I admit and have admitted before that I don’t have a lot of experience with makeup because I didn’t have a lot of exposure to it growing up. I really didn’t start getting serious about makeup until my late college years (kinda sad I know). Before then I had dabbled some using drugstore foundations and wearing eye shadow or mascara every once in awhile. Once I got more serious about makeup I wasn’t making the connection between skin prep and makeup application. So face primers were something I never used much less heard about.
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I added face primers to my makeup routine after a trip to Sephora several years ago on a foundation search. The salesperson went over the importance of creating a smooth base for your makeup. Some of the benefits include
- Making pores look smaller
- Helping to smooth out skin tone
- Reducing shininess and oil
- Giving your makeup a smooth base
- Helping your makeup stay on longer even during warm weather
The first face primer I ever used was Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. You can get this primer for about $36 + tax. When I originally bought it, it was about $28 before tax.
What Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer claims
- Blurs imperfections by diffusing the light that hits the skin
- “Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores”
- Makes your “makeup look better and last longer”
- Has a “silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A&E, grape seed extract and green tea”
What I like about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- It doesn’t make my face feel oily
- My makeup goes on smoothly
- I can see how much product I have left in the tube
- Despite being a one-ounce tube, the product lasts a while if you don’t overdo the application
- The primer has no parabens, fragrances or sulfates
- It can be worn without foundation and it made my skin look more even
- It doesn’t cause my skin to breakout
What I don’t like about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The price. It’s gone up since I last purchased it and I couldn’t justify spending $36 on a small tube
It didn’t provide any mattifying powers. So my skin would start looking shiny at the end of the day
I stopped using the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer basically because the last time I went to Ulta I saw the price had increased several dollars from what I’d last paid. So I started looking at other primers in the store to see if I could find a primer just as good, but a little bit cheaper. What I found and decided to try was Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer.
What Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer claims
- “Minimizes the look of pores”
- “Controls oil breakthrough”
- Protects against environmental factors with vitamins A & E
- Mattifies the skin
What I like about Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer
- My makeup goes on smoothly
- It doesn’t feel oily or greasy
- The tinted color doesn’t show on my skin
- It’s a bit cheaper than Smashbox at $32 before tax and you get more for your money – two ounces versus one ounce
- It doesn’t irritate or breakout my skin
What I don’t like about Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer
The tube isn’t see-through like Smashbox so I won’t be able to see how much is left in the tube
So which one is the best? For me Laura Geller slightly edges out Smashbox. I feel that the Laura Geller Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer performs just as well for less money.
What foundation primer brand do you use?