August 18, 2015

Product Review: Smashbox Primer Water



Ah, the smell of new products in the morning. Don't you just love it? I don't know about you, but there's something about a brand new products that excites me so much. It's just so much fun--like opening Christmas gifts that I bought myself. I don't know how people stockpile drawers full of unopened new stuff because I open things as soon as I get in the house.

Smashbox Primer Water first came to my attention after watching one of my favorite makeup artists, Jordan Liberty, on YouTube (if you're not subscribed to his channel, you need him in your life.) He sprayed a light mist on his gorgeous model's bare face and she looked so fresh and healthy before he even started the makeup process. So, while standing in line at the heavenly registers of Sephora, I spotted a travel-sized bottle and snatched it up. 

Just prior to my purchase, I saw people comparing SPW to MAC Fix + and their Mineralized Charged Water. I can't make that comparison because have issues with shopping at MAC (that will be detailed in another post,) but I can tell you that I do really like the Primer Water.I

First, a product description (Taken from Smashbox.com):

Think priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance - all in just 1 spritz! Primer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it's packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture - like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. Passed through positive energy fields during the production process, Smashbox's enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration (and when skin is hydrated, makeup looks better).

  • Silicone-free. Alcohol-free. Oil-free.
  • Creates the sheerest canvas for makeup application.
  • Wakes up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours
  • Restores moisture and hydrates skin for hours - shine free!
  • Refreshes throughout the day.
  • Perfect for all skin types.


When I got home, I sprayed it over the makeup that I had already worn that day, just to feel the consistency. The super-fine mist doesn't feel like you've been shot in the face with a water gun, or even hit by a rain drop, though the texture truly does feel like water. Primer water doesn't dry  sticky or stiff like some other setting sprays I've used. It does have a slight floral smell, but it dissipates after drying, as well. 

I used it it as primer and setting spray the next day. Because of its moisturizing properties, I didn't love it as a setting spray, it made me too dewy/shiny. I have combo normal/oily skin and it was too much for me. However, even with all the extra glistening, my makeup stayed put really well. I think this would be an amazing option for my beauties with dry skin.

I've decided that I love it most for the intended purpose of priming. It feels wonderful on my bare skin. It absorbs well with no residue and gives me a glowing dewy look from the beginning without a ton of product. The spray also works well for use with beauty blender-type sponges to dampen them up and thin out thicker-consistency products. If  you are like me and have large pores on your cheeks, I'd recommend using a pore-filler  just in the areas where you need it. I've been digging the Benefit's Porefessional lately, but I also have Maybelline's Baby Skin that I haven't used in a while. Would you like to see a review/comparison on it?

Anyhow, here are the product specs:
  • $16 for 1.0 oz bottle 
  • $32 for 3.9 oz bottle

Buy it: Ulta, Sephora, Smashbox, Amazon

Well, that's all I have for you today my loves. What has your experience with setting sprays and primers been like? Hate them? Love them? Tell me about your holy grail when you find me at one of the links below.

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