Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Like many others, if there’s one thing you can not and will not get me to stop doing, it’s screaming, hollering, and generally being obnoxious about the products that I LOVE… or hate for that matter! But, when I love a product, I am generally loyal unless, the almighty dollar is at stake and I find something, not just comparable, but better.

So here is where I tell you that I love, love, love Smashbox Photo Finish Primer very much! Because it’s a new step in my process personally, I almost always forget to put it on after my moisturizer and before my foundation, yet I always put it on clients. Weird, huh? You don’t need much of it, just a pea-to-dime sized amount and it covers extremely well, fills in pores and fine lines, and allows the foundation to glide on effortlessly. And for all of those fabulous traits that I just mentioned, there is a catch. PRICE. When you put things in perspective in the following way, Smashbox doesn’t seem that bad. Hourglass’s Veil Mineral Primer is $52.00 per ounce, (OUNCE,) and $72.00 for two. So when you place that besides Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer at $36.00 an ounce and $49.00 for 1.7 ounces, you think you’re doing A-okay. That is, until I tell you that a dupe exists and that you could save $30.00 or more. Yes, I said it.


Monistat, yes those fabulous guardians and protectors of all things vaginal, have a product called MONISTAT Chafing Relief Powder-Gel Skin Protectant. It is very similar if not an outright, dare I say it, DUPE for the Smashbox primer. I know what you’re thinking and it goes something like, “Alia, am I really supposed to put a Monistat product on my face?” To which I would reply, “Girl…if you don’t believe me, just watch!”

Smashbox Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

Monistat Ingredients:



So, there you have it folks. Here’s the best part, wait for it… The Monistat only costs $5.98 instead of $36.00. Go ahead and say it, you love me. You really love me.


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