SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 & Dermaxyl
1 fl. oz. for $42
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Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 with Dermaxyl Complex does not contain sufficient UVA protection, so the sun protection claims cannot be relied on, and that’s never a good sign for an anti-aging product. This silicone-based primer does contain several antioxidants, but the translucent glass packaging won’t help keep them stable, so that’s a loss as well. The Dermaxyl complex is a trademark of ingredient manufacturer Sederma. The key ingredient is palmitoyl oligopeptide and although this has potentially intriguing benefits for skin, the amount Smashbox includes doesn’t measure up to the quantity Sederma recommends for efficacy. That means, at best, that the peptide functions as a water-binding agent, making this Smashbox primer slightly more hydrating than the other Smashbox primers—but the price is unwarranted.

Last Updated:02.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 2.00% , Homosalate 15.00% , Octisalate 5.00% Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane , Polysilicone-11 , Dimethicone Crosspolymer , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate , Tocopheryl Acetate , Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract , Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil , Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate , Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone , Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate , Tribehenin , Ceramide 2 , PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol , Palmitoyl Oligopeptide , Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 , Phenyl Trimethicone , Water\Aqua\Eau , Silica , Laureth-12 , Hexyl Laurate , Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer , Triethoxycaprylylsilane , Caprylyl Glycol , Hexylene Glycol , Hydrogenated Polydecene , Phenoxyethanol , Potassium Sorbate , Iron Oxides (Ci 77491) .

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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 makeup—their 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 primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but 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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