Smashbox Primer’s have undoubtedly become a popular product in the makeup world. And as luck would have it, Mecca was kind enough to add a sample for me to try in their Beauty Loop Boxes. I’ve been using for a couple of months now back and forth so I’ll be able to give you a few points that you might want to consider before purchasing this primer. Let’s take a look!

The Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer retails for $23.00-$71.00 AUD at depending on the size you purchase. It’s a silicone based primer that claims to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and increase the longevity of your makeup which is essentially what a primer is supposed to do.


Firstly, if you don’t like the feeling of silicone on your face then you might need to pass this product for something else. Secondly, from the amount of times I have used the product, it does not necessarily cover up larger pores. Also, the product is targeted towards oily skin types since it is an oil free formula. It does a somewhat good job at blurring out certain imperfections on the face but if you have acne covered skin with blemishes, large pores etc. then this may not work as good as the claim states.

This primer is quite thick in texture so make sure not to put a lot on your finger/brush, maybe just a tiny drop and dab it on your skin wherever your makeup normally breaks apart. I will say that the product increased the longevity of my makeup but for the minimum price of $23.00 and maximum price of $71.00, I expected all the claims to be accurate. But primers are something that are targeted to preference and not everyone is going to like the same kind of primer. So if you don’t have very problematic skin then this primer would work on you much better than it worked on me. I still use the primer because it does help my makeup stick throughout the average day but for special events, this is not really a recommendation from me.

And that’s it, beauties! This was challenging to do and I was contemplating whether I should post this review or not since it is very popular so it was disappointing seeing that it didn’t work out for my skin. If this primer did work on you then let me know in the comments down below any techniques, you used that no one else tried to help me or anyone else who sees it.



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