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Written on Monday, February 5, 2018
Pros: a little goes a long way, cute design, goes well with various foundations, multifinctional, natural ingredients
Cons: a little bit pricey

Hi there!

I’d like to go through the Smashbox Oil Primer today. The brand became really popular because of their primers, which are now in abundance at the market.

I had problems when applying foundations in winter, because my skin was dry with peeling. Therefore I’ve decided to try this oil primer in order not to refuse my favorite foundations at this time of the year.

The bottle is sleek and has a dropper that I find very handy.

The good aspects about this oil primer are:

  • The product is so multifunctional! Initially I bought it specifically as a foundation primer, but I use it in so many ways now actually. I sometimes apply it as a primer or add it to my foundation (sure option). Moreover, I can use it as a skin care product when I don’t want to apply any facial creams, but I don’t do it very frequently. Plus, I can add a drop of it to a creamy concealer to make it darker. It spreads out even better in such a way. But the most fascinating use is to mix this oil with pigments and apply it as a liquid highlighter to my skin (you can see the results in the pictures below).

  • This oil primer absorbs very quickly without leaving any oily stains. It gives my skin a dewy effect. I apply just a little bit of the product. 2 drops are enough for me, otherwise my combination skin looks greasy.

  • It goes really well with various foundations. As I wrote earlier, I sometimes add a few drops to my foundation, mix it together and apply it to my skin. The foundation adjusts to my skin tone perfectly and sets very well.

  • The smell is hardly perceptible.

  • It contains some beneficial ingredients, which is a plus for me. However, it has silicones, but it’s not that big of a deal, because I needed a decent primer that would work for me. That’s it.

  • The brand is cruelty-free and uses only modern testing techniques, so my makeup game won’t do any harm to anybody.

Now let’s talk about my experiment with pigments. I blend a drop of oil with light pigments (in this case I have Inglot 79) and apply it onto my foundation. As a result I have a dewy finish. I guess that such a glow is perfect for an evening look.

Before: only foundation is on. After: the oil with a pigment are applied to my cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow and chin
Before: only foundation is on. After: the oil with a pigment are applied to my cheekbones, nose, cupid’s bow and chin

I give this primer 5 stars, but honestly, I didn’t get the hang of it in the first go. I wasn’t wowed by the results, but I just had high hopes.

After a while I started adding a few drops to foundations and I’m so glad I did this, because now I’m hooked. I don’t regret my buy and would definitely use it in winter further on!

Thanks for reading my review! Happy shopping!

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kkch recommends Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Primer

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Type: Primer
Brand: Smashbox
Category: Make-Up
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