Lights! Cameras! Moisture! Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer And Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation
Smashbox pretty much brought primer to the masses when they introduced their Photo Finish Primer. Every other makeup brand followed suit and Smashbox has since released variations on their now cult classic product. The newest in the line up is the Hydrating Primer. It’s a timely addition as we head into cooler weather, meaning drier skin for lots of us. The also just rolled out a new foundation: Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation with SPF 10 to help you get a flawless, well moisturized complexion.
One thing I love about this primer is that it is oil-free. I may have dry skin, but products containing oils still make me break out. It can be a pretty delicate balancing game and this primer works just right. It contains Hydraplex, an extract derived from dessert plants to help lock in moisture while the primer gives your foundation a great base. I used it over moisturizer and had very well moisturized skin by the end of the day. I used it in place of moisturizer and found that it still did a great job of keeping my skin from drying out by days end. It worked well with liquid and power foundations, leaving a smooth (not sticky) surface on my skin.Check out more reviews of this product on Amazon!
The Studio Skin Foundation is a lightweight, oil free, long wearing foundation. It’s formulated to last long days under hot studio lights, but even us non-celebs can appreciate that it is water, sweat and humidity resistant. I tried this foundation out with and without the aforementioned primer and it did a great job of staying put all day long. The only time I had any settling was when I used moisturizer, primer and the foundation – maybe it was just too much moisture! Seasonal allergies had me reaching for the tissues and I didn’t get as much makeup rub off as I do with my usual powder foundation. The formula is “buildable” so I first tried out just a light layer. It’s light-diffusing spheres did a great job of making my skin look pretty good, although I did still need some concealer to tough up some red spots. When I tried a few days of a thicker layer of foundation, those spots were well covered, but I felt a little too made-up.
The water resistance really showed up when I tried to wash my face in the evening – I could feel the make up still on there until I added some cleanser to break it down. Then I came off easy with a quick rinse. If you’ve got some dry skin and some imperfections – and who doesn’t – check out either of these products for a little moisture boost and easy makeup trickery. Check out more reviews of this product on Amazon!
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