Smashbox LIGHT IT UP: Primer Set

Smashbox are one of those brands that I always hear good things about but personally have never tried. I have had the Photofinish primer on my wishlist for well over a year so when I spotted this gift set in Boots, I basically threw it in my basket and headed to the till with no regrets. 
Smashbox LIGHT IT UP: Primer Set
Smashbox LIGHT IT UP: Primer Set
This gift set is from this years Christmas collection which I did a full post about if you want to see the other gift sets available this year - HERE. This is the Light It Up: Primer Set which includes two of the most popular priming products from the brand, the Photofinish Primer which is a full sized product and a 30ml travel size of the Photo Finish Priming Water. I haven't been using these products for too long to give them a full review but these are my first impressions at the moment and I am sure I will update you on them in a month or two when I have really put them to the test.

As I mentioned in my collection overview, I am a big fan of the packaging of this collection. The two priming products come housed in a gorgeous sheer neon pink acrylic style container with a clear lid which you can remove the insert inside to use as makeup storage! I have my favourite lip products stored in the box in my Alex drawers at the moment! This set retails for £26 and the Photo Finish Primer alone is £26 normally so you get the cute container for free as well as the generous travel size of the priming water. 

The Photo Finish Primer on first impressions is great. It has a silicone feel as you work it into the skin before applying foundation which I really like as I find it makes my foundation and concealer apply much smoother. It feels very similar to Benefit Porefessional on the skin. I found that my foundation lasted so much longer (Too Faced Born This Way Foundation) and helped keep my skin matte in areas which I would become oily after a few hours. The Priming Water can be used before foundation application and also as a makeup setting spray, I have only used this once or twice before makeup and I find that it helped balance any oil on the skin. I am pretty interested to see how this will work as a setting spray or as a makeup refresher, it could be good for those days when you apply a little too much powder and need a quick fix! 

The Smashbox LIGHT IT UP: Priming Set retails for £26 at Boots - HERE.


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25 comments

  1. I have used the photo finish primer and I love it! :)

    www.sparklesatmidnight.com

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  2. This sounds so good! I've always wanted to try both products so I'm glad they put them into a set for Christmas! I shall be popping it onto my Christmas list!

    Lauren | www.beautydivisionblog.co.uk

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  3. I have never even heard of a primer water. I use no.7 primer. This looks like an interesting set.

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  4. I have a friend who has raved about these products, I have not tried them yet, but what a great christmas gift. Will be dropping a few hints x

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  5. This is a really good deal - love this primer!

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  6. Funnily enough I'm exactly the same when it comes to Smashbox products, I think I would love the primer so don't know why I haven't tried it, I'm going to put the set on my Christmas list (alongside a M&S dressing gown haha!)

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com x

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  7. Ooo this looks fab! I really need to try some Smashbox products

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  8. I've heard good things about smashbox - I would really like to give them a try

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  9. I absolutely love the Photo Finish Primer, it's probably my favourite primer. I haven't tried the Primer Water yet, so I'm very tempted by this set

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  10. I have not sern these products before but they sound really good.

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  11. My local Boots didnt have any of these in stock or I would have snapped one up because it is such a bargain x

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  12. That's such a good price for the set. I have one of the smash box primers and while it's good I don't think it's amazing for the price but I'd love the try the water x

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  13. I've wanted to try the Smashbox primers for so long so this is such a good set to start with!

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  14. ....I can see that primer wash making it into my mummy stocking this year!

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  15. I have used there primer before and loved it, so will have to check out the primer water!

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  16. I haven't even heard of smash box but the primer sounds great!! I want to try a new one so might give this a go!

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  17. My cousin loves this brand but I have yet to try it, the primer sounds like something I would like :)

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  18. I haven't bought a primer in ages! These sound brilliant and I have still to try any smash box makeup

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  19. I've never used a primer - I've never been into makeup at all really. But these look great!

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  20. What a gorgeous little gift set and both are products I would like to try. Although I'm a little unsure now I know the primer is similar to Porefessional as I'm not a fan of that at all! x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  21. That boxset looks and sounds really good. I still need to try Smashbox.

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  22. it sounds like you managed to grab a bargain. I hope some of the sets for men are star of the week!

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  23. I've put this on my Xmas list as I've heard it's great for combo/oily skin. The primer sounds just like the one you can get from the body shop which is very much like silicone and it glides onto the skin leaving a great base for foundation so I'm excited to get this and see what miracles it does for my makeup as currently I have no primer and my makeup just slides off throughout the day. I go home resembling a zombie as my dark circles are revealed slowly! Haha

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  24. So so so pleased you wrote about this brand! I spotted it in tkmaxx the other day but have nevet tried it. Thanks for your view on it I am totally trying it

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