A Guide To Smashbox Primers

 

 

 

The words Smashbox and primers are synonymous with each other.  Smashbox make some bloody brilliant products, but they do primers well, award-winningly well. With such a large offering, it can be tricky to work out which primer is best for you. So, I’ve put together a guide highlighting the key factors with each primer, and which skin types I think they are best suited for.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer  – $52

The OG. The one that started it all.

SmashBox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer is your no BS, all in one basic primer.

  • Clear gel-like formula that feels like velvet on the skin
  • Creates a smooth base for foundation
  • Blurs pores and fine lines
  • Lightweight

Best for – Most skin types (it does have a silicone feel), but probably not the best choice for oily skinned gals as it doesn’t keep oils at bay. Great for everyday wear to create a barrier between the skin and foundation.

Also available with SPF20

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Photo Finish Mattifying Primer Stick -$46

As you’d expect from the name, this primer stick is marketed towards oily babes.

  • Super easy to apply
  • Glides on the skin
  • Prevents oil and shine
  • Extends the longevity of your foundation
  • Can also be used on top of makeup to control shine

Best for – Oily or combo skin types. This stick works really well for multi-priming, spread over the t-zone.  If you want something luminous and glowy, steer away from this one.

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Photo Finish Primerizer  – $61

One of Smashbox’s newest and most innovative primers. This little baby is a moisturiser/primer hybrid.

  • Non-greasy and fast absorbing
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Weightless
  • Demi-matte finish, but still controls oils
  • Can be used in lieu of moisturiser

Best for – All skin types. Great all rounder that hydrates without making skin oily while still controlling shine throughout the day. Gives the skin a gorgeous healthy looking finish. It won’t, however, give you a true matte finish, if that is what you are after.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance – $57

This primer is based on Smashbox’s original Foundation Primer but with the added bonus of radiance.

  • Glow-boosting
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Contains added hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter for Hydration
  • Smooths skin

Best for – Babes looking for a little more luminosity. Great from a boost of hydration if your skin is feeling a little dry. Also works well under a matte foundation to make your skin look glowy, while still preventing the dreaded shine-factor.

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Photo Finish Primer Adjust – $ 57

Another primer that is built from the Foundation Primer, but this one promises to disguise uneven skin tone and redness.

  • Addresses redness and uneven skin tones
  • Smooths skin
  • Contains antioxidants and vitamin to nourish the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – Red-faces and gals with an uneven skin tone. Same as the original, probably not the best for super oily babes,

Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer – $57

This baby again is your OG Foundation Primer, but with the added benefits of diminishing the appearance of those pesky little pores.

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of pores
  • Keeps skin shine free
  • Sweat and humidity resistant
  • Flawless, smooth finish

Best for – Oily babes, this little purple guy is for you. Instantly disguising pores and mattifies while keeping you matte all day.  Not great on dry/flaky skin.

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Photo Finish Primer Water  – $46

This is such an innovative product, allowing you to prime in a flash!

  • Suuuuuper lightweight
  • Very versatile
  • Refreshes and hydrates tired skin
  • Can also be used as a setting spray

Best for – Busy babes that need to apply makeup in a pinch. It is a great handbag addition to refresh your complexion through the day.  The lightweight formula works well for oily skin, but may not be hydrating enough for dry skin types.

The Primer Water is also available in 3 fun new fragrances –

  • So-Chill Coconut ($46) – Sweet coconut and vanilla fragrance for refreshing the complexion
  • Serene Greens ($46) – Fresh cucumber and melon scent which calms and hydrates
  • Centering Citrus ($46) –  Orange and Grapefruit fragrance for dull dry skin

 

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Photo Finish Primer Oil – $61

A heavy duty hydrating primer for dry skin.

  • Contains 15 oils to nourish the skin
  • Creates a youthful, dewy base
  • Adds radiance
  • Also works as a skincare product

Best for – No surprises here but if you’re oily you probably don’t wanna drench your skin in oil before makeup application. Absolutely ideal for dry skin types or normal babes who want a big dose of hydration and dew.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light – $52

A weightless version of the original targeted more towards oily skin

  • Extends the wear time of makeup
  • Oil-control
  • Disguises the look of imperfections
  • Aqua based

Best for – All skin types that want a no BS primer that smooths and increases the longevity of makeup

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Photo Finish Even Skin Tone Primer – $57

This primer is best for counteracting darkness and uneven skin tone.

