying the trial sized one that came in the set, but I’m rethinking it for reasons I will share below.
Now, as a primer, its awesome. My skin looks amazing with this on, and if you use powder foundation as I do, it looks absolutely divine. I personally feel that it helps powder foundation look so much better but not necessarily liquid foundation. It also helps your foundation and blush stay on longer. I don’t get very oily so I cannot tell you how it helps control oil, but I do find my blush staying till the end of the day.
There are 2 more uses for this primer that I learnt from Smashbox Makeup Artist Robin Flanagan which I use often:-
- Tame flyaway hair – rub a bit of primer between your fingers and smoothen down the ends of your hair. Works great in a pinch!
- Remove smudged eye makeup and mascara – pump a bit of primer on a cotton bud and wipe under your eye to remove smudged mascara or eyeshadow. It is a lifesaver when you are pressed for time and when you don’t want to muss up your makeup.
However, it is the 2nd suggestion that’s keeping me from purchasing the full sized bottle. You see, this silicone primer picks up the smudged colours and removes but it also removes things like concealer if you have it on underneath. Also, I learnt that I had to apply the primer FIRST and then top up with concealer and foundation. If I applied my concealer first, the primer essentially wipes away the concealer which is a pain.
But if I remember, then everything’s wonderful, and I do love how powder foundation looks simply air brushed on my skin when I have this primer on. I’m still thinking about whether I want the full sized bottle for now. I was so convinced I wanted it, but since I don’t have oily skin, I decided I can live without it for now.
Pros: Useful as foundation primer to create a flawless base for foundation, and to remove smudged makeup
Cons: Avoid if sensitive to silicones, Removes concealer if I’m not careful
Mine came in a little sample sized tube with the Try Me Kit Vol. 2 which you can get at the Smashbox counter for RM125 and which I think is a pretty decent deal. I do love my little tube though – it cleans up smudged makeup a treat! And if I do purchase a bottle, it will be because of this neat little trick 🙂 I believe a full size bottle is RM135 or RM138 and can last a long time.
If you have been looking for a foundation primer, do give this one a shot. Its not iconic without reason! 😉 Have you tried this one?