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Smashbox

Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick

0.31 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick earns our praise for its ability to instantly mattify skin and blur the appearance of pores—just don't get too caught up in the exaggerated "12-hour oil control" claim.

Whether used on bare skin, or under or over makeup, this silicone-based stick eliminates shine on contact and helps keeps it at bay… temporarily. We found this minimized shine for at least a couple hours on oily skin; not bad, but nowhere near the 12 hours that Smashbox promises.

Fortunately, it's easy to touch-up oily areas on the go by lightly dabbing and blending the stick (doing so won't disturb makeup much).

We also appreciate that the mattifying formula doesn't dry skin out—instead it leaves a velvety-smooth finish. More to love, the transparent stick blurs imperfections, wears well under makeup and is fragrance free.

While Photo Finish Iconic Primer doesn't keep skin shine-free for as long as we'd hoped, it's still a worthwhile consideration for those with oily skin and is especially handy for mattifying a perpetually shiny T-zone.

Pros:
  • Mattifies skin on contact and temporarily keep shine at bay.
  • Blurs the appearances of pores and other imperfections.
  • Works well, whether on bare skin or over/under makeup.
  • The stick formula makes touch-ups easy throughout the day.
  • Feels velvety-smooth, not drying.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • 12-hour oil control claim is exaggeratedshine is visible within 2-3 hours after application.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Photo Finish Primer Stick primes, preps, and smooths skin, while it instantly mattifies and blurs the look of imperfections. It controls oil and shine for 12 hours without drying skin, ensuring that makeup goes on flawlessly, looks better and lasts longer. It glides onto skin with targeted tug-free application, and its lightweight and silky smooth on skin. Specifically designed to be ultra-portable so you stay flawless on the go, its ideal for normal to oily skin types.
Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Triethylhexyl Trimellitate, Polysilicone-11, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Hydroxystearic Acid, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Nylon-12, C30-45 Olefin, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton), Silica.

Smashbox At-A-Glance

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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