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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 1062 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (862)
  • Lightweight (784)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Blends well (516)
  • Long-lasting (407)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (125)
  • Causes breakouts (32)
  • Doesn't stay on (32)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Poor coverage (22)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (272)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Everyday (204)
  • Mature skin (185)
  • Full coverage (177)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (134), Classic style (101), Trendy style (45)

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5.0

Great primer

By Tnlbj

from Ny

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    My favorite primer so far, and ive tried many. Goes on smooth with matte finish. Foundation goes on so smoothly. Not greasy at all.

     
    5.0

    I would definitely purchase again!

    By Mika

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Trendy Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I use this product daily, I absolutely love how light weight it is

       
      5.0

      EXCELLENT Primer!

      By Noel

      from Odessa, TX

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Excellent primer! It makes my foundation go on so smoothly and makes my skin look and feel silky smooth. I have tried many different primers and this one is THE BEST!!

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By Suzy

        from Miami, FL

        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

          • Everyday
          • Going Out

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Love this primer! I use it with the Mashbox foundation and it leaves a very clean natural look. I Definitely recommend it and will continue to purchase.

           
          5.0

          AHHMAZING

          By HaleyHal

          from Salt Lake City, Utah

          About Me Classic Style

          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:

            This primer is amazing! I never believed in foundation primers because they never worked for me before. This one is completely different. My makeup glides on amd my skin looks so smooth. It blurs pores and imperfections and fills in lines and wrinkles. The consistency is medium/thick and feels slippery when applied to skin. It is light weight and easy to remove, it also makes it much easier to remove my makeup at the end of the day. The biggest pro for me is how it protects my skin. Whenever I wear any kind of foundation or concealer my skin breaks out, but with this it doesn't! Seriously fantastic product, and totally worth the price.

             
            5.0

            Amazing!

            By Tab

            from Dyersburg

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I received a sample of this and OMG, its amazing great. I would have never bought this with it being so expensive, but worth every penny.

             
            5.0

            Amazing Product

            By Blueyz77

            from Scottsdale, AZ

            About Me Classic Style

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                After researching many products for primers and I came across this one. I have combination skin and my foundation was literally sliding off my face all day. This has minimized my pores, its oil free! I started with the travel size as you only need the size of a dime for your whole face. Day 2 of using this and im in love. Would highly recommend!!

                 
                5.0

                Love it

                By Ana

                from Surprise, AZ

                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
                  • Going Out
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I absolutely LOVE this primer. After using it I don't think I could ever go back to any other primer. I have combo skin and always have trouble finding something that works but not anymore. Definitely worth buying!

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By Lolly

                  from Ansonia ct

                  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

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Love it

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this product!

                    By Beabea

                    from Pasadena, ca

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Apply

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        Need small amount and easy to apply.

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                        • 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
                        • 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
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