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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 254 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (211)
  • Lightweight (202)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Long-lasting (132)
  • Blends well (111)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (50)
  • Doesn't stay on (21)
  • Poor coverage (15)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Too greasy (10)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (129)
  • Sensitive skin (89)
  • Normal skin (47)
  • Light to medium coverage (44)
  • Full coverage (38)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Natural style (10), Classic style (7)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (122), Medium (101), Deep (7)

Reviewed by 254 customers

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5.0

I love this product it works great for me

By Mallory

from Burlington,nc

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Causes Breakouts

Best Uses

  • All Skin Types
  • Everyday
  • Going Out

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

I use it on my face first before I put on anything

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
5.0

I would buy this product again

By TAM

from Newport News Va

About Me Natural 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

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

    yes I have used this product many times before

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Withholds Excess Oil for hours!

    By LC

    from Iowa

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Going Out
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Travel

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      I have VERY oily skin and had previously been using Mary Kay foundation primer for years, but was getting annoyed with looking "shiny" after a few hours after applying my makeup. I read reviews and decided to try this primer, although it is much more expensive than what I was previously using; you get what you pay for. I love this stuff! I use it almost on a daily basis, even if I do not apply foundation, it helps with absorbing oil and keeping me from looking so shiny. I have put this on in the morning, done my makeup, and then would be impressed with how non-oily I looked at the end of the day compared to when I used a different foundation. Highly recommend!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      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

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              15 Questions | 15 Answers
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              • 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
              • 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
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