Smashbox, an LA based studio makeup brand, have their roots in their fantastic array of priming solutions. Deciding not to stop at 13 primers… The Photo Finish Radiance Primer is Smashbox’s latest primer addition; a sort of primer/highlighter/bb cream hybrid! Read on for all the details and my thoughts on this luxe new addition to the world of priming.
What is it?
Tagged as Golden-Hour lighting in a very deluxe looking acrylic pot Photo Finish Radiance is less about mattefying and more about the GLOW! I was so intrigued upon opening it; a pot of peachy cream with a gellish-like texture, when smoothed on the back of my hand felt cooling, softening and gave my skin a lit from within glow and subtle wash of colour. I was intrigued to see how it would fare under makeup.
I applied after my skincare using fingertips although I know some like to use a beauty blender if wearing instead of bb or foundation. Just a thin layer will do and make sure you let you skincare sink in prior to application to avoid pilling occurring. I first applied it to everywhere except down my nose as the formulation felt moisture-rich and then thought better of it and applied to the T zone as well.
The result is really pretty, like I’ve taken my Estee Edit Flash Illuminator and my fav BB cream and mixed the two together for a light and glowing base. Think natural, plump skin with a slight sunkissed glow. Be warned 2/10 coverage.
I applied my foundation and concealer as normal and felt the need for a little powder on the nose to set.
This is a lovely primer I would recommend for normal to dry dehydrated skin so the Hyaluronic acid and Shea Butter formula would be too much on oily skin. If you are combination I wouldn’t recommend for the T-zone however during my research I saw some combination skin types using a matteyfing primer on the T-zone and this for everywhere else.
I did notice my usual shine on the nose area creeping in a couple of hours after application, nothing strange about that, it’s just worth noting this isn’t mattefying at all. I think this product will be really lovely for mixing in with foundation to control coverage in the warmer months and I really love the addition of the micro fine bronze pearls in the formula for giving the skin extra warmth. PFRP also has something called 4K, high-definition spheres in it. I have no idea what this is and not sure the internet is going to be able to tell me either. FANNNNCEEEEEEEEE.
YES if you are dry dehydrated and looking for a primer to mix in with your foundation for different levels of coverage and want added glow and radiance.
NO if you have oily skin or like a matte foundation look.