If you’re looking for the perfect skincare gift that you can feel good…
You know what they say, oil and water just don’t mix. BUT in the case of Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil and Primer Water, that isn’t exactly the case. These two rockstar products work together so well, you’ll wonder what you ever did without them.
The newest additions to the iconic Photo Finish Primer line both serve different purposes, one helping prepare skin for what comes next and one to help set and protect your makeup throughout the day.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil ($49 CAD)
Now you’ve probably used face oil before to help hydrate and balance your skin, and I generally use it at night because let’s be real… sometimes oil before foundation just ends up looking messy. But the Smashbox oil addresses that! It smoothes the texture of the skin to create a flawless canvas for foundation and it absorbs quickly so you aren’t left over with a greasy film on the skin.
You’ll notice the look of fine lines and dry or crepe-y skin is diminished and your skin will just glow! The formula includes lots of lightweight oils like jojoba, arabica, and argan oils as well as chamomile and lavender oils to help soothe the skin. This is the perfect first step of makeup application in colder months; I noticed my makeup goes on flawless with no dry, flaky patches.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($37 CAD)
This lightweight primer is oil-free and silicone-free and can be used a lot like MAC’s Fix+ spray. It’s got lots of electrolytes to help keep skin hydrated and makeup fresh throughout the day without making your skin feel dry or stiff. You can use this as your “prime” primer if you have really hydrated skin, just spray all over and then apply foundation. But if you have combo or dry skin like I do, this is a great interim step throughout the day to set makeup or freshen it up.
For the look above, I started with Smashbox Primer Oil then continued with my foundation application (wearing Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Fluid Foundation). The oil gives the matte foundation a bit of a dewy glow to it. I then finished up my makeup (wearing Zoeva Cocoa Blend shadow palette!) and sprayed Smashbox Primer Water to set! My foundation (and brows) stayed all day without fading or becoming streaky.
Smashbox’s Primer Oil and Primer Water are amazing alternatives to regular cream or gel primers, and both can be worked into your existing routine easily! Try the Primer Oil on split-ends, cuticles, elbows and clavicle for a more dewy look.
HAVE YOU TRIED EITHER OF THESE? WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO PRIMER ROUTINE?