Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer has won various awards from InStyle, Marie Claire and Sephora for being a really great under foundation primer. But does it live up to the hype?
Photo Finish Primer comes in a variety for forms including this one which is clear, a light version which is for acne prone skin, a few color correcting formulas and an anti-shine formula for oilier skin.
This baby includes Vitamin A & E as well as Grape Seed Extract and Green Tea Extract.
The texture is gel-like and it smooths into a velvet-like feel over the skin. It blends in very easily.
As with most primers, this one helps smooth out fine lines, helps to conceal pores and makes foundation application very “slippery” and easy.
My first experience with an invisible primer was the Hard Candy Sheer Envy one and I fell in love with that. Since then I have also tried Tarte Clean Slate and this one. All three work really well with my skin and I love them all pretty equally.
I would say the differences between this one and Hard Candy is that this comes out of the tube a little smoother and feels like it blends into my skin a little more. Sheer Envy feels like it sits on top of the skin and doesn’t blend in quite as well. However I still love both.
The other obvious difference between this one, the Tarte one and the Hard Candy one would be the price. This retails for $36 (on sale right now for $32 though on their site) and is 1 oz. Tarte Clean Slate retails for $30 and is 1.16 oz, but includes a lot of natural vitamins and ingredients. Hard Candy Sheer Envy retails for $8.00 for 1.6 oz and you can get it in the SPF 15 formula. The only issue is Walmart isn’t as easily accessible to some people.
This primer definitely helped conceal fine lines and my large pores, and helped my foundation go on extra smoothly. I really like it and had no complaints about it.
Availability: Smashbox’s website
Pricing: $32 (on sale) $36 (regular)
Which is your favorite under-makeup primer?