Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer ($20)
What it is: An ultra-luxurious lid primer.
What it does: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.
What Else You Need To Know: The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome® delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is sold exclusively at Sephora. I really like this primer, because it evens out the skin color of my lids. Sort of like a concealer, but not. It doesn’t work as long as Urban Decay Primer Potion, but Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer does work. I experienced no fading, creasing, or smudging of my shadow or liner. My favorite thing about this Smashbox primer is that I can wear it alone. This definitely works better than Smashbox Lip and Lid Primer and is cheapr too!
Smashbox Lip and Lid Primer ($24) is okay. It’s not great. It’s not bad. What I like about it is I don’t have to wait for the primer to set or dry. The lid and lip primer works quite well, but it can be a bit drying. It doesn’t go on smoothly, because it is drying and chalky. The lid primer allows something for the eyeliner to grab onto and not smudge. If you were to apply eyeliner or eyeshadow directly to bare skin, the eyeliner or eyeshadow will slip ‘n slide all over your eye because there is nothing for the eyeliner or eyeshadow to hang onto except oily eyelids. When I apply the lid primer, I smear some onto my lids and then pat it into my lid. Afterwords, I apply eyeshadow or eyeliner. The lip primer provides a base for lipcolor. I usually trace my outer lip line with the lip primer and then apply lipliner. The lip primer will prevent the color from bleeding. I don’t apply this all over my lip because it is drying. Instead, I color my lip in with the lipliner then apply lipcolor. This will allow the color to last longer, and if fading does occur, I won’t be left with a ring of lipliner around my lips.
It’s that time of the year when the season starts to change. Do you know what that means? New makeup! I don’t like to use the same kinds of primer for winter and spring. I feel your skin changes as the weather changes so your makeup should change too. Every morning after I wash my face, I always moisturize. It’s important to moisturize before you put on makeup to avoid dry patches, and it’s easier to blend foundation into moisturized skin. After moisturizing, I put on my primer. I know some people feel primer is useless, but I feel primer allows the foundation to go on smoother and makes it last longer. During the fall/winter, I was using Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer ($36). It’s great for acne-prone, sensitive, or oily skin.
Now that spring is approaching, I want a more freshed-face dewy look. A great primer for this look is Fresh Twilight Freshface Glow ($36). It is also light-weight. You can’t even tell you have it on! A little goes a long way, so a tube will last you months. I also use this as a highlighter. I love how it is not glittery like most highlighters are.
These products are very easy to find. You can buy them off the Smashbox or Fresh website. I find it best to test out the products in person before purchasing. You can find Smashbox at Sephora, Ulta, department stores, and other beauty specialty store locations. Fresh you can find at Sephora or at their store locations.