I've recently gone on a primer binge. I used to not apply primer before work in the morning...well, more like some days I would (i.e. if I was going out after work) & others I wouldn't.
I apply my makeup around 6:30am and my day ends around 5:30pm...seriously, my makeup wasn't cutting it for 11 hours. Between the temperature of my classroom, doing 500 things in the span of 7 hours, and not always hydrating as much as I should be I felt like I looked like a mess by 5pm- it didn't even look like I had any makeup on.
My solution? Purchasing a high quality primer.
I'm really into color correcting products since I have rosacea, so I figured I'd give the Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer a try. I have used the standard Photo Finish Primer before, so I already knew it was a great product. I was hoping the Color Correcting Primer would give me just a bit more oomph and conceal any redness.
Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer ($39) by elizabethmayce featuring Smashbox
The first rule with this product, and any primer, but I really notice it with this one...is to let your moisturizer/ eye cream completely dry before applying it. The primer won't stick and it'll feel kinda wet/ slippery if you try to apply it over skincare products that haven't completely set yet.
As far as the color correcting aspect, I expected more. It did tone down redness a little bit, but I had much higher expectations.
After using this primer my makeup applied super smooth and even. Although I'm bummed out about the lack of color correcting this Smashbox Primer does, I am impressed with its ability to allow makeup to last all day without feeling like it slid off my face.
I can't speak to the other colored Smashbox Foundation Primers working the way they claim to, but I do know that overall the Smashbox Foundation Primer line is amazing at doing it's primary job, creating a great canvas to helping makeup last.