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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
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on 12/25/2017 3:01:00 PM
More reviews by IllusionsMichael
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Curly, Other
Agree with most of the other reviews that this sadly is a fail. I decided to try this because this was one of the few eye primers I hadn't tried, and I need a primer if I want any kind of eye makeup to last more than 30 minutes. One past favorite of mine, Tarte 360, had been discontinued. Other primers that were relatively highly rated didn't work for me, so I thought I'd give this one a go despite less than stellar reviews.The Smashbox Lid Primer does in fact weirdly make your eyelids look wrinkly, even if they aren't wrinkly to begin with. (The effect is minimized if you pat the product onto your lids with your finger instead of using the wand.) But that hardly matters, because it isn't an effective primer anyway. It makes an absolute mess of stick or cream shadows, causing them to immediately clump up. In an eye-to-eye test with Nars Pro Prime eye primer using powder eye shadow, the eyelid prepped with the Nars had much better staying power. The eye makeup that had been prepped with Smashbox faded, migrated, and creased after a few hours. Returned to Sephora.
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on 8/17/2017 1:06:00 AM
More reviews by tinkerrbelle
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Other, Fine
Too thick, makes the eyes look old and wrinkly, does not intensify eye shadow (even in an arm swatch), does not control oil, does not stop my eye shadow creasing. Basically it doesn't even work as an eye primer! To top it all off, it really irritated my eyelids and made them go red and puffy.
4 of 4 people found this helpful.
on 8/16/2017 7:56:00 PM
More reviews by Traceysk
Age: 56 & Over
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
This product is way too thick and hard to apply and emphasized the wrinkles on my eyes. It has high coverage but a concealer would be a better choice if that's what you're looking for.
on 7/7/2017 7:43:00 PM
More reviews by Lucydibs
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium
This eyelid primer leaves me on the fence... it's a lil thicker than my Mac paints but prob just as dry feeling. Just to be clear the product texture is dry, on application it does NOT dry out your eyelid. It comes in a lipgloss type container incl a doe-foot applicator attached to the cap. On application I just dab ( x1dab on) each eyelid w/ the doe-foot and found it best to spread the product w/ my fingertip. Overall spreads fairly evenly and covers the eyelid fairly well. I have no problem working my eyeshadows on it (wether it be powder cream or glitter type ) it seems to adhere very well. Where I do see an issue is the staying power... at the end of a day the colours seem to all meld together to the most dominant colour (cannot identify the crease colour, lid colour and sometimes the eyeliner incl). To be fair I've been using this during the spring summer months, not sure if it's slicks up with the heat of my skin and external temps? (I don't have oily eyelids or oily complexion), I will say the colour is there and strong but not how I intended it to be ... it just looks like I applied one colour across my eyelids? I will cont to use this product til it runs out maybe even save it for the cooler months and see if it has a better sustainability. At this point I am not interested in repurchasing- just doesn't seem to do what it's intended to do except keep 'one' colour intact all day... just my opinion.
on 4/6/2017 7:22:00 PM
More reviews by mariella99
Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse
This primer is surprisingly BAD. I got it as a Points Perk at Sephora (I really regret wasting 100 points). I rely on eyeshadow primers or good cream eyeshadows to hold my powder shadows all day and keep them fresh and vibrant. So I'm always up for trying a new one and because I've been travelling a fair bit with carry on luggage, I like having minis of things. I got this in the shade "Light" and was surprised that it looked quite dark when I took out the doe foot but applied, it looked absolutely fine in terms of colour. However, it started to ball/pill up when I smoothed it onto my lids...NOT a nice look at all, and it was hard to get the the pilled/peeled bits to smooth out or go away. Worse still, my shadows did not last with this...the shadow on my lids just disappeared and all that was left was some of my crease colour and a bit of my lid shade at the inner corners (where I hadn't applied this) - the primer seemed to "eat" my lid colours. As I said at the outset, I was surprised by how bad this is, particularly in light of how many really excellent shadow primers are available from so many companies (UD, Lorac, Nars and MAC are my faves).
