On my latest trip stateside, I naturally spent approximately 89.7% of my time in Sephora. The rest was spent in Disneyland and at various restaurants/anywhere that sold food. It was magical; I still don't know why we don't have Sephora here, it's ridic, but then a part of me loves the novelty of going and my bank account is definitely very appreciative.
As usual, I went in there looking for two things but ended up leaving with about ten, one of which was Smashbox's Primer Water. I'd been on the lookout for a primer spray for a while and have heard amazing things about Mac's Prep + Prime Fix + (next on my list) but the guy in Sephora suggested I try the Primer Water, so I did.
There has been such a lot of hype over this product and, to be fair, I can see why - it's really quite lovely. The brilliant thing is that I was only looking for primer water, but ended up coming out with primer water that also doubles up as a finishing and touchup spray; it's like a three for one deal. I picked it up for $32 and here it retails for around £20 and I'd say it's worth it and I'd pay it again.
The water is meant to make your skin look revitalised, and as it's silicone, oil and alcohol free, it's also kind to your skin. If you're naturally a grease monster, like yours truly, this product isn't meant to make you look overly oily, but if you're on the dryer side, it's still supposed to be well-suited to hydrating and revitalising your skin. I'm not going to lie, I do think that I get oilier quicker on days where I use this product, I mean, it's water, after all. I don't mind this so much though, it's more of a dewy effect rather than a 'your makeup is sliding off your face, love' look, but if you're thinking and hoping that this is going to mattify you, you might be a little disappointed. It does, however, make my skin feel super fresh and, as a bonus, it smells lovely. It also is lasting me an absolute lifetime as you only need a couple of spritzes to cover your whole face, which also means that you're unlikely to accidentally spray too much product on any one spot.
Smashbox recommends using this product throughout the day in order to keep your skin refreshed and your makeup locked in place. This is something I've not actually tried, namely because I'm hopeless at touching up my makeup during the day anyway and also because the bottle seems a little too big to be carrying around all day, every day. Perhaps this is something I need to try...
Anyway, if you're looking for a nice water-based primer, I'd say this one is a pretty nice choice. Whilst it's probably suited for slightly dryer skin, oilier beauty nerds can still give it a go, provided you don't mind a slightly dewier look.