Makeup Skincare

First Impression Friday – @Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer

August 15, 2020

As you may have noticed in my recent first impression posts, I rarely actually post about a product that I have only tried once or for a short period of time. I want to make sure that if I love a product, I truly love it and if I hate a product, that I give it several tries with a combination of other products to make sure I’m not unnecessarily ripping it. That’s why, today, I tried the @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Primer ($39 for 1 ounce – on its own and then pitted it against my current favorite mattifying primer, the Cover FX Mattifying Booster Drops (

What it claims:

🔘 This cruelty-free, gel-to-powder primer feels like clouds and mattifies like magic

🔘 It has time-release technology that works with your skin to control oil for up to 12 hours, and is infused with healthy-skin ingredients like witch hazel, salicylic acid, and zinc to help reduce the look of pores

My experience:

👍🏻 When I first wore this all throughout my t-zone (the only place I put mattifying primers), I was pleased not only with the texture, but the performance appeared excellent. I got less oily than I normally would. I did that several times and had the same experience each time.

🔘 I almost purchased the full size, but I thought I should see how it compares to my favorite first. In the photo, I was wearing @smashboxcosmetics on my right and Cover FX on my left.

👎🏻 Normally when I test out two (2) primers at once, the differences are very minimal. However, in this instance, it was very obvious to me that the Cover FX did a much better job of keeping me oil-free! This photo was taken nearly twelve (12) hours into my day and I hadn’t blotted either side.

My verdict?

If you need some serious deslicking, I highly recommend the Cover FX. The texture is unusual, but once you get used to it, I’m sure you’ll love it.

If you order either of these items, make sure you’re getting your cash back from @rakuten:

FYI, I receive a small commission when you shop via the links listed above.

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