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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MECCA Holiday Releases 2017 – My must haves

I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA’s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA‘s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

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Now, let me tell you, Mecca have really out-done themselves this year; their offerings are really something special. But the sheer amount of products is slightly overwhelming, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to walk you through my top picks and additions to my forever growing wishlist.

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Frank Body Mini Scrub Duos $19.95

Everyone loves a bit of pampering, and Frank has always been my number one product to share the shower with. The hype is real with the Frank body scrubs, and these duos allow you to experience Frank in two different forms. Men and Women alike would appreciate getting down and dirty with Frank.

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Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Trio WARM $69

Know somebody that is a sucker for sparkle? This stunning highlighting trio is all you would ever need in a highlighting palette. The three shades have been created to flatter light-medium skin tones. The powders are finely milled and give off the most gorgeous luminosity.

MECCA MAX Holiday Collection $15-$88

Mecca have had a huge year, from turning 20 to launching their very own brand. The range of gift sets from the MECCA MAX range is incredible – It is a little hard to only pick one or two recommendations. The price range is really affordable, quality is great and there is something to suit anyone. The gift sets would make the most amazing presents for family and friends. So I think it is worth checking out all of the MECCA MAX offerings to see what tickles your fancy.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 $117

This all-in-one is a must have for any beauty lover. There is nothing quite like an Hourglass powder, and this aesthetically pleasing palette includes everything you could ever want. If you’re a long-time Hourglass lover, like me, or brand new to the brand, this palette should be right up the top of your shopping list. I mean, just look at it.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set $79

This value set has been highly anticipated by all Hourglass devotees. While it is ridiculously luxe, the quality of these lipsticks have blown my mind. I have never used anything so creamy, comfortable or down-right amazing before. This set provides one glamorous gold casing as well as 3 gorgeous nude shades for you to switch in and out as you wish.

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Smashbox Shadow Contour and Blush Palette $61

Now this is a palette for beauty gurus and beginners alike. Full of very wearable, versatile, high-quality shades of eyeshadow, bronzers and blush. The options in this palette are endless. I think this is a great gift for makeup lovers young and old.

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Chantecaille Les Paillettes $110

This is definitely a wishlist item for me. As soon as a set eyes upon this work of art at the MECCA showcase, I was in awe. The pure detail in the press alone gives me goosebumps. Inspired by sequins and all things festive, this stunning little highlight combines pearly and Rose Gold pigments to create something a little bit magical. Is it something that anyone really needs? No. Is it ridiculously expensive? Yes. But it sure would look good in my collection.

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NARS Love Triangles $35

These cute little sets are ideal for anyone looking to trial NARS or give the gift of luxury makeup to a loved one. Plus these gorgeously packaged sets would look super cute hanging from the Christmas tree. Each Love Triangle includes a travel size lipstick and blush – both highly raved about formulas. There is a selection of 5 shades and my picks would be the famous ORGASM or HOT SAND/RITA options.

Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick sets ( 3 for $29 or 8 for $66)

If you know me, you’d know my love for the Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipsticks. The formula in my opinion, is second to none and colour range ticks all the boxes. These gift sets give you the opportunity to try different shades in travel sized tubes, and the prices are really reasonable. The sets of 3 are fabulous stocking fillers or the set of 8 would be happily received by anyone who loves lipsticks. But be quick, last year these sets sold out ridiculously fast.

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TOO FACED Beauty Cracker $35

Nothing screams Christmas more than a cracker, and this cracker is sure to bring a smile to any beauty lovers face. Including a travel size Better Than Sex Mascara,  Melted Liquid Lipstick, Shadow Insurance Eye Primer and a cute little pin, this is a great Secret Santa present or little gesture of holiday spirit that the receiver is sure to love.

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This Works Dream Team $18

If you could give someone the gift of a good sleep, why wouldn’t you? Being 8 months pregnant, good sleep in a bit hard to come by. But with the help of the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, dozing off has been made a whole lot easier. This little set is great for travel, or the perfect little tester for someone that struggles with insomnia or poor sleep. Now if only I could purchase a lifetime supply.

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DIPTYQUE Carousel and Candle Duo $147

Hello outrageously over the top candle, that no one would ever really need. But do we want it? Heck yes. This heat from the lit candle magically makes the carousel spin creating the most hypnotising yet glamorous decor item I ever did see. Plus have you ever sampled a Diptyque candle? ’cause they are mind-blowing. I can imagine it all now – Red wine in hand, watching the candlelight dance across the room, the carousel gently spinning as the Christmas tree sparkles in the distance and Bing Crosby sings about a White Christmas. Swooooooon.

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These selections are just a tiny taste of what is being released tomorrow. I urge you, no I implore you to check out the drop to see the incredible array of cosmetics, skincare, body and fragrances available for the holiday season, if not for yourself, then for some festive gift-giving. There is something suitable for everyone in every price range.

What is on your list? Something tickle your fancy?

Happy gifting,

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although I was provided with some samples 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.

** Stock photos supplied by Mecca