Worth The Hype? – Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

The world and their mother have been talking about this primer and when I was in New York I decided it was about time I picked up a bottle and tried it out for myself! now it is expensive so I picked up the half size bottle to try before I splurged all my money on the full size. Some of my most loved bloggers like Rachel Leary and Tati Westbrook have given this a try and raved about it so I had really high hopes when I bought it.

Now unlike most conventional primers, this comes in the form of a ‘water’ that you spray on your face prior to makeup and let dry before you apply your foundation on top. The idea is that it creates a good base to apply your makeup on top of. In addition to this, it can be used as both a setting spray on top of your finished makeup or even a makeup refresher during the day to pep it back up. I have tried it mainly as a primer but I have also given it a go as a setting spray to test that side of it out too.

The first thing to point out is that it is quite boring packaging. It is simply a clear plastic bottle with black writing and a black top and spritzer. I did expect a bit more for the price (£20 for the full size) however looks aren’t everything! Smash box have done really well with the spritzer on this though as it sprays a nice even mist across your face without being too harsh or direct. I found a few sprays were more than enough to cover my whole face but it is one of those products that you can very easily get carried away with and before you know it you’re half a bottle down!

Did I think it worked? Yes and No. The yes part is from the fact that I could definitely feel a difference in the texture of my skin. It was smoother to the touch but also had a very slight tacky feel which I felt would be good for ensuring makeup adhered to my skin well. The no part is due to the fact that I don’t know whether my makeup actually stayed on any better after using it. There was not a noticeable difference on the days I used it apart from perhaps my skin didn’t dry out as much. I would say it ever so slightly controlled the oil but not significantly enough to claim that it does.

Overall I was slightly disappointed. It didn’t do enough to warrant the price in my opinion but I definitely preferred this method of applying primer to the normal cream or gel style. I feel like smash box have started off with a good idea but it just needs perfecting slightly. I am sure over the next couple of years more brands will come out with spray on primer ‘waters’ and they will get better and better over time. I am looking forward to trying out more of these primers but for the time being I won’t be repurchasing this one! Have you tried it? What did you think of it?

Much Love



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