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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

1.0 oz Item 2233964

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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 1190 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (973)
  • Lightweight (883)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (581)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (43)
  • Doesn't stay on (38)
  • Poor coverage (27)
  • Too greasy (27)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (308)
  • Everyday (282)
  • All skin types (212)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Mature skin (185)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (186), Classic style (141), Trendy style (64)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

I will continue to purchase this product

By DeeDee

from Dothan, AL

About Me Classic 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
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I'm amazed at the difference in the look of my makeup when i apply smash-box primer.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    There is nothing like it

    By Aubrey

    from Chesterfield, MI

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Smashbox photo finish foundation primer is the best primer hands down. They beat every competitor by a milestone. I've tried alot of foundation primers, high quality, drugstore brands, even the photo finish "dupes" and nothing compares. This was the first primer I ever tried and after I wanted to what other brands had, I especially wanted to use benefit porefessionals but I've came to the conclusion that this is by far the best and really tbh the only one worth even using, let alone spending over 30 bucks on a primer.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Keep on Coming Back for More

    By Deanna

    from College Station, TX

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I try other primers, but always end up coming back to this one. I love the finish it gives my skin and how my makeup looks on top of it.

       
      4.0

      I love the foundation it sets for the rest of my makeup.

      By Rosalba

      from Keenesburg, CO

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Going Out
        • Travel

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Great product!

         
        5.0

        Best Primer ever. Love it

        By Warscha

        from Mansfield, Ohio

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Best Primer ever. Love it.

             
            5.0

            I will continue to buy this.

            By JSue

            from Mooresville, NC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                It feels good under my Bare Minerals.

                 
                5.0

                I love this product!

                By Susi

                from Kings Beach,ca

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Long Lasting
                • Natural Looking

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Going Out

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I've been using this product for over a year. It makes my foundation look so smooth and flawless. I don't do my makeup everyday but when I do this is my go to primer.

                   
                  5.0

                  My one and only

                  By Mamalee

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday
                    • Going Out
                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I've tried a lot of primers and nothing compares to this. I love it. It's so smooth and it makes my makeup last all day.

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice product

                    By Tammy

                    from Massapequa, NY

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I just started using this. Will purchase product again.

                         
                        5.0

                        Yes

                        By Monica

                        from Tucson az

                        About Me Natural Style

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                          Love this product

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                          • Q:

                            is this a matte primer?
                            Asked on 7/19/2017 by fatty06 from US

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is considered to have a matte finish.

                              Answered on 7/20/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            Can I use 2 primers at the same time? The one that gives you a flawless look (clear primer) and the one that's for sensitive skin.
                            Asked on 7/9/2017 by Smiley from undisclosed

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! You only need to use one primer. Both will leave your skin looking flawless.

                              Answered on 7/12/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            I don't use foundation only BB cream does this primer work well with BB cream as well ???
                            Asked on 7/8/2017 by Noura from New York

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer works well under BB Cream.

                              Answered on 7/12/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • 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
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