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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer

Item #: 2233967 Size: 1.0 oz

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The key to healthier, younger-looking skin? Hydration, as any studio artist will tell you. The addition to Smashbox's legendary primer family that immediately quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after, thanks to Hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants.

  • Lightweight
  • Helps fill in fine lines and pores


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*Source: NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending October 2015

Smooth a pea-sized amount over clean skin with fingertips for a visibly softer, smoother complexion.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Glycerin, Stearyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-8, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140).

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer
 
4.3

(based on 141 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (123)
  • Easy to apply (117)
  • Lightweight (111)
  • Blends well (69)
  • Long-lasting (68)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (17)
  • Causes breakouts (8)
  • Too greasy (4)

Best Uses

  • Dry skin (76)
  • Mature skin (46)
  • Sensitive skin (39)
  • Normal skin (36)
  • Full coverage (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (70), Budget shopper (51), Classic style (3)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (79), Medium (55)

Reviewed by 141 customers

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5.0

First time buyer, now lifetime user

By Ms. JD

from Honesdale PA

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday
    • Going Out
    • Sensitive Skin
    • Travel

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

    For hot humid summers this is my go to product. I have combo skin and this is perfect l am not sure why I have not used primer before this is a must under makeup. It is cooling and gives me flawless coverage all day. Got a $10 off coupon from ulta for smashbox and this was the perfect opportunity. I am glad I did, try it and you will love it too.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

    By Faith

    from Auburn, AL

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply
    • Good Pigmentation
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Natural Looking
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

      I use this product every morning before I apply my makeup!!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      2.0

      I've had better.

      By Stef

      from Silverdale, WA

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

          Lightweight but pulls the foundation into your pores.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          My Go-To Primer

          By :)

          from Seattle

          About Me Trendy Style

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Easy To Take-off
          • Good Pigmentation
          • Great for dry/flaky skin
          • Hydrating
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting
          • Natural Looking
          • Noncomedogenic
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday
            • Going Out
            • Sensitive Skin
            • Travel

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

            I was "Primer Hopping" for a few months before I finally decided to dish out the money for this one! I always found that my foundations would become flaky on my skin, which didn't make sense to me because they were nice foundations - not drugstore. Once I began using this primer my skin instantly stopped becoming flaking and now I have a soft look with no flaky skin at all! I often receive complements on my complexion, and honestly its all thanks to this wonderful primer!

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            5.0

            Will buy again great primer

            By Sharon

            from Las Vegas Nevada

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Noncomedogenic

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

              I wear this everyday under my foundation ❤️

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              Recommend to me & I will recommend to others.

              By Grand Ma Ma

              from Savannah GA

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Easy To Take-off
              • Good Pigmentation
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting
              • Natural Looking
              • Noncomedogenic
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Everyday
                • Going Out
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Travel

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

                Never felt anything like this on my skin. Wish I could soak in a barrel of this stuff.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                5.0

                Love

                By Jsullivan

                from Springfield Missouri

                About Me Classic Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Instantly helps dry patches
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Dry
                  • Everyday
                  • Going Out
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

                  I love this as an everyday primer especially if I have a dry patch on my forehead or around my nose. It makes my foundation go on smooth without it looking flakey from the dry skin underneath.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  a sub for the primer spray

                  By BrittMarie

                  from Macon,Ga

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

                  Love this ... Used this before I heard about the spray!! This is great stuff - especially if u have combination skin... Will last you for a good while - doesn't require u to use a lot

                   
                  5.0

                  This is the best primer I've used.

                  By Leah

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Goes On Smoothly
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Dry Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

                    This is the only primer that keeps my skin feeling good all day.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair
                     
                    2.0

                    Not your typical primer

                    By New to high end makeup

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Brand Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Not like the original SBox primer
                    • Pricey / Poor Value

                    Best Uses

                    • Normal Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer:

                    I was looking to buy a good hydrating primer for my face. This was not what I was looking for. I was glad it came with a sample pack of the original SmashBox primer. I tried it & loved it. I will be returning this to get the original.
                    This product is more like a lotion & not a silky primer. It did not go well with my make up. I use bye bye foundation from IT cosmetics. The original SmashBox primer goes better with my IT cosmetic.
                    I'm 38 & have dry skin. And this is not hydrating enough for me.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium

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                    10 Questions | 10 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      Is this water based or silicone based?
                      Asked on 6/14/2016 by Jesstills from Gold coast, QLD, Australia

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer is a lightweight, oil-free formula. It contains Hydraplex12 extract derived from desert plants. This allows the primer to hydrate dry skin and lock in moisture for hours.

                        Answered on 6/17/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Would I be able to use this with other Smashbox primers? I have combination/dry skin, and large pores :(
                      Asked on 4/15/2016 by Panda

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Hydrating Primer will minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores. Try using alone, otherwise pair it with our Pore Minimizing Primer to address large pores. Apply each primer in the areas it's needed most.

                        Answered on 4/15/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      My skin is very sensitive very acne prone.. But in the winter it gets dry and when I put on makeup it looks cakey.. I use the original photo finish primer and I love it.. But my skin gets dry in the winter I need something that won't break my face out but will keep my skin hydrated and makeup looking fresh
                      Asked on 12/20/2015 by Hannah from Virginia

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        If you are seeking a moisture boost, then absolutely switch to Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer! It is oil-free and lightweight, so it shouldn't cause any issues for you. Enjoy!

                        Answered on 12/23/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      does this primer contain dimethicone or any ingredients with "cone" in it? (im allergic and i cant find an ingredients list)
                      Asked on 7/31/2015 by ma

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      would this primer be good for normal to dry skin?
                      Asked on 1/29/2015 by Rachel from US

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes! This primer features an oil-free, hydrating formula that is suitable for all skin types.

                        Answered on 1/29/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Does the this product have any type of soy ingredient?
                      Asked on 11/18/2014 by allergic to soy from Dallas Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer contains soy.

                        Answered on 11/20/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      theres a bunch of different Smashbox Primers. What are the difference between them all?
                      Asked on 9/30/2014 by Rachel

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        There sure are a bunch! Here are some quick highlights of the indications and benefits of each:

                        Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer (Item #: 2233964) - oil-free, for all skin types

                        Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light (Item #: 2233965) - oil-free, 60% water based so lighter weight, ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin

                        Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (Item #: 2262318) - oil-free, contains 2% salicylic acid to treat blemishes, ideal for blemish-prone skin

                        Photo Finish Foundation Hydrating Primer (Item #: 2233967) - contains Hydraplex complex to deeply hydrate dry, dehydrated skin

                        Photo Finish Color Correcting Primer Blend (Item #: 2233969) - luminous, color-correcting formula; contains antioxidants, such as green tea, grape seed extract and vitamins A, C and E

                        Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing (Item #: 2276581) - minimizes the appearance of pores for up to 8 hours, oil-free, mattifying, for all skin types

                        Photo Finish Foundation Luminizing Primer (Item #: 2233968) - oil-free, for all skin types, provides a luminous finish

                        Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting Primer (Item #: 2248308) - contains C-Phyte Complex to fade dark spots and discoloration, oil-free, for all skin types

                        Photo Finish Foundation Primer Adjust (Item #: 2233970) - reduces redness with green tint, soothing botanicals, and antioxidants; for all skin types

                        Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 20 w/Dermaxyl Complex (Item #: 2253887) - contains Dermaxyl Complex to fight the signs of aging; provides SPF 20 sun protection; for all skin types

                        Answered on 10/2/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Do you use this after moisturizing and before foundation? Is it for sensitive skin?
                      Asked on 7/14/2014 by loo from MT

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        That's exactly right! Apply this product to moisturized skin prior to foundation application. It is formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin.

                        Answered on 7/15/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Is this product non-comedogenic?
                      Asked on 6/25/2014 by Tabby from El Paso, Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product is oil-free and lightweight, but Smashbox does not claim that it is noncomedogenic.

                        Answered on 6/26/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Hi how much product is in this full size bottle VS how much is in the Trial bottle you can purchase ? I would also like to know if this product is tested on Animals? IE: is it cruelty free?
                      Asked on 4/7/2014 by Animal Lover

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product's size is 1 oz. The travel size is 0.4 oz.

                        From Smashbox:
                        "Smashbox is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

                        We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

                        Smashbox fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives."

                        Answered on 4/7/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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