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Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
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on 2/5/2017 4:43:00 PM
More reviews by SarahMcD
Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Curly, Other
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.
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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.
on 8/11/2015 8:22:00 PM
More reviews by worrly
Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I'm glad I gave this a second chance, I got this in a kit and tried it in the winter and thought it was the worst primer. It made my eyelids dry and crepey, my eyeshadow powdery and uneven. Come summer when out of desperation with the heat causing my lids to be oily I tried the Smashbox primer again because I had no time to research for a new one.This time, in the summer humidity, the primer went on much more moist and gave a good base for my shadows. It stayed semi matte for about 4-6 hours and even with oil breakthrough it didn't look bad. It leaves a tinted base and made my shimmery shadows matte though. I think this can double as a concealer too.
on 7/23/2015 12:06:00 AM
More reviews by IAmALeaf
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
I usually use the Nars eye primer but in comparison this one worked just as well. It's a little thicker and tackier than the Nars primer and I could see it being a little drying but it kept my eye shadow from creasing and kept it in one place so I can't ask for much more
on 7/19/2015 1:19:00 AM
More reviews by MES
Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine
I had been using UDPP in Eden which I loved for it's tinted formula, but as I have gotten older I found it too drying. NARS has a great formula, but it only comes in clear. I have dark/discolored lids so a tinted primer is a must. This really helps correct and cover any discoloration or darkness on the lids. I like that this applies smoothly and best of all it isn't drying. This works well with both matte and shimmer eyeshadow shades.
on 7/6/2015 3:57:00 PM
More reviews by antiguru
Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
Deluxe sample from a Sephora Favorites kit. At first, I thought it was just a really dry formula, and it may be, but my bottle was so dry that I had to give up and toss it. Not worth the priming if you're being rough on your delicate eye area to blend it in.
on 5/8/2015 10:32:00 AM
More reviews by mskonfident
Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure
I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews on this product because it is awesome!! I have used many eyelid primers before (Urban Decay/MAC). The difference here is that this has this awesome creamy texture that basically acts like glue. It will hold on to anything you put on your lid!! My friend didn't understand what the use of an eyelid primer was until I did a demo on my hand. I swatched the primer and put some sheer eyeshadow on top of it. Then swatched it without the primer & the results were undeniable! Love it!
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