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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

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FREE Makeup Bag, deluxe Photo Finish Primer, and L.A. Lights with any $35 Smashbox purchase (offer valid 3/19/17-4/8/17 or while supplies last)

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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.

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#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

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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.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 993 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (803)
  • Lightweight (728)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (487)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (124)
  • Doesn't stay on (32)
  • Causes breakouts (29)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Poor coverage (20)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (255)
  • 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 (109), Classic style (78), Trendy style (32)

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5.0

The BEST Foundation Ever

By Jeannine

from Central Islip, NY

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • All Skin Types
  • Everyday
  • Going Out

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I put this on after my moisturizer (I use Clinique gel as part of my 3-step cleansing program). I wait a couple of minutes after moisturizing and the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer just glides right on! It feels great and makes my skin so smooth and ready for foundation. I usually start some of my eye makeup before applying foundation to give the primer time to set. I use Bare Minerals Matte foundation and it stays all day long, very minimal blotting (usually just a dab on my nose and forehead but only after all day at work). My foundation stays true to color as well. This is the best primer around! Even though it is quite pricey I would buy it again.

 
3.0

Don't think I will buy this again.

By Carol

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth

Cons

  • seem to make my face sweat more
  • under liquid makeup it made face feel heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    So wanted this primer to work. To hide my enlarged pores on my nose.
    I have used it four different times using a different brand of liquid makeup each time. When I first put the primer on it feels silky and nice on your face. Then I applied my makeup. It looked good at first. But it made my pores look the same or even bigger within a few hours. Plus, it made my sign feel like it couldn't breath. I don't know if that makes scents. But I don't know how else to explain it.

     
    3.0

    Don't love it

    By Britt

    from Sc

    About Me Trendy Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Doesn't Stay On
    • Poor Coverage
    • Too thin

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    It's an okay primer not the best though. I feel like I'm not wearing anything like I don't have any coverage to help my make up stay on longer donesnt seem to cover any pores or fine lines.

     
    2.0

    sensitive skin.. beware

    By chels

    from pgh

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Easy To Take-off

    Cons

    • Causes Breakouts
    • greasy
    • Ineffective
    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      i wanted to see what the hype is about this primer. I didn't really notice a difference at all (im used to pore minimizing primers which this isn't, but makeup still looked basic in my opinion). I have combo skin and get greasy toward end of the day but mostly in summer time. tried this in the winter and in 4 hours I was a grease pit. the next day I had 3 new breakouts and I had clear skin for almost a month beforehand. not satisfied. this product is horrible for sensitive skin.

       
      1.0

      Just not for me.. Worst I've used..

      By Rikki Marie

      from Burleson, TX

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Causes Breakouts
      • Ineffective
      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I tried this when it came in one of my free samples, and I thought I would love it, but I couldn't be more wrong. It's silicone based, and it makes my face feel smooth, but the foundation slips right off of it, and I broke out like crazy! It didn't make my foundation blend smooth at all, and it just overall failed for me. I tried it a second time to make sure it wasn't just a dud, but still the same results. It didn't do anything for my pores, because it made my foundation sit on top of the skin and rub even when the nosepieces on my sunglasses touched it.

         
        5.0

        Smashbox Photo Finish

        By Cookie

        from St. Louis mo

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I really like this product. I missed the special. I went on line too late to get the 1.7 price. So I had to buy smaller one. Goes on very smooth and not greasy.

           
          3.0

          Its ok

          By Cat

          from Virginia

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I actually do really like this it just doesn't work on my skin like I hoped. I have very dry skin and this did not moisturize at all. I'll keep and use it because it is very light weight

               
              4.0

              love this product to conceal large pores

              By A-PRELL

              from Raleigh, NC

              About Me Trendy 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

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I use this product under my make up to give me a flawless look.

                 
                4.0

                MY EVERY DAY GO-TO

                By Eden the Beauty Expert-ish

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  This is my go-to. I love it because it helps keep make-on throughout the day, and all night. It is a silicon base, so I know some people are not fans, but it works for my skin type. It is not a pore minimizier, so i often couple this will another primer for my t-zone. Overall, I love!

                   
                  5.0

                  Love This!

                  By kimmi

                  from michigan

                  About Me Classic Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday
                    • I have sensitive skin & doesn't bother me :-)

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Only con is cost - but worth it!

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                    • 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
                    • Q:

                      Every full coverage foundation I try ends up cracking around my mouth. I have oily sensitive skin and am 42. Foundations seem to settle into and then crack around and magnify these very fine lines.. I am too young to look so old! What primer will keep that from happening?
                      Asked on 2/20/2017 by Mandy from Minneapolis, MN

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! We suggest the Original Photo Finish Foundation Primer. It will keep your makeup on all day.

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

                      Does this cover large pores in the cheek area
                      Asked on 2/18/2017 by Luvna from New york

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! For cover large pores we suggest the Pore Minimizing Primer.

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