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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Product Review: Smashbox Lid Primer


Hi my lovelies! Thank you to all of you for the well wishes, it seems like everyone is getting sick these days or allergies are acting up. I have so many posts and product reviews to do so I am hoping I can hammer them out quickly! Did anyone watch "The Hills" last night? OMG, Audrina and Jayde drama! I personally am not fond of either of them, but I thought it was pretty hilarious, and Speidi, goodness, I really wish they fell off the face of the earth. I don't know why she stays with Spencer and puts forth all the energy of going to counseling and attacking the bartender- just leave the douche. LOL.

Anyway, I bought Smashbox's Photo Finish Lid Primer at Sephora a few weeks ago and I must say I really love this stuff. The one advantage it has over the infamous UDPP and Too Faced Shadow Insurance is that it really neutralizes the lid- so you can wear it alone if you really wanted to.

****I did not include the Art Deco Base eyeshadow primer in this review/comparisons simply because it's hard to find here in the US and wanted to focus on the main primers that are easily accessible.****

Product: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $20, Sephora and
Shades: Only comes in one neutral shade to fit every skin tone
Would I buy again? Yes

To see my UDPP vs. TFSI challenge awhile back (to see which one held up better for me), CLICK HERE.

What it does:
Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.

-Patented Qusome: Delivers active hydrating ingredients that help reduce the signs of aging.
-Phytomoist: Contains a plant-based hyaluronic acid for sustained moisturization.
-Betaine: Contains skin-smoothing benefits.
-Soft Focus Pearls: Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines.
-Silicone Technology: Creates a silky-smooth, velvety texture

Isododecane, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire D'Abeilles), Silica, Boron Nitride, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Talc, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina, Cire Microcristalline), Propylene Carbonate, Cetyl PEG/PPG10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-12 Glyceryl DiMyristate, Water (Aqua, Eau), Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Betaine, Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

How does this compare/differ to UDPP and/or TFSI? The Smashbox Lid Primer itself has pretty nice packaging in the sense that the wand is long, the tube is straight, so you are utilizing all the product in the tube without wasting it or having to cut it open like UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion), where it's clear how much product is left that WOULD have gone to waste if it were not sliced open. UDPP and TFSI seemed a bit more watery in comparison to the Smashbox primer, not saying it IS watery by any means, but standing next to the Smashbox Lid Primer (which is nice and thick), they both seem "thin" when it comes to consistency and feel. When it came to vibrancy/pigmentation and endurance of wear, Smashbox was STILL a winner as you can in the photos below. It clearly brought out the color of my eyeshadows as well as lasting longer in wear in comparison to UDPP and TFSI.

- Neutralizes my lid color which I love because that means when I have my no-makeup days I can just put a few dots on my lid, blend all over and voila! No dark areas!
- Did not crease on me.
- Has a bit of a thicker consistency compared to UDPP and TFSI which I liked because I felt my eyeshadows had more of a foundation to 'grab onto' thus, increasing vibrancy and wear.
- No odd smell.
- Longer wand, straight tube, so you get your money's worth and make use of all the product in the tube.
- Doe foot applicator makes it easy to apply a few dots on lid
- Easy to take with you in your makeup bag/travel.
- Neutral color goes with ANY skintone since it's a flesh color and disappears once its been blended
- Relatively affordable considering how long eye/lid primers last you, and as I say "If it does the job right, then it's worth it"...

- None!

You might like this if you already love UDPP.

Overall? I love this compared to UDPP and TFSI. Since UDPP still has not changed their bottle/packaging, I feel that by paying $17 for it I shouldn't have to cut the tube to make use of the "forgotten" product that's left. TFSI, as you can see in my challenge didn't hold up for me so that's a negative. Hence I am loving Smashbox's new Photo Finish Lid Primer; it's definitely a prayer that has been answered: easy packaging, neutralizes my lid color, holds onto my eyeshadow for all-day wear without creasing, adds vibrancy, and affordable.

Even held up even after washing my hands!


Beauty is Androgynous said...

thannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnk u for this!!

i havent really ben to a sb counter in foreverrrrrrrr.. garrrrr..

but yes thanks for the heads up!

looks like it beats the sht out of udpp yayyy

forgive me i'm a little bit inebriated.

sanniet said...

ohh great review! Smashbox seems to make some really great primers! for foundation also! <3

*KiM* said...

wow...thanks for the review! I'd love to try this product

*KiM* said...

wow...thanks for the review! I'd love to try this product

♥Leigh♥ said...

wow! it really looks much better than the other two. the color just pops even nice review!!!

Jamilla Camel said...

Thanks for the review! I must try this!

Crissy said...

I think I may just have to buy this instead! :) THANKS for the review. I was looking for a primer

missdiana said...

I love the hills as well, i honestly think heidi is still with him because of the sex, do you know what his job is??

xppinkx said...

hey babe...

just wanted to come on by and say hello...OoOOoOo what do we have here a asian dipstick...gahhh no its not its lid about a month away from you!!!...cant wait to see my maple face <3333

Summer-Lovin said...

I probably--definitely...most likely need this in my life. haha I actually don't like UDPP. It dried out my lids and when I tried to blend It was this scrunchy wrinkly mess. Not pretty :|
Thanks for the review, Lovvvessss it! :)
OH and does anyone else read Perez?
Audrina=Ceiling eyes LOL

The Mighty J said...

Ohh looks good - must try it! Thanks for the review.

KiLLaCaM said...

great review! I will definately get this soon. LOL @mimi! She drunk commented you!

i love the H2O demonstration.

fuzkittie said...

Sounds like a winner!! Thank you for this review, I was interested in it! :]

Connie De Alwis said...

