I'm a novice when it comes to primers. This is only the second primer I've ever used. The first one was clarins. I think I like that one better. I'm not so thrilled with smashbox as far as putting it under liquid or compact foundations. I find that I tend to look flakey and chalky. But I do have to say it looks amazing under mineral foundations. I have BE and several shades of sheer cover foundation. They looked okay before I started using smashbox, but now they look incredible. I played with the amount I would use from a very tiny amount to a liberal application. I find when I use one pump full for each side of my face I get fantastic results. I tried the same tricks with my liquid foundations (of which I have almost every foundation under the sun) and just haven't been able to get the same results. My mineral foundation ends up looking flawless and smooth and I feel the staying power is increased. By the end of the day I still look great. I probably won't repurchase mainly because of price and I would like to try some other brands out there. Maybe I'll find one that fits the bill for all my foundations. Until I find my HG primer I'll finish up with smashbox just for the mineral foundations.
I got this as a sample in a Nordstrom promotion. I had hear rave reviews of it, esp. in magazines like InStyle. I normally use NARS primer, but thought I'd try it, since it was free. OH MY GOSH. I got a terrible rash on my face... it was rediculous. Plus, the consistency of this stuff is just...akward...I don't like putting it on my face, it doesn't feel right.
I, like another reviewer, had breakouts using this product. At first I just had a couple and didn't associate with the primer. Then I had a face full of breakouts. I discontinued the primer and they cleared up. Wish I could use it - I liked the texture - but not suited for my combination/breakout prone skin.
I bought the travel size one, and overall I like it. What surprised me was that my face didn't break out like others had posted...new products tend to bother my skin. Love it!
After trying this product before in the past and not liking it (but not remembering why), I decided to give it another try.
BAD idea. I now remember why this was an instant enemy to my skin.
I have combination, acne-prone skin but have found a handful of products that keep my skin breakout-free. After adding this primer to the mix, my skin was a mess- breakouts on my chin, cheeks, neck, and forehead- it took me days to get rid of those small, stubborn bumps. Will gladly swap this away!
I am a loyal Smashbox user, and this was one of the first Smashbox products that was introduced to me. I have never used another primer before, and wow, I can totally see the difference in my makeup!! My face doesn't looked all "foundation-y", and makeup is applied smoothly with no creases or spotting.
It is a bit pricey, and can be a bit greasy/oily to some people. I have oily skin myself, and have had no problems, and now that they have come out with a "light" version for oily skin, I'm sure that one would work better for me. If you have the money, I would definitely splurge on this item.
I love this primer. My makeup just lasts and lasts. It has a slippery feeling because of the silicon. I use less than a full pump on the bottle because it doesn't take very much product to be primed. Too much leaves the face feeling slick. I usually apply the primer to my washed and moisterized face and then do my eyes before applying any product to my face. I do this so that I can clean up any eyeshadow that sprinkles around and so that the primer settles in before I apply foundation. I have tried the Laura Mercier primer (also good) but I found that LM primer had an unpleasant smell. This is odorless and feels very clean. This has earned a spot on my list of staple, must-have items.
Me - 44, auburn/hazel, fair/medium, normal skin
I received a sample size of this product in a kit and had never thought about using a primer until I tried it. The primer glides on smoothly (start off with a tiny dab, you will be surprised how little goes a long way) and I think it makes my makeup last longer (I use bare minerals powder foundation). I read previous reviews about the product peeling--they may have used too much of it. Since its expensive, try a sample size or buy a smashbox kit that has the product included! You may find that you can't live without it!
Another oldie and goodie. If you want your foundation to look perfect I recommend you give it a try. I find I use less product, get a totally flawless look and my make-up stays put for hours and hours.
It does not cause any drying, breakouts etc.
You don't need to use very much a little goes a long way.
I love the way this makes my skin look. It minimizes my pores and makes my skin look brighter and flawless. My foundation goes on easier and it smoothes out imperfections. I am terrified that it will clog my pores if I use it everyday (after reading the reviews of others on this board) so I only use it when I am going out or have something special going on. Because I only use it once a week, the pump bottle gets clogged up, and there is always a small amount of coagulated product that I have to discard. I tried MAC's primer, and this blows it out of the water.