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