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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Review

As much as I enjoy and swear by primers sometimes I don't enjoy the often heavy texture of such product; more often than not primers tend to be silicone based and as such they can come hand in hand with a skin suffocating formulation. With the UK just on the cusp of Spring and hopefully warmer weather, skipping the priming step simply won't be an option and yet the heat only seems to amplify the heavy sensation of silicone - make-up catch 22 if ever there was one. What's a gal to do? Rely on new beauty technology that's what, and there is no better suited primer for balmy weather than Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.

Priming water, madness huh? Yes this bottle of "water" does of course help lock make-up in place but it offers so many more benefits than that, for instance this cooling mist hydrates, adds a little radiance to the complexion and keeps oil at bay.What is more impressive is the fact that it is silicone free, alcohol free and oil free. As you can imagine Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is a beyond weightless formulation that is not detectable on the skin - both visually and in terms of sensation. I guess the best way to think of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is make-up meets skincare?

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water Review

To use Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: simply mist onto the skin, allow to absorb and then apply your make-up as usual. However unlike your typical cream primer, you can also use this as a setting spray for additional make-up staying power - great for humid weather and/or oily skin as it also cools in doing so. In my experience, when used before and after make-up application it locks even the creamiest of make-up products in place for a good few additional hours; in most cases my make-up stayed in place until I wanted to remove it. I will be entirely honest in saying that I do think this preforms best when using to sandwiching base products i.e: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, make-up and then Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water again. When used in a typical primer sense (I simply misted on my face before make-up) my oily skin did somewhat melt my foundation off after five hours of wear.

The downside? There is no perfecting qualities, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water simply hydrates, sets and cools - it will not give the illusion of smaller pores nor will it blur fine lines/wrinkles. If heavy, silicone based primers are not for you then and all you are really interested in is prolonging make-up wear, then test this out next time you happen to be near a Smashbox counter. I also think that Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is the perfect Summer/humid weather option as it is so light and refreshing, not to mention it offers a little oil control too.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water £20/116ml via Boots - link.
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26 comments:

  1. I quite like the sound of this! I mean, I use their normal primer and don't have a problem with it, but I have quite oily skin and find it very difficult to find a decent powder to set my makeup. Maybe this is the answer?

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  2. It sounds like something I'd like to try, but not something I'd run out to buy!

    Emily xo
    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  3. I like the sound of this for the summer as I hate feeling like my make-up especially when its warmer! x

    www.shayholly.co.uk

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  4. I've seen this Smashbox Primer Water around but never really paid much attention to it. It sounds like a really convenient product to have- it would be perfect for travel! I'm quite happy using my current primer and using MAC Fix+ to set my makeup though so I don't think I'll eye this one out unfortunately.

    http://reveriebelle.blogspot.com

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  5. I can't wait to give this one ago and see how it compares to Fix + :)
    Beauty Wanderer

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  6. I might try this definately, also your writing style is so super awesome. 🦄🦄💜
    www.thecutiebeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. I considered getting this when in the US, I wish I'd picked it up now! x

    Wonky Lauren

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  8. This sounds like a really intersting product, especially for the summer months! I may give this a go come pay-day if I can justify the price :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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  9. Hmm whilst I do like the heavier primers around my nose for pores, I do like the sound of this, I'm all over facial sprays and mists at the moment!

    www.Barely There Beauty.com | British Beauty & Lifestyle blog

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  10. I have a sample size of this in a kit I got for Christmas, and I've been loving it! It's so lightweight and doesn't take ages to dry like some facial sprays do.

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  11. I don't own a decent primer at all at the moment - I've found it's something I rarely see bloggers actually talking about. This one sounds like exactly what I need, so I may have to invest in it!

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

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  12. The priming water sounds like such an interesting and unique concept.. I've never heard of that before! I recently tried out the new Smashbox BB cream and I'm enjoying it so far but I'm on the hunt for a new primer to go with it! I'd really like to try this out for myself but I tend to like a primer that minimises the appearance of pores and smoothes out the skin, so maybe this wouldn't be the one for me! Thanks for sharing and your honest review xx

    Ciara Rose | www.ciara-rose.com

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  13. That's a really great and handy as it does job of two products - the primer and the powder. Just love the idea of this! Need something like this in my makeup bag!

    http://victressvic.blogspot.lt/
    Victoria ♥

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  14. Thanks for the review! I've been interested in this product, but I have fairly oily skin. It may be good for summer, though!

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  15. This sounds like a nice summer boost, but not what my super oily skin needs!

    Lilies and Lipbalm
    xx

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  16. I really want to give this a try! Great review!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  17. I think this is worth a try, just to see if I get the same results. Lovely review!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

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  18. I would love to try this primer as I'm really not a fan of silicone based primers. Thanks for the review!

    Abigail-Alicex | My Latest Post!

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  19. Sounds like an interesting product for summer but for me I'm not sure it would protect my skin very well. I was recently give a sample of the Smashbox primer oil which might protect skin and minimize pores a bit better but if you're prone to oily skin perhaps not!

    Hannah | Granite City Girl x

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  20. Great review! Really interested if it would work great on my combo skin :P -Maireem

    My Fair Autumn | Instagram

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  21. I love the idea of this! I think I'll use this on one of my lighter makeup days.

    Mel | www.thegossipdarling.com

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  23. I have dry skin atm due to my acne blue light and this does sound good - I use a blur primer but maybe combined I could get the best of both worlds (sings Miley)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  24. This sounds super interesting. Although a shame that it has no smoothing properties.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  25. If you ask me, I wouldn't call this product a primer, cause it's not. I wouldn't buy it and I don't really know why are beauty vlogers on YT so loving this product?
    my blog: candymakeupgril.blogspot.com

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