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Working in media for over a decade, I’ve practically tried every beauty product imaginable. You name it, I’ve tried it. Back when I was a wee baby editor, I’ve never really felt the need to use a primer—that is until I was first introduced to the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Every time I go abroad, I always hoard pro products I’m otherwise too frugal to spend on in Manila. Dem mark up, yo! The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is one of those pro products (at $36 a pop!) I stock up on whenever I travel out of the country. Fast forward to 2017, I still regularly restock this award-winning primer for my kit. It’s an investment you won’t ever regret!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a silicone-based gel that contains a blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. This bestselling product comes in a space-saving 30mL squeeze tube that fits in your makeup bag no matter how packed things get. The primer itself is a lightweight, oil-free, clear gel formula. You’ll only need a pea size amount to prep your t-zone. Now don’t fret when it feels tacky on the skin upon application, massage it well into the skin and give it a second to settle. It does wonders to your skin texture, filling in pores and fine lines for that pro-finish that looks fantastic in real life and on-cam. It works well with all foundation formulas whether you prefer powder, liquid or cream. It’ll leave you with a camera-ready finish that’ll last all day. I personally love using this primer under one of my holy grail, full-coverage foundations—MAC Studio Finish Liquid, Make Up Forever Mat Velvet +, and Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid. It provides such a perfected look every time. No filter and beautifying apps required!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer has been an industry favorite for decades. Professional makeup artists, editors and celebrities swear by this product. If you’re serious about acing your base, this is the primer you most def need to invest on. Grab your very own Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer at the Smashbox counter in Rustan’s!

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