Over the past two months I’ve been trying out Smashbox‘s latest in their line of celebrated Photo Finish primers: this one is Hydrating. I’ve used the original Photo Finish before, but only briefly with a trial-size sample, so I was excited to have the chance to try out the Hydrating formula in its full size when Klout sent it to me as part of their Klout Perks program. (This means it’s thanks to you that I got to try it, since you’ve all been so kind to give me +K in Beauty on Klout; the primers were sent to all top influencers on the topic. So…thank you, thank you!)
What it is and why it’s important: Photo Finish is a foundation primer, something a lot of us neglect because they can be so expensive*. But they’re absolutely worth it; primers even out the blank canvas of your face and create a smooth finish from underneath.
How it works: Apply a pea-size drop all over your face prior to foundation.. It delivers moisture all day and keeps your make-up looking fabulously fresh.
The consensus is: Hydrating is brilliant! I love it. And while it’s best recommended for dry skin, it works wonderfully on my combination skin. It seems to have a way of keeping moisture right where it needs to be. I’ve even noticed a difference in my complexion since using it, a consistent smoothness and healthy look. Plus, the formula is so light it goes on weightlessly. And my make-up stays put all day!
Buy it: $42, Smashbox.com
*While the price seems rather high – aside from palettes and box sets it’s the most expensive thing in my cosmetics box right now – I can say that while I’ve been using it daily for the last two months I’ve used less than half of the product. If you’re on a budget, though, Smashbox does have a collection of travel size Photo Finish primers that are $16-$17 each; unfortunately Hydrating isn’t available in travel size yet, but you might find another formula that suits your needs!