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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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Say goodbye to visible pores! Prime to perfection, plus dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours.

The Power Blur:

The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. Smashbox developed this formula to dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours. It also mattifies shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours. Think of it as the Powerblur - and the best way to start your makeup every day.

Why you'll love it:

This non-drying formula also absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

Just the facts:
  • Visibly reduces & blurs pores - instantly!
  • Mattifies shine & controls oil for up to 8 hours
  • Sweat & humidity-resistant
  • Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance & talc

#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

*Source: NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending October 2015

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Wear alone, over/under makeup, or dab on for touch-ups.

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Product Reviews

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
 
4.1

(based on 213 reviews)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (152)
  • Goes on smoothly (137)
  • Lightweight (133)
  • Blends well (119)
  • Matte finish (105)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (38)
  • Poor coverage (13)
  • Doesn't stay on (11)
  • Difficult to apply (7)
  • Causes breakouts (5)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (57)
  • Light to medium coverage (54)
  • Normal skin (41)
  • Sensitive skin (40)
  • Mature skin (37)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (93), Budget shopper (66), Classic style (5), Trendy style (5), Natural style (4)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (89), Medium (89), Deep (8)

Reviewed by 213 customers

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5.0

I will buy this product again

By Goody2Shoes

from Williamsburg

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Long Lasting
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

    I apply with foundation brush, after moisturizer, before foundation, it blends well.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Pores disappear

    By BAMAGIRL

    from NOLA

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday
      • Going Out
      • Travel

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      I love this stuff.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Excellent Primer!

      By Lennon

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        I have been very happy with this purchase! I actually don't have very large pores or oily skin, I have more normal/dry combination skin but I wanted to get a smoothing primer that would improve the finish of my makeup while giving me long lasting usage. I really think it has vastly improved the appearance and longevity of my makeup, giving me a more air brushed and smooth finish. I definitely recommend to anyone!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        Best!

        By Tonic

        from Clio Michigan

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            This is the best product I've found to cover my pores!

             
            1.0

            Clumpy!

            By Clumped!

            from Santa Barbara, CA

            About Me Trendy Style

            Pros

            • Easy To Take-off
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Clumpy
            • Difficult to Apply
            • Ineffective

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            I cannot give a review on how well it primes my face for make up because it simply will not evenly apply! It is so smooth and feels great going on, but there are random clumps/thick spots that simply will not smooth out, but just smear more and by the time I've tried to apply it to my face, I have thick streaks on my face from it not applying evenly and not smoothing out.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect for people with oily skin !

            By Lotta

            from Newport News , VA

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Oily skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              Finally found a primer that helps me stay dry all day

              • Skin Tone:
              • Deep

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Its okay I guess

              By Self Taught Amateur

              from Oklahoma

              About Me Trendy Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Causes Breakouts
              • Ineffective
              • Smells weird

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                It goes on super well and feels nice and smooth, but I'm underwhelmed. It's got a really thick texture to it like a mousse or something... And it plain smells funky. I used this primer under BECCA Cosmetics Ever Matte Foundation, and I'm not satisfied with it. It's supposed to be good for oily skin and reducing pore appearance. If anything it made my pore appearance worse, and my face gets oily almost like I didn't put any primer on. It also isn't a good match for the foundation I use. I use a beauty blender and when I try to dab on my nose or my forehead or cheeks, my foundation rubs off and looks patchy. i won't be buying this product again. Definitely not worth the money for me

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Booooooo

                By Trinyrum

                from Charleston sc

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply

                Cons

                • Poor Coverage

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  Wasn't worth the hype

                   
                  4.0

                  Just a little needed

                  By lamarkel

                  from Anchorage, AK

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                      I received a sample of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for one of my other Ulta purchases and loved it so that I decided to buy a full product size. Ulta didn't have a large size of the sample I'd tried, but did have this primer with pore minimizer, which I thought would be even better. The product works very well and I received several compliments on the smoothness of my skin on my first wear. I did learn quickly that due to my darker skin tone, the product color grays my complexion. The sample I'd use was clear. This product has a color and I could still see purplish gray undertone even after I'd applied my foundation. I only need a pea size to cover my entire face since I wear a lightweight foundation, so this product will last quite a while.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Deep
                       
                      5.0

                      Truly fills in my nasty pores

                      By Nurse Stef

                      from Kentucky

                      About Me Trendy Style

                      Pros

                      • Natural Looking
                      • Smooth

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                          I thought I'd never find something to help fill in the gaping pores on my greasy face until I found this stuff. Let me just say, my face is so oily that I go through like 5 oil blotting sheets a day. When I started using this product , I'm down to 2 a day. It instantly fills in my pores and makes my face less greasy. I have acne scars and it blurs them and makes them less noticeable. I also put this on before bed, by itself , to control oil overnight. I wake up with matte skin. I only wish it were cheaper bc this is something I'll be using every day for a very long time. But I'll continue to pay whatever for less greasy , smooth looking skin.
                          A little goes a long way. I use a small Dab like the size of a birth control pill.

                          • Skin Tone:
                          • Fair

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                          17 Questions | 17 Answers
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                          • 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
                          • Q:

                            I exfoliate and use a oil free moisturizer baby skin primer add loreal true match bendable foundation and loreal setting spray and still get oily. what am I doing wrong? will this product work?
                            Asked on 7/20/2015 by yely from nebraska

                            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 7/23/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                          • Q:

                            My nose tends to get oily but it still has dry patches (if that makes any sense), will it essentuate dry patches? i do have some pores id like to blur out.
                            Asked on 5/30/2015 by lis

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Expert

                              A:

                              Yes, that makes sense - this is very common for combination skin types. This primer is formulated for all skin types and helps to smooth skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores. For best results, we suggest exfoliating 2-3x weekly to eliminate any flaky dryness, and first applying a lightweight oil-free moisturizer prior to your primer. We hope these tips help!

                              Answered on 6/4/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                          • Q:

                            Can brown women use this product or is it only for Caucasian women?
                            Asked on 1/30/2015 by Brown girl who can't find any makeup :( from San Jose, CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Expert

                              A:

                              This primer is suitable for all skin tones!

                              Answered on 2/9/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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