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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

Item #: 2276581 Size: 1.0 oz

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Smashbox's Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. It works for all skin types but is ideal for oily and combination skin. It pairs best with liquid or cream foundation. This primer is non-acnegenic and ophthalmologist tested.

Benefits:
  • Dramatically reduces the look of pores
  • Mattifies shine and controls oil all day
  • Smoothes and preps skin for makeup
  • Won't clog pores or cause breakouts
  • Water-resistant, smooth-glide texture
  • Leaves a soft, even finish
  • Cruelty-free

In a consumer study on 99 women after 1 use:
  • 97% saw the look of pores minimized
  • 97% said skin felt smoother
  • 96% felt makeup went on smoother

In a consumer study on 99 women after 1 week of use:
  • 93% said it worked well with their skin tone
  • 90% said it helped makeup last all day
  • 90% said makeup required fewer touch-ups

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance and talc. Vegan friendly.

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  • Warm with fingers before applying
  • Smooth a sheer layer over clean, moisturized skin
  • Wear alone, under Studio Skin foundation or even over makeup

Studio tip: Pat over or under makeup anywhere you need a bit of shine control.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hdi / Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosteryl / Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Methicone, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Water / Aqua / Eau, Coconut Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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 Pore Minimizing
 
4.2

(based on 401 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (303)
  • Lightweight (259)
  • Blends well (225)
  • Smooth (154)
  • Goes on smoothly (137)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (39)
  • Doesn't work (23)
  • Doesn't stay on (19)
  • Poor coverage (19)
  • Difficult to apply (15)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (127)
  • All skin types (82)
  • Sensitive skin (76)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (57)
  • Going out (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (97), Brand buyer (93), Budget shopper (66), Classic style (54), Trendy style (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

Reviewed by 401 customers

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5.0

Love love love it!!!

By Penguin Lady

from Texas

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

    Very soft smooth feeling natural look

     
    5.0

    Perfect all by itself!

    By Ollybygolly

    from Michigan

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      I use this product daily all by itself. I know it's supposed to be a primer but it gives me the desired look all by itself! I have 60+ year old skin. It goes on smoothly, evens out my tone and gives my face a soft smooth feel. I love it!

       
      5.0

      Love this product!

      By Sherryberry

      from New Jersey

      About Me Trendy Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        I use this on clean moisturizer skin to fill in pores and prime my skin for make up

         
        5.0

        Love!

        By Sam

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            Super easy to apply, and didn't feel greasy like other products. Keeps my foundation on for 8+ hours, and I work outside with kids!

             
            5.0

            Poreless

            By Elina72

            from Livingston, NJ

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Going Out
              • Travel

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              This primer is really good for filling in the pores and controlling the oil. Have been wearing it for the past week and absolutely love it.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Smooth Primer

              By Beth

              from Tuscaloosa, AL

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Natural Looking
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                I use it as a primer.

                 
                5.0

                !!!

                By MB

                from LA

                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

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday
                  • Going Out
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  Love it better than the original.

                   
                  5.0

                  A great product for oily skin

                  By The scientist

                  from New Orleans, LA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                    I used to use the Smashbox Light Primer but I still got very shiny by the end of the day. I live in New Orleans and the humidity is constantly hovering around 100% in the summer. I bought a sample size of this primer the other day and it's amazing for my oily skin! I use powder foundation so I don't know how it works with liquid but I'm very impressed with this product. I read some reviews that it's hard to apply but you just need a tiny amount for each part of your face, don't try to apply it all over at once. I don't have any pore size issues so I can't say if the pore minimizing claim is true or not but I would highly recommend this product to people with oily complexions.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great idea!

                    By job

                    from san antonio tx

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Difficult to Apply

                    Best Uses

                    • All Skin Types
                    • Everyday
                    • Going Out

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                    Still having blending issues sometimes...

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love!

