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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

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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 & talc.

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#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.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 803 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (646)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Lightweight (593)
  • Long-lasting (407)
  • Blends well (393)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (122)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Doesn't stay on (26)
  • Causes breakouts (18)
  • Poor coverage (15)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (208)
  • 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 (38), Classic style (15), Trendy style (8)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (376), Medium (329), Deep (30)

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2.0

Did not work as advertised.....

By Darla P.

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Natural Style

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

  • Causes Breakouts
  • Doesn't Stay On
  • Ineffective
  • Irritates Skin

Best Uses

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This highly recommended product was actually counter productive on my oily skin, causing my skin to literally become a grease slick - complete with running make up, pools of oil and breakouts. Despite the fact that I used very little product on my t-zone, with in 3hrs of applying my forehead was wet with oil. I will say that after application my skin had that velvet feel that others experience, and I initially had great hope for this product. I'm sad to say that this was not money well spent, I had a better experience with a store brand product for way less money. One thing that is concerning: This is an oil free product but yet it contains silica -- which I believe is an oil. The silica is probably the factor behind the velvet feel. I also tried the eye shadow primer, for which I have also submitted a review. For those of you with very oily skin, I hope you have better luck with it than I had!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Love this!

    By Ashley

    from Orlando, Florida

    About Me Classic Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Going Out

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      LOVE THIS PRODUCT.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      This is awesome

      By Konabear

      from Portland Oregon

      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:

        Helps makeup stay on longer and look smooth and even :)

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Love it!!!!

        By EjWifey

        from NC

        About Me Trendy Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Costly

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I use under makeup but over moisturizer everyday!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        I would buy this again.

        By Jac

        from Hudson, MA

        About Me Natural 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 apply this before i put on foundation to keep the foundation from turning yellow.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Best seller for a reason!

          By kbandy09

          from North Carolina

          About Me Classic Style

          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:

            It's definitely a best seller for a reason. This product is lightweight, and a little truly goes a long way--making it worth the money, because it will last forever! I always use this when I wear loose or pressed foundation, but I typically don't wear it when I use liquid foundation. Really evens out the skin and makes for a smooth canvas'

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            4.0

            like it

            By shea

            from fairfax, va

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            love this so much!! not much to describe it but it sits nice on the skin

             
            5.0

            My new go to product!

            By FH Makeup Lover

            from Valdosta Ga

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Natural Looking
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I use the product daily before applying my liquid foundation. It makes my face feel silky and smooth.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              Yes I will buy agaun

              By TR

              from Chesterfield

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types
                • Going Out

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Live smash box products

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                5.0

                Love, love this product

                By Tam

                from Ringgold, GA

                About Me Classic 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

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Base/prep for foundation- great with liquid foundation or mineral foundation!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

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                  • Q:

                    Will it work for oily skin?
                    Asked on 8/17/2016 by Rose from LA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types. If your primary concern is oily skin we recommend our Primer Light.

                      Answered on 8/17/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    My school pictures are coming up, would this be good to use under my foundation to make the photo not glare under the lighting?
                    Asked on 8/10/2016 by Grace from Minnesota, USA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a good start. to deter glare, It really depends on the type of foundation you use. All Smashbox products have been tested at our Photo Studios. Our 15 Hour Wear Studio Skin foundation is 100% flash proof. We suggest visiting your local Ulta store for a color matching.

                      Answered on 8/10/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Will this work with very dry skin?
                    Asked on 8/7/2016 by jenn from Seattle, WA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types. If your primary concern is dry skin we recommend our Hydrating Primer.

                      Answered on 8/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Does this work well under powder foundation? (Like the it cosmetics celebration powder foundation)
                    Asked on 8/6/2016 by Sidfer from Florida

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types and works well under any foundation.

                      Answered on 8/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Can I use this smashbox product with my Tarte foundation?
                    Asked on 7/28/2016 by jay from santa cruz

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      This primer works wonderfully under foundations of any formula and consistency, including Tarte's foundation.

                      Answered on 8/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Could I use this under a BB cream and then a foundation above both?
                    Asked on 7/21/2016 by Kassidy

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Absolutely, we love using BB Cream under foundations. Your skin will look flawless!

                      Answered on 7/21/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    will this make my skin breakout?
                    Asked on 6/22/2016 by julia from san diego, CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Foundation Primer features a lightweight, oil-free formula for all skin types.

                      Answered on 6/23/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Can this product be used as a moisturizer as well as primer? My skin is not very oily or dry. I like to keep my routine simple. Got the sample and couldn't believe how silky it felt on my skin!
                    Asked on 6/6/2016 by Bon from Dixon, CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Isn't it wonderful! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is not considered a moisturizer. We suggest using a moisturizing everyday to keep your skin looking it's best!

                      Answered on 6/7/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Trying to figure out which formula works best for dark circles under eyes. Blend or Adjust? Or a different one, have some pores and redness as well on my skin.
                    Asked on 6/1/2016 by Julie from Newnan, georgia

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! For dark circles we suggest using the Hydrating Under Eye Primer. To reduce the appearance of redness and pores we suggest using the Photo Finish Primer Adjust.

                      Answered on 6/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    How many ounces are in this product?
                    Asked on 3/2/2016 by Keleigh from Tuscaloosa, AL

                    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 3/3/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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