A Test - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Touted as the best foundation primer on the market, I am finally using Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer. But before I started using it on a regular basis, I put it to the test.


Here is the description from
"Create the perfect canvas for foundation application with our best-selling PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER. With grapeseed extract to soothe and protect skin, this colorless formula fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly softer with a smooth velvet finish. Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection."

So onto my testing.

The first time I tried it out, I had applied my regular eye cream and then Philosophy's When Hope is Not Enough Replenishing Cream (meant for night time use, but my skin has been so dry). I opened the tube of primer (the travel size tube, which is a perfect size), and dispensed a small, almost pea sized amount. It felt like the silicone serum I had used on my hair. Well, duh, Teri... it is silicone based, I thought to myself. Anyway, it smoothed out over my skin very easily, and the slippery feeling quickly turned almost powder like - in the feeling that is. I waited a few minutes, and applied MAC's Select Tint, which is really a tinted moisturizer, and followed that with my regular powder of choice, MAC Studio Fix.After a few hours, I saw no difference, and my skin actually looked a little more yellow than normal. Hum.

The next day I tried it over a very light-weight moisturizer, and still followed with my tinted moisturizer and powder - and the results were amazing.  I loved the way my skin looked so flawless - and the look lasted well into the night.

My next try was over the same light-weight moisturizer again, but this time I used only my Studio Fix Powder on top of it. And to my satisfaction, it worked like a dream again. I was surprised that using only a powder, my skin didn't look dry or cakey. Wonderful.

To me it seems as though the primer creates a barrier. It doesn't let anything from the skin (oils, pores, etc.) get into the makeup. While at the same time. the same barrier helps the makeup and powder from sinking into the skin. It just lies there on a perfect surface.

My feeling is that if used with the correct moisturizer, this primer will work best. Maybe on my first try I didn't use enough of the primer, but I have a feeling that the heavy moisturizer was the culprit.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer comes full size in a glass bottle for $36 or in a smaller "travel" size tube, which I like using, for just $15.

If you are looking for a primer, or have read the editor raves like I have about this one, don't hesitate anymore. I know you will be happy with it too - and make it a part of your daily routine as I finally have.


Fashion Week - Smashion Week.

So, the ever so famous Fashion Week is in full swing at NYC Bryant Park.  Am I the only one sick of it already? Fashion this - fashion that - fashion smashion!

They are showing Spring & Summer lines for next year - and I am still in my Summer wardrobe from this (still) Summer season. I have such a problem looking that far ahead.

I do like to see the different makeup looks and the behind the scenes stuff - that to me is the most interesting. But I remember - and you must to - that what we see is runway. The fashion, the makeup, the hair. While we may take the cues from the looks - do we ever see these actual clothes on the real street? On real people?

A few seasons ago, I went to the final day of Fashion Week as a guest of a good friend.  I found the entire thing very superficial. I saw so many fashionista and celebrity wannabes, it was ridiculous. Maybe I was just out of place because I am not in the "biz."  But my friend is a major buyer for a very large retailer, and even she was treated like a nobody - mostly because she wasn't a famous face.  Or could it have been that everyone was so exhausted by that final day and just didn't give a hoot by then?

Oh well - I hate to critic the whole process - as it is a big deal for those who depend on it for business, but for a regular ole' gal like me - it really is not a big enough deal for me to go batty over.


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