There is nothing better than the “no make up” makeup look. You look like yourself, with a natural glow, yet better than you do with no makeup. However, there are some ingredients necessary to achieve that. Two of those ingredients are a primer and a finisher.
This primer pair by SMASHBOX is created to help your makeup last and give you a photo finish, hence the name. It is particularly helpful in erasing fine lines and pores. The primary purpose of this duo is to prime skin and blur imperfections. They are both available at nordstrom.com for $16 each.
First Five Ingredients:
Primer Water: Water (that makes sense), Caffeine (that explains the not looking so tired look), Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Butylene Glycol (hmm…?).
Foundation Primer: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Silica (all things that we have no clue about)
Most make up experts will tell you that a primer is key for getting your skin ready for your makeup application and making your makeup look flawless and not cakey. However, in our opinion, this particular primer is as effective as a moisturizer before applying makeup. The SMASHBOX Primer Water feels like a moisturizing mist going on, but dries up just enough to allow the skin to feel silky.
The next step is to apply the SMASHBOX Photo Foundation Primer, which helps make your skin look pore-less. It feels like it seals everything up, giving you a clear canvas to apply liquid or powder foundation. It will also make your skin feel powdery.
The SMASHBOX Photo Finish Primer Water and Foundation Primer left my makeup looking extremely natural and moisturized. After a full day of wearing makeup, my skin did not feel oily and my makeup was left in place.
Would I recommend it? Yes! I really liked the way it made my makeup look and I think it serves as a great substitute for moisturizer. However, beware, it does NOT have SPF.
Written By: Ana Martinez-Feliciano