Does Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in Golden Nude Stand the Test of Time?

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My eyelids and have a thing for shimmery Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in Golden Nude ($20). Released earlier this summer with the Smasbox Naked Beauty collection, the products is supposed to act as a moisturizing base for powder and cream shadows to extend wear time and boost their vibrancy while making fine lines harder to spot.


The new color’s a riff on Smasbox’s standard issue warm beige Photo Finish Lid Primer, and the second I swatched it my heart went bumpity-bump!

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in Golden Nude on NW20 skin

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer in Golden Nude on NC35 skin


LOVE the texture and how it looks, but sadly it hasn’t done much to increase the staying power of the eyeshadows I’ve tried it with. Plus, with it on I see creases and exaggerated fine lines by noon, and it’s all but gone by the end of the day.

To help my shadows last longer, I think I’ll stick to Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin. It’s a similar shimmery golden nude, but it kills it when it comes to locking shadows into place. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. Sorry I’m a little late to the party today (got carried away playing with some stuff from Boots). What did I miss?


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  1. yeah i tried it and wasn’t that impressed either. how are you hon?

  2. Kelly says:

    Karen I am in love with that pic you took at the top, it’s gorgeous! I barely saw the makeup I was too busy looking at the fuzzy background and killer font, LOL!
    .-= Kelly’s last blog post… Icing Limited Edition Black Glitter Nail Polish Swatches &amp Review =-.

  3. Amber says:

    Happy Friday, Karen! I found my Nymphette! It was tucked away in one of the 300 pockets of one of my work bags. Didn’t think I had used that bag last week, but obviously I did! Whoops. πŸ™‚
    .-= Amber’s last blog post… Dragon boats =-.

  4. Trisha says:

    Yeah…it LOOKS nice, but if it doesn’t work right, then no thanks. I have the original Photo Finish and it’s practically useless.
    .-= Trisha’s last blog post… Deep Condition THIS!- Using Ouidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment =-.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Happy Friday!!!

    I want Sin so badly – I just have a mini one! Good to know it’s better than this one.

    What are you up to this weekend? πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Happy, happy FRIDAY!

      Weekend plans, hmm… Tonight I think El Hub and I are going to the movies to watch Inception, and tomorrow night I’m going to the city to have dinner at a Peruvian restaurant w/some friends. I REALLY have to do some cleaning, too. The house looks like a tornado hit it!

      How ’bout you?

      • Tiffany says:

        sounds fun! we are going to the drive-in tomorrow night to see inception! I hope it’s good!

        I also need to clean my house πŸ™

        I’ve never had Peruvian food, is it nommy? πŸ™‚

        • Karen says:

          It’s really delicious. Lots of yummy carbs! Mmm… carbs.

          It seems like *everyone* is going to the drive-in this weekend! I wish I could go to one. There are hardly any of those left here in the Bay Area.

          Cleaning the house is the last thing I want to do, but when it’s messy I feel so stressed out!

  6. Emi says:

    Uh, too bad it doesn’t stand up, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS.

  7. amy says:

    Pretty colour, but too bad it doesn’t lock down eyeshadow and it creases, such a shame.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Summer of Love with The Body Shop Love ETC eau de Parfume =-.

  8. Paris B says:

    Aww… I really liked Golden Nude – perhaps its because the Urban Decay Primer didn’t work for me. I don’t have super oily lids though and it does help intensify colours, just not by that much. Happy weekend!
    .-= Paris B’s last blog post… Getting In the Groove with MAC Petticoat Mineralize Skin Finish MSF =-.

    • Karen says:

      Hey Paris B,

      Have you tried the new Eden version? I’m not crazy about the original UDPP, but the Eden version is fantastic.

      Hope you’re having a good weekend so far. πŸ™‚

  9. Nina says:

    Even if Sin is my least fave of the UDPPs, I still like it. I mean, it does work. I just find the shimmer a bit too … shimmery! πŸ™‚

    Ive never had luck w/ Smashbox primers other than the Photofinish Light. The regular face primer makes me itch. πŸ™

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