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On one of my visits to Boots, I asked a sales assistant for the best primer they had.

I also mentioned that my nose area and T-Zone had become very dry recently (strange as it is usually quite oily in those areas). 

She pointed me towards the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer.


The Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer is a 2-in-1 product, which is handy for us single mumma’s or those working mumma’s who don’t have time to spend on applying two different facial beauty products.
The product claims to act as both an excellent primer and moisturiser and to also keep your skin hydrated for 24 hours.
In fact, on the Smashbox website, it claims that it “instantly increases moisture by 127%”!
127% increased moisture is a BIG promise to keep!
Unless you are someone who does NOT need this post about How to Get a Better Nights Sleep, you will need a moisturiser to brighten up your face.
The Primerizer includes some great ingredients.
Hyaluronic Acid plumps your skin.
Niacinamide actually shrinks your pores!
Together, these two ingredients are supposed to be weightless and silky in texture and should stop makeup from settling into pores.
At £30 for a 30ml bottle and £100 for a 100ml bottle, I was a bit unsure – especially seeing as I have not used Smashbox’s Primers before.
However, it is a 2-in-1 product and I already like all of my other Smashbox products so much that I just had to give it a try.


Literally since day two of using this product, I was seeing results!
My face felt well-hydrated, my make-up stayed on for the whole 12 hours that I was at work and it is now my daily moisturizer.
Honestly, I don’t use anything else as face moisturizer anymore!
I feel like my face is a bit smoother – and it really helps to set the stage for a smooth application of my foundation, concealer and translucent powder (when I wear it).
You can hardly see my pores anymore and my skin feels softer too.
I don’t know if you can see from the title photo above, but I have only used just under a third of the bottle in one whole month of daily usage and it is still going strong!
I use use 2 pumps (one on each cheek) every morning and mix it into my face with my hands.


Although there have been some reviews of this product which claim it makes their face shiny or greasy, I don’t have that problem at all.
Although my skin was quite oily before that “dry skin” dilemma, it has not gone back to oily as of yet. Neither has it gone dry again though.
The only con that I can find with it is that it does not have an SPF factor.
However, as my other products do have an SPF rating, I do not see this as much of an issue.
It would be nice in your next product release though, Smashbox!
This primer and moisturizer in one (“primer” – “izer”…Love it!) has made my skin ultra-luscious and “normal” once again (YAY!).
It will definitely be my favourite piece of my makeup kit for the foreseeable future!

4/5* Rating (lost a star for the lack of SPF)

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer