For the longest time I ignored the other seven or so primer options that Smashbox has, in favour of their original clear primer. However as proof that samples actually do work, I received a deluxe mini sample of this product a few month back, and fell in love. Now, it took me a month or two to actually open the product, but when I did I was impressed how it married the smooth texture of the original with the lightweight feel of my preferred mineral primers. Breaking my No-Buy rule on primer, I purchased this the other day. (I have a self-imposed No-Buy because of all the free samples I have lying around). Keep reading to learn about why I love this product so much! Plus, I will be sharing a money saving tip at the end of this post!
This (fantastic) primer is just as smoothing as its more popular, original sister, but with less of a heavy silicone feel. I tend to prefer mineral primers (such as Hourglass Mineral Veil), but some foundations call for a silicone based primer. The beauty about this primer is that it is actually water based, but has a silicone feel. This primer is intended for oily and acne prone skin. Thankfully my skin is pretty normal, but I still love this product! Once I have finished up all my samples of the original I will be picking up a full size bottle of this magic stuff.
Swatched on my hand it is a milky white gel.
However once smoothed out it is clear like any other primer. It helps my foundation last, and feels light on my skin. I actually prefer this product to the original!
Moral of the story? When a popular product comes in several variations, don't be afraid to test them out too!
Pro money saving tip: You can purchase this product in travel size (0.5oz) for $19 or in full size (1 oz) for $44. This means that you could purchase two travel sized primers for $38 and get 1 oz of product, saving you $6. Plus, if shelling out $44 every time you need primer is a bit steep, you can spread out your purchases. Once I can't squeeze any more out of the tube I always cut it open and scrape out what I can.
What do you think of this product? How do you save money on your make-up?