Moisturizer Monday – @smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer (Primer + Moisturizer in 1)

Since I travel a fair amount for work and occasionally that travel is international, I have had to put together a makeup travel kit that includes multi-purpose items. A bronzer that works as an eyeshadow, a makeup remover that also cleanses and now the @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish Primerizer – Primer + Moisturizer in 1 ($42 for 1 ounce at @ultabeauty – or $15 for .5 ounces – (the better deal is on the travel size!).

What it claims:

πŸ”˜ Plumps & moisturizes with niacinamide & hyaluronic acid

πŸ”˜ Sets in seconds so makeup goes on fast

πŸ”˜ Skin feels comfortable all day

πŸ”˜ Weightless, silky texture

πŸ”˜ Smoothes skin, softens dry fine lines & stops makeup from settling into pores

πŸ”˜ Vegan and cruelty-free

My experience:

πŸ”˜ I have used this on several occasions underneath a variety of foundations, ranging from dewy to matte.

πŸ‘πŸ» Today, I paired it with one of my most matte, thick foundations and it made a normally difficult product to blend out glide on effortlessly.

πŸ‘πŸ» This primer absolutely hydrates, but you wouldn’t think that looking at the very thin texture. However, I think its quick absorbing, weightless feeling is why it would work well for all skin types.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» I have found that I can’t pair this with a dewy foundation because I will get too oily in my t-zone throughout the day. But, for me, pairing it with a matte foundation is the perfect combination.

πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» The price is high, but you can save quite a bit by purchasing the travel size. I know that normally isn’t the case, but for .5 ounces, it’s $15. Therefore, to match the 1 ounce in the full size, you would only be spending $30 for two (2) minis, rather that the $42.

πŸ‘πŸ» It leaves me feeling just the right amount of moisturized all day long.

My verdict?

Aside from feeling bamboozled regarding the price difference between the travel and full size, I’m a pretty big fan of how this makes my skin look and feel. I also enjoy the 2-in-1 feature and the fact that it does both well. The next time @ulta sends out a coupon or this product goes on sale, I’ll be picking up a backup for when I run out.

Have you tried this primer?


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