Jan 10, 2013

Smashbox PhotoFinish Lid Primer - Review

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer Warm Beige (available here) - $20

The ultra-luxurious Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eye shadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.  The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisture and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome® delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.

Smashbox Photo Finish Eyeshadows Makeup EyeLid Primer Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Warm Beige Ingredients

The Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer is a creamy beige primer/base meant to be used on the eyelids either to help eyeshadows go on better and stay longer or, because of it's beige color, to even out the eyelid color.  Despite the claims of being infused with moisturizing and pearl factors, thankfully, the primer is not oily or shimmery (it's what I automatically translate pearl to!).  The packaging is sort of like a lipgloss with a doe-foot applicator/wand.  From what I have read, this sort of an applicator isn't a favorite with a lot of people because of the amount of product that goes to waste, but I haven't yet reached the end of any primer to comment on that - I just find this quite convenient.

Smashbox Photo Finish Eyeshadows Makeup EyeLid Primer Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Warm Beige Ingredients

While it is a creamy liquid, the Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer feels quite matte on my lids - a big plus point for my oil-prone lids.  It's easy to apply and dries quite fast.  In terms of eyeshadow application, I find this does help with the staying power and to a slight extent even with the intensity of the shadows.  Used on it's own to even out my lid color, this is a bit ashy on my skin, and I would need a hint of eyeshadow to tone that down.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - Universal - Warm Beige - Swatches

Smashbox Photo Finish Eyeshadows Makeup EyeLid Primer Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Warm Beige Ingredients
Smashbox Photo Finish Eyeshadows Makeup EyeLid Primer Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Warm Beige Ingredients
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
Eyeshadow swatches with and without primer
The Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer is a pretty decent primer.  I haven't had any issues with eye shadows fading or creasing with this, but I don't find it adds much of an intensity to the shadows like some of the other eye makeup primers I have tried.  Smashbox labels this color - Warm Beige - as a universal shade, and while it really doesn't matter under an eye shadow, on it's own the primer does look a bit ashy on my skin.  I do use it to set smudged black/brown eyeliners which tones down the ashiness quite a bit.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - Ingredients

Smashbox Photo Finish Eyeshadows Makeup EyeLid Primer Indian Beauty Blog Reviews Swatches FOTD Warm Beige Ingredients
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer - Ingredients List
I got the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer as part of the Smashbox Try It Kit ($19), but I don't think I would rush out and buy the full-size product.  It's not that this is not a nice primer, but I don't see it replacing any of my current favorites.

Have you tried the Smashbox Photo Finish lid primer - what's your favorite eye makeup primer - do share!

MORE EYE MAKEUP PRIMERS REVIEWS:
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don't Stray Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows 
NYX HD (High Definition) Eye Shadow Base
Urban Decay Primer Potion - Sin
Urban Decay Primer Potion - Original
Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Smoothing Eye Primer 

11 comments:

  1. You're right, it seems quite ashy. I haven't tried it yet. My current favorite is UDPP and I absolutely love it! :)

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    1. Hi Sara! Same here ..love UDDP :)

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    2. Though, I think this shade should work quite well for you...

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    1. Ya..but that's only on my skin color. Am sure on anyone lighter, this would be perfect though :)

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    2. The only reason I mentioned it is because they label the shade as "universal"...:P

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  3. Which acc to you is the best lid primer to get true e/s colours on the lids? Coz on my warm skin tone, cool toned shadows (light and dark) don't show up well, they look muddy/greyish. I can't describe how they look but I guess you know what I mean. Which primer would you recommend?

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    1. Dollie - you look so cute in your profile pic! I guess I never checked it before..or did you change it recently? Anyway, on to the primer - I like Urban Decay's Primer Potion - Original - and Benefit's Stay Don't Stray (this is colored like the Smashobox one). For eyeshadows to show up a bit more vibrant - try smudging a brown or black eyeliner along the lashline before applying the shadow. You don't really need to paint it all over the eyelid - just line along the lashline and smudge it with your fingers so a bit of the darkness goes over the eyelid. It helps the pigment show up better without really changing the color of the shadow..works for me.

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    2. I know you asked for a primer, and I guess one of the darker paint posts by MAC would work similarly, but I haven't tried one yet..

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    3. So sweet of you to say that :D
      And thanks so much for ur tips...I'll try out the smudged kohl method...bought MAC paint pot in reubenesque but haven't used it yet!

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    4. I want to get one of the MAC Paint Pots too..am just not sure if I will ever use it so much, though, to justify a whole pot of it...

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