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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

Item #: 2276581 Size: 1.0 oz

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Say goodbye to visible pores! Prime to perfection, plus dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours.

The Power Blur:

The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. Smashbox developed this formula to dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours. It also mattifies shine and controls oil for up to 8 hours. Think of it as the Powerblur - and the best way to start your makeup every day.

Why you'll love it:

This non-drying formula also absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

Just the facts:
  • Visibly reduces & blurs pores - instantly!
  • Mattifies shine & controls oil for up to 8 hours
  • Sweat & humidity-resistant
  • Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance & talc

#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

*Source: NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending October 2015

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Wear alone, over/under makeup, or dab on for touch-ups.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
 
4.1

(based on 203 reviews)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (144)
  • Goes on smoothly (137)
  • Lightweight (126)
  • Blends well (113)
  • Matte finish (105)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (38)
  • Poor coverage (12)
  • Doesn't stay on (11)
  • Difficult to apply (6)
  • Causes breakouts (4)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (57)
  • Light to medium coverage (54)
  • Normal skin (41)
  • Sensitive skin (38)
  • Mature skin (37)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (93), Budget shopper (66), Classic style (3)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium (87), Fair (85), Deep (6)

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5.0

I love it and would buy it again

By None

from Ohio

Verified Buyer

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 Pore Minimizing:

      Too new for negative feed back. Makes your skin feel like velvet

       
      1.0

      Not for Me

      By Robledo

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Trendy Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Ineffective
      • This made my skin Very Oily, I will take it back

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        Going Back to Store

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        In love with this product

        By Nikki

        from Livonia, Mi

        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
          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

          I along with my sister and mother all have huge pores on our nose and cheeks. we all have completely different skin types and this works wonders. nothing has ever made our pores look so smooth and like they don't even exist. it didn't cause any of us to break out and lasted for hours

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Love it

          By Busy mom

          from Copperas Cove, Tx

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            Put on after moisturizer and before mineral foundation

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Love it

            By A the newbie

            from Hudson, NH

            About Me Classic Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Going Out

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              This is a holy grail product for me.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              I live this product. My makeup stays on all day long.

              By Photography Lover

              from Richmond TX

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Going Out

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                Use it every Sunday.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                5.0

                Yes I will buy this again

                By Zebragirl

                from Montgomery, Texas

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  I use this every morning under foundation and it is so smooth filling on my face. I will keep buying this.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  1.0

                  Nothing special

                  By Jay

                  from Chula Vista, Ca

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  For the price of this product IT IS NOT WORTH IT. Yeah sure it helps but it doesn't fully do it's job. You still need to put on some sort of mattifying foundation on top of it and even with setting spray I still found my pores huge not even half way through a 4 hour work shift! And you figure you gotta keep clumping on more and more product. It just seems like a waste. Very little product and a very high price. I would just get the NYX primer which is under $10 unlike this product which cost me almost $40

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Good enough

                  By K

                  from Fremont, Ca

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  I like the way this feels when I initially put it on my face. Makes my face feel extra smooth. But it feels like there's not enough product in the container

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Love this primer

                  By Sarah

                  from Chicago

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Helps keep shine away
                  • Mattifies instantly
                  • So light, can't feel it on

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • To help mattify the skin/keep makeup in place

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                    I dab some on my T-zone after moisturizer and prior to putting on makeup. Later in the day if I feel my face is getting shiny again, I'll put on a little more. Won't remove makeup that's already on face.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    16 Questions | 16 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      does it work for oily skin ?
                      Asked on 6/21/2016 by jazmine from los angeles

                      1 answer

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

                      I have acne scars that have left indentions in my cheeks, like little pits, will this help smooth them over?
                      Asked on 5/17/2016 by Nicole

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Yes, the Pore Minimizing Primer will help to smooth the overall appearance of the skin.

                        Answered on 5/19/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Would this work for dry skin? Also, what's the difference between this one and the original "Smashbox Photo Finish Primer?'' I thought they were both meant to blur pores/imperfections? I'm not sure on which one to get.
                      Asked on 3/8/2016 by Cass from California

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hi There! Pore Minimizing Primer works best on combination to oily skin types. Photo Finish Primer will definitely blur pores/imperfections. If your main concern is dry skin we suggest layering Photo Finish Primer over a moisturizer.

                        Answered on 3/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                    • Q:

                      Can this primer be used under the eyes to prevent concealer from creasing?
                      Asked on 12/14/2015 by sam from Austin, Texas

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Rather than this product, we recommend using the Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer, developed specifically for the under eye area, which sets the stage for flawless concealer application and helps reduce the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles in as little as 8 weeks:

                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4490023

                        Answered on 12/15/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                    • Q:

                      I'm 32 and have sensitive, acne prone skin that also has problems with oil and shine (and I get dry patches if I don't use a light moisturizer). I've tried the regular Smashbox primer and, although it makes my makeup look amazing at first, I still get very shiny and it also causes me to break out. Next, I bought the Smashbox Light formula, and it makes me a little less shiny, and doesn't cause the breakouts but, it doesn't make my makeup look at great as the regular, and I still get a bit shiny.
                      Would this pore minimizing primer be better for me than the light formula? Or is it not recomended for acne prone skin?
                      Asked on 10/14/2015 by Beauty Buff with skin drama from Indianapolis, IN

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Please view our Smashbox primer comparison guide here to help determine which one is right for you based on your skin type, condition, and concerns:
                        http://www.ulta.com/shade-finders/smashbox-primer-chart/

                        The Pore Minimizing Primer is oil-free, so you could certainly use it. It all depends on what your primary concern(s) is.

                        Answered on 10/15/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • 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
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