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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Product Review: Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer

They say that having a good base will make applying foundation easier and look better so a lot of people resort to using face primers to prep their skin. Some also say that primers help make foundation last longer. I, for one, have only tried primers twice. The first one is the Span Oil Control Primer from The Body Shop which is a silicone-based transparent gel primer that basically did nothing for me. After two years, I purchased the Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer which received raves from consumers. It was an actually impulse buy but I kept my hopes up for this product. Were the raves true for me? Let's see.

I initially thought it was a good product when I felt how smooth my face felt. Then my foundation glided on smoothly and I was even more impressed. After a few minutes, my foundation looked darker and after just an hour, my foundation was almost gone. I used the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Foundation which has great staying power so it seemed strange to me. I thought it could just be the weather and my oil glands were working harder. Plus my face felt a bit itchy which I related to allergy though I wasn't sure what triggered it.

The second time I wore it, that's when I decided that this product just isn't working for me. A few minutes upon application, my face started to itch and I had red spots and patches all over my face. I then realized that it was actually what triggered the allergic reaction the first time I used it. I knew I had to stop using it. But out of wanting to make this product work for me, I applied a small amount of product on my chin on another day and guess what? It was super itchy then of course, it got red.

I am seriously disappointed with this product as I had high hopes for this. My makeup did not last any longer and I had an allergic reaction with this product.
But then again, when it comes to makeup you can't expect all things to work for you even though it does for others and that is the case here. Didn't work for me in as much as I hoped it would. Plus it doesn't even come cheap for Php850 at Beauty Bar for a small 15mL tube. I could've bought a blush or a tube of lipstick with that price. Having said all these, I will definitely not repurchase this product. And besides, no makeup or even primer can beat having good skin - it's the best base and canvass one should have.

Have you tried this product?

Happy Sunday, super awesome peeps! :P


  1. I have tried this primer, but I don't see my foundation last any longer. I'm also too forgetful to put this on every time :p

  2. aw, and people say it's d best face primer out there? guess it's not for everyone pala.

  3. Jen, my foundation actually lasts longer without this on. :P

    Mia, yeah. As they say, what works for you may not work for others and vice versa. :P

  4. Hello beautiful! You're my awardee for the Versatile Blogger. Its on my blog :)

  5. oh no sis! Well I have heard a lot of reactions a lot of people have with this original Smashbox Photofinish primer, I prefer the "light" version but its out of stock at Duty Free, I was suppose to repurchase for clients, I wouldn't dare use this for clients because of its high silicon content, you must be allergic to it :(

  6. Nikki, yeah, I thought so too. So sad. But then it doesn't help with my makeup anyway so okay lang. Except that it's expensive. Haha! :P

  7. I use this primer and it covers my pores and makes makeup application easier but I have no idea if it really makes my foundie last longer LOL! xD Too bad it didn't work for you Pammy. I hope you got the travel sized ones. :/

  8. Sugar, yeah. I got the travel size and I'm glad I didn't get the 30mL one. :P

  9. I know and super hate that feeling of "I should've bought..." and to think that it seemed to work at first, good thing i never tried this, haha:-)

  10. Mina, so true! Lucky you, you saved Php850 bucks! :P

  11. I had the same allergic reaction to this as you. I really disliked this product.

  12. Paula, yeah. I am actually reselling for for Php450.

    Tammy, me too! :(

  13. Hi Pammy,
    Okay lang yan, kung hindi mo na-try yung product edi wala akong binabasang review ngayon :p Thanks for sharing this.
    ~Pauline @Kallony


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