Name: Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control
Size: 0.50oz and 1oz
Price: $16.00 and $42.00
From Smashbox’s website:
Banish blemishes! This perfecting primer treats breakouts, provides oil-free hydration and keeps skin clearer over time. Clinical testing showed women had clearer skin in just 2 weeks. Contains 2% salicylic acid.
What I liked:
– lightweight, silky texture doesn’t leave a greasy residue behind
– matte finish
– treats breakouts
– absorbs excess oil
– hydrates skin
– provides a smooth base for makeup to adhere to, and helps it last longer
What I didn’t like:
– if you don’t like silicone based primers, this is not for you
How often can we say that a cosmetic product does exactly what it claims to do? Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control is one of those rare gems. An hybrid between a primer and a spot treatment, it promises to treat breakouts, provide oil-free hydration and keep skin clearer over time. And it keeps them all.
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control is infused with salicylic acid, an exfoliating acid that gets rid of dead cells accumulated on the surface of the skin. But its real strength is the ability to penetrates inside the pores. Once there, it removes the excess sebum, dead cells, and all the other gunk that got trapped inside them, thus treating and preventing blackheads and breakouts.
Of course, salicylic acid doesn’t work overnight. You can’t just use this primer once a week, or less, and expect clear skin all the time. But, with daily use, blemishes will become a distant bad memory. The addition of silica, an absorbing agent, also helps keep oil production under control during the day.
My t-zone is slightly oily and, when I wear this primer, stays shine-free for hours. I don’t need to blot out excess oil as frequently, nor worry about my makeup fading before I’m ready to head back home. If your skin is very oily, you may experience different results. Either way, it’ll help your skin stay shine free for longer and your makeup stay put better than it usually does.
As a blemish treatment, Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control is top notch. It works equally well as a primer. White in colour, it has a lightweight, silky texture that goes on smoothly, setting to a matte finish that’s ideal for oily skin.
The addition of dimethicone, a silicone that can fill in fine lines and wrinkles, also helps the signs of ageing look smaller. It also provides slip, allowing your foundation to go on more easily, and a smooth base for your makeup to adhere to, helping it last longer.
I know a lot of people don’t like the idea of using silicones daily because they fear they won’t let skin breathe. But that’s not true. Silicones do indeed form a protective barrier on the skin (it helps bind water in), but because their molecules are so large, wide spaces are left between each molecule. These spaces allow skin to perspire freely.
Oh, and did I mention that Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control hydrates skin without adding more oil, like most moisturizers do? That’s because it uses humectants – in this case, Squalane and Glycerin – to draw water from the environment into the skin. This ensures your skin receive all the hydration it needs thourgout the day.
As amazing as Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control is for oily skin, if you are already using an exfoliant with salicylic acid daily, you won’t need this too. But if you’re looking for a multitasking product that keeps blemishes away, controls oil production, hydrates skin, and provides a nice base for your makeup, this is an excellent choice to consider.
Active: Salicylic Acid 2% Other Ingredients: Water, Squalane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, Tocopheryl, Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zelanicum Bark Extract, Honey Extract/Mel/Extrait De Miel, Panthenol, Sarcosine, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Coco-Glucoside, Capryloyl Glycine, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control keeps all its promises: it helps treat breakouts, hydrates skin, and creates a smooth base for makeup.