Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer Review

One of the neatest things about my foray into blogging is that I’ve been so inspired to try new things! #doitfortheblog! I’ve shared before that I’m minimal when it comes to beauty: I don’t know how to contour, how to define brows, or how to apply lashes. 🤷🏾‍♀️ What this means is that I have to find products that allow me to get the look, without the work! My mascaras have to lengthen and thicken (Helloooo Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes!) and my skin serums and moisturizers have to keep my skin clear and radiant! Every now and then, I find a new product to add to my arsenal that is easy to use, and gives me that flawless skin, airbrushed effect that I admire on so many beauty bloggers! That product is…drumroll please…Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer! A mouthful, I know. But this little product packs quite a wallop!

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer Review I was given a sample size (.25 oz) of the Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer to try, and this product actually spent about 3 weeks in my makeup drawer before I decided to try it out. I’m often hesitant about testing out foundations, concealers, etc. because they are usually the wrong shade, and I hate giving reviews for a product that I cannot actually use and love! Finally, I made the decision to test it out, and y’all….PLEASE please please (I’m begging like Keith Sweat here!) go purchase this product!!!!

If you’re anything like I was, you have no clue what primer even is! Primer is not a foundation or concealer, but it is simply a base that allows those afore mentioned products to go on smoothly and last longer. Most primers will not change your skin color, fully cover blemishes, or dry up oil. But what they can do is help to blur imperfections, wrinkles and fine lines; help to tone the skin; prevent makeup creasing and migration; and add a boost of radiance or moisture to your skin!

The Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer is a moisturizing primer, packed full of Hyaluronic Acid, and Shea Butter. It evens skin tone, blurs imperfections (I said “goodbye” to my pores y’all!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾), and the Amber and Bronze pearls bring on a 24K glow!!! (cue Bruno Mars).

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer Review Ok, so in the photos above, I demonstrated the product on my wrist. I love y’all, and I’m sure you love me…but I’m not ready to hit you with the extreme close up of my face. 😉 I figured my wrist skin would do the job well enough. If the primer can blur out my veins and arm hair, then that’s just a testament to its’ worth! (I was wearing it here, if you really need to see it in action!)

On the left is my naked wrist: Dull and brown…Nothin’ to see here, folks! In the center is the unblended primer. I wanted to show you guys an unblended shot, because the product comes out like a heavy, gold cream the consistency of lotion (think: tinted moisturizer). You have to rub this stuff in. And when you do…you end up with the effect in the photo on the right. Golden Goodness. The glow factor is warm, subtle, and soooo aesthetically pleasing. It’s not over the top, and is just the right amount of “POW” for the Socialite who doesn’t like to wear a lot of makeup everyday! I find that the glam glow from the primer gets better with time. If you apply this right after cleansing and moisturizing, by the time you finish your eye makeup, your skin will be on celestial glow level! The best part? No one will know what’s creating your flawless look-it’s that subtle!!!

So yeah…this product is a GO for me. If I had Oprah’s money, I’d be shipping this out to everybody!

Oprah Meme Smashbox Primer Review Alas, I don’t have Oprah’s money. 😔 But what I can do is link every product mentioned in this post, so that you can shop easily! And stay tuned for a little holiday giveaway from me later this week! Keep checking back for the details! 😉

See ya next time!

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited US

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53 thoughts on “Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer Review

  1. I always love make up, but I don’t put too much in my face just light make up would do. I wanna try to check this out. Thanks for sharing it!

  2. While I love makeup in general, I have yet to make the jump into using primers. I have the Smashbox Photo one that is clear and feels super smooth, but I don’t know if it actually DOES anything. Thank you for sharing, next time I am in Ulta I will see if they have an open one I can try out!

  3. I have never tried anything from Smashbox and I don’t really use makeup but glad to read it is a go for you!

  4. I’m right there with you about trying new foundations. in fact i rarely wear foundation for that very reason. I don’t know if i would use a primer and foundation but if this can double as both i’d surely give it a try.

  5. I’m a big fan of Smashbox’s original clear primer, and I always go back to it whenever I’ve strayed to other brands. I have combination/oily skin, so I don’t think I’d appreciate the glowing effect from this particular primer although it sounds like it works well.

  6. I am not into make-ups really but my two housemates were very inclined to it. I learned smash box to them and how it works wonder to the face when worn.. So I couldn’t agree more on this review.

  7. I have a new-found Love and appreciation for primers! I started using Laura Mercier primer back in August when I got it as part of a sample pack for cashing in Sephora points, and now I’m OBSESSED! I don’t want to wear makeup without it. It’s crazy how much of a different my skin looks when I use a primer. Yas!

  8. This sounds like a great primer – mine is about to finish so I will go have a look next time I am at Sephora see if they have this beauty!

  9. I do use primers whenever dabble in party make up but this particular primer not tried till now. Seeing your review of this product I will consider it now.

  10. I don’t think I have primer in my makeup stash but if I do I will pull it out and use it for sure now. Your wrist example was plenty to show the results.

  11. I love primers!! It’s one of my favorite step because it helps with such a flawless application. I have yet to try out Smashbox but looks like it’ll be my next one to try! Thank you!

  12. I think I just learned something! While I’m here, let me just congratulate you on the growth of your blog. I wish you the very best!

  13. I’m not much of a beauty blogger either. However I did recently buy a primer from Elf for a wedding and love it. It really helps my foundation go on easier and it makes my skin softer.

  14. Great post, and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am not really a big fan of primer as I am more of a basic moisturizer and lip balm lady. But this product sounds interesting.

  15. I’ve been totally clueless as to primer duty in the past! This really makes a difference on the skin’s texture. I still have yet to try it, but you’re making me want to go get a tube of this now!

  16. I think this one isn’t for my type of skin. I prefer more silicone based for oily skin. I can’t live without them!

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