This is a review for the green correcting primer. I really like using this primer, especially for an event where I know I'm going to be taking a lot of pictures. I have lupus, and part of that is a malar (butterfly) rash. This means my skin is pretty dry and bright pink on my cheeks and across my nose, in the shape of a butterfly. I start by putting Photo Finish in green over a very well moisturized face, but after the redness from the irritation of putting my sensitive skin moisturizer on fades down. The joy of lupus face, ugh! Anyway, after putting on Photo Finish Color Correcting primer, I can see my skin is toned down a lot. I don't want to lose all my color and look like a ghost, so I'm happy that it doesn't cover too much. I've used green primers (Make Up Forever) in the past that have left me with a sickly pallor from being too opaque. It's super smooth and leaves my skin perfect for applying concealer and foundation. A little bit goes a long way, so the bottle lasts forever. It doesn't feel heavy on and my skin is no drier when I remove it than I was when I started. I plan on keeping this stocked in my makeup bag!
I have used Smashbox regular primer and I liked it which is why I decided to try this...I like how smooth it makes my face feel but the corrector part is a little lacking. It does not do enough to get rid of my redness...I would have to use a lot more product to get the result I need. I will probably get something where I can spot treat my problem areas.
I LOVE this primer. It lessens ruddiness. I sometimes wear this "green" primer alone after washing and moisturizing my face. I have also used it under Pur Minerals & Stila tinted moisturizers. It doesn't necessarily get rid of all redness, but it greatly reduces it. I have sensitive skin and it has not irritated it. I have bought the full size (1 ounce) for around $38. I just got some of the smaller size (0.40 ounces) on sale at Ulta for $10 (9/22/12). The smaller size normally runs $17. One day, a coworker commented on how "green" I looked. I was horrified, because I had on this primer. As I stood in shock and asked what she meant, she mentioned the bright green shirt I was wearing. Whew! She had me worried for a minute. I tried other green "color correcting" makeup before and it was so cakey and green looking, I had to wash it off. This is the only "green" color correcting primer I have tried that looks transparent on.
this has been a staple for years. i have acne prone skin, but it's never broken me out. upon applying, my skin immediately looks a lot nicer. I wear foundation every day, so i guess even though this counteracts redness, you wouldn't be able to tell due to my foundation covering it up. considering getting the light clear formula until i feel like my skin is good enough to not have to wear foundation with (like that will ever happen). It's expensive at sephora, but i buy it online for $16 including shipping.
Best best best primer EVER. I have used several other primers for color correction and honestly nothing compares. This is fantastic for concealing redness -- I have mild - moderate redness in my cheeks and forehead area -- dependent on time of day etc - and I find that a quarter sized amount will cover up all redness in my face - but it does not make you look like Casper. The texture is so silky - it makes your skin feel like silk. The only drawback to this product is the price. I am in Canada and it's about $50.00 for a container - depending on how often you use this product it can last anywhere from a month to 6 months - I always come back to the product though because it really is worth every single penny.
I've been using the green primer for a little over a week. I have some mixed feelings. It makes my skin look and feel smooth, it really does make the makeup last longer, and it does reduce redness. However, it doesn't reduce the redness as much as I need. I have rosacea, which gives me extremely flushed cheeks. This product made a bit of a difference, but not much. It really needs to be thicker, and more mask-like. I bought the travel size, because the full size is freaking expensive. I'm not sure that this is what I was looking for but it will do for now.
This review is for the green correcting primer. I'm glad I bought the travel size version because I wouldn't buy it again. As just a primer it's nice; after I apply it my skin feels velvety and smooth. The green doesn't do anything for my skin though. The pigment just isn't dense enough to make a difference. I have found another brand that does work better for this. I will use it up, because I do like the way my skin feels with it on, but I will stick to a different green primer.
This really worked for me. The lasting power of my makeup has GREATLY improved and the green tint really did cut the redness. Best part...no breakouts so far!
I really disliked this primer! I am oily combo skin and this primer did nothing for my oily skin. I feel like it made me more oily. I also sampled the oil free sensitive version and disliked it as well. The only positive feature about the original version is once applied it makes your skin texture fell like velvet. I finished the bottle will not purchase again my hg primer is Hourglass mineral primer :)
I have some redness from Retin A and the green color really does work. I asked the SA at Smashbox, by phone, why so many negative reviews here and at Sephora and she said those are from people that really do not have redness in their skin. Well I do and I would say the difference, as I tried this on one side and the regular on another and asked a few people at sephora without telling them which side the green was on (they both picked the side that DID have green on as less red), is more the subtle but less than perfection. And for a primer this is a decent price, as I had been using HourGlass and Cover FX.
Update: I am still loving this, and I have continured to try to find the perfect primer/TM combo, but his primer is still the best for me. I don't get the bad reviews, but don't try it or review it if you don't need skin that needs to be adjusted. It absolutely does take redness away significantly, at least on me.