If you would have asked me 6 months ago if you needed a primer I would have asked you why? That was until I tried one that works just like you would expect a primer to work. I have tried other primers and nothing comes close to Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. First off I will tell you I tried department store because Smashbox is a little expensive. But somethings you have to splurge on. Like they say you get what you pay for.
The first time I tried Smashbox Photo Finish I was a little thrown back by the look. It is clear and looks a little like Neosporin. It also comes out of the tube like you would be squeezing Neo and the consistency is the same as well. But when I put it on my face it almost felt like I was rubbing silk on my face. I know that may sound very silly but it's very true. My face fells unbelievably soft and smooth when I use this primer. I guess that is why can use it with or without makeup.
I have tried it both ways and the only benefit of using it without make up is the way your face feels. But when you layer with foundation, BB or CC Cream it makes my make up look flawless. It is almost like you would expect to see done by a professional make up artist. I have layered BB cream and tinted moisturizers and this primer gives a smoother finish. I will also add that I have used it with department store and drug store foundation and they both look beautiful.
It is clear so it is invisible but blends beautifully and sets in seconds, I just use my fingers to apply. You don't have to wait very long before you put on your foundation. It doesn't peal or flake and it's extremely light weight, I have never felt it on my face. It doesn't feel greasy while applying and my face does not not feel oily or greasy while using and that is something I have a hard time with.
Another benefit of using a primer is it makes your make up very long lasting. All of it foundation, blush, powder looks freshly applied after hours of wear. I'm always pleased when I have make up to remove at the end of the day. All of you know what I'm talking about right. I love that amazing feeling when I wash off a full face of makeup after I've worked 10 hours.
I won a .25 oz in a FaceBook contest and it lasted me a few months but sadly I'm almost out. I couldn't bear the thought of being without my favorite primer so I just purchased a .50 oz to replace it. I have also started trying lid primers so I will be back to tell you about my favorite. As you guessed, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer gets 2 thumbs up from me.
Do you use a primer? I was thinking about trying Too Faced next or maybe another Smashbox. They have a few other primers that sounds interesting. Leave a comment and let know your thoughts on primers. What are you favorites?