Monday, 24 April 2017

A £2 Dupe For Smashbox Primer Water?♥

Being blessed with oily skin makes base makeup tricky. I want to look flawless yet don't want to appear cakey nor shiny. Do I apply more powder to my nose and risk it being mega cakey so that the shine doesn't come through? Sigh, struggles of having oily skin, eh. I have tried numerous primers, some which help to keep my shine to a minimum for a short period of time but nothing that works right through the day. I have tried foundations which look perfect in the morning but crack around my nose by lunchtime. I have heard varying responses to the Smashbox Primer Water, mainly good, but I wasn't sure if the £20 price tag was worth it. Then, when I was in Primark, something caught my eye.

Primark's beauty range has really upped it's game lately. I've been buying a few things, and couldn't help but buy their primer water for the small price of £2 - a fraction of the price of the Smashbox one. Whilst buying, my initial thoughts were if it works, great! But if it doesn't, then I've only spent £2 as opposed to £20. Of course, my inner beauty blogger was shouting at me to "hurry up and put it to the test".. oops.

Oh my days, I can't even explain my love for it. I didn't really know what to expect for £2 but this little bottle has really taken me by surprise. I wouldn't say that there is any overpowering scent, if any at all. I apply my moisturiser, then roughly 3-4 sprays of this onto my face and my skin is prepped and ready for my foundation. Whenever I use this, I find that my base makeup looks air-brushed and flawless - perhaps it's due to the foundation, but I'm more lenient to believing that it's this primer. What I love most is that you don't end up with greasy fingers from applying the primer on to your face, and my skin actually absorbs this pretty quickly. Regardless, I always powder my face, paying particular attention to my t-zone, and I have found my foundation stays in tack for a good 4-5 hours. No complaints there then, eh?

For £2, I would 100% repuchase this because put it this way, it's an amazing bargain. As I have oily skin, I can only judge the water on oily skin types, however, I do feel that it possibly would work with dry/combination skin types also as it does feel quite hydrating.

So, when are you next going to Primark to pick up a primer water?


46 comments:

  1. Ooooh! This sounds great! I think I may have to invest in one!

    Lots of love from Mollie xxx | http://wwwtheperksofmolliequirk.blogspot.com

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  2. Primark are so on point with their product releases ATM! I was actually looking at the Nip & Fab one but I might save the extra fiver and give this a try instead. x

    Kathryn | Chapters of Kat

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    1. Their beaut range is seriously winning! x

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  3. Nice choice! May be I must try :)

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  4. I used to use the Smashbox one but I now use the Freedom Pro one which is £5 I think and I get it from Superdrug. I need to try this Primark one!

    Emmy | EmmysBeautyCave | Giveaway WIN Urban Decay, ColourPop & More

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    1. Oh I didn't realise Freedom had one! x

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  5. I've seen so many people recommending primer waters but I just don't understand how it settles into the skin versus a regular primer which you rub in. Currently I'm using the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and I love it - it really covers up all my pores and smooths out my skin ready for foundation :)
    - www.roisinslatest.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aha that's a very valid point actually! Guess your skin must just absorb it! x

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  6. What a steal, can't really complain when you're only paying that much for it!
    Kathy x
    Alongcamekathy

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  7. I love the sound of this, I've been looking at primer waters recently but I never saw this one, and for £2 I think I'm definitely going to have to try it! Loved this post!
    Kate Xx
    http://www.luxekate.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh maybe this is the one for you then! Thank you! x

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  8. I always see blog posts, and YouTube videos where people would post something like "makeup routine under $20" thinking how amazing. It's extremely rare even at drug store products to find something relatively "cheap" I would love to find a 2 dollar primer in Australia !

    www.thelushstyles.com

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    1. Haha! Ah yes I've heard that makeup prices are sky high in Aus, that sucks! x

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  9. This seems like such a great alternative. I've been through two of the smashbox primer waters so I'll try this next time instead of spending a fortune on water haha!! Xx

    www.kirstyjennifer.com

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    1. You should try this one and see how it lives up to the Smashbox one! xx

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  10. This sounds absolutely amazing dupe for the smashbox one, I almost brought it when I saw it myself the other day! X

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  11. Oh the inner blogger always rears her head when she see's something she likes. It's silencing it that'a the problem haha.

    Primark are killing it right now. I definitely need to pop in and pick one of these up.

    Louisa | www.loubeeloublogs.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Always and forever ahah! Their beauty range is honestly incredible at the mo! x

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  12. Glad that you found an affordable dupe primer water for Smashbox Primer...I want to experiment with rosewater since that is the old school waters that women still use!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. I've heard so many good things about rosewater, I imagine it would be fantastic for your skin! x

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  13. Definitely going to pick this up in Primark today! Can't wait to try it!
    Kate x
    themakeupartistschoice.com

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  14. I am totally going to try this! I have oily skin too.

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  15. This sounds so interesting, I always wonder how it would go for my dry skin though, I always like something a bit thicker and more hydrating, but I want to try them out.


    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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    1. I reckon it would work quite well still, perhaps just use more of it? x

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  16. That is bargain, something I must try! I have combination skin and this would be a great product review for others with my kind of skin. It's great to know its just as good. Thanks for the update.

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    1. I'm a bargain hunter, trust me haha! x

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  17. This sounds amazing, I can't believe it's only £2, I'll definitely have to give it a try this summer because my skin will be so bad by then!

    Jessica Jade
    jessicajadebeauty.com

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    1. I picked it up thniking "Oh it's only £2!" but it's £2 well spent! x

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  18. I haven´t heard about any water primer until now! Thank you for even letting me know something like this actually exists!

    * Le blog de la Licorne *

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    1. Ooh really?! I think they'll blow up even more! x

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  19. This definitely sounds like a great alternative!

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  20. I feel so far from the bandwagon!, I've never heard of a primer spray but I'm so up for trying it!. I'll look for it next time I'm in store!.
    Charlie | charlieswonderland.co.uk

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    1. AH I'm usually late onto the bandwagon don't worry! That's why blogs are fab hehe! x

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  21. Will pick this up when I go to Primark next time I have the same struggles with Primer I just haven't found the perfect one. There's a blogger that's been posting a lot about Primark makeup and I've noticed they've improved it a lot. Can't wait to look at a few things on my next visit! Great post!

    Taslyn| www.hiddenbeau-t.co.uk

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    1. Primark have really been upping their game, so many products I want to try! Thank you! x

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  22. Oh my goodness this is really interesting! I've never actually used primer water but I'm also oily skinned! I've been using NYX as a dupe but been too scared to try the primary makeup range not sure how it would sit with my skin! After reading this, I feel like I must try it for myself! X

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

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    1. I reckon it'd be a good option to try! As you said, you have oily skin like myself so I would say that it's worth a shot! x

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  23. Wow! What a great post! I actually have never heard of Primer water before. I do love Younique's Primer for how it gives you that nice flat base to start with for your daily makeup! Thanks so much for sharing!


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