My Top Picks from the Smashbox Primer Range

My Top Picks from the Smashbox Primer Range - Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Light, Pore Minimising, Hydrating, Radiance, Primer Water

When I think of Smashbox, I think of a lot of awesome products that I’ve tried in the past but I think, overall, their primer range has got to be a stand out for me. And after a very generous package arrived with the majority of the range, I like to think I’ve become pretty well acquainted with what they have on offer. There’s definitely something for everyone in there, no matter your skin types or your skin concerns. I’ve been faithfully testing away and falling in love with the whole range for a couple of months now. But I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top picks from the range.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Light*

I’ve quickly become obsessed with this one and if you only try one, I reckon this should be it. I’ve never been a big fan of primers that feel overly silicone-y or heavy on the skin. But even I can’t argue with their smoothing effects and what a difference they can make. The original primer in the Smashbox range is an international best-seller and it is absolutely awesome but can be a little too much for me on the day to day.

This ‘Light’ version of their original formula has the best of both worlds. It feels just like a thin moisturiser, because it’s aqua-based rather than silicone-based, when applied to the skin but after giving it a second it makes your skin look and feel so much smoother without the heaviness. I’ve been using this one a lot. If you’re like me and tend to avoid silicone-y primers, this could definitely be worth a shot, if you’re after a smoothing primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Pore Minimising*

Now, this is one for those with oilier skin and visible pores. For someone who just talked about how they’re not a fan of silicone feeling primers, this is a bit of a weird one because this formula is thick. It actually looks like putty or something similar as you squeeze it out but a little bit goes a long way.

I’ve been using the teeniest bit on the center of my face, particularly focusing on the base of my nose and my t-zone, and it’s been working wonders. This way, it helps with enlarged pores and allows my makeup to go on beautifully but isn’t too heavy. My lovely friend Katina, who has oily skin, raves about this primer, too, so it’s well worth a look.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Hydrating*

On the other end of the spectrum, this is one for the drier skin types. My skin has been feeling a little more dehydrated as the weather has gotten colder so this cooling, hydrating primer has been a wonderful first step. This feels just like a souped up moisturiser and I am totally on board.

If you’re someone that often struggles with dry patches or tight-feeling skin, this is a beaaautiful option. I’ve actually been loving the combination of this all over the face and the Pore Minimising on my T-zone to keep my oil at bay. This is probably the least ‘revolutionary’ of the bunch but nevertheless, it’s awesome for drier skin types or if you have a foundation that tends to cling to dry patches.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer – Radiance*

One of the newest ones to the Smashbox primer lineup and I reckon it’s definitely a welcome addition. I’m all about a quick dose of radiance, particularly for those days where my skin’s looking a little lacklustre. This is a simple, hydrating option that adds a beautiful, subtle luminosity to the skin.

It’s a little golden and warm, I find. It’s actually got a bit of pigment to it so I find I prefer to use only a hint of it on the high points of my face, otherwise, it can look a little too intense on my pale skin. For those with medium to deep skin tones, this would be absolutely stunning. It’s also got hyaluronic acid in it to prep and hydrate the skin and does a bit of work to smooth out the skin, too.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water*

An OG favourite for me. The very generous package from Smashbox arrived just as I was spritzing out the last little bit from my previous bottle so I was very grateful to have it in my life again. If it’s a no-fuss, lightweight, hydrating one you want, this is an awesome choice. Brands have been quick to jump on the primer water bandwagon but so far, this has been my favourite.

It’s my favourite for when I’m in a rush and be bothered with the whole deal because it’s as simple as two spritzes and a couple of seconds to let it sink in. It can seem gimmicky to be spending so much on something they call water but if you’re into the no-fuss routine, this is definitely one to check out.

Have you tried any Smashbox primers?

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  • I definitely think you should – the range is incredible!

  • Yes! That’s been what I’ve been doing, too! I’m a big fan of using multiple primers when I get the time!

  • The Primer Water is an incredible pick!

  • I totally agree – once you’ve got the base right, everything else looks better!

  • I’ve never tried a Smashbox primer, but nearly picked up a travel-size of the Primer Water whilst in the States last year. I’m seriously kicking myself for not doing so now! I’m going to have to check out their range a bit more as I’m in need of a primer that won’t break me out (unlike the Too Faced Hangover Primer – works well on my cheeks, not so on my T-zone & chin).

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • Aah you should’ve picked it up! And that’s annoying that the TF Hangover Primer isn’t working for you – I have heard people say it hasn’t worked well for them…