REVIEW: Smashbox Primer Oil for Radiant Skin

It’s a fact in the beauty community that Smashbox are world-renowned for their primers and I’m really excited today to be one of the first to review their brand new Photo Finish Primer Oil!

Facial oils are a big part of my skincare regime – I simply can’t go a day without using them for their moisturising and perfecting benefits.  Similarly, primer’s are a must have to achieve perfect makeup application which lasts all day (especially for those with blemished, combination skin like mine).

The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil is heaven in a bottle.  It contains some great ingredients to help moisturise (including sweet almond oil, jojoba and sunflower seed oils) and also really helps to reduce the appearance of dry, fine lines which in turn creates the perfect canvas for makeup.  

One of my favourite things about this is that you can use it both morning and night and one of it’s greatest benefits is increased moisture in just 4 weeks.

You all know I suffer with blemished skin and so this Primer Oil has become a godsend.  Because lots of skincare treatments for acne contain drying ingredients, the skin around my blemishes often become quite difficult to work with (makeup clings on to these dry patches and tends to flake off leaving me looking worse than I did without any makeup on).  That’s where this has become my go to.  Dry skin is immediately moisturised, my skin looks radiant and my foundation glides on like a dream.

I should also mention this oil is light and absorbs really quickly so no need to worry about looking greasy.  Just massage two drops onto clean skin and let sink in before applying makeup.  It also works beautifully when using the Smashbox BB Water as a foundation so I’d recommend using them together!

I really recommend this product for those who are after a fresh faced, radiant look with the full power of a primer, but with the added luxury of a facial oil.

Smashbox say: 
New! Photo Finish Primer Oil. 
The power of a primer, the luxury of a face oil.

• Creates the perfect canvas for makeup  

• Fast-absorbing, moisturising fusion of 15 lush oils

• Reduces dry, fine lines. Creates a dewy, youthful finish.

Score your free deluxe mini of the new Photo Finish Primer Oil exclusively at Boots!  Mention “Prime Mode” at counter.  Click here to find your nearest participating store:

Have you ever tried a Primer Oil?

Compensation was provided by Smashbox via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Smashbox.



  1. January 8, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    I'm hooked on facial oils. I'm going to have to give this a try!

  2. January 8, 2016 / 7:48 pm

    This product sounds amazing! I'm definitely going to have to give it a try. x


  3. January 8, 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I love smash box products! So tempted to try this primer now!

    Bex // DIZEN –

  4. January 8, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Oh wow, this stuff sounds great! I've been looking for a great new primer for a while now, and lately I've been suffering from break-outs… So this sounds like my godsend! Great post 🙂
    Kathryn x

  5. January 8, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    My skin is so dehydrated this time of the year! I need to try this!
    Great post xx

  6. January 8, 2016 / 9:44 pm

    Are you wearing the sb BB here in the photo? Skin look lovely 🙂 xo.

  7. January 8, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    I have never tried a primer oil nor anything from Smashbox but this sounds amazing

    Lauren x |

  8. January 8, 2016 / 11:25 pm

    I can't wait to try this out, I've been eyeing it in Sephora since the release! Thanks for sharing x

    Taylr |

  9. January 13, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    I've been stalking the Smashbox site since you posted this waiting for it to be available to buy!! Just got it and can't wait to give it a try! 🙂 x

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