Smashbox Primer Water - Review

The Smashbox Primer Water was something that I was really excited about trying after seeing tons of beauty bloggers misting their pretty faces with this magic water. You can pick up a bottle from Mecca Cosmetica for $44.

Smashbox claims that this product sprayed on clean skin will create a perfect base for makeup application and extend the length of wear. When applied over the top of makeup it claims to lock in your makeup and if spritzed over the course of the day can be used as a refresher and hydrator. Packed with electrolytes and caffeine, this primer is free from sillicone, alcohol and oil. To use this product, hold the bottle approximately 10 inches away from your face and spray. I like to do it in three sections, one spray for each side and one for the middle of my face. 

The product itself is literally what you would expect with that name - water. It is completely transparent and easily absorbed by the skin, on my skin it takes less than a minute to fully absorb. 

I have to be completely honest, I used this product everyday for a month and I didn't notice a difference. I don't think it improved my makeup application or how long it lasted on my skin. There was no change in my pores, fine lines or the texture of my skin and my makeup faded exactly the same as days when I don't use a primer. 

I also didn't notice any changes with the hydration of my skin. There have been some articles (check them out here and here) that state spraying water onto your skin does not help to moisturise as it merely evaporates. In order to get any hydration benefits it is recommended you apply a serum or moisturiser immediately after spritzing with a facial mist. This would be something to consider when purchasing this type of product. 

The smell is fresh, subtle and dissipates once it's worn for about 5 to 10 minutes. After application I noticed a very slight stinging sensation, which I attribute to the caffeine ingredient, which is a trigger for my sensitive rosacea skin. I did enjoy the act of spritzing my face and I was really hopeful that this would be my new favourite product. When it comes to priming, I don't think this product makes the cut. 

I would recommend using this product after makeup application when you want to avoid looking cakey. It takes away the powdery look on your face and means your makeup looks more like real skin. I would also recommend it for when you want to intensify a product's pigment. You can spritz your brush or finger and dip it into an eyeshadow to amp up the colour transfer, giving you more bang for your buck. All you have to do is take your brush or finger and spray it a couple times before picking up your eyeshadow colour. Both of these techniques can be done with normal water, but a positive to using this primer is that the water has been purified and is free from any nasties which could be harmful for your skin. 

Take a look at the swatches below to see the results and I've used two different shadows. The first two swatches were applied with a brush and the second two were applied with a finger. You can tell that the second swatches, which are the ones where I used the primer, are more intense in pigment.

Left to Right: 1) Shadow applied with a brush, the right side is with the primer.  2) Shadow applied with fingers, the right side is with the primer. 

So lets get to the nitty gritty, would I buy this product again? Mmm, I would have to say no. It's quite an expensive product considering the results are not what I would expect of a primer. Facial mists are everywhere at the moment and there are some cheaper alternatives out there, which means I just don't think it's worth the price tag. 

Have you tried this product? What were your thoughts?

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