Friday, September 23, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

The Product: Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer

The Review: Back in the olden days of yore, my mom got a Lancome gift with purchase (they have the BEST gifts with purchases, so my life has been dominated by Lancome for a while. I swear I love other products! I really do!) and there was this little tube of awesome that was a pinkish eyeshadow/primer combo. Best stuff ever! And then, they discontinued it right after my little tube of primer finally ran out. My life was bereft. I was full of the sads. Thus, my hunt for a replacement product began.

I've tried Urban Decay's primer that everyone and their grandma loves and adores. Wasn't impressed. I actually returned it and asked the Sephora dude what was better. He gave me Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer, swearing it would make me a devotee, and he was right.  My faith in eye shadow primer was restored. Basically, it's a neutral colored liquid you apply with a doe foot applicator. I prefer to apply three small dots on my lids and blend it in with a finger; you need very little product to get the job done and one tube should last you a long time. When it dries, it leaves your lids with a matte finish, a perfect base for your eye shadow. I suppose, if you like wearing neutral matte shadow, you could just wear this alone, but I prefer to wear shittons of eye shadow. Because I'm high maintenance like that.

I've experimented with different ways to wear eye shadow primers, and I think that if you wear normal foundation, applying the primer over the top of it works just fine. However, I've noticed that if I try to apply it over mineral foundations, it tends to look a little cakey. To fix this problem, I always put the primer on before applying foundation. Either way, my eye shadow looks survive a night of boozing much better than with foundation alone.

One more fun tidbit about this primer: there's enough pigment in it to work as a concealer. I haven't yet found an actual concealer that I want to stick to permanently, and this stuff works just as well or better than some of the concealer brands I've tried. So, if you don't have concealer on hand, just swipe some of this on instead. However, this trick may not work for people with darker skin. I'm not sure if it's translucent enough for that, but it should still work as a shadow primer. Are you darker complected and have you tried this stuff out? If so, let me know if it works for you. I'm curious.

That said, it can leave your eyelids feeling a little tacky after you've had it for a while and the product has aged a bit. Just to warn you. But covering it with eye shadow fixes the problem.

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Cost: $20

Where to Purchase: Sephora

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