on 2/5/2017 4:43:00 PM
More reviews by SarahMcD
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral
This does prevent creasing and helps my shadow stay on longer, but it's difficult to work with. It's thicker and dryer than any other primer I've tried, so application is a little harder. I can accept that, though. But because it is also tackier on the lid, it is harder for me to work with the eyeshadows on it - they don't blend as easily or go on as smoothly as other primers. Further, I don't like the packaging - it doesn't seem hygienic to touch the doe-foot applicator to your eye and/or finger and then stick it back in the tube (I can accept this for lip gloss, but it bothers me more when it's the eyes, that might just be me), and you can't get all of the product out like you can with a squeezy tube. Combined with the price (there are better options, not just from mid-high end competitors but from drugstore brands like Milani), collectively this a fail for me.
on 11/22/2016 11:35:00 PM
More reviews by hellokathandy
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
The Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is pretty thick, which I don't really mind because i just rub it in anyways. However, it does have this brush, almost like the kind you use to apply lip gloss, that if you were to use fully to put on the primer would be WAY too much. I usually use my finger to rub it in after applying it with the brush. I feel that the primer doesn't significantly keep my eyeshadow from coming off any less than if I weren't wearing it, but it does prevent creasing for me. It also makes my eyelids feel pretty soft.
on 8/30/2016 3:40:00 PM
More reviews by LillyElly
Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
I was at perfumestore here in Norway buying the Vice lipstick when I came across this little try it kit from Smashbox. The primer was in this kit. I've never really tried out Smashbox and I don't wear primer on a everyday basis, so I had to try it out. I think the formula is thick and sticky (are eyeprimers supposed to be like that??) and diffucult to put on the lid. On ny skin it looks "skin", til it drys off. It goes in to my fine lines, streaks and looks patchy. I tried using it with Bobbi Brown setting powder and it helped a bit. With light matte eyecolor shades i looks ok bad, witj shimmer shadows it looks lile your eyelid is about to come off. Imna stick to my consealer anyday.
on 2/6/2016 8:55:00 AM
More reviews by allybee1988
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
This primer is actually almost impressively bad - my eye make up actually creases and wears off more when I wear it than when I don't! Total waste of money - I've now discovered Urban Decay's primer which is sooo much better.
on 9/23/2015 12:39:00 PM
More reviews by kristenswk
Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other
I love this primer. It keeps my eyeshadow and liner in place for the whole day and sometimes, when I fall asleep on the couch, throughout the night. I too was surprised by so many bad reviews on here and I suspect that many of them may be due to a lack of practice with this primer. It is thicker than most and does require a minute or two to sort of soak into your lid. Otherwise, your creamier shadows or liquid liners will slip right off. Think about it cream primer and a cream eyeshadow? Basic science says those two will just mix together. I apply this primer after my moisturizer or BB cream and let all of that soak in for a minute. Then I continue with my make up job. With this primer, it does intensify shadows some, especially if you apply the primer really thick at first so you can choose to use that to your advantage if you want. I especially love this primer for a night time look when I'm doing a heavy smokey eye because nothing moves. All of my blending works stays exactly where I blended it and I don't have that racoony, melted off eye look at the end of the night. I'm also notorious for forgetting that I have make-up on during the day, and after working those long 12-13 hour days I've been known to rub my eyes and yell "Ach! I forgot I had on make-up!" while running to a mirror. But this primer helps stave off any major drama when I do that and keeps things in place! When it's done, it's done. There is no scraping the sides of the tube. You need to go buy a new one. And if you don't close the tube tightly, it will dry out. If you are rubbing your eye too much when applying, you either didn't put enough on, or your tube is empty/dried out and need to buy a new one. All in all, this is one of my top two eyelid primers year round.
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