A complete guide to Smashbox Primers

Taryn Davies
Published: January 12, 2018

Smashbox Primers have a loyal following, the brand has an entire range of solutions to suit every skin type and requirement – so there’s definitely one for you.

It was back in 2000 when Smashbox founder and photographer Davis Factor developed the iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer to help makeup look better and last longer on shoots, fast forward to 2017 and there’s a whole range of primers including eyelid primers, colour correctors, a priming oil and a water primer too.

Which is the ideal Smashbox primer for you?

Smashbox Photo Finish PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Primer

The original Smashbox Primer allows for the perfect canvas for foundation application. The silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract and green tea, help to increase the longevity of foundation, reduce the appearance of lines and pores, leaving you with a velvety-smooth finish.

Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer

The newest Primer launch from Smashbox is the Radiance primer. The formula works to illuminate the skin whilst providing a boost of hydration to ensure skin is looking its best for the application of makeup.

The primer has hyaluronic acid, as well as shea butter, both of which work to hydrate the skin all day long. Apply this primer to leave your skin looking poreless, smooth and perfect.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer

You’ve perfected your smokey eye, only to have your lid get greasy and move it around, the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer is designed to keep your eyeshadow and eyeliner in place.

The primer is easy to use with a doe-foot applicator, and it leaves the eyelids smooth and mattified so it's easier to apply your eyeshadow.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

If you suffer from particularly dry skin, then this is the primer for you. The Smashbox hydrating primer quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after, thanks to Hydraplex.

Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector Primer AdjustSmashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector Primer - Adjust

The colour corrector primers from Smashbox are designed to even out the tone of the skin, working to fix any colour problems you might have. Adjust is a green toned primer that works to reduce redness. Not only will it help calm the skin, but creates a flawless base that you can leave as it is or apply makeup on top.

Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector Primer – BlendSmashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector Primer – Blend

This Blend primer is apricot in colour, which works to help even out discolouration and reduce the look of dark spots. The silky, lightweight blend of antioxidants and vitamins A & E mean you have a colour correcting, wrinkle reducing and dark spot defying primer that gives skin the perfect start for makeup application.

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer

Struggle with concealer under your eyes, does it look cakey or settle into those fine lines we try to ignore? Then the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer could be just the thing you need.

Their soft and smooth primer has been infused with 10 breakthrough benefits to address everyday eye woes.

This one primer is designed to help target things like dark circules, fine lines, texture and puffiness. As well as adding hydration and radiance.

You can wear this alone to instantly brighten the under eye area, or use it under your concealer to make sure it lasts all day and has a fresh look.

Not only does it help with the wear of concealer, this primer is packed with skin-beneficial ingredients that targets the skins of ageing.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer SPF20Smashbox Photo Finish Primer SPF20

Looking for sun protection from your primer? Then this Smashbox product is the one for you. The same formula as the original, with all those skin-loving benefits, but with the addition of SPF 20 to help guard against UVA/UVB rays. This primer does have a slightly pink hue, but it goes on the skin completely clear. This might not be the ideal primer for evenings out, though, as you’ll want to avoid the white glare from flashing cameras on any photos being taken.

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish ControlSmashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control

With 2% salicylic acid, this primer is designed to help banish blemishes and treat breakouts. It provides skin with oil-free hydration and keeps the skin clear over time.

Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hour Shadow PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish 24-Hour Shadow Primer

So we might not wear our makeup for 24 hours, but if you want to ensure your eye makeup stays in place all day and all night this is the primer for you. The Smashbox Photo Finish 24-Hour Shadow Primer helps to lock on more vibrant colour, with no fading, no creasing and no smudging.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer OilSmashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

So this one is a little strange, a primer oil you ask? How does that work? The fast-absorbing blend applies easily to the skin, absorbing quickly and leaving you with a smooth base that looks radiant and dewy.

If you suffer from particularly dry skin, you’re going to love this primer.

This oil primer is a blend of 15 oils, all designed to benefit the skin. Lori Taylor, Global Pro Lead Artist says that the primer oil is versatile and you can use it in many different ways, such as to thin out products or add to powder products to add glow to them.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer WaterSmashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Another strange primer, this one water. The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalising electrolytes to wake up the skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin.

This primer is everything you love about the original Smashbox primer in a light, pure and refreshing form. From the silky-smooth texture of the original to the super-fine mist of this new water, now there’s a primer for everyone.

This creates a beautiful, sheer canvas for makeup application, wakes up the skin leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours, and helps to restore moisture and hydrates the skin for hours.

Smashbox Photo Finish Lash PrimerSmashbox Photo Finish Lash Primer

“My studio secret for major impact lashes that pop in photos? Primer! It makes such a huge difference-I never apply mascara without it.” – Lori Taylor Davis, Global Pro Lead Artist.

So you might be thinking what need you’d have for a Lash Primer, but this formula is designed to plump lashes and make mascara last longer, plus never smudge or flake. So it’s perfect for those really long days when you don’t want to have to worry about panda eyes come 6 pm.