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Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

Item #: 2276581 Size: 1.0 oz

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What is it?

Say goodbye to visible pores! Prime to perfection, plus dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours. This non-drying formula also absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

Why it's unique:

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.

Bragging rights:

  • Visibly reduces & blurs pores - instantly!
  • Mattifies shine & controls oil  for up to 8 hours
  • Sweat & humidity-resistant


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Wear alone, over/under makeup, or dab on for touch-ups. Pat on anywhere you need a bit of shine control.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing
 
4.1

(based on 123 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (88)
  • Goes on smoothly (86)
  • Lightweight (75)
  • Blends well (69)
  • Matte finish (69)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (26)
  • Doesn't stay on (7)
  • Poor coverage (6)
  • Difficult to apply (5)
  • Causes breakouts (3)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (37)
  • Light to medium coverage (31)
  • Normal skin (27)
  • Sensitive skin (25)
  • Mature skin (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (55), Budget shopper (49)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (57), Medium (54)

Reviewed by 123 customers

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5.0

Amazing!

By KLE

from Clayton, NC

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

    I was looking for a primer that would last on my oily skin. This is it. It makes my face feel smooth and oil free. It seems to last a lot longer than other primers that I have tried.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    3.0

    Not a fan

    By Susie

    from VA

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

    • Makes My Skin Look Dry
    • Poor Coverage
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      I have to use more than a pea size amount to cover and even though my skin feels very smooth afterward, as soon as I apply foundation it starts to crack and my skin looks dry.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Amazing!!!!

      By Jessica

      from San Antonio, TX

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

      I have extremely oily skin. I am always trying different primers to help reduce my pore size and eliminate the oil. This is the BEST primer I have ever used before! My face is shine free for about 8-9 hours and after that it's still very little shine. My pores are minimized as well. Every girl with oily skin must try this!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      A product that actually works

      By JMarie

      from Chino, CA

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
        • Full Coverage

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

        I usually never give product reviews, but this product worked so well that wanted to make an exception. I have been looking for a low cost product to help control oil for years. After receiving a sample for Christmas, I had to buy the full size product. While I do feel it is a little costly in the long run it is well worth it since it actually helped to control the oil during the day. It a good size so it only takes a little and I'm sure it will last a while.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Love!!

        By Lorim

        from Middletown, NJ

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

          It goes on really nicely and makes the rest of my makeup look great!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          Worth the price

          By Natalya

          from New York

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Not Messy Or Sticky

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

              I have never been a big fan of primers because every primer I ever used felt way to gel like to me. They always felt very heavy on my face. That's probably because I tried to cheap out on them. But when I got this primer and tried it for the first time I knew it was perfect. It's so light on your skin and provides such a nice finish to your skin. Before every applying foundation and all that, I could tell a serious difference in my skin. The price is a little much for me but the tube lasts a long time even for someone like me who does their makeup almost every day. I would 100% recommend this product. Not only did it cover those deep pores but it also lasted all day.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              4.0

              Loving this product

              By DJD

              from Port Chester, NY

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                I swear by this now!

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                3.0

                Not for me

                By The Quilter

                from Needmore, PA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Causes Breakouts

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                  I loved the coverage and silky feel of this product. Unfortunately, It caused my skin to break out. I have oily skin. Maybe other skin types do better with this product. I'm now trying one of Smashbox's other products.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  5.0

                  Powerful product

                  By Kathie

                  from Petaluma, CA

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                      I use this on my nose and chin where the pores are large. I use the regular Photo Finish on the rest of my face. It works great - hides large pores better than regular. Thanks!

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair
                       
                      5.0

                      The best for large pores!!!

                      By Tina

                      from Anderson, Indiana

                      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

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

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing:

                        I have large pores and oily skin, and I am always looking for products to minimize this. When I was at Ulta a representative was helping me and he recommended this product and demonstrated it with the inside of his wrist and Wow just seeing those lines disappear had me sold.

                        I love this on my face, I blend it well and can see my pores minimize. I love it and it lasts up to 8 hours and also helps keep oiliness at minimum. It is pricy but well worth it and it does last a long time.

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Medium

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                        • 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
                        • 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
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