skip to main content
ULTA
  • Home
  • / Makeup
  • / Face
  • / Face Primer
  • / Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

Ask a Question

Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, Smashbox's best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

THE ORIGINAL BLUR
The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. That's one of the reasons why primer was the first products created at Smashbox Studios. They developed a formula that diffuses the light hitting skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look. It also makes makeup look better and last longer. Think of Smashbox's primer as the original blur - and the best way to start your makeup every day.

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

Click here to find your perfect primer!

#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

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


Apply a dime-size amount to clean or moisturized skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation. To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.
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.

Details+

How to Use+

Ingredients+

Shipping & Coupon Restrictions+

Reviews

Product Reviews

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 957 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (770)
  • Lightweight (701)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (468)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (124)
  • Doesn't stay on (29)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Causes breakouts (25)
  • Poor coverage (19)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (247)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Mature skin (185)
  • Full coverage (177)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (176)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (96), Classic style (63), Trendy style (26)

Reviewed by 957 customers

Displaying reviews 1-10

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

I have used this product for over 15 years. It is great in

By Michaele

from San Antonio. Tx

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Have to have.

     
    4.0

    Efficient primer

    By ninab33

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I use this as my everyday primer, I like it, but I have to use more of it than other, similar primers. Other than that, does the job well!

       
      5.0

      Awesome primer

      By Lisamarieee4

      from Media, PA

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Love this primer. My make up stays on 12+ hours when using this. I don't have to use a primer spray or even a setting spray (although I use to but its really a waste of money) all you nerd to keep your make up on all day is a good primer and this is the one!

       
      5.0

      Ok Everyday.

      By Sandra V

      from Las Vegas

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I use it everyday I have dry sensitive skin so when I find something I stick to it

         
        5.0

        I woul buy this product again

        By Natalia

        from Okatie, Sc.

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Very nice

           
          1.0

          Not a fan

          By Ash M.

          from Roseville, CA

          About Me Classic Style

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Smooth

          Cons

          • Ineffective
          • Irritates Skin

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I recieved this as a sample with another ulta purchase. I was excited because I had heard great things...but don't be fooled! It made my pores look huge and magnified all texture on my face before I had even added foundation. My foundation applied streaky and was super hard to blend without pulling the coverage off (used it two separate days with different foundation and brushes). Overall super disappointed and definitely wouldn't spend the money. I'll stick with my benifit primer for sure!

             
            5.0

            My favorite primer

            By jacque1282

            from Stillwater, OK

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Going Out

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I have tried several different primers and so far, this is the one that works best for me. I have combination skin and wear the Clinique Superbalanced Foundation and this gives me a great finish.

               
              5.0

              Love it

              By Leslieee❣️

              from Glendora CA

              About Me Trendy Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Long Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday
                • Going Out

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Best primer so far me

                 
                5.0

                Fabulous product!

                By KMac

                from Colorado

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Got this as a sample, and bought the product! Makes application of foundation so much easier as well as longwearing.

                     
                    5.0

                    Yes I would buy this product again

                    By Karen

                    from Dorr mi

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Blends Well
                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Lightweight
                    • Noncomedogenic

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      I have found that it applies very well with only a small drop

                      Displaying reviews 1-10

                      Back to top

                      Previous | Next »

                      Q&A

                      Product Q&A

                      Do you have questions about this product?

                      Get answers from in-house experts.

                      67 Questions | 67 Answers
                      Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »
                      • Q:

                        I turned 60 a few months back. I don't want to look it! I consider my skin to be normal to dry and in fairly good shape. I do have some hard to cover age spots as well as fine & deep lines and wrinkles around the lips, chin and either side of lips. I do have some puffiness and crapeiness under my eyes. What primers, foundation & powder would you recommend?
                        Thank you.
                        Asked on 2/9/2017 by Ginger from Texas

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest the following mash of products for your specific skin concerns...

                          1. Start with Under Eye Hydrating Primer to reduce puffiness and fine lines
                          2. Next apply the Photo Finish Hydrating Primer to hydrate your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
                          3. Now apply CC Cream Foundation to lighten dark spots
                          4. Then finish finish with a light dusting of Halo Powder!

                          You'll love how you look!

                          Answered on 2/9/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        When does this product expire
                        Asked on 2/8/2017 by Jackie from Fenton mi

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for 24 months after opening. Don't forget to store it in a cool dry place.

                          Answered on 2/15/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I have never used primer. Have puffiness under eyes and dark circles no matter how much sleep I get. What primer would you recommend to help with that? Or should I focus on a good concealer before foundation.
                        Asked on 12/29/2016 by Staci from Fort Worth, Texas

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest using the the Under Eye Hydrating Primer to reduce puffiness (it's like 7 hours of sleep in a bottle) and Color Correcting Stick in shade Get Less Tired - Light to cover dark circles. The combination will leave you speechless!

                          Answered on 1/2/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Hi, I have 28 years old I can use photo finish and the product to eyes around.
                        Asked on 11/19/2016 by Ana from Nueva York

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest using the Hydrating Underye Primer for the underye and 24 Hour Shadow Primer for the eyelids.

                          Answered on 11/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Hello ,
                        My skin is very sensitive would this cause me to break out more ?
                        Asked on 11/12/2016 by Nikkss from New haven , Ct

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is made for all skin types.

                          Answered on 11/14/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I've never used face primers before so is this a good product to start out with?
                        Asked on 11/9/2016 by Raven Scarlet Marie Wolf from Savannah,TN

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! Absolutely, Smashbox is the Primer Authority and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is an excellent place to start if your using face primers for the first time.

                          Answered on 11/10/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Hi, I use Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer before i apply my foundation, I was wondering if it would work well for eye shadow too? Would it help the eye shadow stay on longer?
                        Asked on 10/21/2016 by Kayla from fayetteville, NC

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer will not work on your eyelids. To make eye shadow last we suggest using the 24 Hour Shadow Primer.

                          Answered on 10/30/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        How many ounces
                        Asked on 10/6/2016 by Veronica from salinas, Ca.

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Photo Finish Foundation Primer contains 1.0 fl. oz. and just a small pea size is needed per application.

                          Answered on 10/10/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I have huge pores on my cheeks and need something to fill them in so my foundation doesn't settle into the pores. Will this help conceal them?
                        Asked on 9/26/2016 by Jen

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest the Pore Minimizing Primer to fill an smooth large pores. All you need is a pea size amount. Warm it between your fingertips before pressing it into the skin.

                          Answered on 10/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        My skin is very dry and red.(especially my cheeks and forehead) What primer is best for me without significantly making my face have a green tint? Thank you.
                        Asked on 9/22/2016 by Marie from Huntsville, AL

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest using Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Adjust. The primer will even out redness on your cheeks and forehead without leaving a green tint. It even contains an Orchid Complex to calm and sooth your skin.

                          Answered on 9/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      Displaying questions 1-10Previous | Next »

                      Do you have a question about this product?