Review: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water | Is it Worth the hype?

6/02/2015 09:30:00 PM

Assalamualaikum and hello my friends..
Today, I'm reviewing a new product that just landed in Malaysia beauty market around last month which is the Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer Water.

From the website

Think priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance—all in just 1 spritz! Pri
mer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. Passed through positive energy fields during the production process, our enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration (and when skin is hydrated, makeup looks better). 

Back in 2000, Smashbox founder and photographer Davis Factor developed our iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer to help makeup look better and last longer on shoots. Fast forward 15 years and a new icon is born: Photo Finish Primer Water. It’s everything you love about the original primer in our lightest, purest, most refreshing form imaginable. From the silky-smooth texture of the original, to the super-fine mist of this new water, now there’s a primer for everyone.


1.    Silicone-free. Alcohol-free. Oil-free.
2.    Creates the sheerest canvas for makeup application
3.    Wakes up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours 
4.    Restores moisture and hydrates skin for hours—shine free!
5.    Refreshes throughout the day 
6.    Perfect for all skin types

Mist on this multitasking water in 3 ways:
•    Prime to create our sheerest canvas for makeup application
•    Set your makeup to lock on your look 
•    Refresh throughout the day to wake up skin

Hold bottle 8”-10” away from face and mist evenly. 

Keep it cool! For an extra refreshing, ultra-cooling mist, store in the fridge.

I saw this product in one of Jaclyn Hill's video months ago and ever since I'm so intrigued to try out this product. Luckily, this product is now available in Malaysia (our Sephora is not as awesome as The US does. Not all products available in our Sephora.)

So what makes me dying to try out this product?

First, the name itself. Photo Finish PRIMER Water. I am someone who is not put my trust and faith on primer AT ALL! Because I have very oily skin especially in my T-zone area. To me, primer for oily skin is just a gimmick! I've tried quite a number of face primer in Sephora from POREfessional, to Make Up For Ever, even the Smashbox's also I have tried. None of them keep my face matte throughout the day..

Second, I saw some of the Youtubers suggesting that to use the setting spray as your primer and wallaaa, I just know that I want this...

But, because I'm very prejudice and picky I just know that this product won't work for me. 

And guess what???? I'm right. This product does not work on super oily skin. Especially if you get so oily in your T-zone, and if you have large pores like I do. But, Because my skin is oily-combination my cheek area is absolutely onto the dry side. I normally got nasty lines after several hours wearing foundation, BB cream or whatever face base on my skin surprisingly, my foundation does not caked up at all when I used this product.

Left: Before 
Right: Primed with Smashbox's Photo Finish Primer Water

It has the finest mist compared to all of my face mists and you can barely see it on the picture above.

What I expected from this product?


Of course I really hope this can hold up my face makeup on the oily side. However, like I already mentioned if you have oily skin, you can pass this product.

If you have normal to dry skin, so yeah this is totally worth the hype. Unfortunately, for oily-skin baby, nope. Just nope. Oh did I mentioned the price is RM105 per 116ml/ 3.9 fl.oz.liq?

 I tried it again this morning as my makeup setting spray. OH MY GOSH!!!
I'm so amazed. My skin is normally get so oily after 2 hours of application (especially on my nose area, total grease ball!) but today after 4 hours my nose area gets so oily for like 20% only. Very impressive. 

Overall, does this product worth the hype? 

Totally depend on you. If you are into makeup setting spray kind of thing, yes this product would be nice to sitting on your makeup vanity. Furthermore, if you don't mind to spend RM105 for a bottle of water from Sephora, yes you should try this product. 

Price: Rm105 / bottle
(3.9 fl.oz.liq./ 116ml)

Availability: Sephora 

- Very hydrating
- Has brightening effect if you have dull skin
- Formulated for normal/dry skin
- Silicone free, Alcohol free, Oil free
- Best to use as makeup setting spray [oil skin and all skin types]

- Does not hold my makeup [as a face primer] my skin still get so oily.
- Very expensive
- Super-fine mist makes the tendency to over-sprayed

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  1. so have u try the smashbox primer ? hehe

  2. I tried the smashbox photofinish foundation primer but still my skin gets oily after a few hours.

  3. Where to get this primer at ? I couldn't find any at the nearest store . HELP !!!!

  4. Do u know how much the photofinish foundation primer costs in sephora my?

    1. I'm not so sure the exact price but I believe it's RM160+


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