Thursday, July 8, 2010

{REVIEW] Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer

I'm quite new to the primer department in terms of makeup stuff. This is my second primer, Etude Coverfit Primer for Oily Skin being the first one. I didn't use Etude's anymore because it doesn't provide a superb finish like Smashbox's. Let's start the review.

Our latest primer innovation! Our new oil-free, 60% water based primer is ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin. This silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin and can be worn alone or under foundation to increase its longevity. The revolutionary formula has oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish all day, light diffusers to minimize the appearance of imperfections, and vitamin C and peptides to help even skin tone and promote collagen production for a flawless future. In a new square airless pump for freshness to the last drop.

Winner of Allure Magazine's Best of Beauty Award for Best Primer.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oligopeptide-10

I bought mine in a 15 ml size or a travel size and had been using it for a month. It has a lighter texture and finish compared to my previous Etude primer, which is more to the sticky side. It is, however, quite pricy, retailing at around Rp 150000-ish for the travel size. The full size is around 36 USD at 30 ml, I think, but it has a pump which I like so very much. 
Here is how it looks like out of the tube. It's a white gel-like substance that goes on very silky once blended on my face. 

This is how it looks like half blended on my arm. It's white at first, but once blended, it'll become transparent and silky smooth every time I touch it. 

Why I like this product?
  • Feels really light on my face, as if wearing nothing.
  • Leaves a silky smooth finish on my face.
  • Doesn't break me out!
  • Evens out the surface of my face. It fills in the pores, giving a smoother appearance.
  • Controls the excess oil on my face perfectly. I stayed semi matte all day! Semi matte, because I sometimes perspire.
  • Makes makeup stay longer, without having the need to frequently touch up or blot.

How I use this product?
After my moisturizer and before my foundation. Sometimes, I skipped the foundation and just go straight for the concealer and loose/translucent powder. I usually apply twice on areas that have blemishes, leaving them dry first, then applying the second coat. I find that by having two coats on the imperfections will help to settle the concealer and making them stay putt all throughout the day. 

What I think of this product?
Overall, I LOVE this primer and has not found a replacement or dupe for this. I have bought Revlon's Beyond Natural Skin Smoothing today and will give it a try. I do hope it can replace Smashbox's primer because it's so hard to get Smashbox products here.  

That is all of the review for today, I hope it can help you decide on whether to buy this product. What are your makeup primers?


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