CoverFX and Smashbox – Sonrista Beauty Blog


Faculty acquired the most effective of me between midterms & the tip of the semester so I type took a while off….. However I’m again! Right here’s a publish that I deliberate on importing weeks in the past however by no means completed it in time!

Alright so some time again I wished to purchase the Smashbox 24h Picture End Eyeshadow Primer however I didn’t have the center to pay full value in case I didn’t prefer it (although trying again I might have returned it if it didn’t find yourself understanding…). I additionally wished to strive different merchandise from Smashbox since I used to be curious in regards to the model so I ended shopping for this primer package:

Smashbox Attempt It Equipment ($28 CAD)

This package comprises Four pattern sizes of Smashbox primers. I purchased it for the eyeshadow primer however I’ve additionally heard good issues in regards to the different primers earlier than so I made a decision that I might give them a good shot as effectively. I discovered this package on Customers Drug Mart’s web site on-line and determined to search for it in retailer as an alternative of shopping for it on-line. Surprisingly sufficient, they don’t promote this precise package on Sephora’s web site which I discovered very attention-grabbing.

Yet another factor to notice about Smashbox: They’re a cruelty-free model.

Across the similar time that I purchased this primer package, I additionally purchased this package from Cowl FX:


CoverFX Mattifying Prime & Set Equipment ($39)

As somebody with extraordinarily oily pores and skin, I’ve heard of the each the CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray AND the CoverFX Excellent Setting Powder and have even put them on my want checklist! Once I noticed this package, I couldn’t assist however buy it as a result of I knew that I might not less than use 2/three merchandise and that it wouldn’t damage to strive yet one more product from CoverFX.

Yet another factor to notice about CoverFX: They don’t check on animals and are a PETA permitted model. All merchandise from this model are free from parabens, mineral oil, perfume, talc and gluten.

Since I purchased these across the similar time, I didn’t understand till I had each kits that the merchandise I purchased had been very related. As a consequence of that, I made a decision to take footage of the same merchandise facet by facet to match them!



Left to Proper: Smashbox Picture End Basis Primer, CoverFX Mattifying Primer with Zits Therapy

Alright first off, the primers! The primers in each of those kits could look completely different in measurement, however regardless of their measurement distinction, they really include the identical quantity of product! (15ml/0.5 fl. oz)

Now, each of those merchandise are barely completely different and arduous to match since I’m unsure in the event that they had been catered in direction of the identical pores and skin varieties. Regardless of the variations, each of those are made with out parabens and phthalates AND they’re each vegan! Each primers declare that they’re light-weight on the pores and skin.

Alright, now that we all know little bit in regards to the similarities and variations between these primers, let me clarify my experiences with each primers!

Smashbox Primer:
This smooths out the pores and skin amazingly…. YOUR PORES DISAPPEAR!!! It’s most likely the work of all completely different sorts of silicones within the primer however…WOW!! You may really feel and see an instantaneous distinction on the pores and skin! Sadly since I exploit my fingers to use the primer onto my face, it’s extremely arduous for me to inform the place I’ve already put primer on my face when I’m apply it. The unimaginable smoothness is each on my face AND my fingers when I’m making use of it so I can’t really feel which areas of my face want primer and which areas I’ve already utilized it. If you will get previous that nevertheless, the smoothness will assist fill in with fantastic traces, and clean out any texture on the pores and skin! This primer can also be VERY hydrating however not too hydrating for my extraordinarily oily pores and skin. I might even go so far as to say that it’s about as hydrating because the Two Confronted Hangover primer BUT makes my make-up lasts a bit longer on my pores and skin. When you’ve got extraordinarily oily pores and skin like me, that is good for drier pores and skin days – aka possibly not the summer season however will likely be primer alternative for the autumn and winter seasons! (Additionally it IS a light-weight primer!)

