Not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound but can correct dark spots, that’d be the new Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting Primer ($42). Whoa, big name, say it three times in a row. Dare you, double dog dare you!
That’s right. It primes for makeup and treats your hyperpigmentation all in one shot.
Too good to be true?
Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting is a brand new revolutionary primer that acts as a prep for makeup and has a clinically proven formula, according to Smashbox, that instantly brightens and fades the appearance of dark spots over time.
Does it work?
Mmm….well…as a primer I likey.
This a cross between Smashbox’s traditional Photo Finish formula and their hydrating one. The texture has a thick, creamy feel with a hydrating finish that leaves skin smooth. Although it lacks the velvety/powdery feel of Smashbox Photo Finish it still manages to soak up access oil, fill minor flaws like larger pores and fine lines, and does so with a smooth, hydrating feel that wears very comfortably.
I have issues with the original Photo Finish. It gives me a bad case of the itchies and just feels terribly uncomfortable in place. I really LIKE the finish of this. It has just enough hydration to smooth my drier skin and enough of a semi-matte finish to soak up excess oil on my forehead and around my nose.
I think dry and combo skin types will see the most benefit from the formula. Oily or extremely oil skin might prefer a more mattifying finish. It won’t conceal MAJOR pores but it does well at blurring the appearance of smaller issues while creating a solid barrier between your skin and foundation.
How about those dark spots? What about the brightening abilities?
I’ve been using it two weeks so I haven’t technically noticed my dark spots looking any lighter. I also haven’t noticed my skin looking any brighter after use. A quick glance at the ingredients didn’t show anything majorly interesting for treating this issues. Smashbox uses something called C-Phyte Complex to fade dark spots, acne marks, etc with time. According to there studies, used twice a day daily, 84% Of women saw an improvement.
But let’s backtrack…
We technically only use primer once a day. So it might prove a longer period of time before my spots ease. Also I only use a small amount so I question whether that amount will be enough to show any significant improvement with my dark spots.
But facts is facts as a primer I like it a lot. I’d buy it again once I run out. And heck, maybe over time I will see some improvement. It never hurts to have a little something extra in a product I use daily anyway right?
As a primer it’s awesome, as a dark spot corrector, well, I question whether it’ll work but I can hope!
Available now at Sephora and Smashbox.com