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The Best Makeup Primers: DHC Velvet Skin Coat and Smashbox Photo Finish

In Part II of my DHC skin care reviews, I promised a look at DHC Velvet Skin Coat. I do so here in comparison to a similar product. Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer is one of those products that has cult status. The magazines rave about it and so do plenty of others. I was always happy with it too, but now that I have tried DHC Velvet Skin Coat The Best Makeup Primers: DHC Velvet Skin Coat and Smashbox Photo Finish, I have a new foundation primer, mainly because I think it fills lines a bit better. But Photofinish seems to make my makeup last better, so maybe it is a wash!  Either way, these two are a couple of the best makeup primer items out there.

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Smashbox Photo Finish is a  nice foundation primer. A small amount patted onto the skin feels nice and provides a nice surface for makeup. I don’t feel that it fills in lines and pores to the extent that it advertises, although it does work nicely under the eyes as a base for concealer. Mostly I love Smashbox Photofinish because it really keeps my makeup wearing well–better than most foundation primers that I have tried. For those who try Smashbox Photo Finish, proper use is important. A little goes a long way, and it will be come a sticky mess if you try to pack it on. Trust me, I have used too much before and it was not pretty! So, use just a tiny amount, and spread it evenly.

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Velvet Skin Coat

I like DHC Velvet Skin Coat much more. In fact I like it so much that I plan to start using it instead of Photo Finish. Like Smashbox Photo Finish, DHC Velvet Skin Coat feels quite nice on the skin, but it is also more forgiving. It does not turn sticky or messy if a bit more is used. Second, I felt that Velvet Skin Coat did actually work at filling in some deeper  lines and pores. It is a bit thicker in consistency than Smashbox Photo Finish, which I think makes it both fill in better and easier to handle. My makeup went on nicely after use. I also had no problems using it over moisturizer and sunscreen. DHC advertises that it absorbs oil, which can be a bonus for those with oily skin. The only downside for me is that Velvet Skin Coat does not contain sunscreen. Smashbox does have a sunscreen version of Photo Finish (Smashbox Photofinish SPF 15). That is not a deal breaker for me since I religiously wear a separate high SPF sunscreen, but I like to get extra wherever I can.

DHC skincare makes a number of other products, and I love their olive oil cleanser. For my reviews of some of their other products look at DHC Skincare Review Part I and DHC SkinCare Review Part II.



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  2. Velvet Skin Coat was the first DHC sample I tried (compliments of a friend who is a DHC customer), and I am now a huge DHC fan myself.

    I also love their Tourmaline Mask (formerly Mineral Mask).

    Love your blog – adding it to my reader.

    Cool Librarian (jessica)

  3. i love this products they good specially de velvet skin coat

  4. I have tried a few DHC products and samples, and I now after finishing my Deep Cleansing Oil and trying St. Ives Olive cleanser I love DHC’s better. My skin feels very clean and fresh and doesn’t dry my skin like the St. Ives cleanser did. The St. Ives cleanser was more of a soap cleanser, not a moisturizing oil. The Velvet Coat is another favorite. I don’t always wear a lot of makeup but for special occasions when I want to wear more make up and for it to look smooth and more natural I use the velvet coat as a smooth primer.
    What I’ve read on your website is very informative. Thanks and hope there is more products and maybe even more that are found in stores other than department, big brand stores, like Target, CVS, Walgreens.

  5. I really like the look of Velvet Skin Coat. I always struggle to find a good primer that takes care of my skin and also does the job a primer should! Thanks for the head’s up :-) Jodie

  6. I have tried the DHC products but I wonder why some of the websites where i have purchased my perfumes in the past like worldsfragrances and macys do not carry this products? I really do not trust buying in too many places. I’ll check back for an answer.

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  7. Carleen says:

    Hi Annita. DHC does not market their products through any third party retailers. So, they can only be purchased on the DHC site. DHC is reputable and I have never had a problem ordering from them.

  8. I was happy to find your reviews. Used to use DHC products but left due to price, I think. But after finding out about all the chemicals in so many other products, I’m going back. Thanks again.

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