Primers can be tricky. I remember when I bought my first primer in 2005. It was the original Photo Finish Smashbox Primer. I was flipping through Allure Magazine (yes I was actually reading a magazine lol) and saw that it was an allure beauty pick. All I needed to read was “blurred pores and fine lines” You may be saying what exactly is a primer and why do I need one? Primers now offer a ton of benefits but the main benefits are to allow makeup to go on smooth and to keep your makeup on longer. Smashbox offers over 10 primers to choose from and are the number 1 Face Primer Brand in the USA. This post is going to break them all down in hopes to make it easier for you to find the one that is best for you!
SMASHBOX PRIMER OPTIONS
The Original Photo Finish: $36.00 – Shop it HERE
This has been my Holy Grail Foundation Primer for over 10 years and highly recommend this. It is a basic primer that does exactly what it claims to do. Helps your makeup go on smoother and will allow it to last all day!!!
- clear gel consistency that glides on
- instantly blurs pores and fine lines
Photo Finish Primer Water: $32.00 – Shop it HERE
This is another Smashbox Primer I absolutely love and its extremely versatile.
- Preps skin for makeup
- Adds Hydration and Radiance
- Refreshes your makeup through out the day
Photo Finish Primerizer: $42.00 – Shop it HERE
I am very intrigued by this one as its a face primer + moisturizer in one! With the lightest texture it delivers 24 hours of hydration with primer benefits.
- Increases hydration and preps for makeup in one easy step
- Translucent Formula
- Softens dry fine lines
- Stops makeup from settling into pores
Photo Finish Radiance: $39.00 – Shop it HERE
Here is where you get the normal primer benefits plus radiance. The best way to understand this is if you are using a matte foundation but want to add a bit of glow to your face this is the primer for you! I absolutely love adding primers like this to my matte foundations. It just turns up the natural radiance in your skin without looking overdone. If you have been following me for a while you know I do not like to look matte and flat LOL!
SMASHBOX PRIMERS: Pores, EvenSkin Tone, Redness and Oily Skin
Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer: $39.00 – Shop it HERE
I have tried this once in the past and did not like it on my skin. It really accentuated my dry spots but it could have been the foundation I used with it. So needless to say I did not give this a fair shot. One thing I noticed is pore filling primers are a nude color and thicker consistency understandably so but this type of formula just may not work for me. Stay tuned!
Photo Finish Primer Oil: $42.00 – Shop it HERE
Just give me all the dewy skin! I am so hopeful for this one because it gives you a radiant glow while giving you all the benefits of a primer! For me this will be perfect in the winter. My skin gets very dry and needs a bit of help.
- adds hydration for seamless makeup application
- adds radiance to the skin
- blended with 15 lipid-rich plant extracts & essential oils including moisturizing jojoba + calming chamomile
- reduces fine lines
Photo Finish Mattify Primer Stick: $32.00 – Shop it HERE
Are you oily? If you want to control oil and shine this one is for you! I get oily in my T Zone and it gets worse in the summer. I will be giving this a run for its money this summer.
- primes and preps the skin
- oil and shine control for 12 hours
- will not dry out skin
- lightweight formula that glides onto skin
I hope this post helps you find your perfect primer. Smashbox offers so many and Ulta Beauty has the perfect guide to help you as well. See it HERE. Its no surprise they are the number 1 rated brand for primers in the USA. Here is to long lasting makeup!!!
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