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Bosso Ke Mang! Victoria Secret vs Smashbox

Hi beauties this is a new series I have started on my blog that I plan to do twice a month. It’s called Bosso Ke Mang, which means Who’s the Real Boss? It’s the title of a song made famous by South African rapper Hip Hop Pantsula, also known as HHP. In this series, I take two similar products and put them to the test and decide which is better in my opinion. NB. These views are based my own experiences and in no way infer that the brand rubbish and is in no way intended to bash the brand across the board. It is simply a case of, one product is better or one didn’t work for me.

 

Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer‎ Water
Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer‎ Water

When Smashbox released its Photo Finish Primer‎ Water I raved about it to death! You know when you like a song, and you play it until you can’t listen to it anymore, yes, it was like that. That obsession was and still is very real. It was revolutionary in my mind; I hadn’t seen anything like it on the market.

Then, while at Sandton City, I came across the Victoria Secret store. They carry beauty products; make up, fragrances and of course, sexy lingerie,

Victoria Secret Angels, guys love them, girls want to look like them? Well, most girls I know. Guess that’s why their beauty products say: ‘Supermodel Approved’ I mean, who wouldn’t feel sexy putting on bronzer that a model wearing a million rand bra has given the thumbs up!

Whenever I go to the Victoria Secret store, there’s always no stock of make up, it usually sells out so I guess this brand is popular and affordable

But on the day I went there, there was a small shelf that had some stuff on that day and my eyes darted towards this clear bottle filled with clear liquid. I saw the bold and large writing on the label ‘PRIME’. I couldn’t believe it. There was indeed another primer water and it also claimed to set make up.

So I picked up the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray thinking yes, this is a VS Angel in a bottle. I tested it out this primer water setting spray over two weeks, going in with a very open mind. I have always believed that my job when reviewing products is to always have an open mind and I’m brutally honest and NEVER buy into the hype. If you have been following me, you know . . . it’s real! If a product is on par or great, you know I’m going to go to the Soweto tower, shouting it out, then bungee jumping because I’m crazy like that.

So this primer water/setting spray is supposed to be runway-proof. Having modeled for over a decade know what’s it’s like backstage, clothing changes, nips, tucks, bright lights . . . it’s gets, hot, your make up can melt, move and well, if you don’t have your make up done right, you will look like a hot mess.

Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray and its major claims.
Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray and its major claims.

Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray claims to be an AMAZING primer and setting spray: It’s not.

Ensures budge-proof make up for up to 8 hours: No

Under make up, provides a smooth and seamless application of make up: Your skin does fell smooth at first

Over make up, helps hold the look: Yes, it feels like you have smeared glue stick all over your face and that really does last all day, so I guess that claim is true if you think about it that way.

 

Both primer waters/setting sprays have tiny nozzles.
Both primer waters/setting sprays have tiny nozzles.

 

VS: The bottle is clear plastic and it has a pump with a fine nozzle

Smashbox: The bottle is clear plastic and has a fine nozzle.

 

There is inconsistency in the way the bottle sprays as  you can see in the photo, there are droplets of the product, so it squirted out the product, instead of spraying to a fine mist.
There is inconsistency in the way the bottle sprays as you can see in the photo, there are droplets of the product, so it squirted out the product, instead of spraying to a fine mist.

 

VS: The nozzle has to be pressed twice in order for the product to spray out. This results in an irregular and uneven distribution of the mist and the mist is not as fine. Because the mist is powerful, you get a shot of cooling primer on your face. It’s refreshing but not hydrating.

 

The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water sprays evenly in one pump.
The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water sprays evenly in one pump.

Smashbox: You press the nozzle once; the nozzle prays an even, super fine mist on the face. It’s also cooling and refreshing.

 

Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray does spray a fine mist that is quite powerful.
Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray does spray a fine mist that is quite powerful.

VS: I found that once I sprayed it on my face, it dried down tacky very fast and stayed tacky. My foundation application was anything but seamless and looked patchy. It broke down my foundation in about 30mins after setting my make up. I do think that the uneven and distribution of the mist is a major factor in the not working for me and the gloop that makes it sticky.

The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water sprays a fine, even mist.

 

Smashbox: Once sprayed onto the face, it dried tacky at first then set into a smooth canvas that was ready for foundation application. Foundation went on smoothly; my full coverage foundation.my make up was sealed when I spritzed my face after application.

VS: Price: At R195, it is cheaper than the Smashbox Prime water and you get 4ml extra (just saying)

Smashbox: Price: R400 for 116ml. Yes, it’ssssspensive.

VS: There is only one Victoria Secret store in Sandton City, Johannesburg and often there is limited stock, so it’s not readily available. I do not know if there are any other stores in South Africa. I believe Johannesburg has the only store.Smashbox: There are various Smashbox counters at selected Edgars and Woolworths stores and you can buy Smashbox products at www.redsquare.co.za or www.woolworths.co.za. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is more easily available.

 

VC: No detectable fragrance and while there are no ingredients listed on the bottle, I didn’t detect any alcohol nor did my face sting or go red when I used it.

Smashbox: It smells like grass, but the scent goes away. It has no alcohol, parabens or silicone.

To be fair, I think, the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray may work better with a light, sheer coverage foundation that doesn’t have to mix with too much product. But unlike the Smashbox Photofinish Primer water, it doesn’t give you a glow, which is odd, because those VS Angels glow like Goddesses!

