Friday, April 12, 2013

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

A primer specifically for under the eyes? Really?

Well, according to Smashbox, what sets this primer apart from other primers is that it’s “… dedicated to the delicate skin under eyes!” (Yes, I too think that there should be a “the” in there.) Besides addressing 10 “everyday eye woes,” Smashbox says that this product also, “…keeps concealer looking fresh – never cakey or settled into fine lines – so eyes will always look well-rested.”

According to Smashbox, this one product contains these 10 benefits: Hydration, dark circles, puffiness, radiance, fine line and wrinkles, texture, skin tone, age spots, clarity and soothing. Now, these are benefits that my whole face would enjoy so that got me wondering, could I use this as an all-over primer?

Sadly, I can’t. While this product went on easily and didn't interfere with makeup being applied over it, once it’s on it doesn't really do anything.  I don’t really have fine lines under my eyes so I can’t comment on whether or not this primer prevents concealer from settling into lines but I can say with 100% certainty that this product did not keep my concealer from “slipping off” nor did it brighten or otherwise enhance my skin’s appearance.

And based on those results, it’s not surprising that this product didn't really do much in the under eye area. By the end of the work day, my under eye concealer was just as faded as my foundation.
Smashbox says that this product has three “key immediate benefits”: Increases hydration and improves both clarity and radiance but personally, I didn't notice any change in appearing in my under eye skin.

This product also supposedly delivers a trio of long-term benefits in the form of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as reducing dark circles and decreasing puffiness. Smashbox says that these results show up after around eight weeks of use. Unfortunately, I don’t have eight weeks worth of product to test (I received this product as part of my spring Luxe Box) so I can't comment on whether or not this product does deliver on its long-term benefits. However, in full honesty, even if I had a full-sized tube, I can’t imagine I would faithfully use this product for eight weeks based on its disappointing early results.

Would I buy this product: No, it didn't work, at least not in the short term,

Should you buy it: Do you have $32 that you want to waste? If yes, pick up this product. If no, skip it.

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