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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.
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.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Light
 
4.2

(based on 251 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (208)
  • Lightweight (199)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Long-lasting (132)
  • Blends well (108)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (50)
  • Doesn't stay on (21)
  • Poor coverage (15)
  • Causes breakouts (11)
  • Too greasy (10)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (129)
  • Sensitive skin (88)
  • Normal skin (47)
  • Light to medium coverage (44)
  • Full coverage (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Classic style (7), Natural style (7)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (120), Medium (100), Deep (7)

Reviewed by 251 customers

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2.0

I did not mean to buy this product. I bought the wrong one.

By Jan

from Sammamish, Washington

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Coverage

Best Uses

  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

I love photo finish primer from Smashbox, but I prefer the clear.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Medium
 
5.0

It's saved me a lot of money!

By Mac Attack

from Salem, OR

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Combination Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

    I wanted a primer that lasted on my skin and this works!! I love this stuff!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    3.0

    I would stay with the travel size

    By Jenny Phan

    from MN

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

    I purchase a travel size before and it last me a very long time, so this time, I decided to purchase the regular size since I have the 20%off coupon. However, it was very crumble and no smooth whenever I used it. At first I thought it was my toner? serum? and moisturizer that conflict with this formula. But I tried it diff. ways, and it still not working. So I return it, and now kinda hesitate to repurchase this again. I never have this problem with the travel size however. Maybe I just have a ad luck with this full size.

     
    3.0

    It was okay..

    By Abbstract

    from Anaheim, CA

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply

    Cons

    • Doesn't Stay On
    • Heavy
    • Poor Coverage

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

    I keep giving it a try but I'm not to excited with this primer.. i feel like I have a cakey face and it doesn't stay on too well or too long. although initially the foundation goes on smooth after applying this primer, it doesn't lady unfortunately.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    3.0

    Good primer, just not for me.

    By Wendy

    from Mesquite NV

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      This primer is super smooth and soft. It goes on so nice but it was just to much for me. With my moisturizer and this it made my makeup look thick and towards the end of the day my makeup would start to separate on my cheeks and cheekbones which is where I have the most texture on my face.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Love it

      By Kelly

      from Rapid city

      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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

        It's great for my oily skin

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Love this primer

        By Abbi

        from San Diego

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          I love how lightweight this product is. It makes my foundation go on smoother as well!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          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

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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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