Hi, I got a sample in Allure magazine of smashbox photofinish light and
I was hooked. I have oily skin and this is the only way I can keep my eye make up on. This primer works better than anything I have ever tried and I would not have forked over the money for it otherwise. Its my most expensive makeup purchase out of all the products I purchase. The bottle lasts me approx 9 months and it runs $30 something. For me, its what makes all the other products work better & last longer.
For even more holding power use a light dusting of loose colorless translucent powder after using both the primer and foundation and touch up with another powdering mid-day.
If the make-up is water based, you will need a primer to keep it on through the day. The primers can be a different brand; the important thing is to test whichever you chose in combination with the other products you'll be using before slathering it over your entire face and throat.
The tender skin between the elbow and underarm is the best test area because the skin is most like that on your face. Appy the combined products in a small patch for at least 24 hours to be sure you are not going to have a painful reaction.
I think there are some water based make-up products that combine the foundation and primer, that should be a money saving option.
I use E.L.F primer, it's $6 and works great. You can buy it at Target and at the E.L.F. website.
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