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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. Vegan friendly.

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  • 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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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 1142 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (930)
  • Lightweight (846)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (551)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (43)
  • Doesn't stay on (35)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Poor coverage (25)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (292)
  • Everyday (253)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • All skin types (187)
  • Mature skin (185)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (166), Classic style (127), Trendy style (59)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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2.0

ehh

By Mercedes

from Olathe,

About Me Trendy Style

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Causes Breakouts
  • Clumpy
  • Doesn't Stay On
  • Ineffective
  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I really tried to make this work for me but man...this just did not want to be apart of my beauty routine.

     
    5.0

    Maybe the best primer I've ever used

    By Sarah

    from Washington State, USA

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      This is a magnificent primer that really works. It acts as a solid base regardless of the foundation I choose to wear, and I've never been disappointed with it. Very happy!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Don't see what the hype is about

      By Palace

      from Boston

      About Me Classic Style

      Pros

        Cons

        • Causes Breakouts
        • Clumpy
        • Ineffective

        Best Uses

        • Everyday

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        this product did not get along well with my skin. Although it minimized the look of my pores, I found it didn't have lasting power and would cause gruesome break outs. I would recommend getting the travel size and testing it out before splurging on the full size.

         
        5.0

        yes

        By n/a

        from phx. az.

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          really like

           
          5.0

          Best primer out there

          By Katie

          from Iowa

          About Me Trendy Style

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            This primer is amazing!! It is definitely worth the price, makes my makeup stay in place and last all day!

             
            5.0

            Amazing!

            By Vivian

            from American Fork UT

            About Me Classic Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday
              • Going Out

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I was a bit worried that it wouldn't be full coverage but I was pleasantly surprised when the smallest amount goes a long way. It's very smooth and gives your face a glow factor that cannot be achieved without primer. And it's extremely lightweight and smooth which is great compared to other primers that I've tried that were sticky, thick and gross. I would definitely buy this again.

               
              5.0

              I love this primer!!!!

              By Debby

              from Fairmont, WV

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I use it as a make-up primer. It is very smooth and feels wonderful on my skin.

                 
                5.0

                Best Primer on the Market

                By Sassyfelter

                from Lebanon, NY

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Long Lasting
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Love this Primer. You use a lot less foundation when using this primer and the foundation goes on so smoothly. A must have in all makeup bags. Have the mini in my travel makeup bag too.

                   
                  5.0

                  love it

                  By lisamb

                  from jackson nj

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    i use it everyda

                     
                    5.0

                    Obsessed with this primer!!!!

                    By MrsW

                    from Franklinton

                    About Me Classic Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types
                      • Everyday

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      Use before I apply makeup

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                      • Q:

                        Does this primer work for a dry nose and just have a little oils here and there but I think I have normal to dry skin or should I get the hydrating one that keeps oils away and hydrates my skin idk which one because I'll be going to get one of them on Tuesday
                        Asked on 6/17/2017 by Bethany from Red bluff California

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest the Hydrating Primer to address your skin concerns. It will hydrate and control oil.

                          Answered on 6/20/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • 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
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