Photo Finish Primerizer
Smashbox's Photo Finish Primerizer might sound like a unique concept—a moisturizer and primer in one—though the fact is that many moisturizers serve well as primers, and plenty of primers are moisturizing, as well. Still, this is a worthy product with a lot to love if you have normal to dry skin.
Photo Finish Primerizer comes in a bottle with a pump dispenser. This fragrance-free lotion is lightweight as advertised. In fact, it sinks into skin immediately for an instant hydrating feeling that isn't sticky.
You'll find this creates a smooth canvas for easier makeup application, helping foundation last an extra hour or two than it would on its own.
Though this isn't a powerhouse skincare product, it does deliver hydration as claimed, thanks to ingredients like skin-restoring niacinamide plus hydrating hydroxyethyl urea and sodium hyaluronate.
This primer has a little extra going for it than simply making makeup look better, but it's close to just being a moisturizer that happens to help makeup last longer.
- Formula is lightweight yet hydrating.
- Makes foundation apply more smoothly and last longer.
- Contains some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Clear packaging means you must store it away from light.
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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