If you saw my last haul, you’ll know that as soon as I saw the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water in Boots, I did a little squeal, grabbed it and ran for the tills. Even though I knew Smashbox was in Boots, having bought from them before, but for some reason I had it in my head that this wasn’t available in the UK. Weird, I know.
I paid £20 for a 116ml bottle of this, and given that you only use a very little amount each time, I can tell it’s going to last for ages. The idea is to spritz it all over your face before applying any makeup, to create a smooth finish for your base to go on. I had some reservations, and thought that it might be a little gimmicky, but given the hype, I had to find out for myself!
The thing I love most about this Smashbox primer is that it is completely water based. It contains no silicone, oil or alcohol, which means that it doesn’t react with any of the ingredients in your actual base makeup. I always have the problem of silicone based primers reacts with my oil based foundations, making them look clumpy and awful.
This face mist is also incredibly refreshing, and when I’ve sat down at my dressing table all groggy and bleary eyed, it really does help to wake me up! I can’t place my finger on the actual scent, but for some reason it just makes me think of fruit infused water?!
And now for the bit that everyone cares about – Does it work?
Short answer – yes. Yes it does. I’ve used this by itself and it keeps my makeup on my face slightly better than if I don’t use it, but I find it works best when paired with the Nivea for Men Sensitive Aftershave Balm. I’ll pat on the Aftershave Balm first, and follow it up with a spritz of this Photo Finish primer, and I’m made up for days (well, not really, but y’know). I always have issues with my foundation breaking up around my nose and chin, and with this combination it still happens a little bit (my skin is a lost cause), but not nearly as much as a primer-less face would.
On the whole, I would give the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water 4/5. It’s fresh, it works and it doesn’t react badly with my make up or skin (hurray!), but I wish it worked a little better by itself. Maybe when the weather is warmer and my skin is in a better state, it will be the perfect primer!
Have you tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water? What did you thing – innovative or gimmicky? Let me know below!