Excellent review! UDDP has a true contender now!

leslielovesmakeup said...

wow it does make a difference!

i honestly think that "speidi" lol are doing things just for drama. i remember reading somewhere that they are really a lovey dovey couple in real life lol. that's why she never leaves.. :P i love watching un-important drama since i don't have any in my life as far as i know.

i hope you're feeling better! im recovering from being sick too and it sucks butt!

XINAR0X said...

Thanks for this review! I was actually eyeing this product at Sephora.

Paint Me Gorgeous said...

wow good option! i was thinking of trying tfsi next, but maybe i'll switch to

Katrina is a Princess said...

Smashbox knows how to make primers! I love their face primers, I would have to believe that this primer is also a goodie! Thanks for the review girl!

PowderPuffGirl said...

thanks for the review! need to check this out!!

GiGi said...

I like this. Usually I'm not a huge smashbox fan, but I lobe your reviews. So I must try this.

mzkrystall said...

wow great reviews!

Tina Marie Online said...

I can tell the difference from the blue eyeshadow! It's more vibrant. That's awesome! Thanks for the review :)

Jasmin said...

Great review.. Thanks.

IchigoBunnie said...

nice! when i finish my UDPP (...which will take quite a while lol) ill definitely look into this. seems a bit more expensive at $20 but i think the convenience of the packaging is good. ive really oily eyelids - i hope this smashbox one will hold up!

thanks for the review!

Jenny said...

hey it seems like a good product. However, it is only .1 oz, which is less than a third of UDPP and TFSI. Do you think that, taking the much smaller size into consideration, its still a viable alternative to UDPP?

Vanessa said...

Hi Jenny! How are you? In response to your question, I still think the Smashbox Lid Primer (personally) is still a better alternative simply due to the results as you can see by the pics. Quality over quantity definitely applies in this case, and if anything the "overage' or bigger size of UDPP is about the same considering how much wasted product is left inside the tube without having to cut it open.

Nicole said...

Hey Vanessa! Hope you are doing well. This primer looks really good, as UDPP dries out my eyelids, maybe this would be good for me!

Also, just wanted to let you know that UDPP has actually changed their packaging, well, the wand, so that you can get more product out. I haven't seen the revamped model (apparently in a clear box) at Sephora, only online.

Here is the link:

FabDiva20 said...

I've heard about this primer and I've been wanting that primer for awhile!! I do want to try it whenever I get to go to Sephora/Ulta soon. My UDPP that I depotted last year was a waste since it dried up in the bottle and I have another bottle of it and I regret buying another bottle. I'll probably give it away to my sister when I find a jar to depot my second bottle soon.

dani said...

this is a great review! i'd love to try this.

OMG! the hills was crazy last night! i like audrina but she should have used her judgement and not stay in brody's room because she knew he was with jayde. but jayde should have talked civilized to audrina and not be a psycho girlfriend and stop drinking the green bottle, lol. jayde shouldn't have let her friends do her dirty work.
i can't wait till next week.

Boo said...

I think I'll give this a try when my UDPP runs out, but would you be able to do a comparsion like you did for the other two? I'd really love to know how it stands through time (The water example is amazing).

FuN and MakeUp said...

this product looks like it works GOOD!!!!! 5 out of 5 i def gotta give this product a try!! thanks for the review vanessa! xoxo

Askmewhats said...

wow,..looks wonderful!! Thanks for the review, I don't know if we have it down here but it's not bad to check it out :)

Harlowe-Marie's Mama said...

The SB primer made your eyeshadow look so much more vibrant!

madison817 said...

wow i heard this was a bad product so i didnt even think to read more reviews - but now i think i'll check it out! thanks vanessa :)

Tia said...

Thanks for the review!! You have convinced me to get this, next time I run out of UDPP!

Melissa said...

You've sold me! I still haven't bought a new UDPP, but I will try this one now! Thank you for the review!

M said...

thanks for the review! i was curious about this one :)

Mrs.Zeus said...

WOW! Sounds really awesome, I have UDPP, Mac paint pots and Insurance just cause but sometimes my lid are just too oily that it still crease... I might just give this a try.
Thanks for reviewing this product!

Caroline :] said...

Nessa! i hope you're getting better! i've been sneezing and dealing with my allergies too! poo! :( but anyway, i loveee your reviews! always so detailed and informative! thank you! i really want to try out this lid primer now!...but i have a brand new original UDPP and one in sin! :/

aquaracer said...

oh, wow!! this looks like such a great product! thanks for the review. and yes, the e/s color does look more vibrant. will def try this after i finish my udpp (almost done..woohoo!)

Chels said...

Wow! This is impressive, I'll definitely have to purchase that primer!


thanks for this awesome review! i actually picked up a sample from sephora yesterday. so i'll be checking it out. thanks girl!

Stephie said...

i definitely am gonna try this out. i'm running low on udpp so i'll check it out. thanks for the review!

Jenny said...

Hey Vanessa,

Thanks for answering my question so quickly =) I must admit, the pictures are pretty convincing! I might just splurge on this primer because although you do get much more product w/UDPP, once you scoop up all of the remaining product and put it into a container, it becomes gummy very quickly. Whats the point of having more product if it becomes unusable? Thanks again!

Umm Amirah said...

Thanks for this Vanessa,
This is a big help. Its time to disect my UDPP. For those who don't know how, check out EnKore here:

Hope that helps
Thanks again Vanessa

Anastasia said...

Oh boy, I think I'll be making the switch from UDPP to that, now. It really is a lot more vibrant.

Also, my UDPP seems too thick to me (although probably because it's old) and can glob a bit on my lids, which is a pain. Not to mention how much my boyfriend yelled at me for slicing my finger open trying to get the rest of the product out of the bottle!

audgepodge said...

This a great review! I'm visiting my family right now and forgot my eye primers... I think I'm going to give this Smashbox version a try!

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