Happy Leap Year Day! 😀
Last year the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water seem to take the makeup world by storm. Everywhere I turned, I saw people posting rave reviews about it. I love facial mists so I was intrigued by one that claims to provide hydration and acts as a primer.
So in November, I redeemed some Optimum Points for it:
It normally costs $37 for 116ml bottle.
When I first started using this as part of Project Focus 10, I kept forgetting to use this before I applied my makeup! I ended up using it as a finishing spray for a few weeks until I finally placed it right in front of my foundation so that I couldn’t ignore it.
Smashbox claims this spray will:
• Prime skin
• Deliver hydration
• Provide sheer radiance
• Packed with electrolytes to wake up skin
• Refresh skin
I tested this primer water in a multitude of different ways:
1. As my skin prep first step, before my serum and moisturizer
2. As a primer, after moisturizer and before foundation
3. As the “wetter” for my makeup sponge to apply my foundation (sorry I couldn’t think of another term for it)
4. As a finishing spray, after foundation
I tried it with various foundations and BB creams. Honestly, I didn’t notice any significant difference when I used this spray versus not using it. Maybe it’s slightly smoother looking? I’m not sure? The spray nozzle is really nice – provides a fine, even mist.
So what’s in this?
Water\Aqua\Eau, Butylene Glycol, Caffeine, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Nitrate , Potassium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, Diamond Powder, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citral , Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.
Caffeine is an antioxidant and it’s also supposed to help with depuffing… there’s a bunch of slip agents, minerals, and thickening ingredients… and OMG it contains DIAMOND POWDER! You guys, no wonder this water is so pricey! I’m going to boil away the water and collect the diamond powder, y’all. 😉 Sorry for the snark but I was thoroughly disappointed by this product. I was really hoping it would be a wonder product, a secret weapon, an ace in the hole – but unfortunately, it wasn’t. Also, it smells like Play-doh that’s gone bad.
It’s made in Canada – woot.
I understand why Smashbox would release this primer water, it’s to parlay their huge success with their original foundation primer; product line extension and whatnot. I just find it funny that one of the claims about this product is that it’s silicone-free – basically slamming their own primers which are loaded with silicones (and silicones aren’t necessarily bad – just some people are sensitive to them, that’s all).
I had actually originally scheduled to do this review two weeks ago, but I postponed it so that I could give this product a more thorough trial… but ultimately, I still did not get this product to work for me as it has for others! I’d recommend MAC Fix+ ($26 for 100ml) in place of this – it also contains caffeine and minerals but with the added benefit of glycerin. One key ingredient missing for me in the Smashbox Primer Water is glycerin – to me, glycerin is what primes and hydrates the skin and helps makeup adhere better (hence, all the raves about the Nivea Aftershave Balm as a primer).
This is how much I used up in the past 6 weeks – since this is mostly water, I’ll just use this bottle up as a facial mist before my serum. I would not repurchase. 😦
• Alcohol, silicone, oil- free
• Fine mist nozzle
• Doesn’t make a difference for me
• Doesn’t prime or hydrate as claimed
• Smells bad
• Pricey for what it is
Stash worthiness: 3/10 (sorry Ingrid!)
Other Project Focus 10 item updates:
• I’m still using the Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder to set my foundation and concealer daily – lately I’ve been seeing the shimmer in this more noticeably on my face for some reason
• Shu Uemura brow:sword is still my daily speedy brow product – yesterday I did a 1 minute face and the brows was literally 10 seconds!
• Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is my go-to moisturizer every day. I’ve made a huge dent in it – I’m thinking I might finish it in March!