Love this primer; best out of all the (many) other I tries. It smooths my skin, minimizes my pores and makes my foundation last. I used this years ago and over time have tried so many other products. Is it pricey? Yes. Does it work? Yes.
i have problematic skin: sensitive, easily irritated and red, oily t-zone, dry chapped cheeks, prone to cystic acne. i applied this product with a flat foundation brush under my makeup. it stung my face for about 2 hours then it stopped. my makeup was flawless all day no touch-ups needed. however, when i washed my face i had a lot of tiny bumps around my mouth and chin. i would not have seen them if i hadnt felt them when i washed my face. after washing my face it stung when i tried to apply lotion on my skin. i will keep the unused product and try it again once my face heals and is completely clear.
Works great but just buy the Monistat chaffing gel stuff.... Works the same, dries faster that smash box, and waayyyy cheaper!
I've been searching for a good primer for my oily skin. I ordered this just before Christmas 2011. I like the way it feels on my skin, and it definitely makes makeup application easier. but I did find that it makes my skin oilier. I notice a difference in when I use it and when I don't, but I don't think it's worth the pricetag. I still honestly have almost a completely full bottle to go through. A little goes a LONG WAY with this. I don't think I'll buy this product again though.
I use this primer with my MAC Studio Finish Concealer. It makes my skin appear smoother and allows the concealer to look more natural. I put a little bit on the back of my hand, then use a brush and brush on the primer. It works best this way, for my face. Then I finish with the MAC Mineralize and my face looks even and not full of makeup. Its expensive, but my face is worth it : )
It prevents foundation from oxidizing into hideous yellows and oranges. I also noticed that my foundation stayed on for 7-8 hours while using this product, and only began to fade at around 5:00 or so. I wouldn't recommend this if you have redness issues, though. I would buy the green tinted primer instead.
This is my HG foundation primer for the fall/winter months when my face becomes drier. (For the spring/summer months I use Photo Finish Light). I apply by allowing my moisturizer to set for a few minutes, squeeze a pea size amount of primer onto my finger, spread it across my fingertips and dab it around my face using the same technique as I would apply moisturizer. This primer is silkly smooth, glides effortlessly across my face and visibly smooths the appearance of my skin. I have extremely acne prone skin and have used this without any problems almost daily for a year. This product does not seem to have a scent, it does not cast a shine in photographs and helps keep my foundation stay put all day. This primer has worked flawlessly for me - I will continue to repurchase time and time again.
I have only ever tried one other primer(Nars ), so I don't have much to compare this to, but I am pretty much hooked on this primer. I don't know if they put a weird chemical in this product to some how convince me this helps, but when I apply my foundation after I get about an hour of not hating my face. and for that, this primer is worth it!
This primer is everything it purports to be. It lives up to the rave. I am on my third bottle of the (orange) UVA/UVB SPF 15 wiht dermaxyl complex. It goes on so smoothly and makes all the difference. I purchase the little bottle because they travel very well and consumer less space. Moreover, the price per ounce isn't a factor (I hate to lose a deal!)
I have used the (green) adjust, which works fine. It tends to separate a bit (simply shake before applying), and truly does little for reddish areas, but works just fine as a primer.
I also had to add, I just went to Smashbox's website for the first time. I love. If you join their mailing list and Perks Club (both free) you get lots of free gifts. I usually order from Sephora, and I do like Sephora, but the samples are generally a bit of a joke. I just ordered the sample skin perfecting kit from Smashbox (high hopes) and shipping is free (doesn't seem to matter how much the total purchase) and received a sample of the new illunizing primer, a lip gloss and baby buki brush. Sweeet!
I enjoyed this product because it extended the life of my foundation and smoothed out the surface of my skin, readying it for makeup. A little went a long way, and even the sample size I had lasted a while.One would think putting something like this on their face would mean an instant breakout- but I read that silicones are actually non-comedogenic since they don't actually enter your pores but rather stay on top of them. And I never experience a breakout from this. But unfortunately, it's a little pricey for me, and I found a less expensive option (Palladio Herbal Foundation Primer does the trick)