Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer - Slightly Blended
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer - Blended into skin
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer is an oil free primer designed to seal in moisture and help to quench dry skin by using a desert plant extract called Hydraplex. Smashbox also say that this primer will help to fill in open pores and smooth over fine lines.
After writing about the Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer here and mentioning the lovely Smashbox Hydrating Primer, I thought I should probably write a full review and was surprised I already hadn't as this primer is fantastic! If you've read my Bourjois review, you'll know that the primer is only a 15ml bottle for £10.99, whereas this one is £27 for 30ml - only a £5.02 difference which I think is very, very good for a premium brand. Also, the Clinique Primers work out cheaper for 30ml (£20) than the Bourjois offering; this just goes to show that you do need to pay attention to prices and container sizes!
As you can see from the photos, I have used quite a lot of this Smashbox Primer (this is my second tube) and is my go-to-primer to boost my dry and dehydrated skin. A tiny amount goes such a long way, so a tube like this lasts a good 3 - 4 months, although I don't use it everyday as I don't feel the likes of going to college need a primer - I just put on the basics and go. Texture wise, it is a blue gel that is extremely cooling on application and sort of melts into the skin, drying to a soft, non-tacky finish.
The hydration it adds to my skin is great and even at the end of a long day, my skin still feels hydrated and soft. With regards to the filling in open pores and smoothing over fine lines, I can't really say I have noticed a difference with the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer and think that if it's fine lines and open pores you're worried about, you'd probably need to opt for another primer, possibly one that is silicone based to fill in the pores and fine lines. When wearing the Hydrating Primer my makeup doesn't tend to last any longer than normal, but it does stop it from going patchy and clumping up, especially around my cheeks.
Once I've finished this tube, I will be purchasing another one, although I'll be waiting for the special offers on that are available at Boots as I like my extra advantage card points! I really like the look of the Luminizing Primer too, especially for summer. You can find the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer on the Boots website and also in certain stores at Smashbox counters.