CoverFX Primer:
This primer doesn’t clean my pores and skin practically as easily because the Smashbox one BUT it’s considerably simpler to inform the place and the place I’ve not put primer on my face because the pores and skin begins to absorbs it rapidly! I discover that this primer does decrease my pores and make my pores and skin clean however not practically as a lot because the Smashbox primer! (aka considerably sufficient that I can inform a distinction however not excessive lol) For a mattifying primer, I’m stunned that it doesn’t dry out my face upon software which exhibits me that it’s certainly hydrating however not an excessive amount of for my oily pores and skin! Now along with the opposite merchandise within the package, this primer works EXTREMELY WELL! It helps preserve my make-up on for a number of hours on each drier and oilier pores and skin days! I’ve tried this on it’s personal with some face powder because it IS light-weight and once more, I’m stunned at lengthy it may preserve my oils at bay.

So of the 2 primers, I do discover myself reaching for the CoverFX yet one more typically however the Smashbox one involves an in depth second. I might advocate each of those to people who have oily pores and skin! As soon as once more, the Smashbox one works higher on drier pores and skin days/drier seasons however the CoverFX one works higher all 12 months spherical. On the Sephora web site, the total sized of the Smashbox primer is $2 cheaper than the CoverFX one.



Left to Proper: Smashbox Photofinish Primer Water, Cowl FX Mattifying Setting Spray

Once more I can’t actually examine these since they each have completely different make-up functions however I can examine how they do as the general spray of their kits.

As with the primers, each of those have the identical quantity of product of their spray bottles. Each of those are freed from parabens and phthalates. The CoverFX one appears to be catered extra in direction of these with oily pores and skin whereas the Smashbox one claims to be be for all pores and skin varieties.

Smashbox Primer Water:

I’ve heard many nice issues about this primer water! I’ve tried this as a primer and setting spray however sadly I discovered that my make-up didn’t final as lengthy every time I did that. Though that was disenchanted, I did nevertheless discover a GREAT manner to make use of it! As a result of that is hydrating, I discovered that this works extraordinarily effectively over high of a daily primer every time I’m having a drier pores and skin day! I discover that in doing so, I’m able to add and lock within the further moisture that my pores and skin wants and my pores and skin absorbs it slowly all through the day. Sadly, one thing on this product irritates my pores and skin and it causes me to interrupt out. 😦 I can’t place my finger on which ingredient is irritating my pores and skin however I discover that the subsequent day after I exploit this, my pores and skin all the time has get away small bumps that take a pair days to go away. Now the breakouts aren’t horrible and I like how the product works so I believe because it’s such a small bottle, I’ll end it up however I can’t be repurchasing it once I end it. As a consequence of this product nevertheless, I’m curious if there are related merchandise in the marketplace that gained’t irritate my pores and skin! So I suppose if it weren’t for this package, I most likely would have by no means picked up this product for myself to check out!

CoverFX Mattifying Setting Spray:

THIS WORKS SOOOOO WELL as a result of it’s extraordinarily mattifying however not too mattifying. It locks in any make-up that I put on beneath and it actually does assist prolong the wear and tear of it whether or not or not I exploit a primer. This works EVEN BETTER once I use the opposite merchandise within the package collectively. The one factor it’s important to bear in mind with this product it to SHAKE IT WELL BEFORE USE. Should you don’t, the clay within the elements will spray out and blotch your face with one million clay dots. If this occurs to you, no worries, simply take a moist make-up sponge and gently pat the product into your pores and skin however if you would like keep away from that further step (particularly when you love to do eye make-up…)…. SHAKE IT WELL.



Left to Proper: CoverFX Matte Setting Powder, Essence All About Matt! Powder

Alright the Smashbox package did NOT include a powder so I pictured the CoverFX one with an Essence powder for a measurement comparability plus some common feedback about face powder. The CoverFX powder is a free powder containing 4g of product whereas the Essence powder is a non-loose powder with 8g of product. When it comes to matt-ness, the CoverFX one is the no-brainer winner right here as a result of though the Essence powder does a pleasant job of mattifying the face upon preliminary software, the CoverFX powder lasts SIGNIFICANTLY longer on my face than the Essence powder.

