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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

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The first product developed at Smashbox Photo Studios L.A., Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer has been a makeup artist must-have for more than 15 years. It's still their #1-bestseller.

Benefits:
  • Makeup lasts hours and hours
  • Fills in fine lines and pores instantly
  • Glides on to give you a flawless finish
  • Lightweight and oil-free
  • Protects skin from environmental pollutants, damage and stress with antioxidants vitamin A, E and peptides
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free

In a consumer study on 103 women after 1 week of use:
  • 93% saw blurred imperfections
  • 93% saw smoother skin
  • 91% saw minimized pores and lines
  • 95% said it helped makeup go on flawlessly
  • 94% said it worked well with their skin tone
  • 94% agreed foundation blended more easily

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

Click here to find your perfect Smashbox Photo Finish Primer!



  • Smooth a layer over clean, moisturized skin
  • Let it set for 15 seconds
  • Wear alone or under makeup
  • Can also be used over makeup for touchups

Studio tip: Try it in your hair to tame frizzies.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water / Aqua / Eau, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract

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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Product Reviews

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 1081 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (880)
  • Lightweight (798)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (521)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (33)
  • Doesn't stay on (32)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Poor coverage (23)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (277)
  • Everyday (213)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Mature skin (185)
  • Full coverage (177)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (145), Classic style (103), Trendy style (47)

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5.0

I will continue to use this product

By Carleen

from Houma, LA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      awesome product

       
      5.0

      Love it!

      By Kris

      from Casper, Wy

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          This is the only primer I use now!

           
          5.0

          Its Amazing! The best primer ive ever used.

          By Liz P

          from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Easy to use, just brush on a thin layer. A little goes a long way.

             
            5.0

            I would buy again!

            By Beth

            from Knoxville, Tn

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Very smooth and satin like feel. Holds make up for a long time as well.

               
              5.0

              LOVE

              By Mel

              from Tuscaloosa, AL

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Noncomedogenic
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                This product ERASES my laugh lines all day!

                 
                5.0

                Love this product

                By Pamula

                from Rhode Island

                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
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Love this product use it daily

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Jamie

                  from Conway pa

                  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

                    • All Skin Types
                    • Everyday
                    • Going Out
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I love it

                     
                    5.0

                    love it ! I will buy this product again

                    By Amanda

                    from Utah

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types
                      • Going Out
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      Enjoy the look with this product

                       
                      5.0

                      Wonderful

                      By Jaws

                      from Dallas

                      About Me Natural Style

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • All Skin Types

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        This is lightweight and works amazing.

                         
                        3.0

                        I probably wouldn't buy it again

                        By Treebranch

                        from Kansas

                        About Me Trendy Style

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Causes Breakouts
                        • Ineffective
                        • Makes skin oliey
                        • Poor Coverage

                        Best Uses

                        • Going Out

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I had heard a lot of good things about this product and I figured I would go ahead and give it a shot. I will say I was a little disappointed. The woman at the store said that it wouldn't make my skin oiley (more than it already is). It actually made my skin more oiley than it is without the product. I tried using a smaller amount and that didn't really help. I ended up giving it to my mother and she loved it. She had normal skin so her face didn't look super shiny and the end of the day. So I would say if you have normal to dry skin this would be a good product for you.

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                        Get answers from in-house experts.

                        79 Questions | 79 Answers
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                        • Q:

                          Hello! I am very acne prone skin, and I was wondering if the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer would cause me to breakout? Thanks!
                          Asked on 5/27/2017 by Anna from Minneapolis, MN

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is made for all skin types. We suggest sampling it on your forearm to test for skin sensitivities.

                            Answered on 5/30/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          IS this Photo Finish primer supposed to be clear? It looks white in the pictures, but the tube I received is clear and watery.
                          Asked on 4/26/2017 by Teresa from Pennsylvania

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is clear, but should not be "watery."

                            Answered on 4/27/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          If I have combo-skin which primer would you suggest? I don't have any large pores or texture, my cheeks tend to be on the drier side and my t-zone gets a little oily. Xoxo~ Abby
                          Asked on 4/18/2017 by Abby from Huntington, Texas

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi Gorgeous! We suggest the Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer to address your particular skin concerns. Pair it with Primer Water to refresh and set your makeup throughout the day.

                            Answered on 4/20/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          Does this product work well with dry skin?
                          Asked on 4/1/2017 by justine from San Diego, CA

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! for dry skin we suggest the Photo Finish Hydrating Primer.

                            Answered on 4/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          Hello there! I have combo skin. I use channel foundation and on top i use mac powder foundation just a touch of it. It givies a great finish look to my makeup. Im thinking to use primer.. would this primer be a right choice to use before applying foundation along with powder foundation?
                          Asked on 3/27/2017 by Beauty9090 from Chicago, Illinois

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! Yes, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is definitely a good choice to use before foundation and powder. It will smooth your skin, lock on your makeup and prevent your foundation from oxidizing. We also suggest Primer water to set and refresh your finished makeup throughout the day.

                            Answered on 3/28/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          I normally use a green tinged color corrector for redness. Should I still use this with the primer or will this take the place of?
                          Asked on 3/13/2017 by Traci from Torrance, ca

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! Depending on the he amount of redness you have it might be good to use both. try it and see!

                            Answered on 3/14/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          Hi, I have very sensitive skin and break out super easily. My skin is very oily and my pores look huge. I was wondering if you would know what type of primer I should use? Thanks so much
                          Asked on 3/2/2017 by Beauty buff from Sonora Ca

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! For your skin concerns we suggest Primer Light. It is made for sensitive skin and will minimize the appearance of texture and pores.

                            Answered on 3/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          I'm 31 and I have pretty oily skin. Would this product help that?
                          Asked on 2/24/2017 by Beauty Buff from ID

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! For oily skin with large pores we recommend the Pore Minimizing Primer or for oily/sensitive skin we recommend Primer Light.

                            Answered on 2/27/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          Can this product be used with Bare Minerals foundation powder? I am 73 with fine lines and some dark spots. I am trying to find primer that is best for me. Thank you in advance.
                          Asked on 2/22/2017 by Nana from Walterboro, SC

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! Yes, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer can be used with any foundation and is tested for all skin types.

                            Answered on 2/23/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                        • Q:

                          Does this primer produce flashback in flash photography? I use the Smashbox 15 hour wear hydrating foundation.
                          Asked on 2/20/2017 by Islander from Portland, OR

                          1 answer

                          • Brand Expert

                            A:

                            Hi There! All of our products are Created, Tested and Photographed at Smashbox photo studios in L.A. The Photo Finish Foundation Primer will not produce flashback.

                            Answered on 2/21/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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