Hot or Not | Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

smashbox photo finish primer water review on girllovesgloss.com
Here’s an example of your classic case of a misleading name. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water had me not wanting to give it a try purely for the fact that it said water in the name. I mean, they don’t expect me to pay $37 CND for spray water… right? Well I did, and am pretty darn happy about it too. Let’s expand on this, shall we?

smashbox photo finish primer water review on girllovesgloss.com
smashbox photo finish primer water review on girllovesgloss.com

Coming from the brand that is known for primers, I know Smashbox take things seriously when it comes to keeping your makeup looking its best, all day long. The thing is, I have never been fussed by the brands claim to fame because I really didn’t get on with the heavy silicone feel of their primers. When I saw this in the store however, I was intrigued by the fact that it claims to be silicone, oil and alcohol free – another gripe I have with setting sprays (dry or dehydrated skinned gals will probably feel me on this one, alcohol doesn’t do anything good for us!) Let’s just say, I instantly wondered if actually was just fancy expensive water, since it excluded many of the things included in traditional sprays and primers. So naturally, I took a peek at the ingredients only to see diamond powder was one of them?! *raises eyebrow*

smashbox photo finish primer water review on girllovesgloss.com

Something unique about this product is that you actually spray it on a a primer first before your base, and then can use a setting spray if you so desire afterwards. After loading my hand up with makeup swatches in the store and then spritzing I could tell instantly that this definitely helped get that more airbrushed glow, so I threw caution to the wind and dropped some coin on it. It didn’t hurt that it had a really pleasant scent, but that might be a con for scent sensitive people. I am very much so sensitive, but I quite like this. Smell before you buy if you can.

After using this solely under my foundation purely as a priming first step for bout a week now I can say confidently that I really like this product. It sinks into my skin right away, doesn’t leave it feeling tight and I do notice my makeup looks fresher, longer than it does without, or with other primers. In fact I would say that performs very comparably to my beloved Illamasqua Hydra Veil, minus the extra hydration properties. As a setting spray it really gives a glow to the skin – something oily skinned folks might want to stay away from. I personally feel like this product is better suited to dry, normal and combo skin types… but I’d love to hear if you have oily skin and like/loathe this?

Another huge plus for the product is that it has the finest spray which really gives a nice light even dispersion of product. I’d compare it to the nozzle spray of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Trust me, the Urban Decay sprays and Mac Fix+ seem positively messy in comparison!

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A big old HOT rating from me on this and I am so glad I gave it a chance, I do very much enjoy when I love a product that I had absolutely no expectations for! Have you tried it yet?

You can purchase the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.

Charlotte Tilbury CA

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Jaime Pickering | 30-something, makeup hoarding (I prefer to call it "collecting"), classic rock loving, jeans and t-shirt girl - who just happens to love a little gloss from time to time.
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