Friday, 18 April 2014

A New Favourite Primer | Smashbox Photo Finish Light

With combination/oily skin with enlarged pores, I have tried a lot of primers. I mean, a lot of primers. Without a primer my base will be breaking up within a couple of hours, even in the winter (thank you stupid skin). When I try out a new primer what I'm looking for is something that feels light and unclogging on the skin, doesn't cause breakouts, provides a smooth surface for my foundation, and helps my makeup to stay longer. Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer LIGHT does every one of these steps incredibly well. The 'Light' formula is made specifically for those with acne-prone or sensitive skin (mine is unfortunately both). It smooths over the skin effortlessly and allows foundation to be applied almost flawlessly. I'm particularly impressed with how well it minimises the appearance of pores, when that's not even one of it's main claims! Not to mention that my foundation holds in place and remains un-cakey for substantially longer over other primers. The tube seems small, for the price of £25, but it's deceptively long-lasting and holds 30ml of product - the same as one of my other favourite primers which comes in at £36. This product is a definite repurchase for me.


  1. this sounds great. I've recently ordered one but it hasn't come yet, am excited to try it out after reading this :) lovely post xx

  2. This is one of my absolute favorite primer, I managed to get mine on a huge deal for only $30 dollars (canadian) and I'm gonna be so sad when its all gone!

    Krystal || Little Beauty Bug <3

  3. This sounds amazing!! I also have oily skin with massive pores!! This sounds perfect for me!!
    Great review!!
    Little Beauty Blog
    Elizabeth x

  4. Snap with the skin type! It is a nightmare to deal with. Smashbox are amazing although a bit pricey for the size. But defo worth it!

  5. I've heard so much about this primer. Will need to try it once I'm done with my current one because I've got this thing of finishing products before I buy more lol.

    By the way, there is a giveaway for a £5 Beauty Steals voucher on my Facebook page. Pop by and take a look if you want the chance of winning -

    Yazmin xx

  6. I love your blog! Wow, keep up the good work!

    xCan you please visit/follow mine & my 14yr olds twins blog x
    P.s Do you want to follow each other's blogs on GFC? I'll follow you back ;) x

    1. I'm a firm believer that you should follow a blog purely because you like the blog, not because someone else will then follow you - otherwise following is pointless as you will never read the blog, and both people will have nothing but an extra 'fake follower'! I'll take a look at your blog and follow it if I like it!

  7. This sounds amazing! I've heard great stuff about this little beauty. ♥

  8. This sounds so good!! Smashbox is a little on the pricey side but it seems like this primer is worth it! Great post!

    Melissa | Lemonmel

  9. Thanks for the lovely review, this primer sounds amazing :)
    Ana xo

  10. I have this primer in the back of my drawers somewhere, must get it out again! xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog 

  11. it's awesome to know that this is a good product! i have heard about the smashbox foundation for awhile and now I'm even more interested in this!

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    AL xx
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  12. Smashbox primers are amazing and even though they are pricey, they last a really long time so they are a product that is worth the splurge, especially if you struggle with the other more typical silicone primers that often do nothing for people with our skin type!

    Lovely review xx

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

    P.S. I'm giving away hair goodies and skincare goodies on my blog atm!

  13. I use the original Photofinish primer and find although it primes well and keeps my makeup in place, it does nothing for oil control :( I'd love to see a post of all your favourite primers, I love recommendations! x

    lillies and lipbalm

  14. Loving the sound of this. I use the Smashbox Hydrating Primer which I really like, I find their primers work a lot better than many others I've tried.

    Laura x | Life and Lipstick


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