  • Used for addressing dark patches and sallow skin
  • Brightens the skin without luminosity
  • Creates a smooth base
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – All skin types but great for mature skin, that need brightening, hydrating and disguising fine lines and wrinkles.


 

I find that you can also mix and match these primers to multi-prime by addressing different concerns in one go without any balling up under foundation.

All of the Smashbox range is available at Mecca Maxima.

(Just a note –  Unlike most of my other blog posts, I haven’t personally rigorously trialed all of these primers. Whilst I have used some, this guide is based on reviews and product information provided by Smashbox, in addition to personal experience)

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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MAC Matte Fix Plus And Pore Refiner Stick Review

MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix+, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited.

MAC’s Fix Plus has got to be one of those items that almost everyone has in their collection, or at least used at some stage.  It has a multitude of uses and certainly is a fixture in my collection. MAC have recently built upon their Prep & Prime collection and added a couple of variations to Fix Plus, including Pinklite, Goldlite, scented versions and more recently a Matte Fix+. This, in addition to a brand new Pore Refiner Stick, has got oily girls like me, a little excited. I’ve put them to the test and come back with my thoughts.

 

Matte Fix+

A light, oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil. Applies “wet” for a gentle micro-exfoliation; dries instantly to create an invisible, long-lasting natural matte finish. Ideal for the T-zone.

At first glance, the formula looks clear, but much like its sparkly counterparts, give it a shake and a powder-like substance mixes in and turns the liquid a milky colour. MAC claims that this bad boy can be used both before and after makeup application for a mattifying effect.

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the two middle swatches have been used with Matte Fix+

 

There is no scent and the mist is exactly the same as the regular Fix+. As soon as I spray this over my face, I can immediately see a difference. I’ve used this on both matte and dewy foundations and the result stays the same – a suuuper matte finish. There isn’t any flashback, nor any residue of any kind on the face. The longevity of my makeup is dramatically increased and my oily t-zone is basically non-existent. Say whaaat? I am so impressed.

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Overall, I’m sold.  I think especially in Summer when sweat and oil are an even bigger issues, this bottle is going to be my matte saviour. If you love a matte finish and struggle with being an oil slick, I would highly recommend getting your mitts on this.

 

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Matte Fix+ used as a setting spray over a dewy foundation

 

Pore Refiner Stick

A magic stick that blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth matte finish.

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I know I am not alone in the struggle of giant pores. They almost always come hand-in-hand with oily skin – aren’t we lucky! I am constantly trying products to disguise and diminish the look of these gaping holes all over my face, so I think I did a happy dance when this little stick arrived at Beauty Bender HQ. The stick appears to be quite small but only a small swipe is needed on the skin. Once applied, it feels weightless and so smooth on the face.

I did note an instant reduction in the appearance of my pores and also a mattifying effect. I also noticed that fine lines were hidden and my skin, in general, look much smoother. Foundation applied perfectly over the top – no balling or slipping at all.  My pores are disguised, not totally erased because let’s face it, you’d need putty to fill in those bad boys, but there is definitely a difference.

 

This is another winner in my opinion. Due to how light the formula is, it also works brilliantly over the top of your regular primer or works well on its own. I was never a fan of products like the Benefit Porefessional as it left a bit of a residue behind and made my makeup slip, but the MAC Pore Refiner Stick doesn’t do this at all, in fact, it adds to the longevity of my makeup. Winner.

 

What do you think? Do you need help with your oil situation?

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer Review

The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response.

The beauty world seems to be divided over this beautiful but expensive primer, the Tatcha Silk Canvas Protective Primer. I’ve read many different reviews with quite different viewpoints which makes me wonder why this has received such a mixed response. But after kindly being gifted this luxurious little beauty, I feel like it is my duty to put it to the test, share my honest thoughts and let you know whether it is worth the hefty price tag.

Just for a comparison, one of my all-time favorite primers,  the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer is $79 for 30ml, and the Tatcha Silk Canvas is $76 for 20grams.

 

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Firstly, what is it?

Prep your skin with pure silk with this luxurious and velvety priming balm, smoothing and evening out the complexion while increasing the longevity of your makeup for all day, flawless radiance.

This little number contains pink and gold pearl to even out skin tone, Japanese superfoods to aid in anti-aging and botanicals to provide a protective barrier for the skin. Sounds like perfection, right?

