Everyone wants their skin to look healthy and radiant even under foundation. Which can be trying if you have dry skin and I live in a pretty dry climate or if you skin is just less plump and hydrated as you would like. Oil is a great product to use to make foundation spread smoothly and evenly. Regular oils can break down that same foundation. So the best thing to use is a Primer Oil. It makes foundation just look radiant on the skin and last all day long. But which one works best?
There are two that stand out in the world of primer oils. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil and Nyx Hyratouch Oil Primer. They both work very well but one has to be better than the other. I think it may depend on what you are looking for in a primer oil or just what makes your foundation look radiant on you. It may also be determined by price for some.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil is a favorite of a lot of people. Smashbox in general is known for it’s makeup primers in general. This primer oil 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 undetectable 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 without your skin looking “oily”. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend using andy more than a small amount. It is after all an oil and using more could have the effect of an oily face. It dries so quickly that it may not be a problem for you depending on your skin type.
Your skin will look hydrated, at first. You won’t really notice a huge difference in how your foundation goes on your face. It just glides on with ease. This priming oil will 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 some high end foundation.
I decided to try a less expenieve primer oil. I wasn’t expecting too much. However, I was plensently surprised at how much I like it. It was 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 the Smashbox Hydration oil.
Nyx hydratouch oil primer 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. Makes my face look radiant through out the day and not dry and crepey. I really like the feel of the foundation on my face with these priming oils.
They both do that very well. The price point is the big difference here. I do like paying less for a primer oil that still makes my foundation looking radiant. So for me the Nyx Radiant Primer Oil is the best.
(And I still use it every winter for that hydrating, beautiful foundation.)