I had a bunch of urgent work to do this morning, which is why I'm only sitting down to write a post now. 

This little primer has been on my list of products to review for ages, it's just that I kept hoping I would suddenly start to like it - given it's so well-loved in the beauty community and has been for years. But I don't. More on why below.

The good news, however, is that this 7.1ml deluxe sample arrived in one of my Mecca Beauty Loop boxes - handy, since I'd been considering buying the travel-sized version myself. 

Reason being, I've been in the market for a really good, pore-plugging primer that smooths my skin without drying me out or feeling too heavy. While I normally prefer hydrating and/or illluminating primers for my dry skin, the older I get, the more texture I have (I'm sure others can relate) so I've been looking for something to target the issue.

Easier said than done, in my experience!

Smashbox claims/product details:
  • An award-winning primer that delivers a silky finish, creates a smooth base and extends the wear of your foundation
  • Creates the perfect canvas for flawless-looking makeup application 
  • Infused with a silky, lightweight blend of vitamins and antioxidants, this best-selling primer works to inhibit the destruction of collagen and reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores
  • Unique, oil-free formula that soothes and hydrates the skin 
  • An essential must-have for a velvet smooth finish
  • RRP $71 AUD for 50ml; $52 AUD for 30ml; or $23 AUD for 14ml


I don't like this. I don't hate it either, but it's currently on my Project Pan list and I can't wait to get through it.

Mind you, it's taking me ages to finish because even this 7.1ml sample has lasted me months of frequent use. What's good about this, of course, is that a little goes such a long way that the product is great value if it works for you. Even better, the shelf-life is a healthy 24 months - so you could safely buy a larger size and get through it before it starts to go rancid. Tick.

It's a clear product with no scent and it absolutely gives your skin a silky smooth, velvety finish and feel - so I agree with those claims.

I also agree that it's lightweight, and it doesn't feel super heavy on the skin like some silicone-y primers can. Plus it doesn't dry me out (another gripe I have with pore-plugging primers), nor does it ball up underneath my base. This was one of the issues I had with Benefit's The POREfessional (reviewed here), so ticks there too.

It's also not too greasy or slippery, which is one of the problems I had with Maybelline's Baby Skin (reviewed here). Another box ticked.

So what, then, is my issue with this product? 

I'm so glad you asked ; )

My issue is this: it does bugger all. I put it on, my skin looks and feels a bit smoother (so far, so good), but as soon as I go in with my base, any beneficial effect completely vanishes. My pores are still as visible as ever and so are my fine lines, and my makeup feels a bit more slippery than it should - as though this primer is lifting and mixing with my base, rather than staying where it should.

Plus it doesn't make my makeup last longer. If anything, the reverse is true. No idea why, but when I wear this primer, everything fades an hour or so earlier than it does with other products. I also don't find it soothing or hydrating in the slightest, so I don't agree with those claims either.

So in sum, this isn't an awful product but it doesn't work for me. Having said this, it does work wonders for many so I'm sure it's better-suited to particular skin types. In any event, I would absolutely grab a sample of this before purchase because I've seen plenty of others say they don't like it either.

If you're after a good smoothing primer, so far the best one I've found is Clarins' Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (reviewed here). I mentioned in my review that I would eventually buy myself a full-size, which I've now done and I've recently started using it again. It's fantastic. I'll definitely have to update that review, now that I've realised how much better it is than the many primers I've tried after using it two years ago.

Do let me know in the comments what your favourite smoothing primer is. I'd love to hear x

I realised this morning that I'd completely forgotten to do my next Project Pan 2017 tally post, so best I sneak it in now while I remember!

As you may know, I like to do these tallies every few months to help keep myself motivated, with a final one at the end of the year so I know just how I've done.

If you'd like to see my last tally post, it's here. I wrote that one on April 4, and this is what I'd finished by then:

  • one eye primer
  • one BB cream (travel-sized)
  • two concealers
  • two lipsticks
  • one powder blush
  • one non-powder blush
  • one powder highlighter
  • one liquid illuminator (travel-sized)
  • one hair treatment (travel-sized)
  • one hair oil (travel-sized)
  • one sunscreen spray (travel-sized)
  • two face masks
  • one tanning mousse (travel-sized)
  • one toothpaste

That's a total of sixteen products, which isn't bad but last year I panned sixty-five items and the year before that I panned fifty, so at that stage I wasn't looking good for reaching those numbers again.

Let's have a look at how I've done since April:

April overall wasn't a bad month and I was happily able to finish a full-sized foundation and also a concealer: both of these things take me ages to finish so that was a definite win.

April's full tally was:

  • One foundation
  • One concealer
  • One hair treatment
  • One nail polish
  • One lip crayon
  • One lipstick

That's six items in total.

As for May, the biggest thing that happened was that I finished two whole powder foundations. This was a huge thing for me because they were 27g each and I don't use powder foundation that much (I have dry skin). I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to finish those!

May's full tally was:

  • Two powder foundations
  • One lipstick
  • Two hair treatments
  • One lip scrub

That's six items total for May.

June was happily my best panning month of all time. From memory my previous personal best was ten products in one month, and in June I hit twelve. Woot woot!

Here's what I finished in June:

  • One lip liner
  • One eyeliner
  • One lipstick
  • Two glosses
  • Two primers
  • One CC cream
  • Two face masks
  • One perfume (travel-sized)
  • One liquid illuminator

The tally so far

So, including the above products and also my tally up until April (and note I've decided not to include anything from July until my next tally), here's how we're looking:

  • one eye primer 
  • two face primers 
  • one liquid foundation 
  • two powder foundations 
  • two BB/CC creams (one travel-sized) 
  • three concealers 
  • five lipsticks 
  • two lip glosses 
  • one lip crayon 
  • one lip liner 
  • one eyeliner 
  • one powder blush 
  • one non-powder blush 
  • one powder highlighter 
  • two liquid illuminators (one travel-sized) 
  • three hair treatment (one travel-sized) 
  • two hair oils (both travel-sized) 
  • one sunscreen spray (travel-sized) 
  • four face masks 
  • one tanning mousse (travel-sized) 
  • one toothpaste 
  • one perfume (travel-sized) 
  • one nail polish 
  • one lip scrub

That's thirty-six products in total, so I'm looking a lot better than I was earlier in the year! If I can hit between fifty and sixty products for 2017, I'll be happy. I reckon I can do it : )

That's all from me! I hope you enjoyed this little post, and that you're doing well with your own panning projects.

It's not easy to pan makeup - things like powder blushes and highlighters in particular - but it's always rewarding to move things out of your collection and ensure you've got your money's worth.

Hope all's well with you, and speak soon x
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