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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
 
4.1

(based on 93 reviews)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (69)
  • Goes on smoothly (67)
  • Lightweight (55)
  • Blends well (54)
  • Matte finish (54)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (20)
  • Doesn't stay on (7)
  • Difficult to apply (4)
  • Poor coverage (4)
  • Pricey (3)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (29)
  • Normal skin (22)
  • Light to medium coverage (21)
  • Sensitive skin (21)
  • Mature skin (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (42), Budget shopper (36)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (43), Medium (39)

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4.0

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

By Hooshma

from Ocala, FL

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Minimizes Pores

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

Wear this product under my foundation.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
5.0

"Use this product every day"

By Donna

from Hiram Ohio

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Goes On Smoothly
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      Use it after moisturizer and before foundation. Feels silky smooth. Causes me to use less foundation.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      5.0

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this product!

      By Sheryl

      from Orange County, NY

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Goes On Smoothly
      • Good Pigmentation
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Matte Finish
      • Noncomodegenic

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

          I take good care of my skin and try to manage between great products and price (you don't always have to buy the most expensive brand to get the best outcome), but this product is outstanding. Covers beautifully - so soft on my skin and makes my foundation look that much more natural. LOVE THIS PRODUCT! Excellent!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          2.0

          Not for my pores

          By Dee

          from RI

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Apply
            • Heavy
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              Asked a consultant what to use for a primer to help mask large pores, she assured me this was the best. I really disliked how this looked on my skin. It didn't blend well - I tried using for over a week, experimenting with the amount I would use. Didn't matter if I used a little or a lot - it always balled up on my skin. I could actually see it sitting on my face. Not a smashbox fan, really don't have much luck with their products. This was returned - MUCH better primers out there.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By AJ

              from El Centro, CA

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Goes On Smoothly
              • Good Pigmentation
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Matte Finish

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

              • Full Coverage

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              Not sure if this is causing breakouts but it makes my makeup look fresh allll day

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              1.0

              Clogs Pores

              By PoseyPeach

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                    I'm a budget buyer of makeup, but don't mind splurging on products that really work. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this product as it was a just okay primer, albeit thick and "nude" skin colored, but it didn't make my pores look better than other less expensive primers out there. I took this back to the store because this primer seemed to actually clog my pores; it caused me to breakout in exactly the places I applied it, and I am not breakout prone.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair
                     
                    5.0

                    Now, I'm a believer

                    By Mimi Warner

                    from Indiana

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Silky
                    • Smooth

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                      Makes pore disappear! Amazing under foundation, or powders. Smooths the look of skin and adds youthful glow.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Medium
                       
                      5.0

                      Love

                      By Ashleyco

                      from Lake stevens, wa

                      About Me Brand Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                            Love this primer! Oil free, stays all day, smooths on nicely, it is pretty dry, and I feel like as soon as I put it on I'm ready to finish applying the rest of my makeup.

                            • Skin Tone:
                            • Medium
                             
                            5.0

                            Everything I hoped it would be and more!!

                            By Janis

                            from Laurence Harbor, NJ

                            About Me Brand Buyer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Blends Well
                            • Easy To Apply
                            • Goes On Smoothly
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Matte Finish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Full Coverage

                              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                              Works so great under foundation to help reduce shine. I even sweat at the gym and my makeup looked fantastic.

                              • Skin Tone:
                              • Medium
                               
                              4.0

                              So far so good

                              By Kathy

                              from Modesto, CA

                              About Me Budget Buyer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Blends Well
                              • Easy To Apply
                              • Goes On Smoothly
                              • Matte Finish

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Mature Skin

                                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                                used daily then blend in make up after awhile the oil in my face starts to come to back and needs to be blotted..

                                Easy to apply

                                • Skin Tone:
                                • Medium

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                                • Q:

                                  I have super oily skin and have tried a lot of primers which unfortunately don't seem to be working very well for me. Wondering if this particular product is good for my oily skin
                                  Asked on 8/24/2015 by Adryarnna from Tennessee, US

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    This primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                                    Answered on 8/25/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                                • Q:

                                  I exfoliate and use a oil free moisturizer baby skin primer add loreal true match bendable foundation and loreal setting spray and still get oily. what am I doing wrong? will this product work?
                                  Asked on 7/20/2015 by yely from nebraska

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    This primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                                    Answered on 7/23/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  My nose tends to get oily but it still has dry patches (if that makes any sense), will it essentuate dry patches? i do have some pores id like to blur out.
                                  Asked on 5/30/2015 by lis

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Yes, that makes sense - this is very common for combination skin types. This primer is formulated for all skin types and helps to smooth skin texture and minimize the appearance of pores. For best results, we suggest exfoliating 2-3x weekly to eliminate any flaky dryness, and first applying a lightweight oil-free moisturizer prior to your primer. We hope these tips help!

                                    Answered on 6/4/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                                • Q:

                                  Can brown women use this product or is it only for Caucasian women?
                                  Asked on 1/30/2015 by Brown girl who can't find any makeup :( from San Jose, CA

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    This primer is suitable for all skin tones!

                                    Answered on 2/9/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  What is the difference between the Pore Minimizing formulation and the Photo Finish Foundation Primer Item #: 2233964? Both descriptions say they minimize pores, but this one is $3 more.
                                  Asked on 1/12/2015 by Novice from USA

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Pore Minimizing Primer makes an 8-hour claim – DRAMATICALLY reduces the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours. Pore Minimizing also absorbs oil and can be used over makeup as well. First step and last step.

                                    Pore Minimizing Primer is also good for someone who is very oil, with extremely large pores.

                                    Answered on 1/18/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  this primer has silicones?
                                  Asked on 12/19/2014 by sully

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Yes, this primer is silicone-based.

                                    Answered on 12/19/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  Can this primer be used with powder mineral foundations?
                                  Asked on 11/1/2014 by jade521

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Yes, all Smashbox primers are compatible with all consistencies of foundation including mineral foundation.

                                    Answered on 11/4/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  Is this good for oily skin?
                                  Asked on 10/3/2014 by Katie from Arizona

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Yes, this primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                                    Answered on 10/6/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  Primer first on the skin? Or sunblock? Would love to find combination of both that truly minimizes large pores and provides SPF protection.
                                  Asked on 9/9/2014 by Marlene from United States

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    We recommend applying sunscreen first to bare skin for maximum SPF efficacy, then following with primer application.

                                    You may also be interested in Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35, which combines the skin-perfecting benefits of a primer with the SPF protection of a sunscreen:
                                    http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4280137

                                    Answered on 9/12/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  Does this product contain parabens?
                                  Asked on 9/8/2014 by Mon from Antioch, CA

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    This product is paraben-free.

                                    Answered on 9/12/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                                • Q:

                                  Will this primer clog up my pores if I have sensitive skin and large pores?
                                  Asked on 8/4/2014 by Caligirl from Ca

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Expert

                                    A:

                                    Smashbox does not label this product as noncomedogenic (non-pore clogging), though it is oil-free and lightweight. It is formulated for all skin types including sensitive skin, and it is the ideal treatment to minimize the appearance of large pores, with results lasting up to 8 hours.

                                    Answered on 8/6/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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