The packaging as you’d expect is stunning and super bougie, but not in a gaudy way.  The tub is in the shape of a disc and is quite heavy. The primer even comes with a little spatula that allows you to get the right amount of product each time and to also make sure your grubby little mitts don’t transfer bacteria into the tub. The lid screws off revealing a gorgeous pale pink balmy primer.

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The instructions advise that a little goes a really long way, needing only the amount of a rice grain to cover the whole face. Because you only need such a small amount with each use, I think that this little baby will last you quite a while, which makes it a little easier to justify the price.

 

The consistency is slightly balmy, but super lightweight. It spreads on to the skin beautifully. I find it best to warm up the product between fingertips to make it a little easier to apply. It doesn’t feel silicone-y at all, but rather quite smooth and as light as a feather. It instantly absorbs without any oily or powdery residue, just blurred, soft, slightly tacky skin.  My pores are gone. Gone, I tell you. I have giant gaping holes for pores and to blur and disguise them is truly a miracle.

The wrinkles on my forehead are somewhat reduced and there is just a gorgeous luminosity to my skin – it isn’t shimmery, or sparkly, I just look like a picture of health. Silk Canvas acts as a protective barrier, that doesn’t allow your skin to absorb your make up, which in turn, is fabulous for your skin and decreases the amount of makeup you need to use.

 

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First 3 eyeshadows without Silk Canvas / last 3 eyeshadows with primer

 

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I trialed Silk Canvas with a number of foundations with not a whole heap of difference. My foundation applied really well, it seemed to just glide over the face with little to no effort. My skin did remain to look healthy, quite smooth and luminous. The main difference that stood out to me is how my skin felt – it was so goddamn smooth. My makeup lasted well throughout the day and there was no caking, fading or too much oil peaking through. I did notice that my craters of pores did start to become noticeable as the day wore on.

 

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Primer on left side of face, the right side without

 

 

 

The only real negative I have is that the spatula is super easy to misplace.  It would be unreal if it was magnetic and stuck to the lid to ensure it didn’t go missing. But other than that, this primer is a goodie.

Will you be picking up this beauty? And now to spend my life savings on the rest of the Tatcha range, because I am mother flippin’ obsessed.

 

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J.One Jelly Pack REVIEW

This little unassuming tube has been gaining traction in the beauty world of late. Youtubers, Bloggers and editorials alike have been raving about the J.One Jelly Pack and its benefits as a makeup primer. But does it live up to the hype?

This little unassuming tube has been gaining traction in the beauty world of late. Youtubers, Bloggers and editorials alike have been raving about the J.One Jelly Pack and its benefits as a makeup primer.  I was crazy excited to see a small tube included in my latest Maslow & Co sub box* and I just had to write about it.

What is it and where did it come from?

The Jelly Pack was developed my a Korean TV star, Ha Jiwon, who was tired of using multiple products to create the perfect canvas for makeup application. Full of nourishing ingredients like fermented black tea, peptides, hylaluronic acid, niacinamide and botanical flower waters, it is described as a’ corset for the face’ for its tightening effects. It is marketed as a multi-purpose anti-ageing hydrator that firms the skin, as well as a primer that grips to makeup for unmatched longevity.

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How does it works?

The formula is a clear sticky gel which really took me by surprise at first. I had heard it was sticky, but I hadn’t expected to spread, what felt like glue, all over my face. I found by gently patting the product over my face, the formula transformed into a cooling, slightly watery texture that was instantly absorbed. I also discovered that it works best when applied to either damp or freshly moisturised skin. Otherwise the product does seem to drag across the face which isn’t so pleasant.

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How does it perform?

I have never, and I mean never, experienced my foundation to apply so smoothly. Not only that, but my makeup sits beautifully – no cake face in sight. My huuuuuge pores are blurred, my skin is smooth and radiant. Normally my foundation shows wear throughout the day, especially around my nose and chin where oil starts to peak through. But, with this bad boy, my foundation looks fresh all day and my oil production is kept to a minimum.

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Oh-so smooth foundation application.

Overall Thoughts?

I am honestly blown away by how the Jelly Pack performs.  When products are so highly raved about, I tend to step with caution and take the claims with a grain of salt. Especially when the product also seems a bit gimmicky. But this certainly lived up to those claims and really surprised me.  I have never come across a makeup primer that ticks so many boxes. This little white bottle is a game changer.

