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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.

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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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Product Reviews

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 1100 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (896)
  • Lightweight (810)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (532)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (36)
  • Doesn't stay on (33)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Poor coverage (24)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (281)
  • Everyday (226)
  • 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 (152), Classic style (110), Trendy style (50)

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5.0

Awesome!

By Melissa

from Michigan

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I love how silky smooth this primer is.

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By MG

    from Athens, AL

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Causes Breakouts

    Best Uses

    • Going Out

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    It's great but you will break out if you use it every time you wear make up.

     
    5.0

    Best Primer

    By KJM

    from New Jersey

    About Me Trendy Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Makes skin really smooth and your makeup will stay in place all day. I went in the ocean the other day with this on and my makeup did not move.

     
    5.0

    Best Primer Ever!

    By Melissa

    from Austin. Texas

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Reviewer

    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
      • Sensitive Skin
      • Travel

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Best primer ever goes on smooth. Helps with light reflections for that photo finish look. You can wear under any foundation.

       
      2.0

      Overrated. Bad for oily skin.

      By tori

      from Lakeside, CA

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Doesn't Stay On
      • Ineffective

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        My skin is VERY oily, and this primer makes a very small difference in keeping my makeup on. I've tried wearing a lot, a little, and a normal amount, and none make a significant difference. Maybe it's better for people with dry skin, but definitely not oily like mine. Disappointed in this product.

         
        5.0

        Best ever!!!

        By Tiffany

        from Titusville fl

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Long Lasting
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Love this primer!! The best !!!!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BEST PRIMER EVER

          By jjoseph

          from NYC

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            i HAVE VERY OILY SKIN AND THIS IS THE ONLY PRIMER THAT HELPS KEEP MY OILY SKIN LOOKING MATTE.

             
            5.0

            What are you waiting for? Get it!!!!

            By dchant1

            from MN

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday
              • Going Out
              • Travel

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              This primer blurs my skin & makes my foundation look amazing! I look like I have no pores (not that I had any huge ones to begin with, but it's enough to smooth out my skin like its photoshop lol). I agree with the other reviewer's that it last long & makes my foundation stay on even with hot & humid weather (90 degree weather).

               
              5.0

              Fantastic under all makeup

              By Gigi

              from Northern NJ

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Easy To Take-off
              • Lightweight
              • Preps your skin for makeup

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I use it daily before I apply foundation. Creates a smooth streak free complexion.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Not good for my skin

                By geegee21

                from oakland

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                usually I do not have problems with using a skin product's, but this is the second time I have tried this product and both times it broke my skin out really bad.

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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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