One factor to bear in mind with this mini sized powder…. it has the WORST SIFTER EVER. I’ll insert an image right here later to show my level however for the worth of this product, I actually hope the the total sized model has a greater sifter. I’ve tried drugstore free setting powders with higher sifters so I’m unsure why they didn’t embrace a greater sifter for this mini model. The “sifter” is a pop open lid that can fluff out product if you open it and then fluff out much more product if you shut it. Since this powder is so finely milled, a lot product comes out throughout these instances and so that you MUST preserve this on a flat floor if you retailer it or else you’re simply going to waste product each time you utilize it. If you will get previous that although, THIS POWDER IS SOOOOOOO GOOD! It leaves my pores and skin feeling smooth, clean and MATT. It really works effectively with the opposite merchandise within the package and additionally on it’s personal with different merchandise.



Left to Proper: 24h Picture End Shadow Primer, Photofinish Hydrating Undereye Primer, Primer Water, Photofinish Basis Primer

The CoverFX package solely comes with three merchandise however this Smashbox package comes with 4. Right here’s the inside track on the merchandise that I haven’t but commented on:

Smashbox 24h Picture End Shadow Primer:

That is the explanation why I purchased the package. My good friend (who has extraordinarily oily eyelids like I do) advisable this product to me since I informed her that I don’t put on eyeshadow as a result of it breaks down inside 10 minutes. I didn’t need to purchase the total sized model in case I didn’t prefer it so I opted for in search of a smaller pattern of it in kits like this in order that I may also strive different merchandise as effectively.

Because of my good friend, I can proudly say that that is presently my HOLY GRAIL EYESHADOW PRIMER!!! IT WORKS SOOOOO WELL ON OILY LIDS so long as you FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT. So for me, I apply a tiny quantity of product onto my eyelids and then I preserve my eyes closed for 30 seconds (YES – I DO NOT OPEN THEM for that lengthy as a result of in any other case the product strikes and I’m left with “missed spots” that don’t take primer very effectively if I strive once more). After 30 seconds, I take a giant powder brush and apply a translucent powder (often that Essence one which doesn’t work effectively as a face powder) to set the primer earlier than I transfer on with making use of eyeshadow. If I do these steps, my eyeshadow lasts all day. And coming from somebody who couldn’t put on eyeshadow for longer than 10 minutes as a result of it creased that rapidly on me, that is fairly a miracle product! HIGHLY advocate for anybody!

Smashbox Photofinish Below Eye Primer:

Once I purchased this package, I assumed that this may be a dud product as a result of I didn’t know what to anticipate!! Seems, this product is AMAZING!! As a consequence of this primer being an “further step” sort of face primer, I often neglect to make use of it hehe. The instances that I’ve remembered and used it on my face nevertheless have been nice make-up days! As this primer states, it IS hydrating however one thing about it additionally retains my matte make-up matte all day! In actual fact, this primer works so effectively that generally it OUT LIVES the Picture End Basis Primer that this package comes with! How do I do know this? I’ve used each of these primers one the identical days and when the oils lastly floor over my make-up, my underneath eyes look extra matte than the remainder of my face….. but regardless of being matte they do NOT really feel dry! So due to that, I HIGHLY advocate that anybody give this it a strive!!

This components makes me curious although…. if Smashbox has or comes out with an throughout face primer that has an analogous description or color or related elements, I’m wondering if it could be the identical product…… In any case, what I’m attempting to say right here is that I Smashbox had been to market this as an everywhere in the face primer, I believe they’d be very profitable!



Thats it! I do know I couldn’t examine these utterly however I believe when you’re in search of make-up merchandise to check out, each of those kits are glorious and price attempting.

When you’ve got oily – extraordinarily oily pores and skin, you would possibly like extra merchandise within the CoverFX package! (DO NOT RECOMMEND IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN!!)

When you’ve got dry-normal pores and skin all 12 months spherical OR drier oily pores and skin throughout the drier seasons (ex. winter) then I believe you would like the Smashbox package!

The merchandise in each kits appear to work effectively collectively but in addition individually!! They’d make an awesome reward concept for household and pals throughout this upcoming vacation season in the event that they’re nonetheless obtainable at your native Customers Drug Mart or Sephora!! (Or Amazon!)


Till subsequent time,