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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 and 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.
Water \ Aqua \ Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylene / Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Decyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Light
 
4.3

(based on 290 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (246)
  • Lightweight (234)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Long-lasting (132)
  • Blends well (127)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (50)
  • Doesn't stay on (24)
  • Poor coverage (16)
  • Causes breakouts (13)
  • Too greasy (10)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (129)
  • Sensitive skin (106)
  • Normal skin (47)
  • Light to medium coverage (44)
  • Full coverage (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Natural style (23), Classic style (18), Trendy style (10)

Reviewed by 290 customers

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4.0

Works well...

By C

from CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      Works well

       
      5.0

      This is my all time favorite primier!

      By Janisha

      from Florence, KY

      About Me Trendy Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

        It is a great primer to smooth out your complexion, perfect for makeup application.

         
        4.0

        Might try something else but it's a good product

        By Angiemae

        from Salisbury

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          I use this product everyday under my makeup

           
          5.0

          The best primer!

          By Ginger

          from Michigan

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • A little expensive but worth it

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          I use this everyday, over my daily moisturizer

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I love this product, its just to expensive for what it is

          By Runnerwomen

          from Anderson, in

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Natural Looking
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Dry skin
          • Too exspensive

          Best Uses

          • Going Out

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          I use this everyday, but the price is not worth the product

           
          4.0

          Works well!

          By Bridg

          from Hampton Roads

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

            I mistakenly bought this one instead of theach clear primer, but this worked just as well if not better!

             
            5.0

            The only primer that works on my sad, oily skin!

            By Mille

            from Rancho Cordova, CA

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Noncomedogenic
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

              Love, love, love this product. I've not encountered a primer aside from this one that actually helps combat my extremely oily skin (by extremely oily, I mean I'm past "dewy" and turn into completely glossy an hour after washing my face). It's also the one primer that doesn't contribute to break outs - I haven't experienced a single one since I've started using it about two months ago. And a little goes a long way. I've used the full sized container every single day since I bought it in early December and it's still half-way full. Sometimes I apply it twice a day after cleaning the slate just to try some other makeup. It of course doesn't keep all the oils away, but I'm now pretty matte until the four hour mark without using a powder or setting spray on top (with foundation, powder, and setting spray, I'm looking at 6 hours before any shine and it's still not an oily shine, but more of a fresh faced/dewy look).

               
              3.0

              Not as good as I had hoped...

              By Aucee17

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Trendy Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Natural Looking
              • Smooth

              Cons

              • Doesn't Stay On
              • Ineffective

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                People kept raving about this primer & that it's perfect for oily skin. I had high hopes for this, but unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. While the product was easy to apply & was very smooth, after a couple hours, my face appeared more oily than when I'm not wearing a primer.

                I'm sure it works for others, but it doesn't work for my skin type.

                 
                4.0

                Would buy again

                By Ily

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                  Doesn't make you break out

                   
                  3.0

                  Meh!

                  By LBoogie

                  from chicago

                  About Me Classic Style

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Lightweight
                  • Noncomedogenic
                  • Smooth

                  Cons

                  • Causes Breakouts
                  • Doesn't Stay On
                  • Poor Coverage

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                    I have extremely oily skin and was recommended this . I did buy it a few times but honestly was not too satisfied. I would apply in morning and by midday will be super shiny and oily. For the amount is cost I would expect it to work better. Maybe it will work for someone who is oily but not too oily?

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                    17 Questions | 17 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      Does this primer work well for mineral powder foundation? I only use mineral power foundation because I tend to break out and I have oily skin. I was wondering if this works well with that type of foundation.
                      Asked on 1/2/2017 by Makeup Lover from Charlotte, NC

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Smashbox Primers work well with all foundations.

                        Answered on 1/2/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      For oily skin , which product is better to use the smashbox photo finish or the smashbox photo finish light ?
                      Asked on 11/26/2016 by Caddy from Ireland

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! We suggest the Photo Finish Primer Light for oily skin.

                        Answered on 11/27/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      I just started using Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. I needed a primer but the Urban Decay primer seemed to oily. My skin is very oily. Would the Smashbox Light work better?
                      Asked on 9/8/2016 by 60andProud from Buffalo NY

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! I think Primer Light by Smashbox is an excellent choice! It's the perfect fit for oily skin.

                        Answered on 9/8/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Is this primer gel or cream?
                      Asked on 8/22/2016 by Dee from Reno, NV

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! This primer is considered a gel and is composed of 60% water.

                        Answered on 8/25/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • 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
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