The Original Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox – review & dupes

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Today, I am reviewing one of the most famous foundation primers in the beauty market and it is the original photo finish primer by Smashbox. This is actually the first time I ever review a primer here and I am so excited to share with you my opinion on this baby here so keep on reading if you are interested to know if this products is a hit or miss!

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Product Information

This product contains 30ml of products, retails for 36$, is for all skin types and has a gel consistency.  It is supposed to smooth the skin, blur flaws and help the makeup last, it is formulated ” to help your makeup look better and last longer”. You can get this product from Sephora or from Smasbox’s official website and the brand is cruelty-free [like most of the products I review]

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Packaging

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The packaging of this primer is so nice and sleek, it didn’t used to look like this, I know that it used to be transparent but I like the combination of black matte and mirror silver better. Moreover, the font of the writing suits very well with the style Smashbox is trying to achieve for this product. I really like the packaging of this primer and the fact that it comes in a squeezable plastic not in glass makes it super travel-friendly. The primer doesn’t have a pump, you have to turn around several times the bottle to open it and get the product out by squeezing.

Formula

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This primer does exactly what it claims to,  it instantly blurs my pores and flaws and makes my makeup so long-lasting. While my makeup usually lasts long enough, with this primer it lasts even longer and I appreciate that cause I like to see that my makeup look looks as snatched 9 hours later as it did the first moment I applied the products.

Conclusion

I think this primer does wonders to the skin and the longevity of the makeup but honestly, I’ve tried cheaper primers that do the same thing [check out my dupes below]. This primer is just too expensive and I don’t think I’ll ever re-buy it, maybe I’ll try another one from the collection.

Dupes 

One of the cheap primers I tried and thought had a similar formula was the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline but I I’ve also heard that the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer have a similar formula.

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading this review and if you did, don’t forget to give it a ‘like’ and to follow my blog [you can do that by email].

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24 Comments

  1. September 7, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Great review! This was the first primer I ever tried and fell in love! Definitely have to pick this up again as you’ve reminded me ❤️

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

      It’s really good!! Thanks for reading xx!!

  2. September 7, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I’m always on the hunt for a new primer since they changed the formula of the NYX Angel Veil (so gutted Aha)

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      yes I feel you!! the new Angel Veil alters the formula of my foundations!!

      • September 7, 2018 / 3:48 pm

        Why did they changed??? I need to try this one

  3. mriveraediblesense
    September 7, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Thanks for the honest review. I hate spending loads of money on stuff that I can get cheaper.

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      exactly!! Thanks for reading xx

  4. September 7, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I currently use the Elf Primer and really like it, but it is always good to have another option! This looks great!

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      yes very true!! Thanks a lot

  5. GETYOURHOLIDAYON
    September 7, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    I have never heard of this before! I love finding new products. Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 7, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks for reading!! xx

  6. September 7, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I love your photography, it’s so pretty! Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts, it’s good you have found cheaper alternatives which are just as good! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Thanks a lot!! and yes dupes are always useful!!

  7. September 7, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the honest review! So helpful!

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Thank you, I am happy that it is!!

  8. September 7, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I’ve actually never used a primer before but this one looks like it would take my makeup to the next level! Looks great.

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 8, 2018 / 10:19 am

      yes totally!!! Thanks for reading xx

  9. September 9, 2018 / 2:14 am

    I heard great things about this primer, seem like everyone loves it, but you are definitely right, it’s too expensive, I don’t think I could pay that much for primer though. Also I rarely use these pore minimizing gelly primers, I have one currently and I rarely use it. xx

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Yes so it’s def not worth your money!! Thanks for passing by 😍💕

  10. September 9, 2018 / 2:45 am

    💖 This is so good to know! I really appreciate you including the dupes as some products are better than the expensive ones out in the market. xx 💋

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 10, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Yes i thought it would be useful!! Thanks a lot 😍💕

  11. September 12, 2018 / 2:55 am

    Oohhh I’ve never tried a primer out before I usually just use moisturiser under my make up instead. But I might try out this primer it sounds really good!! Great review xx

    • Joy🌻
      Author
      September 12, 2018 / 8:26 am

      yesss and it’s very useful!! Thanks a lot xx

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