                    By Laurel

                    from WA

                    Pros

                    • Blends Well
                    • Good Pigmentation
                    • Long Lasting
                    • Natural Looking
                    • Smooth

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • All Skin Types

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                    This primer really works on filling in pores and oil control. I get oily around my t-zone and haven't since I have been using this. For application I recommend patting it onto the skin instead of rubbing it in as it can get clumpy.

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                    • Q:

                      Is this primer clear, white, or purple?
                      Asked on 1/8/2017 by liv from nevada

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! The primer is white when it is extracted from the tube. It when turn clear when you rub it between your fingertips before applying.

                        Answered on 1/10/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Will this primer work under Bare Mineral Original Foundation?
                      Asked on 8/28/2016 by Mendy

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, all Smashbox primers are compatible with all foundations including Bare Minerals Original Foundation.

                        Answered on 9/5/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      I have very oily skin in my t zone I true the benefit poor less primer to see if it would help so my foundation does not crack up on me but it did not work for me is this good for oily skin to keep my foundation in place? If not what is the best product I'm very oily specially my nose area
                      Asked on 8/23/2016 by Tania from Santa Rosa ca

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        This Pore Minimizing Primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

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

                      I have big pores and occasional blemishes, I need a good primer and foundation with full coverage. Do you think this is the primer for me? And do you have any suggestions for a full coverage foundation; preferably not one with a matte finish
                      Asked on 7/11/2016 by Cake face from Dallas Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! The Pore Minimizing Primer will definitely work if you have large pores and the occasional blemish. Just warm the product between your fingertips and press onto problem areas. For a full coverage foundation try our Studio Skin Foundation. It is waterproof and heat resistant and will last for a Full 15 Hours!!!

                        Answered on 7/11/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      does it work for oily skin ?
                      Asked on 6/21/2016 by jazmine from los angeles

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        This primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                        Answered on 6/23/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      I have acne scars that have left indentions in my cheeks, like little pits, will this help smooth them over?
                      Asked on 5/17/2016 by Nicole

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Yes, the Pore Minimizing Primer will help to smooth the overall appearance of the skin.

                        Answered on 5/19/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Would this work for dry skin? Also, what's the difference between this one and the original "Smashbox Photo Finish Primer?'' I thought they were both meant to blur pores/imperfections? I'm not sure on which one to get.
                      Asked on 3/8/2016 by Cass from California

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Pore Minimizing Primer works best on combination to oily skin types. Photo Finish Primer will definitely blur pores/imperfections. If your main concern is dry skin we suggest layering Photo Finish Primer over a moisturizer.

                        Answered on 3/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Can this primer be used under the eyes to prevent concealer from creasing?
                      Asked on 12/14/2015 by sam from Austin, Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Rather than this product, we recommend using the Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, developed specifically for the under eye area, which sets the stage for flawless concealer application and helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 8 weeks:

                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4490023

                        Answered on 12/15/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I'm 32 and have sensitive, acne prone skin that also has problems with oil and shine (and I get dry patches if I don't use a light moisturizer). I've tried the regular Smashbox primer and, although it makes my makeup look amazing at first, I still get very shiny and it also causes me to break out. Next, I bought the Smashbox Light formula, and it makes me a little less shiny, and doesn't cause the breakouts but, it doesn't make my makeup look at great as the regular, and I still get a bit shiny.
                      Would this pore minimizing primer be better for me than the light formula? Or is it not recomended for acne prone skin?
                      Asked on 10/14/2015 by Beauty Buff with skin drama from Indianapolis, IN

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Please view our Smashbox primer comparison guide here to help determine which one is right for you based on your skin type, condition, and concerns:
                        http://www.ulta.com/shade-finders/smashbox-primer-chart/

                        The Pore Minimizing Primer is oil-free, so you could certainly use it. It all depends on what your primary concern(s) is.

                        Answered on 10/15/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I have super oily skin and have tried a lot of primers which unfortunately don't seem to be working very well for me. Wondering if this particular product is good for my oily skin
                      Asked on 8/24/2015 by Adryarnna from Tennessee, US

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                        Answered on 8/25/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
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