Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment
True to its 100% accurate name, this foundation primer is "more than primer". A large part of the "more than" is the inclusion of anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid. Present in a 2% concentration formulated at pH to ensure exfoliation occurs, this is a great way to get the benefits of BHA (salicylic acid) while prepping skin for makeup.
The lightweight, silky lotion doesn't have the familiar serum-like texture many other primers, including Smashbox's, do. It sets to a soft matte finish and, thanks to its mix of silicones, forms a nice base on which to apply foundation. In short, this fragrance-free primer is ideal for oily or combination skin prone to breakouts.
Beyond the 2% salicylic acid, this also contains antioxidant vitamin E and a couple of soothing agents. The cinnamon extract (listed by its Latin name of Cinnamomum zelanicum) is slight cause for concern due to cinnamon's irritant potential when applied to skin, but the amount is likely too low to be problematic. All told, despite the higher price, this is a nice twist on primers—and the exfoliation plus blemish-busting from the salicylic acid is a nice bonus!
- Preps skin for makeup as it fights breakouts and blackheads.
- Smooth matte finish won't make oily skin feel greasy or slick.
- Boosts skin with antioxidant vitamin E and soothing agents.
- If you're already using a good serum and BHA exfoliant each morning, you don't need this product, too.
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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