All my dry skinned gals out there know just how much of a struggle it can be to get adequate hydration during the winter. Once the cold weather hits my skin looses all of its bounce, moisture, and softness becoming dry, cracked and scaly. Not only does my skin cry out for help but my makeup just won’t apply in the same way.
It’s a situation that can easily be remedied with a few of my favourite ultra-hydrating skincare products but I have always felt like something was missing when I put on a full face. My typical arsenal of pore filling, texture erasing, glow giving primers couldn’t deliver that added boost of moisture that I was craving and then a new primer came along and everything changed.
The Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primerizer ($50 CAD/$42 USD – 1fl oz) takes the place of needing to mix primers, oils and moisturizers together for that perfectly hydrated, nourished feeling. It’s a one stop shop that helps you look and feel like you just drank a gallon of water.
The Primerizer is a two-in-one primer AND moisturizer that instantly increases moisture levels (with 24hr hydration) and seamlessly preps the skin in a single step. It plumps and hydrated the skin with Niacinamide (improves skin’s vitality and barrier repair) and Hyaluronic Acid (a must have molecule that holds 1000x it’s weight in water within the skin to prevent moisture loss). Each bottle contains 762 sextillion molecules of water which is almost unheard of in a priming product.
It also has powerful priming benefits and acts as a makeup magnet that locks on foundation with it’s weightless silky formula that melts into skin and sets in seconds. It has a very thin, milky texture that virtually disappears with a translucent and slightly tacky finish that helps makeup cling onto your face. The priming and moisturizing duo works its’ magic banishing dry patches, cracks, and wrinkles in favour for smooth, soft, pore-perfect skin.
The quick dry formula delivers a boost of hydration without making your skin feel slick, oily or greasy. It sets in and leaves the moisture where it needs to be not laying on top of your skin. It never causes me to look or feel greasy or oily and it doesn’t bring about the shine that can sometimes come through in my t-zone. It has a beautiful finish that doesn’t ball up or peel off when you layer on makeup because it truly becomes one with the skin.
Not only is it amazing for dry, normal and combination skin types but you can layer it with other pore filling, magnifying primers to combat oily, dehydrated skin.
The Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primerizer has become and absolute must-have in my collection and I have not used another primer since it joined my collection. It simply works a bit of magic and perfects all of the dryness and texture issues that plague my skin. Foundation and powder lay beautifully over top of it and it leaves you with the most radiant, healthy, glow from within.
It’s also cruelty free, vegan, free of oil, fragrance, talc and sodium lauryl sulphates.