Saturday, 8 February 2014
SMASHBOX PHOTOFINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER
I'm normally restrained and avoid purchasing products without doing my research, but I slipped up with the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. During my October holiday last year, I managed to board the plane primer-less and land with a new product in hand, my purse £20 lighter. I think that's the definition of impulse buy. Gulp.
I've been using this on and off for the past few months, mainly smoothing some on for special occasions and days that I need my foundation to last longer, or rather hope so. I'm pretty sure it is a silicone primer, which doesn't bother me but I think my skin hasn't agreed. I can't come to a definite conclusion, but half of the time when I use this (which is normally around my cheeks and my nose) I end up with a few pimples here are there. It could just be a coincidence, but it is worth noting.
In terms of creating a blank canvas to work on, this does a great job. It glides over my pores and gives a smoother appearance to my face, leaving my skin velvety soft. I find it does not increase makeup longevity much at all, but aids my foundation into fading more evenly. Not worth the twenty something quid though.
Because of the silicone formula, this can ball up on the skin if you rub it in too much, especially with fresh moisturiser underneath. I've done that a few times and it means I have to try and get rid of the bits before proceeding with my routine. Ugh.
I know many adore this, but the cons outweigh the pros here and I'm feeling rather silly for not doing my homework beforehand. I think this primer and I can be frenemies as I want to love it but we just cannot get along.