Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil vs Nyx Hydratouch Oil Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer oil and Nyx Hydratouch Oil Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil and Nyx Hydratouch Oil Primer

I live in a pretty dry climate. Then add the cold of winter, your makeup can end up making you look older. Nobody wants to spend the time to put on makeup, to have it look like the desert of dry/crepey skin on your face.

I have quite a few things that I use to keep the dry, desert face away and one of them is an oil primer. I know, I know you don’t necessarily need to use a primer. Yes, lotion can work very well in a lot of cases. Understood. But sometimes it isn’t enough.

That is where an oil primer like Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil can help. It has a very light texture that seeps into the skin, with little effort, just the heat of your hand. Smashbox has a mild scent, nothing overpowering or even really detectable without really putting your nose up to it. It comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper that works very well for distribution.

You can apply it from the dropper on to your fingers or directly on to your face. If you use a small amount you should have no trouble with it seeping into your skin before it runs down your face. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend using more than a small amount. It is an oil and using a lot could have the effect of an oil slick on your face. That will just let all of the makeup, that you worked so hard to put on, slide off your face in a few hours. Not to mention, going through your product very quickly.

In fact, your face should just look a little hydrated, at first. You won’t really notice a huge difference in how your foundation goes on your face. You shouldn’t, it isn’t there for that. It is there to help your foundation stay on longer and not allow your makeup to take moisture out of your face throughout the day. Will it help your foundation stay on for 16 -24 hours? No. That depends a lot on your foundation, not your primer or lotion.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil is $42.00 at Ulta for 1.0 oz, so it is as pricey as a high end foundation.

That is why, I decided to try a similar product to see what it could do, Nyx hydratouch oil primer. The Nyx oil primer is $13.99 for .67 oz at Ulta, so if it came in the same size, it would be $18.65 for 1.0 oz. That is under 1/2 the price for this Nyx product. Nyx also comes in very similar packaging except for the lid it actually turns to open and close the dropper, not a plunger top. That is still really nice packaging for a less expensive product and I really like the twist top better. The oil is a tad thicker, that is just a tad. Nothing you will really ever notice. Both have the same color and pretty much the same performance for me.

I am not sure about the chemistry of comparing each ingredient to each other. For this product, I am not interested in comparing the actual ingredients to each other. I am just looking to see if it performs the same function of helping the foundation last longer and keeping the skin more hydrated throughout the day. They both do that very well. The price point is a big difference here. So, I am going to keep purchasing the Nyx Hydratouch primer oil.


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