Beauty Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Beauty Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I got this as a free sample from Ulta when I finally restocked on some Paul Mitchell shampoo, and I have to say that I’m not impressed. I typically use the bareMinerals Prime Time foundation primer ($25/oz), which is smooth and silky and I feel like it provides a nice surface for my foundation to glide on over my face. Not so with the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer, which I’m glad I didn’t actually purchase, because it’s more expensive than my normal brand, at $36/oz.

Putting it on feels nice — it has that same silky feel and I did feel as though it moisturized my skin a bit. I let it set for a few minutes and when I put the foundation over it, it was a complete mess. The foundation settled into my pores and felt almost gunky getting it on my face; it didn’t smoothly glide on at all. After I was finished with it, I almost just wanted to go without makeup, it looked so bad. Definitely going to stick with my bareMinerals and while I love Smashbox lip gloss and lip lacquer, I’m wary of trying anything else from them, this was such a disaster.

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