Smashbox Primer Water review.

smashbox primer water review
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A product I was curious about since I first heard about it - I love the idea of just being able to spray a primer on and be ready to apply the rest of my makeup. This is where the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water came in.

The Smashbox Primer Water is said to "create the sheerest canvas for makeup application," "wake up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours," "restore moisture and hydrate for hours" and "refresh throughout the day."

As to create the sheerest canvas for makeup application I definitely agree this product does this - my skin is smooth to the touch after application. It does take a while to sink in, more than I would like on a standard working morning, but I guess this is to be expected with it being a liquid primer.

The Smashbox Primer does instantly wake up my skin leaving it glowing and vibrant which is still noticeable after full makeup application, but it does not leave my makeup radiant for hours sadly.

It also noticeably restores moisture but I don't believe this lasts for hours; by the end of the day my skin becomes noticeably drier particularly around my nose area. As to refreshing my face throughout the day, I believe the Smashbox Primer Water does refresh my face with ease.

So, what do I think overall? As I'm sure you can probably tell I have very mixed opinions on this product which is why it has taken me so long to review. On one hand I love it, but then it sadly lets me down where to me a primer matters the most. I found the amazing effect the Smashbox Primer Water originally leaves does not last very long, resulting in my primer fading. After only a couple of hours on every wear I have noticed signs of my makeup fading, not making much difference compared to me not wearing a primer at all.

I do love the original finish it leaves but I'm afraid this isn't the primer for me and I'm sorry for such a negative review but believe it's best to share my true feelings rather than rave about a product I unfortunately haven't gotten along with.

I will continue to use the Smashbox Water Primer as a mist, and see how that goes. Have any of you tried the Smashbox Water Primer? What were your opinions?


37 comments

  1. Fab review hun, sorry to hear that you are mixed about this. I’ve been really intrigued by this product since it was released. With what you’ve said about your skin being drier do you think this is something that would be suitable for those with oily/combo skin?

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  2. I haven't found a Smashbox skin product that I have loved yet. I'm glad I've read your review on this, I was very tempted by it in Boots yesterday!

    Anoushka xx www.Anoushkaloves.com

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  3. I wanted to try this so badly, as like you I was so intrigued! The main point of a primer, I think, is to keep my makeup on for longer, so I won't be picking this up after reading this. Great review, thanks for sharing x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

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  4. Hmmm, interesting! I've recently been using the Step 1 primer by Make Up For Ever and am HOOKED! Yet to try any Smashbox yet though, believe it or not! xx

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  5. I'm not sure on this idea myself, I feel it would be too little on my face if that makes sense, I like having a thick primer to keep everything on! May have to try it though xx

    MissyRed.co.uk

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  6. Charlotte Moore19 April 2015 at 21:29

    I was really tempted to try this but ended up getting Mac fix + instead, I think I read it has caffeine in which might be why the effects are temporary? I wonder what it'd be like used as a makeup refresher rather than a primer? Really good post, so thorough :) xx
    www.surelychar.com

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  7. I've never heard of this but it sucks that it doesn't actually do the job it is supposed to!
    Estelle x - www.letmegoxo.uk

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  8. Thank you :) - like me then haha. I'm not too sure as yes parts of my skin around my nose get dry but I would describe my skin as more combination and suffer from this problem. If your skin is more on the oily side you could find it different? Or better suited to yourself? You'll have to let me know if you do try it.-Kristy

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  9. Shame this wasn't the best, but I have found that with a few Smashbox items now, they just don't live up to the hype!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  10. Hayley Roderick19 April 2015 at 23:21

    I've been wanting to try this! Great review:) xo, Hayley www.dailydoseofdarling.com

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  11. Interesting concept to primer, sounds interesting to try! Might have to give this a go!

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  12. I really want to try this makeup spray! I have really dry skin and after hearing Jaclyn Hill talking about it.

    http://themakeup-gypsy.blogspot.com.au/

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  13. Hmmmm based on your candid (thank you!) review I'll probably leave this one.

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com - smashbox palette giveaway ends midnight!

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  14. What a shame you were disappointed with this! I can't imagine a spray primer would be as good as a cream or gel one, to be honest, but I would've snapped this up if you'd been impressed as it's a nice idea!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty



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  15. I love this primer water, but it seems to get mixed review. People love it and people hate it. Depends on the skin type I guess.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  16. That's too bad! I've basically given up on face primers (love eyeshadow primers!) because I've never found one that performs well enough and lasts all day. The best I've ever found is actually a Rimmel one that costs about $5!

    xo, Michelle
    Neon Rattail

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  17. Hmmm this is an interesting product, hadn't seen anything about this before now! Could you use this as a setting spray after applying makeup?

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  18. Mademoiselle Lala21 April 2015 at 12:02

    Awww that's so bad when product doesn't live up to expectations! :( Hopefully it'll work better as a face mist for you!

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  19. Hmm it doesn't sound like it's really worth the price...to be honest I like the standard Photo Finish primer so I'll stick to that as I was a little unsure about the concept of this xx

    Magpie Jasmine | Zoeva Brush Set Giveaway

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  20. Oh that's too bad. I too was very interested in the Smashbox Water Primer. I've seen the travel size being sold on Sephora...I'm tempted to still give it a go, at least it's less of an investment.

    Beauty Isles | Sephora Cream Lip Stain and Smashbox Mini Lipstick Giveaway

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  21. I think its great that your review is so honest. I was curious about this product but won't be picking it up!

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  22. I'm glad this has helped you, and yes it's a very tempting product - especially due to its uniqueness. -Kristy

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  23. Yeah, if a primer didn't help ensure your makeup lasts longer I definitely wouldn't be bothering with that extra step when applying my makeup, it's a shame this Smashbox one doesn't. I'm glad I could help :). -Kristy

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  24. Ah I've heard such good things about that one but unfortunately haven't had a chance to try it. I'll have to keep an eye out. -Kristy

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  25. It does feel very light, but I like the idea of it being quick, but I get what you mean with having a primer you can feel, you know it's doing its job then! -Kristy

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  26. Ah that's not something I knew, maybe you're right? That's the next thing I think I'm going to try, I'm sure it'd awaken my makeup half way through the day perfectly. And thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed :). -Kristy

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  27. It really does :(. -Kristy

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  28. I haven't tried many of their new releases, but have heard that from a few people. It's a shame really!

    Kristy | thevioletblonde.com

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  29. Yeah it's definitely the first I've seen of anything like this. -Kristy

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  30. I'll be curious to hear your own thoughts on the product if you do go ahead and buy it. -Kristy

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  31. Haha - I hope it helped :). -Kristy

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  32. Yeah I'm sure skin type does come in to it; I haven't read too many reviews on it. -Kristy

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  33. No I definitely would say it isn't, I too also really like the standard photo finish primer from them. It was a favourite of mine a few years back. -Kristy

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  34. Yeah, if you want to try it I definitely suggest trying the smaller size first - I'd be interested to hear your reviews on the product! -Kristy

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  35. Thank you, it's really nice to hear that. -Kristy

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