June 2, 2014

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer recently passed over my desk and I realized how much I disliked the original Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer so I wasn’t sure how I’d like this eyeshadow primer.

The thing is I thought maybe the two products were potentially formulated the same but good news, they aren’t!

Let’s take a look!

Since Urban Decay changed their Primer Potion formula I’ve kinda been skipping out on eyeshadow primer lately. I’ve found a few shadow primers I love but I find I skip the step more and more in the Winter and only depend on it in the Summer when I’m outside more and my shadow is more likely to crease due to the warmer weather!

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer swatches

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer Swatches

Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is one of those products you’ll likely never use for 24 hours. Someday I want to meet the girl or guy who wears eyeshadow or any makeup for 24 hours haha…I mean I have long days sometimes that last 14 hours maybe more but I don’t think I’ve ever gone 24 straight hours with makeup on.

I disliked the packaging on this as it lacks a needle nose tip and has a wider mouth which means it distributes quite a bit when you squeeze the tube. Also as you squeeze the tube becomes a bit deformed kinda like a toothpaste tube.

The primer itself is a lighter transparent pink that applies on lids clear. I think oily lids won’t get on with it very well as it feels quite hydrating going on so it might add unnecessary oil. It does set to a satin finish and creates a solid canvas for eyeshadow to adhere to. Shadow seems to cling to it well and it doesn’t hinder application in anyway. I get about 8 hours of shadow wear from it without seeing fading or creasing which is fairly good however, in warmer weather I did see some creasing around the edges of my eye at around hour seven in extra humid environments.

I dunno if Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer is life changing for me in the shadow primer department but it seems to do well under normal conditions but might not be a great pick in warmer weather as it won’t completely bulletproof shadow or at least it didn’t for me. I also feel like the texture isn’t terribly forgivable for those with oily lids that require a more matte finish for eyeshadow to be applied over.

Anyone try it?

Do share your experience with it!

What are some of your fav eyeshadow primers?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • Isabella Muse

      UDPP was my favorite for a long time…I really like Mally’s eyeshadow primer at the moment though!

  • Jess

    The only time I even get close to 24 hours of wearing makeup is during conventions, and that’s usually more along the lines of 16 to 20 hours. That said, I think I’ll skip this; I’m really loving too faced’s shadow insurance!

    • Isabella Muse

      try con makeup typically goes for a 16 hour or more day 😀 but never 24 hours haha!

  • kimkats

    For $20, you can do better. Personally, my faves are the Milani primer – about $8 and dead on rock solid!! My second fave is the Lorac Behind the Scenes Primer. Granted, it’s $21, but you get .47 oz with it instead of the .41 you get with the SB. Have you tried the Milani one, Muse? If not, you should! It’s amazeballs! 😛

    • Isabella Muse

      GREAT rec 😀 loves it too! Milani primer is a steal and fab 😀 I reviewed it when it came out and loved it!

      • Kayla

        Wow, seems like I’ve been missing out on the Milani one! I used to use Lorac’s and I’ve been using Too Faced’s ever since, but I still feel like my eyeshadows fade fairly quickly!

  • katia

    hi! thank you for the review. 🙂 can you please list the ingredients? i can’t find them anywhere online! a lot of primers have talc as the first ingredient, and i’m trying to stay away from it. thank you! 🙂