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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 1249 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (1023)
  • Lightweight (923)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (608)
  • Smooth (426)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (47)
  • Doesn't stay on (39)
  • Doesn't work (30)
  • Poor coverage (27)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (321)
  • Everyday (318)
  • All skin types (236)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Mature skin (185)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (209), Classic style (161), Trendy style (77)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

The best primer I've used so far

By breeze

from Northridge California

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • 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:

    Smooth finish

     
    5.0

    If I Could Only Wear One Product, This Would Be It

    By Nellie_Grace

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      As someone who doesn't wear a lot of makeup, this product is god sent. I have tattoo freckles and I have searched high and low for a way to make my skin look matte and smooth while still showing them off. Foundations always covered my freckles but this primer can be worn on its own to blur pores but still lets my freckles shine through. I wear it with just a bit of mascara on a daily basis. No foundation required and i still get complements on my complexion. It also goes great under foundation the few times I have used it when I get really dresssed up for a night out. Overall its one of my favorite things ever.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of my must haves

      By West Texas

      from San Angelo tx

      About Me Classic Style

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Going Out
        • Travel

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I put a light layer on and my base stays without getting oily all day! It also makes it easier to blend my base!

         
        5.0

        Awesome product

        By Living Life

        from Lebanon PA

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Highly recommend with smashbox foundation.

           
          5.0

          LOVEEEE

          By Sam

          from Pearl ms

          About Me Trendy Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            This makes me look amazing in photos!!!

             
            5.0

            Can't live without

            By ChrisS

            from ALAMEDA, CA

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • 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 this primer every day and do not let myself run out. Love how it makes my skin look flawless. Pores and fine lines disappear. I have tried so many primes and nothing beats this one.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              If you want your makeup to last, BUY THIS!

              By Nicole

              from Ohio

              About Me Trendy 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 work 10-12 hour days. This makes my makeup stay fresh all day. I love it !!!!

                 
                3.0

                Not Impresses

                By Cmfrison

                from Detroit, MI

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I received this as a sample in an order from Ulta and was not super impressed. I was shocked when I applied it because it's very oily. The directions say use a pea size dot and they mean it. I apply sensitive skin lotion prior to applying make up and this primer did nothing more to the look of my make up than the normal lotion I use everyday. It's okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to make sure this a part of my routine.

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Did nothing for my skin

                    By Lauren

                    from Columbus, Ohio

                    About Me Trendy Style

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Ineffective
                      • Oily

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        Just bad over all. I bought the sample size and was very excited because I had heard great things and was utterly disappointed. Did not fill my pores at all and caused my foundation to separate like no other. Too expensive and didn't even work.

                         
                        4.0

                        I would buy this product again!

                        By Cc

                        from Kansas City,MO

                        About Me Natural Style

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Blends Well
                        • 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:

                          Love this primer

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                          88 Questions | 88 Answers
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                          • Q:

                            which is better porefessional or this one?
                            Asked on 12/17/2017 by m from undisclosed

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi Gorgeous! We LOVE the Photo Finish Foundation Primer because it blur imperfections and locks on makeup for a flawless finish that will last all day.

                              Answered on 12/18/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            Hi I am 44 and I have large pores and a normal skin type, will this primer work for me?
                            Asked on 11/20/2017 by Carmen from undisclosed

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! We suggest Primerizer for a 44 year old with large pores and normal skin. It's a moisturizer and a primer in one. You'll love the way your skin looks and feels!

                              Answered on 11/27/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            Does this primer work well with stick foundations? I use the hourglass stick foundation with a beauty blender to blend it out and don't want the primer to lift or rub off.
                            Asked on 11/15/2017 by kathleen from Los Angeles, Ca

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! Yes, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer will work under stick foundations.

                              Answered on 11/16/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            I have combination skin, dry patches here and there and a very oily t-zone, nose, and chin. Which primer would work best on my skin type
                            Asked on 11/3/2017 by Jane from Hatfield, PA

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! We suggest Primer Oil. It's formulated with 15 essential oils to improve dry skin... you might even find you're less oily. If you happen to get oily throughout the day in your T-Zone us the Primer Stick to touch-up.

                              Answered on 11/6/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • Q:

                            Does this work best if you apply foundation immediately after applying primer, or do you need to wait for it to dry first? Never used a primer before.
                            Asked on 10/20/2017 by lunakitty from Bismarck, US

                            1 answer

                            • Brand Expert

                              A:

                              Hi There! You do not need to wait for the Photo Finish Foundation Primer to dry. You can apply your foundation whenever you are ready.

                              Answered on 10/23/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                          • 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
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