I truly believe in the power of a makeup primer — I use them for myself and my clients. For my personal use though, I have found that applying all my layers of skin care, then primer then foundation can be a bit heavy for my personal taste. So imagine my happy dance when I received a bottle of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water to review. (It was a serious happy dance…)
What it is:
A makeup primer spray that hydrates and revitalizes skin.
What it does:
Get the benefits of priming, hydration, and sheer radiance with this all-in-one Photo Finish Primer Water. Free of silicone, alcohol, and oil, it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes that work to reawaken skin and restore moisture. This enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration, leaving skin looking refreshed and ultrasoft while it locks in makeup.
What else you need to know:
Back in 2000, Smashbox founder and photographer Davis Factor developed our iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer to help makeup look better and last longer on shoots. Fast forward 15 years and a new icon is born: Photo Finish Primer Water. It’s everything you love about the original primer in the lightest, purest, and most refreshing form imaginable. From the silky-smooth texture of the original, to the super-fine mist of this new water, this primer is perfect for all skin types.
“I always used to mist models’ skin with plain water as the first step in any application, but now I don’t know how I lived without this primer. It’s a triple threat. I use it as a super sheer primer before makeup, as a setting spray to help keep makeup in place, and as a misting spray throughout the day to refresh skin. It’s like a spa in a bottle!”—Lori Taylor Davis, Global Pro Lead Artist
Why I love it:
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is so lightweight and refreshing, I seriously forget it’s a primer. But, it works as efficiently as any primer I have ever used. Plus there is the bonus that it hydrates my skin. On my first time using Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, I did a pretty liberal spray after applying my skin care, then let it dry and went on to apply my makeup. I did my usual makeup application but had so many compliments that I have to believe that the primer enhanced my makeup look. Additionally, my makeup look flawless for hours and hours. I wore the full face of makeup below for at least 10 hours and never touched up the entire day (except for lips) and everything looked as fresh as it did in the morning.
I also tried using the primer after makeup application and found that it works just as efficiently, and gives makeup pretty, natural glow (which I am all about when it comes to makeup.) And thirdly, I have used Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water as a refresher during the day and found that it truly feels amazing and keeps my makeup and skin looking fresh. This has become my go-to primer for personal use and I recommend it for anyone who is oily or who has sensitive skin.
Bonus points — if you ever have problems with makeup rolling after applying your skin care then primer — no problem at all with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water!
Pro: Easy to use, lightweight, refreshing, keeps makeup fresh, multi uses, bottle lasts for 2 months!
Buy again: Always
Packaging: 5 Blings — love the bottle and fine mist that it disperses
Overall: 5 Blings
Hero Ingredient(s): revitalizing electrolytes
Natural/Organic/Vegan: No, but silicone, alcohol, and oil free
Cruelty Free: Yes