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

All about that base…

 

It really is all about that base –  no makeup look is complete without a flawless base.  You can have the most beautiful smokey eyes, perfect winged liner or stunningly painted lips, but if your foundation isn’t up to par it just isn’t the same.  As someone with large pores, congested and blemished skin, it can be fairly difficult to get the coverage and finish I need, so when I find a winning product I generally stick with it. I am not a MUA nor do I even think I am that great at makeup, but I love to have a play and experiment. These are my current favourite base products and the steps I go through to get my desired results. Let me know if you have any tips 🙂

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A light moisturiser is the perfect way to prepare your face for the day. I prefer something very thin, light weight and super quick to absorb. I have limited time in the morning and don’t want to wait around for my moisturiser to sink in, nor do I want it to ball up while applying foundation.  Lately I have been obsessed with Scout Cosmetics Organic Pomegranate and White Tea Rejuvenating Creme. Full of beautiful calming ingredients, this soft creme sinks in so quickly and leaves my face feeling so fresh. Plus it fights free radical damage and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammitory. An honourable mention also goes to Clinique ….. This moisturiser has a bit of a cult following and for good reason. It’s light yet super hydrating and non-irritating. Perfect for under makeup.

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The second step in my routine is a primer. I am completely obsessed with primers, I think I own more primers than I do foundations. My all time favourite primer has got to be the Hourglass Mineral Veil. This primer melts right into the skin and instantly fills fine lines, large pores and leaves the skin silky smooth. Mineral Veil has a satin finish while preventing shine, it also makes my foundation last allllllll day. Another favourite is the Stila One Step Correct primer. This interesting primer colour-corrects, brightens and covers blemishes. It is a gel consistency and leaves skin looking and feeling healthier. I often use this alone on make up free days. I would also like to mention the Touch In Sol primers which are another love of mine. You can find more information on these here.

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If I am applying a full face of makeup, I will colour correct. Otherwise I skip this step completely. I really love the Innoxa Cover & Correct palette for this job. The formula is creamy, really pigmented and has the really good range of colours. I will use the purple or peach around my eye area to disguise sallowness or gray tones. I also use the green corrector to cover up any redness – especially around the sides of my nose. I like to blend these out with a damp BeautyBlender.

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Now my skin is prepared and is the best canvas for foundation application. I have quite a few foundations on rotation and I pick one that suits my wants and needs for the day.  Estee Lauder Double Wear, Loreal Lumi Magique and …… are the foundations that I reach for the most. My method of application also changes daily depending on my preferences. At times I use a BeautyBlender, Buffing Brush or just my fingers to apply my foundations. I like to experiment to find what base works best with which tool and I find that this differs for each person.

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Next I apply concealer to highlight. I don’t generally like to apply concealer to blemishes, I think that usually the foundation does a good enough job at covering these. So I tend to go for a concealer quite a few colours lighter than my skin tone. My current favourite is the Nude By Nature Mineral Concealer. This concealer is creamy and blends so well. If it is set correctly it doesn’t crease or move throughout the day.  I would also like to give an honourable mention to NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Thin Lizzy Concealer Creme. During this stage I also add in a cream contour, If I am going for a full face of makeup. I have been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour palette for over a year now and I am still obsessed with it. I love the cream consistency and the shades. The Australis Cosmetics version is a great budget-friendly dupe. I like to blend  out the highlight and contour with a damp Beauty Blender as well. Blend and blend until your arms get sore.

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Next up is probably my favourite step – I have no idea why but baking just makes me happy. I love baking to set my under-eye area and clean up my contour. I love to use the Coty Airspun powder. It is so finely milled and works so well at setting and creating an airbrushed look. If I am not baking, then I will set my under eye with Australis Banana Powder or the yellow shade in the Chi Chi Cosmetics Highlighting and Contour palette. If I used a cream contour then now I will also layer that with a powder contour. My all time favourite is the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel and the beautiful shades in the Chi Chi palette.

I then apply the rest of my make-up (eyeshadows, eyebrows, blush, highlight etc) and brush off the baking powder when finished. Lastly I use a setting spray to remove excess powder and set all that hard work in place. I love the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray or old trusty, Mac Fix+

 

Do you have similar favourite base products?

Until next time,

Camille x