Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: Holy Hydration!

Holy hydrating! If you follow my blog you know that my first post was about me searching for the best moisturizer for my face.  I live in NY and the winters can be brutal here on skin.  Also, I’m 54 years old and have dry skin and a T zone that is (at this point in my life) only slightly oily, so I am constantly dealing with oily moisturizers that don’t hydrate me and love to cause break outs.  Here’s what I’ll say first about the new moisturizer after having tried it for a few days, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizer Cream is good on days I don’t need to wear a lot of makeup and it also works well as a nighttime moisturizer for me.   However, again, I was disappointed to find out that it made me look shiny when I did apply makeup and it also caused a few pimples on my cheeks to surface.

So now enter winter relief: Smashbox Photo Ready Primer Water.  Yass! Gurl! This is what I’d been searching for.  This what this old chick needed for a more hydrated look and feel.  This was an impulsive purchase and I’m so glad I didn’t overthink the $32 price tag for 3.9 ounces of “fancy agua”.

How I use it: Before I apply any foundation, I spritz it all over my face until I’ve dampened my entire face.  I wait for my face to air dry a bit, yet keeping it slightly moist. Then I apply my foundation with a foundation brush.   After I apply all my makeup, I spritz my face again.   It makes my face look and feel dewy.  I crave dewy people!  Because smooth and dewy skin doesn’t come easy for me.  And the scent is pleasant.  I’ve read reviews that stated there wasn’t a scent. No, there is, it’s a soft feminine (not in the Summer’s Eve way) scent. Not overbearing, and it doesn’t linger at all. It disappears.

I highly recommend this product.  It’s pricey and I’m sure one bottle will last me just under a month, but it actually works for me.  In the description on ULTA.com it recommends storing this in the fridge.  I have no idea why.  If you find out please let me know.

Happy Hydrating!
Linda

Here’s a description from ULTA.com and it’s pretty spot on.

Details

#1 Face Primer Brand In The USA*

Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer Water is a transparent primer water that is non-acnegenic, ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested.

“I use it as a primer before makeup, as a setting spray to help keep makeup in place, and as a misting spray throughout the day to refresh skin. It’s like a spa in a bottle!” – Lori Taylor Davis, Global Pro Lead Artist at Smashbox.

Benefits:

  • Immediately moisturizes, soothes and adds radiance
  • Preps skin for makeup application
  • Instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration
  • Leaves skin looking ultra soft without adding shine
  • Revitalizing electrolytes reawaken skin and restore moisture
  • Can be used as a setting spray
  • Use to refresh makeup throughout the day
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free

In a consumer study on 102 women after 1 use:

  • 93% said it leaves skin instantly hydrated
  • 90% said it absorbs quickly

In a consumer study on 102 women after 1 week of use:

  • 93% said it worked well with their skin tone
  • 90% said skin felt refreshed

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance and talc. Vegan friendly.

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