[Beauty Review] | Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Full Exposure Mascara

Assalamualaikum and hello love.

I have never reviewed any of Smashbox Cosmetics makeup products before and I am always interested to try brands that I am not familiar with. When I was reading about Smashbox background, I found out that the founder, Dean and Davis Factor are the great grandsons of Max Factor! I love Max Factor lipsticks (if you have been reading my blog you would know I always talk about Max Factor Lipstick in Burnt Caramel which is one of my favourite nude lipstick). Anyway, Smashbox Cosmetics has been around the beauty industries since 1996 and they keep on producing awesome makeup and of course for today's review I'm gonna start with Smashbox's signature product which is the Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I received a deluxe sample size of this famous face primer. To be honest, this primer is in my wishlist as I am just waiting for the time I finished off my current primer. As you know, the purpose of a face primer is to avoid any greasy situation our face, to blur out our imperfection and also make our makeup last longer. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer contains a blend of Vitamin A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Wait, green tea? So this is just not a primer, it is also act as a skincare as it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. I have large pores and it is so annoying! T_T 

The texture is thick and transparent. It feels very silky and smooth. As I massage it into my skin, the product is completely absorbed and leaves a velvety touch. It does not feel heavy on my skin and whenever I use this primer, I feel like it has instantly reduce the appearance of my large pores.

My foundation glides on smoothly and I really like the result! It does make my base makeup look flawless. Well of course I my pores are still noticeable, but it is way better looking than using a foundation without a primer. I really think it helps in making my makeup last longer too. My take on this primer? Try it out if you are looking for a good primer that can reduce pores appearance and make your makeup last longer. LOVE! Smash box Photo Finish Foundation Primer is retailed at RM145 for 30ml.

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara is Smashbox's best selling mascara and now it comes in waterproof version. As you can see on the photo above, the brush is quite big and it really grabs on much product. The formulation is quite thick so by just knowing that, I know clumping will bound to happened.

Can you see how much difference my lashes look? From 'botak lashes' to a quite lengthening lashes. love it!

As an overall review, I think this mascara is more of a lengthening mascara than a volumizing mascara. But of course, I think you can go on with 3rd, 4th or even 5th coats to get your desired volume. It really lengthened and curled up my lashes, love it! I noticed the wand really grabs on too much product that I have go back into the tube and push in the mascara. It can get clumpy and spidery like lashes if even after 2 coats. Again, it's all about preference, if you love that type of lashes, this is definitely for you. I am satisfied with 2 coats. FYI I am not really a mascara type of gal. Anyway since this is a waterproof mascara, this mascara really steps up to my expectation. It stays on at least 8 hours without smudging and flaking off which is always a good sign of a mascara because hell no I don't  want to look like a panda. :D And the most important part that I love about this mascara it is easy to remove. Yes I still need to do double cleansing but it's not as hard like some of the mascara I've tried before. I would say BUY this mascara because this would be great for everyday makeup look. You just need this mascara to open up your eyes, seriously! Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara is retailed at RM85.

All Smashbox Cosmetics can be purchased at Sephora outlets. :) A second part of the review will be up on this week (my Sexy Sunday Series post) so keep a look out on that! ^_^

Thanks for reading love! ^_^

Till then,



  1. Assalamualaikum Sabby, what a great insight on Smashbox.. I haven't had the chance to try any of their product as at yet, but I have been eyeing on their eyeshadow palette. Can't wait for your 2nd part.. Might even put it in my wishlist.. 😊

  2. Smashbox primer got lots of great reviews on youtube. I love their gel eyeliner too ;D
    Been eyeing for the primer for quite awhile now, hmm maybe I should buy them..

  3. I really love Smashbox items. After completing my makeup lessons for beginners London , I have been using so many things. But, this brand is a holy grail!



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