“I want pores tighter than Matthew McConaughey’s butt,” she whispered into the darkness, slowly drifting into a deep slumber. Her head sank into her pillow as she snuggled her tube of Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing ($39). “We don’t want no stinkin’ pores…”
— Me, last night, 10:12 p.m., my bed
In my dreams, wishes come true, even seemingly frivolous makeup-related ones, like wishing for smooth, pore-less skin akin to the skin I had when I was 18 (and sadly too young to truly appreciate it).
In real life, however, wishes need help.
That’s where Smashbox’s new Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing comes in.
Born to blur pores, with a name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, it’s like a makeup major in liberal arts…in that does a bunch of different things.
Not only does it keep oil in check, but it also extends the life of any makeup you layer on top. Mostly, though, it’s for diminishing the appearance of your pores (like Spanx, but for pores).
Don’t be alarmed by the blue tube, either. The product itself isn’t blue (thank goodness!). It appears beige but quickly turns transparent as you work it into the skin.
I’ve been on pore patrol for the past five years or so. I guess it was one of those grown-up things that just snuck up on me… One day, out of the blue, while I was probably contemplating bruxism, flat arches or paying the water bill, I realized that my pores had grown to the size of Texas!
But this primer does a good job of mellowing them out, although I think most of the heavy lifting is being done by the silicones (they’re listed right at the top of the ingredients).
The formula fills in the little dips and divots on my skin, and all of the foundations I’ve tried it with (including MAC Face & Body, Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Fluide and the new NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation) look smoother, more polished and more even.
Plus, the normally oily areas on my forehead and nose look less shiny throughout the day. I also find that I don’t have to reapply my powder and blush after applying them in the morning.
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer definitely doesn’t deliver teenage skin in a tube — nothing does that — but when I wear I do think my pores look less obvious.
Unlike an awful ex who thankfully disappears into a mysterious black hole after you break up (he isn’t even on Facebook), your pores will still be there to say wasssssup! They’ll just appear diminished.
PRICE: $39 for a 1-oz. tube
AVAILABILITY: Permanent, and available now at Smashbox counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,