On my recent Ulta trip, I got a great haul of products. To be honest, I went in knowing I wanted to make the trip a big one. I didn’t just lose control and buy everything that I saw (not that I haven’t done that before).
This time, I tried to exercise a modicum of restraint and purchase only those things that I needed. Or had really wanted to try for a long time. I mostly succeeded 😉
One of my purchases was the Smashbox Try It Kit, which contained several primers, including Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water.
The kit included four of Smashbox’s most popular primers, including Photo Finish Primer Water, Foundation Primer, 24 Hour Shadow Primer, and Hydrating Under Eye Primer. The Smashbox Photo Finish line of primers is their most popular, but they make a bunch of other primers for different purposes.
At first, I picked up a full-sized bottle of Photo Finish Foundation Primer, as I recently ran out of my ELF Poreless Primer and needed something to replace it. However, during my hour or so of wandering around the store, I found the Try It Kit and decided to give it a go.
Four products to try in one box? Yes, please.
It’s a good thing that I purchased the Smashbox Kit when I did, because soon after I was hired to work on a CBS show. I’m not allowed to say which one until it airs (the first rule of Fight Club is you don’t talk about Fight Club). But it’ll be on in late July and I’ll let everyone know then.
During the day, my makeup has a tendency to melt and smush in different ways. It’s one of the drawbacks of living in the hot desert climate – no matter how much powder you apply, makeup will run. So I decided to try a few different tactics in order to keep my makeup in place this time.
One of the main reasons I like the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is that there are several different ways to use it.
First, you can spray it on as a primer (hence the title) to prep skin for foundation. Next, it can also be used as a setting spray after you apply your makeup, to keep your makeup in place all day. Finally, makeup artists swear by using it throughout the day to keep makeup set and freshen throughout the day.
Also, Smashbox Cosmetics is cruelty-free, which is always a wonderful bonus. I can’t wait for the day when all cosmetics are cruelty-free. Can I volunteer to be their lab experiment subject?
The online reviews for Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water are pretty great.
According to the Ulta website, 93 percent of women said it left their skin instantly hydrated. 90 percent said it absorbs quickly and their skin felt refreshed after first use.
I had much the same experience with the Primer Water. As soon as I sprayed it on, my skin felt refreshed and hydrated, and my skin didn’t feel as heavy as if I’d applied a creamier primer. Major plus, since my skin is oily and feels like I have a slick on it most of the time. I didn’t take it with me to freshen during the day, and I didn’t use it as a setting spray. I purchased a different setting spray that I wanted to try, but next time I’ll give this a shot.
On a 90 plus degree day, my makeup pretty much stayed put.
I wore the Primer Water under a BB Cream and not foundation, which may have contributed a bit to the smearing, but not much. My makeup stayed in place for the hour drive to the studio, five-hour wait, one hour of shooting, and hour drive home. Considering the heat, I’d say that’s a win.
Cost and Where to Buy
As I said, I got my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water at Ulta in a primer kit. The kit cost $29, which I thought was a steal considering that it contained four primers. The full-sized Primer Water is 3.9 ounces, which goes for $32. The Smashbox website has it for the same price. eBay has it for around $23, if you’re willing to take a chance on that.
I think Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is a great buy. You get three products in one, and it keeps makeup in place really well. I’m excited to try it with a foundation instead of BB Cream.
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