Smashbox Face Primers: Are they hype or great?

Views 114 Likes Comments Comment
Like if this guide is helpful

Hello. I am  Ria and I am writing this to try to explain various Smashbox products including Classic Photo finish, colour correcting primers, SPF15 & DERMAXL, Smashbox starlight whitening primer. Last and the latest isSmashbox Primer Light for oily combo skin types which removes shine. (I will cover this in full ASAP ...but it really is wonderful for anyone wishing to be shine free... from brides to teens.)

 Read on for info about the others. 

I am a fully trained and qualified beauty Therapist. I am trying to remove the hype, which I loathe.  Why waste money on yet another beauty product that isn't right for you?

I always try to help as much a possible with advice and recomend what works rather than just what I sell!

OK. Primers! 

Before you start snapping up new shades in eyes lips etc, start with the right canvas!

Summer is a time for light coverage. But - most tinted moisturisers I have tried just make the face look oddly dark while giving no coverage!

This isn't ideal. Why we wouldn't bother with any base at all  if our skin tone was perfect!

So -  My guide to "who suits which" Primer & Anti shine:

ANTI SHINE & PRIMERS

ANYONE WHO HASN'T TRIED THESE AS THEY THINK THEY ARE "JUST ANOTHER FAD" OR "SOMETHING THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY IS TRYING TO GET YOU TO BUY" IS QUITE WRONG!

WHAT ARE ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES AND WHAT THEY DO?

SMASHBOX FIRST MADE THE TRANSITION FROM PHOTO STUDIOS (IT'S VAST AND ONE OF BEST IN LA!) BY SELLING ANTI SHINE GEL!

SB CREATED IT AS HOT STUDIO LIGHTS MEANT POWDERING DOWN MODELS AND A LIST STARS SO OFTEN IT WRECKED THE LOOK. THUS THE COST WENT UP IN STUDIO TIME +++

So SB Make-Artists came up with Anti shine gel .

This gem is applied after moisturiser (if needed) and before Primer. Or I find mixing the anti shine with photo finish primer is best. Also only apply where you know you need it! ANTI SHINE is also available in a compact. Its the same as the gel used before makeup though this is solid and is to treat any shine through the day! So you need never trowel on powder to correct shine all day ever again Fantastic!!  Highly recomended!

PRIMERS

The classic is photo finish foundation primer (listed in sale) What does it do? Well it isn't a face lift in  a bottle! Though it does reduce lines, helps hide large pores and is full of antioxidants! It helps keep make-up where it should be! and has a mattifying effect for non oily skin types -  though not enough for oily skins without the anti shine! Its texture is oil free gel that feels like silk! You don't actually have to wear any make-up to wear this!

TREATMENT PRIMERS

These have a white top.

  • Apricot  - ideal for anyone with spider veins and uneven skin tone.
  • Green  - this suits anyone with a ruddy complexion or who blushes easily (though you will still need a foundation! Green wipes out red is the thinking behind this!
  • Lavender -  this is ideal for olive skin tones and asian skin tones!  Lavender wipes out yellow hues! (I do have few, so please ask)! this isn't sold by QVC in the UK!

Other SB Primers

BRONZING PRIMER!

NEW THIS YEAR! This offers a lovely slight tint to the skin! It looks very dark though when applied it goes on as a soft bronze sheen!  It also gives a sutble luminousity to the skin!

THE LASTEST OUT IN UK

SPF 15 FOUNDATION WITH Dermaxyl IN THE HIGHEST AMOUNT POSS! This takes primers to a whole new level! with anti age-ing that with regular use you will see improvements -   that is on top on the instant results!

 A brand new not yet released is STARLIGHT WHITE PRIMER

A whole new idea in primers! This again is white top product so is a  treatment! It is for hyperpigmentation... dark marks or freckles to normal people. Basically, it works on sun danage! This is not yet out. Though here now! This is for someone who wants results. You will get them if you apply daily and keep up spf + keep out of sun! If you don't  intend to do this -  then don't buy! If you follow instructions then I highly recommend it!

NEW 2008!

Smashbox Primer light 28mls for oily combo and sensitive skin types.

If you suffer from oily T zone or just plain excess oil or shine in the heat, this is great for you!
Its texture is much lighter than regular Smashbox photo finish Primer. It too creates the perfect canvas for applying make-up keeps make-up on the skin much longer but it doesn't feel like silk....  more a powder soft feel I think. Its adorable. I can't recommend this enough. Ideal for brides who will get hot and emotional. Any shine is greatly reduced so you can relax and enjoy your day.... and the photos when you collect them. Fantastic!!!!!!! Smashbox are bringing in  most of their Primers  in an airless pump -  this means the product stays fresher longer and that you get ever last pump out of the primer!

I must mention the PRIMER PEN with DERMAXYL in a very high concentrate! Its much more than just a primer in a pen! It can be applied over make-up and will have instant results as well as long term results when used regulaly!

Next primers for the eye and the lips and lids!

Lid and lip primer! 

In hot weather the lip primer is ideal to keep any lipstick where you want it. There is also an upper lid eye primer in the set but it is a little drying if you use it under the eyes!

Lastly,  Eye Primer:    

A new product "PHOTO OP UNDER EYE BRIGHTENER" 7.5MLS in a compact ideal for anyone who has dark circles under the eye and includes on one side photo finish solid primer on the other side a concealer . I have found this is fab for spots on a dry skin type -  you know!  those pesky spots that you still get, even after you have lines!!!!... excellent on dry skins!

Photo Op under eye lightner Brightener This is fantastic much like YSL Touche Eclat (if spelling is incorrect, I am sorry i am just so tired!!)

This has natural skin improving ingredients is 3 times the size as YSL and it will reduce your lines and correct under eye colour and comes with a little brush and a tube. Just apply under eyes and blend! No one will ever guess that.... for whatever reason.... you didn't get 8 hours sleep in the last few months! Another wonderful product.

So sweet ones -  that's prime time!

Once you know which you want, you can move on to foundation and beyond!!!!!!!!

I hope I have been a little help with understanding why Smashbox is so popular and why the trade adore it!

This is the first step in a vast range by Smashbox I am happy to go over more if wanted! Though I do think the first step of make-up is so often missed. Leaving a lot women wondering why, after all the effort, their make-up doesn't look  improved!

Deal with the underlying problems before having fun with individual colours or the lastest "limited edition" palettes.

Do ask me for a trial sizes of the most popular items from Smashbox. I also offer a Newsletter Monthly -  do sign up for it!

Looking forward to sending you your carefully chosen products as speedily as possible,

Best wishes

Ria x

Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides