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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

Item #: 2233965 Size: 1.0 oz

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Smashbox's oil-free, 60% water based primer is ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin. This silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants can be worn alone or under foundation to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin.

The revolutionary formula has oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish all day, light diffusers to minimize the appearance of imperfections, and vitamin C and peptides to help even skin tone and promote collagen production for a flawless future.

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance & talc.

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Apply a dime-sized amount of Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light to clean or moisturized skin using fingertips for complexion perfection. For extra matte coverage, follow with your shade of Liquid Halo HD Foundation.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Light
 
4.2

(based on 244 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (204)
  • Lightweight (195)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Long-lasting (132)
  • Blends well (106)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (50)
  • Doesn't stay on (20)
  • Poor coverage (13)
  • Causes breakouts (11)
  • Too greasy (10)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (129)
  • Sensitive skin (85)
  • Normal skin (47)
  • Light to medium coverage (44)
  • Full coverage (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Classic style (4), Natural style (4)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (117), Medium (97), Deep (7)

Reviewed by 244 customers

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5.0

Best Facial Primer

By Shana

from Charleston, SC

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

    Hands down the best facial primer I've used. I have sensitive skin and this works great, no irritation or breakouts, and feels super light when applied. My only caveat is this still has a tendency to crease if you use it around your eyes, so I'd recommend a crease-proof primer in those areas (ex. Tarte). Love this and would absolutely buy again.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Best foundation primer

    By Michi

    from Columbus, oh

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Easy To Take-off
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Noncomedogenic
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      This is the best foundation primer for sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      I love this product. It works great for my sensitive skin.

      By Kat

      from Clovis

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

        I apply before my foundation. It doesn't cake like other primers I've used.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great foundation Primer

        By Toots

        from OH

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

        This foundation primer is so light that you forget you are wearing makeup until you look in the mirror and see such natural makeup results.

        Other primers are too heavy and it's certainly worth the money you spend.

         
        5.0

        Love love love

        By Theresa

        from Metro Detroit

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Easy To Take-off
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Noncomedogenic
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          I used to use the Smashbox dark spot corrector and was devistated when they discontinued it, I tried several others and just ended up with breakouts. This one caused none and provided excellent coverage. I am hooked.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          I really enjoy this product

          By Toni

          from San Antonio,Tx

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

            I can't complain this product is really good.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            This primer really keeps your makeup fresh all day.

            By Gammy

            from TX

            About Me Classic Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

              Best primer ever!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              Great primer

              By Bkworm

              from Central PA

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                I have used many primers and I really like this one. It is lightweight but covers well giving your face a smooth canvas to apply makeup. Highly recommend.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                5.0

                I LOVE this product. I do prefer the "gel" to the "cream"

                By N/A

                from Rhode Island

                About Me Classic Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Easy To Take-off
                • Lightweight
                • Natural Looking
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                  Use it prior to applying makeup foundation.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not great for dry skin

                  By AB

                  from Phx, AZ

                  About Me Trendy Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Easy To Take-off
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Lasting

                  Cons

                  • Ineffective
                  • Poor Coverage

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                    Would work best for oily skin. My skin tends be be more dry but sensitive. My skin needs more moisture under my foundation. This product made my makeup crack and skin look and feel super dry. Love Smash box so ill go back to the regular primer.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

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                    13 Questions | 13 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      I want to use this with my Too Faced B.T.W. foundation. Seems like a good match, you know both water based.
                      Asked on 6/25/2016 by greenfig from US

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! This would be an excellent match :) You could also use our Hydrating Primer or Primer Water for a flawless finish.

                        Answered on 7/2/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Is this ok for dryish skin?
                      Asked on 5/11/2016 by Felicia from Minnesota

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        If dry skin is your concern, you can also try Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer. This primer quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after, thanks to Hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants.

                        Answered on 5/11/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Is this makeup oil-free?
                      Asked on 3/22/2016 by Alexa

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light is an oil-free, 60% water based primer ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.

                        Answered on 3/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      I have oily skin and have tried a lot of foundations, and every foundation I wear, slides ride off my chin and nose. Which primer would you recommend? The light one or the regular one?
                      Asked on 3/4/2016 by Amber

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Makeup always looks better with primer and Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light's revolutionary formula is ideal for someone with oily skin. It has oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish all day, light diffusers to minimize the appearance of imperfections, and vitamin C and peptides to help even skin tone and promote collagen production.

                        Answered on 3/6/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Do you recommend this product for dark skin tone
                      Asked on 2/24/2016 by roxy

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, it's actually clear, so it works for all complexions! :-)

                        Answered on 2/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I heard a lot of great stuff about Smashbox!
                      Is Smashbox tested on animals?
                      I'm just curious.
                      Asked on 1/8/2016 by RagePuppy from Providence, RI

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Response from Smashbox:

                        "Do you test on animals?
                        We don't test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.

                        What countries require animal testing?
                        China, most notably, in addition to a few others that conduct testing by law of cosmetic products or ingredients to demonstrate safety.

                        Does Smashbox sell in any of these countries?
                        No.

                        What are we doing to end animal testing?
                        Our founders launched with a commitment to end animal testing, and that commitment remains. For instance, we only conduct or commission in vitro/human volunteer testing to show our products are safe, and we're part of the European Partnership for Alternatives to Animal Testing, among other efforts."

                        Answered on 1/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Is this product noncomedogenic?
                      Asked on 7/9/2015 by cutiebooty from Austin,TX

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Smashbox Cosmetics does not label this product noncomedogenic, but please note that it is oil-free, 60% water-based, and formulated for all skin types. It is especially ideal for oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.

                        Answered on 7/10/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I don't know which one is better for me Primer Light or Photo Finished Foundation Primer or Photo Finished Foundation Primer Light? What is a difference between these two? I have a fair/light skin tone, I'm 46 and my skin is very sensitive, oily at T-zone.
                      Asked on 6/13/2015 by Maugoshia from Houston, TX

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product is a lighter version of the Classic Formula ideal to refresh oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin; it features a 60% water-based formula and is formulated with oil absorbers for a smooth matte finish. Both this product and the Classic Formula are oil-free and help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores and keep makeup looking fresh.

                        Answered on 6/16/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Does this product contain silicone?
                      Asked on 3/18/2015 by Sammi from montclair, nj

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light does contain silicone. However, it is 60% water-based and features a lighter weight formula that is especially ideal for oily, acne-prone, or sensitive skin.

                        Answered on 3/19/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Is this product good for really oily skin?
                      Asked on 2/24/2015 by Jeleene from US

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light is an oil-free, 60% water based primer ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin.

                        Answered on 2/25/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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