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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 437 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (385)
  • Easy to apply (360)
  • Lightweight (340)
  • Long-lasting (245)
  • Blends well (226)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (66)
  • Doesn't stay on (16)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (133)
  • Mature skin (124)
  • Sensitive skin (124)
  • Dry skin (102)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (98)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (207), Budget shopper (161)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (212), Medium (187), Deep (13)

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5.0

Good product but pricy$$$$

By Jen by the beach

from Oxnard, California

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Dry Skin
  • Full Coverage
  • Mature Skin

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I have come to love this product but I find it a little too pricy for my budget. It is an amazing product and does everything it says it will but there are other products out there just as good and a lot less expensive. I will only buy this product again if I win the lottery.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
4.0

like it

By courtney

from oklahoma

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

not to oily can't feel it on my skin. it does seem to help my foundation last longer but as far as helping for smoothing out pores or lines...not so much. I still like it.

 
3.0

good but doesn't last too much on oily skin

By latino girl

from Anderson SC

About Me Budget Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Doesn't Stay On

Best Uses

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I have combination skin and large por on my Tzone. This primer makes your skin looks perfect in the beginning. But a couples of hours later my skin is shiny again.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    5.0

    Love this

    By Barbara

    from El Dorado Hills

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No cons

    Best Uses

    • Mature Skin
    • Normal Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I love this product. It glides on and works really well with wrinkles.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Perfection

    By Ulta Obsessed Kayla

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    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
      • Light To Medium Coverage
      • Mature Skin
      • Normal Skin
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Me and my mom both use this and love it a whole lot. It's the perfect base for any foundation and it lasts all day. When I apply mine, I actually mix a dot of it and a dot of moisturizer together and then put it all over my face because I have very dry skin and it works very well. A+ Smashbox

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Primer

      By Beauty Product Lover

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
      • Normal Skin
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I have pretty oily skin, and I could never find a face product that was moisterizing that didn't make me break out. I know this product isn't advertised as moisterizing, but it gives me just enough moisture without making my skin break out. It smooths my skin out perfectly to apply my foundation. I wear this daily, and it has never irriated my skin. I wish it wasn't so expensive, but it lasts about 6 months which is great.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I really like this product

      By bmr

      from tx

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pricy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Love the product, price is steep. My face hasnt been oily at all with this use...and my make up seems to last all day - with the finishing spray, also by SmashBox.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        wonderful

        By hpygranny

        from Enid ok

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Goes On Smoothly
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting
        • Perfect Canvas

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mature Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Wonderful for my skin type and really does help prepare your face

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Photo Finish Foundation Primer

          By Fun dancing

          from Surprise, AZ

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Dry Skin
            • Mature Skin
            • Normal Skin
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I wanted a primer that would help keep my makeup on all day and smooth out my skin. I also found that with this primer, I use 1/3 less makeup than I did without it.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Primer from Smashbox !

            By Gwen

            from Cortland , Ohio

            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
              • Dry Skin
              • Light To Medium Coverage
              • Mature Skin
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I have sensitive , large pore skin . I put it at the places on my face before foundation that need an even smooth texture .It makes my skin look and feel So smooth . It gives me a younger look . And helps my makeup stay fresh for hours without looking heavy .
              I have sensitive skin , and it never breaks my face out or give me dry patches . Love this product ! Well worth the purchase ! A mainstay in my makeup bag !

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

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              • Q:

                Does this work with all skin colors, or is there different shades?
                Asked on 3/23/2015 by Jess from US

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Photo Finish Foundation Primer is clear, so it absolutely works for all complexions.

                  Answered on 3/24/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                Can I use this on its own? What effect would that give by itself?
                Asked on 3/16/2015 by Selena

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Photo Finish Foundation Primer dries down invisibly. You can certainly wear it alone, but most wear it underneath foundation for its wear prolonging and skin texture smoothing benefits.

                  Answered on 3/17/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                I am highly allergic to salicylic acid. I was shocked to see many primers have that in their product. It is not listed here, but I need to know if it is an ingredient before purchase.
                Asked on 3/6/2015 by none

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  This product does not contain salicylic acid. The only Smashbox primer that is formulated with salicylic acid is the Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (Item #: 2262318).

                  Answered on 3/6/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                Does it cover redness in my skin?
                Asked on 3/5/2015 by Barbara from United States

                1 answer

              • Q:

                Does this product have either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in it?
                Asked on 2/8/2015 by Spunky

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  No, it does not. This product does not contain sunscreen and is not SPF-rated.

                  Answered on 2/9/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                I have have very oily skin around my nose and T-zone, to the point where my foundation smudges off shortly after applying. Will this product help with that so my make up stays on?
                Asked on 1/29/2015 by AnnaBC from Racine, WI

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  This product is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It features an oil-free formula that helps extend the wear of your makeup.

                  You may also be interested in Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light (Item #: 2233965), which is features a 60% water-based formula ideal for sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin:
                  http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3590043

                  Answered on 1/29/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                is this okay to use if you have sensitive skin?
                Asked on 1/23/2015 by lexi from US

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Yes, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is formulated for all skin types and features a lightweight, oil-free formula. Another great option for those with sensitive skin is Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, which features a 60% water-based formula ideal for oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin:
                  http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3590043

                  Answered on 1/27/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                What is the best way to apply this product? Should I apply foundation IMMEDIATELY after applying the primer, or should I let it dry first?
                Asked on 1/19/2015 by Jessica from California, US

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  We suggest allowing a few seconds for the primer to set prior to foundation application for best results.

                  Answered on 1/26/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                I use this product after I tone & moisturize but it seems no longer how long I wait, when I powder I get lots and lots of flakes. How long do you have to wait for product to dry before you can put anything over it. Also, I apply my powder with a brush! Help!
                Asked on 1/11/2015 by Kathy from Valley Center CA

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  It sounds like you might be using a facial cream that contains retinol or salicylic acid. These ingredients will change the chemical makeup of the primer and cause it to flake. Primer Water Item #: 2283911 or Photo Finish Primer Light Item #: 2233965 might be a better mix with your skincare regimen. We hope this helps!

                  Answered on 1/18/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
              • Q:

                Will this product reduce visibility of blemishes and redness?
                Asked on 1/2/2015 by Amelia

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  This product does not provide any coverage, it simply improves skin texture. It does contain soothing green tea and vitamin E to help alleviate skin redness. If you are seeking a tinted primer, you may prefer Photo Finish Foundation Primer Adjust, which has a neutralizing green tint to cancel out redness:
                  http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3590053

                  Answered on 1/9/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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