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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Smashbox

Photo Finish Primer Water

Item #: 2283911 Size: 3.9 oz

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Think priming benefits, hydration and sheer radiance - all in just 1 spritz! Primer Water is free of silicone, alcohol and oil, but it's packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture - like a supercharged energy drink for your skin. Passed through positive energy fields during the production process, Smashbox's enriched water instantly absorbs into skin for lasting hydration (and when skin is hydrated, makeup looks better).

Why it's unique:

Back in 2000, Smashbox founder and photographer Davis Factor developed the iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer to help makeup look better and last longer on shoots. Fast forward 15 years and a new icon is born: Photo Finish Primer Water. It's everything you love about the original primer in the lightest, purest, most refreshing form imaginable. From the silky-smooth texture of the original, to the super-fine mist of this water, now there's a primer for everyone.

Just the facts:

  • Silicone-free. Alcohol-free. Oil-free.
  • Creates the sheerest canvas for makeup application.
  • Wakes up skin, leaving it vibrant and radiant for hours.
  • Restores moisture and hydrates skin for hours - shine free!
  • Refreshes throughout the day.
  • Perfect for all skin types.
  • Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, silicone, oil, fragrance & talc.

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Mist on this multitasking water in 3 ways:

  • Prime to create the sheerest canvas for makeup application.
  • Try as a setting spray to lock in your look.
  • Refresh throughout the day to wake up skin.

 

Hold bottle eight to 10 inches from the face and mist evenly. For an extra refreshing, ultra-cooling mist, store in the fridge.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Primer Water
 
4.5

(based on 254 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (185)
  • Lightweight (159)
  • Long lasting (128)
  • Natural looking (90)
  • Smooth (78)

Cons

  • Doesn't work (9)
  • Poor coverage (4)
  • Causes breakouts (3)
  • Irritates skin (3)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (149)
  • All skin types (141)
  • Going out (83)
  • Sensitive skin (70)
  • Travel (62)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (97), Classic style (67), Trendy style (51)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium (114), Fair (99), Deep (10)

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5.0

Love this product like what happen

By Kemo

from White marsh Maryland

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Noncomedogenic
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

    Every day thing. Love it

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    4.0

    Love!

    By CJ

    from Huntington Beach, CA

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Natural Looking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

      Make-up stays put and really gives a refreshed look to your face!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Refreshing and works great

      By Wysper

      from Portland

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Easy To Take-off
      • Lightweight
      • Noncomedogenic

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday
        • Going Out
        • Sensitive Skin
        • Travel

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

        Saw a couple of YouTubers rave about this product and decided to give it a try. I have not been disappointed.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        So Right

        By Js

        from McKinney texas

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Easy To Take-off
        • Good Pigmentation
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Natural Looking
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday
          • Going Out
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

          Better than the rest

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          Flawless look! I had to purchase a second bottle

          By Jay

          from LA CA

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

            Flawless look! I had to purchase a second bottle

             
            4.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Lihla

            from Edinburg, tx

            About Me Trendy Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

              At first I was iffy about the spray, but it actually works and keeps my make up looking fresh!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              3.0

              good product

              By sarakait

              from NC

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

              This isn't a bad product but I didn't find much use for it. It feels nice and refreshing to spray all over before I apply my makeup but I don't notice any huge difference in application or it improving the longevity of my makeup. Nyx makes a primer spray that on my opinion is just as good and it is much cheaper. Probably won't repurchase.

               
              4.0

              Long lasting and great for sensitive skin

              By Nikki

              from Georgia

              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
                • Going Out
                • Sensitive Skin
                • Travel

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

                This is, hands down, the best primer I've ever used. You don't have to use a lot of it, so it lasts a really long time, and it's very good for sensitive skin. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and looking fresh during the entire day, and keeps your foundation in tact. I will definitely be using this from now on.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                5.0

                God Holy Spray

                By BrittMarie

                from Macon, Ga

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

                Love love love this!!!! Thank God I tried this out - use it before I apply my dark spot concealer or just my makeup period!! This stuff IS THE BEST... It def does help your makeup last ALL DAY!!! Will be buying more!!

