Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

Another post about Corinne talking about how wank her skin is featuring Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer. I know you’re excited. So, here’s the crack….

smashbox photo finish

Another post about Corinne talking about how wank her skin is featuring Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer.

I know you’re excited.

So, here’s the crack. My primer ran out and I wanted a new one. Primer is definitely one of those products I don’t mind splurging a little on because it lasts for months, so I went for the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

This costs about £28 and is for dry skin, like mine.

smashbox photo finish primer review

It contains hydraplex12 extract from desert plants which helps quench parched skin and keeps it hydrated as well as filling in lines and pores.

Sounds like the perfect base for your foundation if you’re a dry person, like moi.

I have the type of skin that feels tight and will flake if I don’t moisturise it after cleansing. It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone. Wait, I said that sentence wrong. What I meant was: it’s not unusual for my skin to have visible dry patches.

Now Tom Jones is trapped in my head. Boo and hiss.

smashbox photo finish primer review

I have terrible news.

I’m not won over by this product. It was a good base and my makeup did last all day. But I didn’t feel like it smoothed out pores and lines. Not like Benefit’s Porefessional which instantly blurs your skins imperfections.

It did ziltch for my dry skin, too. I still had dry patches on my forehead. And I’ve still got Tom Jones in my head.

It’s a terrible day.

smashbox photo finish primer review

I’ll use this up and hopefully get a new one in a few months – I’m thinking of Instablur from The Body Shop – what do you recommend?



  1. i was disappointed with this primer too – I use either Babyskin by Maybelline which I find quite similar to smashbox or the porefessional which I just don’t think can be beaten! I’ve heard good things about instablur though

    Amy x

  2. I’ve heard a lot about the Smashbox primer and had no idea that they’ve released a hydrating one, shame it’s not more effective though! I also have dry skin and struggle with primer. At the moment I’m using the L’Oreal lumi magique one, which obviously isn’t ideal if you’re after a matte finish.

    It’s not unusual….la la la (THANKS!) 😛


  3. I really like instablur! I’ve stopped using it because I prefer something brightening/colour correcting but its a heavy ish silicone one and it definitely made my makeup last longer. Other than that both the benefit ones are fab (although I’m convinced that gal samples are better value for money than the full size…) x

  4. I use their Smashbox poreless one and I need to try this one sound amazing great review very detail.

  5. Love Smashbox primers they are definitely the best you can get!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  6. Hm bummer, the name sounds promising. Rather no good photo finish then hm?
    Well I never use primer but I’m very happy with the concealers and liquid mkeup MAC has to offer. They have very nice nuances for light skin.

  7. Hmm, I have yet to use primer for my makeup and I too have dry face. I will be getting Porefessional end of this month in my beauty box and I’ll try to see what differences a primer will do to my makeup.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. Aw unfortunately this brand is not available here.. Looks great on you, nice finish!

  9. I have a sample of this one and wasn’t all that impressed with it either. If you want a blurring product, Nanoblur works really well.

  10. OMG I hate when a product disappoints, like seriouslyyyy! Get over it, but the fact that it’s freaking expensive, it broke my heart.

  11. Aw no…how rubbish it wasn’t that good! I love The Porefessional but I reallllly wanna try The Body Shop one x

    Josie’s Journal

  12. How disappointing – I can’t notice the dry patches in the picture but I hate having flaky skin too.

    Lizzie Dripping

  13. I’ve swatched Instablur and was back of the hand impressed but I’ve yet to go full face trial.

    I have had really good results from my Laura Mercier primer, but I have oily skin so need something to dry me out a little! They do carry one for dry skin though that could be worth investigation.

    Bare Minerals Prime Time is worth checking out too, it was TOO moisturising for my fry-pan face so it might do a better job on dry skin!

    Sarah 🙂

  14. I agree this didn’t do much for me either but it works wonders on my friend – funny how our skin works. I use Loreal professional primer studio secrets and it literally wipes out all pores and fine lines on my face – so good.

    Great post x

  15. Oh that’s really disappointing for the price! I’m not very big on primer but I do like the Illamasqua Satin Primer. 🙂

  16. I really love trying new products but when they don’t work out I hate using them up. It is good that you will use it up Lucy x

  17. My mom has that primer and I always steal it lol

    check out my newest post

  18. I have the white one Photo Finish in Light. I don’t mind it.. I don’t really know if it’s working, haha.. seriously, I kind of suck at makeup even though I love it… I do want to try Body Shop’s Instablur so maybe I’ll pick that up the next time I’m at a Body Shop store..

  19. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this primer which is a real shame – generally on all Smashbox products and I don’t know whether to try their primers or not…..I have tried their lip glosses and I loved those so I’m in two minds haha! 🙂

    Layla xx

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