 

And the Real Boss is . . . Smashbox Primer Water! #Bosso 

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Have you tried the Victoria Secret Make It Last Primer and Make up Setting Spray? Did you have better like than me?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful

xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

 

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Make up Wake up? Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water Review

Yes, it’s hit Mzansi’s shores (sooner than i thought, you know we’re always 7 months behind).  While reading a local magazine, I came across it in the beauty section and boy did I get on the phone faster than you can pull a rabbit out the hat and called my local Red Square to find out if they had any stock.

They did and I quickly asked Mr Hubby to get it for me. Technically I’m on a no-buy right now so if he buys it, it’s not breaking the no-buy, right? Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it ☺

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So what is it?

 

Smashbox explains on their website: Think priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance—all in just 1 spritz! Primer water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it’s packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture—like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. Passed through positive energy fields during the production process, our enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration (and when skin is hydrated, makeup looks better).

Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water claims.
Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water claims.

They claim that it’s the new icon, the former being the Photo finish Foundation Primer that was born 15 years ago. I love that primer and the idea of having that in a liquid form was heaven to me. It is supposed to the lightest, purest, most refreshing form of the iconic primer. Yes, this super fine mist is meant to be magic in a bottle!

These are the claims: Silicone-free. Alcohol-free, Oil-free Creates the sheerest canvas for makeup application Wakes up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours Restores moisture and hydrates skin for hours—shine free! Refreshes throughout the day Perfect for all skin types

Ooooookkkaaayyy . . . lots to live up to, no?

Basically, this is a 3-I mist that is supposed to prep the skin for foundation, set make up and refresh the skin all day. It comes in a plastic bottle with a pump. The nozzle does indeed spray a fine mist, like fine, really really fine.

The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water nozzle is one of the reasons I love this guy so much.
The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water nozzle is one of the reasons I love this guy so much.

Now this is a selling point for me. Often, hydrating mists tend to squirt rather than spray and it can be uneven on the skin, but this sucker sprays an even mist onto the skin and covers the entire face in a few sprits.

 

The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water has a nozzle that sprays a fine mist. I know, the photo didn't capture it, but I will try to take an action shot and update this.
The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water has a nozzle that sprays a fine mist. I know, the photo didn’t capture it, but I will try to take an action shot and update this.

It has diamond powder in it and when you spray on bare skin, you do glow and the tiny reflective particles are visible. It does have a scent, that’s very difficult to explain . . . it’s fresh, it smells like a garden, a mix of floral and freshly-cut grass. However, it’s not annoying and the scent goes away quickly.

So how does it perform as a primer? When applied, it feels tacky at first but dries down to a lightweight, sheer, base. If you’re using a more liquid foundation, it will glide onto the skin. It you’re using a heavier, creamier foundation, you may need to apply some primer. Also, this is not going to fill any pores, potholes, craters on your face, so I would suggest using a pore minimizing primer where you have those pores. If you don’t have Victoria Secret Angels’ skin (I don’t), this would work great as a setting spray. It really pulls together your make and makes it last longer. I think if MAC’s Minerally Charged water (they have the same ingredients, Estee lauder does own both companies) and the UD make up setting spray had a baby, this would be it.

To be fair, at first I thought that this was another hydrating mist. It’s not. It has a hydrating, cooling quality that refreshes the skin but it’s also got a hold (you know, hairspray-for-your-face kind of hold?). Not lock-down hold, but enough to give a significant increase to the longevity of your make up. I have combination skin and tend to get oily on my T-Zone and it hit the 6- hour mark without my make up starting to break and grease up. I wish I could throw this into my bag, but it’s too bulky. I will decant it and but it in a mini bottle with a pump and fine nozzle.

It guy is super cooling on the skin, think throwing a bucket of iced water on your skin and Smashbox does advise putting it in the fridge to get more of a cooling sensation, I won’t be storing this this next to my milk any time soon.

These are the ingredient in the primer water: WaterAquaEau, Butylene Glycol, Caffeine, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Sulfate, Potassium Nitrate, Potassium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80, Diamond Powder, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.

It has caffeine? Hmmmm, Red Bull for my face . . . I’m sold!

The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water . . . love it!
The Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water . . . love it!

Yes, it is pricey and I wouldn’t say it is a ride or die product, but for me, it doubles up as a primer and setting spray, so to me, it’s worth the money.

Possible Dupe: MAC’s Mineralize Charged Water Revitalising Energy has the same ingredients, not the same nozzle.

I can’t say they give the same results, but the ingredients are much the same. Will do a comparison review soon:

MAC describes this product as : A fusion of Mineralize Charged Water and pure diamond powder. Instantly enlivens, energizes and revitalizes the skin while adding radiance. Keeps skin soft and supple. Refreshing green tea and citrus fragrance.

Price: R300  for R100ml.

Where to buy: MAC FFS and counters nationwide and www.maccosmetics.co.za

PS. My MAC’s Fix+ is not leaving my vanity any time soon but the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is sitting next to it, in fact, they’re holding hands right now. Smashbox is one of my favourite brands and they come out with the most gimmicky sounding products that turn out to be anything but. This primer water is revolutionary . . . and that’s got the Smashbox stamp on it.

Price: R400 for 116ml

Where to buy: Smashbox counters across the country. I got mine at Red Square in Sandton City

Have you triedthe Smashbox Photo finish Primer Water ? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Love you guys 🙂 Until next time, stay beautiful!

xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

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