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)
Being a full time student with 8 hour days from Monday to Friday, I NEED a face primer that can get me through the day with no hassle. I purchased Smashbox' photo finish primer last minute on Christmas of 2010, the bottle is still full & it is AMAZING. My makeup (powder or foundation) stays put all day long and I do not have to worry about my makeup smudging off my face. One thing that does happen though and I presume it is common, I need to powder my face two times within the day. I highly recommend this product for long-lasting makeup wear, for ALL skin types :)
Bought the travel size one for trial - and been using it for a year now.
Love the velvety-finish, and it does help powder and liquid foundation last longer. But not the best product for eyes - need to buy a separate eye priimer if I have the time.
I only use this if I'm out of the house entire day (eg. office then dinner out), else I skip it (since it is a bit pricey and I'd like for it to last longer). My routine is wash face, then Neutrongena non-alcohol toner, then Olay moisturizer , then the primer - taking care to let each layer be absorbed by the skin first before applying the next.
I'm currently halfway thru my tube. If I don't find any better primer out there, I'll repurchase.
I actually love this. I use it with EL Double Wear liquid also like a (previous reviewer. And like that reviewer, I found that it really didnt make my fndt last much longer than without it...that is until I figured out how to use it a different way. I wash my face, use my toner and let my face set for a few min. Then instead of using a moisturizer, I use this. BUT I mix a pea size in my hand with a bit of Double Wear and smooth it over my face that way. Then I use just a bit more Double Wear on aread that need the coverage. That is the only way I can get this primer (and the clearing mattifier by dermalogica...loved that too but dries my eye area) to not cake, become oily, clog my pores, and make my makeup last longer. I have tried every primer on earth it seems, not for oil control, but because my breakouts over the years have left marks, craters, just yucky. I have tried Clinique, EL, MAC, Revlon, Rimmel, Lancome, Benefit, Stila, BE, BB creams, etc...every single one broke me out in cystic acne and clogged hair line. This one for some reason doesnt. Then again to be fair, I started not using a moisturizer under this either, so had I done that with the other ones, maybe they wouldve worked. Maybe it was too much product on my face who knows! Anywho! I got this at Ulta in the value size, 1.7oz for $49. It'll last forever since the regualr 1oz size tube lasts me 6 mos or more. I dont know how it does for oil control because it doesnt claim to, and my skin isnt oily nnow that I am in my early 30's.