This didn't really do much for me. It just provided a decent base but it felt greasy to me. I think the ELF primer works much better.
I received a sample of this product and have used a couple of times. Not only does it not seem to make any difference in my foundation application and appearance, but it makes me break out in hives! Love the idea, and maybe I'll try their original primer without the Dermaxyl, but I won't be purchasing this one - the hives are definitely a deal-breaker.
I like this product very much - and am not upset with the Smashbox line at all. This primer is a great way to create a flawless, smooth surface before applying foundation.
A nice, nice primer, indeed.
I am such a big fan of this product. The price is a bit steep, but my bottle never seems to run out. The feel of the gel primer feels great on your face - sets it apart from other primers. The smell isn't great but barely noticeable beyond when you first apply it.
You really only need a 4 dots around your face to get a great finish & results!
I really like this primer. I've been using a tiny Sephora sample, which amazingly seems like it will never run out. It smooths really nicely, and I was initially impressed by the extra ingredients (Dermaxyl and SPF).
BUT, clearly, none of us are going to use enough of this for the SPF to have any effect. Furthermore, even if we did, it would block UVB rays only, which is just dumb.
I read somewhere that Dermaxyl is a good anti-ager, but really, I only believe in retin-a at this point. It's going to take a lot more than a few industry and beauty blogs for me to care even a smidge about the newest hot ingredient.
In short, this is a good primer, but I am personally irritated by the unnecessary ingredients. I'm going to try the regular smashbox primer, and if it works similarly, I'll just use that.
has the great gel feel that i prefer for primers. it has pluses like the anti-aging benefits and spf. the only downside is that there's a strange medicinal scent whenever i go to apply it to my face. i'm pretty picky with anything that smells that's going on my face. it's a good primer but the smell ruins it for me.
I got carried away with the MUA and she suggested this because I'm concerned with wrinkles. I loved the feel of my skin after I put it on. I used the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder, which is very sheer coverage. Well, this Primer made my face oily and made my already minimal lasting powder slip off. It also made my skin break out terribly. Also after the third day of using it, the pump completely broke and I had to scoop the product out of the bottle with a cotton-bud. I wouldn't recommend this for people prone to break outs.
The negative reviewers may be using too much product. It literally takes a few dots to cover my entire face and neck, so a 15ml travel tubs lasts for months and months.
I use various primer brands, but this is my staple for the summer months, since it is one of the few with an SPF. I also use it in lieu of moisturizer, which helps to avoid greasy skin.
I also allow the product to dry/set for several minutes before applying any makeup. It works like a charm.
This is the worst primer I ever used. Goes on terrible, clumpy , does complete opposite of what is suppose to do. it dries too fast before I can even blend on face!!!! Packaging is terrible, pump gets clogged and the last 1/4 of bottle forget about trying to get out. Waste of money, don't bother with this one.
First and foremost I have to say that my rating is primarily based on packaging. I have used this twice and its essentially another layer - not that great at "filling in" those lines but I am very, very expressive - constantly laughing so my face is scrunched up about 25% of the day. Anyway - when I asked the Sephora salesperson for a sample she very nicely went about making me one - first bottle: she pumped once and a little came out. She pumped again and nothing. She conitnued trying but no success. She then got another bottle - she pumped three times and the same thing happened - all clogged - nothing coming out. Third bottle - same thing happened. We both looked inside the bottle and the primer looked crystallized like honey - so no pump will be getting that out. Luckily, Smashbox makes little travel size squeeze bottle of this stuff for $17 (.5 oz) - which as I type I realize is cheaper than the bottle which is $42 for 1 oz....huh - interesting.