                 
                5.0

                Love this spray

                By Ambee

                from Salinas ca

                About Me Classic Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Easy To Take-off
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water:

                  I love using this to clean my foundation, and my concealer

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair

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                  32 Questions | 32 Answers
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                  • Q:

                    Do I use this after moisturizer? And I've been using the adjust primer for redness, do i use this after or before that?
                    Asked on 4/3/2016 by M from Charleston, SC

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Primer Water is a multitasking product that can be used in a few different ways:

                      • Prime to create your sheerest canvas for makeup application
                      • Set makeup to lock on your look
                      • Refresh throughout the day to wake up skin

                      Since you use the Adjust Primer, we suggest using the Primer Water to set or refresh your makeup.

                      Answered on 4/7/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    can I use this after I do my make up as to set it in?
                    Asked on 3/15/2016 by america from US

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Absolutely! Photo Finish Primer Water is a multitasking product that can be used in a few different ways:

                      • Prime to create your sheerest canvas for makeup application
                      • Set makeup to lock on your look
                      • Refresh throughout the day to wake up skin

                      Answered on 3/16/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Is this good for super oily skin?
                    Asked on 3/14/2016 by Amy from Binghamton, NY

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Yes, this product is ideal for all skin types including oily skin. It is oil-free.

                      Answered on 3/16/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Should I apply this product before using my Smashbox primer? Or should I apply primer and then use the Photo Finish Primer Water on top of it?
                    Asked on 3/4/2016 by Chloe from Vancouver, WA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Primer Water is a multitasking product that can be used in a few different ways:
                      • Prime to create your sheerest canvas for makeup application
                      • Set makeup to lock on your look
                      • Refresh throughout the day to wake up skin

                      Answered on 3/6/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    I cannot find an ingredient list for Smashbox products. Does this contain silicone or dimethicone?
                    Asked on 2/14/2016 by D from Tennessee

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Smashbox Cosmetics does not allow posting of ingredients listings of any of their products online. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please direct any ingredients inquiries to Smashbox Cosmetics Customer Care by calling toll-free 1-888-763-1361. Thank you!

                      Answered on 2/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    Will this product keep my makeup from rubbing off on things like my clothes, tissues, etc.?
                    Asked on 2/12/2016 by Heather

                    1 answer

                  • Q:

                    I want to stay hydrated and refreshing but also I need to balance my skin by using a pore filling/ oil control primer . Can I still use this product while using a different primer?
                    Asked on 2/2/2016 by make up beginner

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Yes, use Primer Water as a setting spray. For instance over Pore Minimizing Primer, keep in mind it will add more of a balanced look not matte.

                      Answered on 2/8/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    I have dry, red skin-- I want to get this product to help keep my skin hydrated. What else can I use to help cover the redness on my nose and cheeks?
                    Asked on 2/2/2016 by Storm

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Primer Water is packed with revitalizing electrolytes to wake up skin and restore moisture - like a supercharged energy drink for your skin.

                      Another great option for those experiencing redness is the Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer - Adjust:

                      http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3590053

                      This primer features a neutralizing green tint to cancel out redness, plus calming ingredients to soothe the skin.

                      Answered on 2/4/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    Does this primer (when used after moisturizer, but before applying makeup) have any effect on the FINAL makeup look (e.g., dewy vs matte)? If used alone over moisturizer, is it dewy or matte?
                    Asked on 2/2/2016 by Carin from Suburban Detroit, MI

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Primer Water adds radiance with more of a hydrated look, not matte.

                      Answered on 2/8/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    How many ounces are in the bottle?
                    Asked on 12/28/2015 by Caseycat from Michigan

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      3.9 oz

                      Answered on 12/29/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
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