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I’ve taken this reviews to another cấp độ by comparing two same-but-different products so it saves us the peril of spending our hard earned money on the one you think works best out of the whole family of primers just because everybody says so.

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Today we’re going to reviews the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer & her better known sibling – the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing. I’m sure you’ve heard umpteen times from beauty gurus firing the rivalry between Benefit’s Porefessional and Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer on Youtube, và that was before Makeup Forever came out with their Step 1 Skin Equalizer lớn further fuel the whole situation. I mean, have you seen the range MUFE has for makeup primers alone? Wowowow. Hold on. Can we just take a moment to intellectually deliberate on that one brand before jumping ship?


Price và Size

Both cost SGD$68.00 each at Singapore Sephora outlets for a 30ml (1 fl.oz) sized tube. However you need to know that I bought my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in a duo set with the full sized Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer at only SGD$69 in my last Christmas haul!

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Both are oil-free formulas, so they say, but the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is more gel-like và feels more slick and of a heavier silicone texture, the Pore Minimizing one feels more of a whipped, airier cream texture, though still has that little spongy silicone feeling.

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The “pore minimizing’ gimmick may have many sold but my skin is loving the original Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer more. I am using exactly the same Makeup Forever HD foundation in both cases. Both may have reduced the appearance of my pores but the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is the one that has the blurring, smooth-focused effect. The pore minimizing one has overplayed itself – notice how it clogged up the pores at my nose; it occurred to me that the coconut acid & soy protein may have increased its viscosity so much so that it over-estimates the depth of one’s pores. Less is indeed more in this case. If there is one thing that the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer is better at, is the skin-toned color it gives that makes my skin appear less ashy.


There is a reason why Smashbox included the original Photo Finish Foundation Primer in their holiday gift pack – as what the Sephora sales assistant told me, it is the bestseller of the lot.



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