Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance has a creamy, fragrance-free formula whose moisturizer-like texture departs from the norm, but is absolutely worth checking out for its effect when used under or – surprise! -- over makeup.
Housed in a squeeze tube like most of the other Smashbox foundation primers, Radiance is said to recreate the "magic hour" effect of natural, late afternoon lighting shortly before the sun sets. Wow, a product with its own lighting source, now that's as unique a claim in cosmetics as it gets!
Does it succeed? Obviously it won't replace the real thing, but we were impressed with how well its soft-focus, subtle shimmer illuminated skin in a way that was attractive but not glaring, especially if applied under makeup, which is the norm for primers.
What about applying it over makeup? You can do that! In fact, when dabbed on key areas in a sheer layer, the effect is beautiful. This primer does double duty as a highlighter, and its light golden copper shade works for most skin tones (those with very fair skin may find it a bit too much).
The light, hydrating texture is too creamy for breakout-prone skin, but great for normal to dry skin, including sensitive and redness-prone skin.
Working as a primer is where Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance comes up short: like most primers, it enhances makeup application but does little to help makeup last longer. If you don't want the natural glow this provides, you'll be better off saving a step and "priming" with your regular daytime moisturizer. But otherwise, Smashbox has a winner on their hands!
- Light yet hydrating texture.
- Imparts a subtle "magic hour" glow to skin.
- Works under or over makeup.
- Fragrance free.
- Too creamy and emollient for breakout-prone or oily skin.
- Doesn't help makeup last longer.
A moisturizing primer cream that gives you an instant magic-hour glow. This satin-smooth formula illuminates, perfects & enhances radiance while hydrating for better makeup application.
Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeuptheir great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.
Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primerswhether thats a necessary step is up for debatebut nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.
For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.
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