New to the game: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

title A couple months back I started to notice that my eye makeup would start to run and smudge throughout the day. I didn’t know if it was my foundation or my mascara running, but it was really annoying that I always had black smudging down that I would have to wipe away.

Anyways, I later made the connection that it was my facial oil that I would apply morning and night under my foundation that made my makeup run.  It was too oily for my face to handle during the day.  After I made the change to just applying the oil at night I no longer noticed that unwanted darkness under my eyes.

Anyways, it was because of this that I was surprised that Smashbox came out with a primer that’s in the form of an oil. Umm hello, I felt like it would be the opposite of what it was trying to achieve.  Primers are supposed to make your makeup look vibrant and fresh, as well as make it last longer.  Applying facial oils in the morning did the complete opposite of this.


Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Oil is 50 per cent primer, 50 per cent oil and it has 100 per cent skin-refining power for picture-perfect makeup every time. From the same company that came out with BB water (which is amazing BTW), this is the first-ever primer specially formulated in a lightweight, luxurious oil to create radiant skin that glows. It’s made with a blend of 15 essential lipid-rich plant oils that penetrate instantly to moisturize deep into skin.  This leaves you with a seamless canvas with a dewy, youthful finish. All you have to do is apply two drops to your face, wait for it to dry, then apply your makeup.

As I mentioned, I was sceptical about this product. Applying oil to my face before I applied my makeup basically ruined my look. So how well would this work for me?  Surprisingly quite well. My eye makeup has not run and it’s kept my foundation nicely in place for the day. The only thing you have to watch out for is not to apply too much of the product.


So why go with an oil over a cream? Well, it’s all in the ingredients.  This guy contains, among other things, is a lightweight blend of jojoba, arabica, and argan oils, and it’s also infused with soothing chamomile and lavender oils to calm the senses.  Because of all the extras in here, it makes the product perfect for the harsh winter months and during the summer when you might get a bit too much sun on your face.

It’s also not just for your face.  You can apply it to split ends, cuticles, elbows, and even your chest for a dewy sheen. Since it’s an oil, you can also pat it over your makeup for a dewy, healthy look.

Before and after

At C$49 it’s priced comparably to other primers out there (primers are expensive!), so you’ll have to go on personal preference.  It’s definitely something different, but if you want to take the chance and try it out, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Have you tried Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Oil?

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