When you have dry skin, applying make-up (particularly base products) becomes a bit of a battle. For the last few months my skin has been drier than a cracker. We’re talking dry patches, tightness and scales. It’s been real ugly. My usual favourite primer (Too Faced Hangover, if you’re interested) has not been cutting it.
When I saw the new Photo Finish Primer Oil from Smashbox, I was very intrigued. Initially I wondered how an oil could possibly be a good idea. Surely it would be too heavy and disgusting to wear under make-up? (I use Almond oil sometimes as part of my skincare routine, but only at night, and I certainly wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing it under make-up). I couldn’t leave it alone though, and had to have a little play when I was in Boots. And then… I bought it.
Surprisingly, this Primer Oil is not heavy or disgusting. It’s much lighter than a normal oil, and it sinks into the skin like magic. In fact, this is what made me part with 28 squid in the end. I put a generous amount on my hand when shopping, and by the time I had finished talking myself out of buying all the Smashbox it has disappeared. It had soaked in, with barely a trace. Now, £28 won’t be a lot to some, but to me it kind of is a lot for one product. Especially when I really didn’t know anything about it.
Smashbox actually suggest that the Photo Finish Primer Oil should be used as part of your skincare routine, both morning and night. I have simply used it as an extra step before applying make-up, because that’s when I need it most. And I have to say, after using it a couple of times, I am most impressed. I apply it after cleansing, serum-ing and moisturising, and give it a couple of minutes to soak in. That’s all it takes for the magic to happen. I should probably point out here that I like a dewy finish; matte is not my friend.
What I find I am left with, after using the oil, is a smooth, hydrated base for my foundation. Dry patches be gone! After such a long time of hating the way my skin looks with make-up on, it is so nice to not to cringe when I look in the mirror anymore. Despite liking a dewy finish, I really don’t like a sticky, tacky feeling (who does though?). When using the Smashbox oil, I find that it is the perfect amount of hydration. Dew without the shine, if you will.
Of course, this is only my second impression, so I am hoping that there won’t be any nasty effects. My pores have a habit of becoming clogged when I overdo the moisturising products, so fingers crossed that this won’t happen with the Smashbox Primer Oil. I’ll let you know how I get on after a few more uses – be sure to check back for updates.
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