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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
 
4.2

(based on 57 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (46)
  • Easy to apply (43)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Blends well (34)
  • Matte finish (33)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Doesn't stay on (4)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (18)
  • Normal skin (17)
  • Light to medium coverage (15)
  • Sensitive skin (14)
  • Mature skin (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (24), Brand buyer (23)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (25), Medium (25)

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2.0

Hmmmmm not sure

By Teenie

from Mission Hills, Ca

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        Well I'm not sure how I feel about this primer just yet. I never really ever wore primer before so that's probably why I'm on the fence. Just not too sure!!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By Lisa

        from Las Cruces, NM

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Full Coverage
        • Normal Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        I use this product every morning before I put on my makeup.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        I love this product!!

        By Missy

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Dry Skin
          • Full Coverage
          • Light To Medium Coverage
          • Mature Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

          I love using this product! I wear it for work, and I work 16hr shifts,at the end of the day, my make up still looks great. Also wear it when I go out on the weekends and make up stays on throughout the whole night. It's a little pricey but definitely worth it.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          Yes!!! It works!! Great for oily skin!!!

          By ME

          from EVERETT WA

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Goes On Smoothly
          • Good Pigmentation
          • Has Not Caused Any Breako
          • Has Not Caused Breakouts
          • Hides Oil Shine
          • Lightweight
          • Long-Lasting
          • Matte Finish
          • Noncomodegenic
          • Professional Finish Look

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Full Coverage
          • Light To Medium Coverage

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

          I am medium-Deep skin tone. I have oily skin always! Not very Fun to look oily. This product really works wonders on my oily skin. It makes me look so cleaned up and smooth, matte and good! I even feel this way on the inside now because I know I look good on the outside.
          I use this when going to work because I help people face to face. I also use this when going on dates, out to public events, out with the girls. Since I am a budget buyer I do not wear this all the time everyday, I will preserve as much as I can for the times when its needed.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          2.0

          Feeling pretty meh about this.

          By megdalena

          from DSM, ia

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Goes On Smoothly
          • Lightweight
          • Matte Finish

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            I got a sample of the regular smashbox primer and loved it, but when I went to the store I thought I should get something for my specific skin. I have HUGE pores and very greasy nose and forehead, so I thought this would be perfect. Um, no. It is a great primer, don't get me wrong. Makes my makeup last all day. But oil absorbing for 8 hours? Not even close. Maybe 1 hour and then my nose and forehead were oily again. It does minimize pores, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. Like I said, they're huge. I guess I shouldn't expect miracles. On the plus side, it doesn't clog my massive pores, so that's nice. I will be purchasing smashbox primer again, just not this one. For the extra money this one costs over the regular it's just not worth it.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            4.0

            Pretty good product

            By Ashlee

            from Ocean Springs, MS

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Goes On Smoothly
            • Lightweight
            • Matte Finish

            Cons

            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
            • Light To Medium Coverage
            • Normal Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            I first purchased this primer with a tad bit of skepticism. I use it primarily with either Make Up Forever HD Foundation, Estée Lauder Doublewear Foundation, or Loreal True Match LUMI. It makes your face very soft. It does help keep the foundation on, but not all day. It's about an 8 hour stay. It works best for me with the Make Up Forever Foundation. I wouldn't go out and splurge if you're on a budget or have really dry skin. It definitely has a matte finish and makes me feel dryer than my oily/combination skin usually does. As for the pore reduction, I can't really see where that happens. It's also hard to use a small amount. I find myself squeezing several times to cover my main areas. I feel like you have to use a lot to get results. Overall, it's a good primer, but it's not worth $40+

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Best Primer for Pore Minimizing

            By Chimpmunk

            from Tennessee

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
              • Full Coverage

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              I have tried a lot of pore minimizing primers for oily skin and this is the best! It goes on smoothly but not too thick. Lasts all day. Love it! Will continue to purchase.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Porefessional Who?

              By MakeupSavy

              from Scottsdale, AZ

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Hard To Squeeze Out
              • May cause breakouts

              Best Uses

              • All skin types

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              This primer is amazing! It's silky smooth and does an amazing job at blurring out your pores. I wouldn't say this helps your make-up stay on any longer than the average drug store primer but the poor minimizing is amazing! For me this was one of the most expensive make-up products to date that I've ever boughten and so far I think it's worth every penny! Wish the bottle was a little bit easier to squeeze but no big deal. May or may not cause breakouts, I recently changed my foundation so my skin is freaking out haha. I would say I don't feel like this clogs my pores.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really incredible

              By leslien

              from new york

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Goes On Smoothly
              • Long-Lasting
              • Matte Finish
              • Noncomodegenic

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                I sort of hate to admit it because I hate how expensive it is, but this is the best primer I have ever used. It is great for acneic oily skin and is pretty great at oil control. I am usually an oil slick by lunchtime and while this doesn't keep you super matte for 8+ hours, it doesn't almost get you through the day. I have tried other high end primers and almost gave up until I tried this one. When I am not feeling so flush, I use the neutrogena primer which is "ok" but nowhere near as good as this one. (Although the neutrogena is better than primers from cover fx and bare minerals) I was sort of hoping I would discover it didn't work and would be forced to return it but it really does work brilliantly.

                 
                3.0

                Not what its cracked up to be

                By Meg

                from Leicester, NC

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Goes On Smoothly
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Doesn't Stay On
                • Made Skin Flaky

                Best Uses

                • Normal Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                I LOVED the feel of this product and how it goes on. I've been using it for almost a month now and no matter what I do to prep my skin before applying it, my skin always gets dry and slightly flaky after applying it. My face has never been dry before. It would probably work best for people with normal skin.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium

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                • 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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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 Reviewer

                    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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