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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

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*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 188 reviews)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (137)
  • Goes on smoothly (137)
  • Lightweight (121)
  • Blends well (108)
  • 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)
  • Mature skin (37)
  • Sensitive skin (36)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (93), Budget shopper (66)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (83), Medium (83), Deep (6)

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2.0

No way

By Dbro

from Houston, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

Yeah this makes your pores look smaller but I absolutely HATE the way it makes my face feel. And it's hard to put makeup over this without it looking cakey. Returned the next day.

 
5.0

Cover up

By Yorkieluber63

from Trinity Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

My pores hardly showed when I wore this under my makeup .

 
5.0

This stuff rocks!

By WK

from Richmond, VA

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mature Skin
    • Normal Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

    I have huge pores and they are very difficult to minimize. I have tried several primers and this one delivers.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    5.0

    I'm Amazed

    By Smashbox Queen

    from Warrenton, VA

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      I'm totally in love with this stuff! From using it before my makeup application to touch ups throughout the day if I need it, it always works well! I definitely plan on re-buying this for years to come.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      THE BEST

      By Julz

      from Carlsbad

      About Me Brand 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
        • Full Coverage
        • Light To Medium Coverage
        • Normal Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        Alittle goes a long way. It will last at least 4 months. I use it on nose and cheeks basically everyday Erases pores and make up stays on longer and smoother. I use to buy Benefit but found I was using more and spending more money.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Deep
         
        4.0

        Better than most pore minimizing primers

        By Christina

        from Round Rock, TX

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

            Other primers seem silicone based, this isn't. It works well

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Love it

            By Jeanne

            from Whiting, IN

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mature Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              Love the feel, very silky rather than greasy.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              4.0

              I would purchase again

              By Jeanne

              from Whiting, IN

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Doesn't Stay On

              Best Uses

              • Full Coverage
              • Mature Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              Feels great, just doesn't last long.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              Love this product!

              By Make up lover

              from Warsaw, IN

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  I love how smoothly the products goes on! It instantly reduced the look of my pores.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Primer

                  By Allisondanne

                  from Odessa, TX

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Light To Medium Coverage

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  Probably one of the better primers I've used. It does as it claims and minimizes the appearance of pores. It leaves a nice smooth finish to apply foundation over. I have only used it for about a week and so far I haven't seen any makeup settling in my pores as I did before. Would probably purchase again, but its rather pricey for a primer.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair

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                  • 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
                  • 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
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