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!
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).
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!
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!