I had been wanting to try this and actually bought a kit with this included. I have dry skin and really did love the way it felt and made my face look after makeup application. It did make my skin look softer and perfected. Next time I may try the one with dermaxyl though to test the difference.
I had reasonable expectations for this product, but it failed. I have normal to dry skin and average-sized pores that I prefer to conceal. The Smashbox primer was really greasy, and after a couple of hours, it would actually settle into my pores and my makeup would look worse than w/o the primer. I actually tried the Monistat gel based on MUA feedback, and I have to say that the Smashbox product is practically identical to the Monistat gel, except that Smashbox is more expensive. I am displeased with both products.
I am now sampling Dr. Brandt's Pores No More primer and Clinique's primer--so far I am more pleased with the texture and longevity of both--compared to Smashbox. I will add reviews for these products soon.
I wanted to like this product, but I was disapointed. It made my skin feel too oily--it never seemed to absorb in my skin. I think it actually makes my foundation slide off a bit. I like Tarte's primer much better.
The only reason I said I wouldn't buy this again is because the primer with dermaxyl is better. I love this though, smooths my skin and makes foundation last all day.
For reference, I have combination skin, slightly oily in the t-zone and slightly dry on my cheeks. This does smooth my skin a little. It absorbs some oil (though I still have a little oiliness at the end of the day). And foundation does wear longer over a primer than without one (regardless of the primer, imo). But it feels soooo heavy on my skin! it feels like I have a coating on my face, like heavy makeup, and I use foundation sparingly! I don't think this does more than most other primers, and there are better products out there (i.e. MAC prep+prime).
I got this in a smashbox kit of their products, so I didn't buy it but I have wanted to try it. Anyways, I don't notice a difference at all when I use this on my face for a primer, makes my skin feel soft though and I didn't break out either.
However, the consistency is exactly like the hair serum I use and when I ran out I tried this primer and woww a little goes a long way!! All my flyaways were gone and my hair was nice and smooth and shiny!
This product, I wanted to love it but it just makes my skin feel like an oil slick. However there is a new oil-free version which I will try after I finish what I am already using. It is great for dry skin people, my mom uses it and is in love!!!!!!!
As far as primers go, this particular one is not very impressive. It feels somewhat oily and doesn't cause make-up to last longer. You do receive a lot of product in one package, but Smashbox Primer is nothing special.
love the feeling of it but i dont think it really does anything for how my makeup looks at the end of the day . i think looks the same like before when i was not using any primer. im trying some new one will see how that goes.
I had never tried a primer before SmashBox, so I was not sure what to expect, but as always, SmashBox delievered fantastic results.
The product made my skin gorgeous with a matte finish, making my lines truly less visible and my pores softer, I was really astonished. The formula is really adaptable in the sense that it is easy to put on a foundation on it without it shifting or becoming cakey, etc.
Felt great and I really think my face looks perfect when I use it. Very happy with the results and constantly suggest it to my friends.