The new Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil was something I heard about first on Instagram and I was intrigued enough to buy some at Sephora when I was recently there.
You know oils are the latest “trendy” thing for everything from primers, to moisturizers, to face washes, but it’s one trend that I actually think is worth the hype. Especially if you have aging and/or drier skin like I do. I started getting really into them when I tried the Garnier Nourishing Cleanser Oil back in June 2014 (which I still use constantly) and ever since I’ve been hooked on trying as many new oil products as I can.
Some of the benefits of this one are:
• Instantly absorbs and adds radiance
• 15 essential and lipid-rich plant oils including moisturizing jojoba, argan and calming chamomile
• Morning and evening application adds increased moisture in just 4 weeks
• Apply a few drops to split-ends, cuticles, elbows and clavicle for a dewy, youthful sheen
So not only can you use it as a face primer, you can use it for all sorts of things, which makes it more worth the cost in my book. This was my first experience with an actual oil primer (they claim it’s the first-ever one) so I wasn’t sure how it would work in terms of pore-coverage, like a regular primer does.
I used about two drops for my entire face, and then after waiting 2-3 minutes for it to sink in, I added the Smashbox Liquid Halo Foundation on top. I noticed immediately that the foundation kind of just melted into my skin and blended in easier and more quickly than with a regular primer. It kind of acts like a slick-agent but not slick in a bad or greasy way at all. It covered my pores and imperfections as well as any regular primer does, and it felt really nice on my skin. After about 5 or 6 hours I didn’t even need to pat down my t-zone with light powder, which sometimes I do.
Another thing I really like is there is no balling up of the product on my face. Sometimes when I use the silica primers and I add foundation or BB Cream over it, it balls up on my cheeks, which is highly annoying of course. This doesn’t do that. It has a nice, light scent which basically goes away after a minute or so.
I am sold! This is another hydrating thing to add to my ever-growing oil arsenal of products, and I think it’s worth it if you have dry skin and are looking for a more hydrating primer.
Is an oil primer something you would try or no?