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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

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Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, Smashbox's best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

THE ORIGINAL BLUR
The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. That's one of the reasons why primer was the first products created at Smashbox Studios. They developed a formula that diffuses the light hitting skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look. It also makes makeup look better and last longer. Think of Smashbox's primer as the original blur - and the best way to start your makeup every day.

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance & talc.

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#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

*Source: NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending October 2015

Apply a dime-size amount to clean or moisturized skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation. To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 742 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Easy to apply (594)
  • Lightweight (547)
  • Long-lasting (407)
  • Blends well (366)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (121)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Doesn't stay on (25)
  • Causes breakouts (17)
  • Poor coverage (15)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (205)
  • Sensitive skin (198)
  • Mature skin (185)
  • Full coverage (177)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (176)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (6)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (349), Medium (307), Deep (28)

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5.0

Smashing Primer!!

By LT

from SLC, UT

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This primer slides on smoothly--a little bit goes a long way--leaving skin soft and smooth, and, well, smashing!!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    5.0

    I would buy this again

    By Carina C

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday
      • Travel

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I ran out of primer and ran into Ulta right before they closed so I didn't have time to debate on which product to purchase. I am happy with my purchase

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      4.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Debbie

      from Washington court house, OH

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Going Out

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Just takes small amount to apply. Makeup stays on all day

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Definitely love this product!!!

        By Vicki

        from Fenton, MI

        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

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I use this under my makeup. I is smooth and lightweight on my skin. I have found I need less foundation because it no longer soaks in to my pores. This product give a smoother finished result.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Wish I knew about this product much sooner

          By Oblique

          from Aurora, IL

          About Me Trendy Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Going Out
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I just discovered this product when it was sent as a sample with a prior order. I had heard of foundation primers but didn't really believe the hype. Prior to using Smashbox, my foundation never looked quite right. Throughout the day it would become oily looking and start disappearing. I wasn't even touching my face. Magically, it would disappear after several hours. After Smashbox, completely different story. My foundation stays in place and looks gorgeous. The weather can be hot and sticky and my foundation still stands to fight another day. What is really cool is that I also use it on casual days when I don't wear any makeup but need to go out bumming. The primer makes my skin look velvety smooth and removes oily shine. I have skin that will complain if I look at it wrong. It is pretty sensitive and picky when it comes to products. For me, Smashbox foundation primer doesn't cause acne breakouts or blemishes. I'm sold. Thanks for the great product!

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            4.0

            Love it!

            By Colleen

            from Fort Hood

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Easy To Take-off
            • Lightweight
            • Natural Looking
            • Noncomedogenic
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              It's great under makeup and my face doesn't break out. My face is oily and it helps, but doesn't completely keep it at bay. Still return to it after trying others time and time again.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              1.0

              Highly Over-Rated

              By BamaBele

              from Alabama

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Ineffective

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I expected a lot more, especially after all the great reviews I read. This product did not effectively smooth out my pores and made no difference in my foundation application in the morning. Then by the end of the day it had somehow made my dry skin extremely oily - so much that I could feel the oil sitting on my skin and my foundation (that generally doesn't budge) had literally slid off most of my nose. Definitely returned. Got the Mally primer instead and love it.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                4.0

                Great Product

                By Sara

                from St. Louis

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Definitely makes foundation/concealer go on much more evenly and helps it stay in place. I noticed my foundation didn't "separate" in the places it would normally.

                 
                5.0

                Smooths out fine lines

                By Busy grandma

                from Hillsboro, Oregon

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  This product helps any type of foundation go on the face smoothly, hiding small lines/wrinkles

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Kenzie

                  from Ohio

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I would definitely purchase this again. It mattifies your face and doesn't leave it oily.

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                  46 Questions | 46 Answers
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                  • Q:

                    will this make my skin breakout?
                    Asked on 6/22/2016 by julia from san diego, CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Foundation Primer features a lightweight, oil-free formula for all skin types.

                      Answered on 6/23/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Can this product be used as a moisturizer as well as primer? My skin is not very oily or dry. I like to keep my routine simple. Got the sample and couldn't believe how silky it felt on my skin!
                    Asked on 6/6/2016 by Bon from Dixon, CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Isn't it wonderful! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is not considered a moisturizer. We suggest using a moisturizing everyday to keep your skin looking it's best!

                      Answered on 6/7/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Trying to figure out which formula works best for dark circles under eyes. Blend or Adjust? Or a different one, have some pores and redness as well on my skin.
                    Asked on 6/1/2016 by Julie from Newnan, georgia

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! For dark circles we suggest using the Hydrating Under Eye Primer. To reduce the appearance of redness and pores we suggest using the Photo Finish Primer Adjust.

                      Answered on 6/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    How many ounces are in this product?
                    Asked on 3/2/2016 by Keleigh from Tuscaloosa, AL

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Foundation Primer contains 1.0 fl. oz. and just a small pea size is needed per application.

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

                    I'm looking to hide premature wrinkles. Does this emphasize lines like some foundations or will it conceal/fill them in?
                    Asked on 3/1/2016 by KT

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer smooths the appearance of fine lines and creates a perfect canvas for foundation with a lightweight & oil-free blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea.

                      Answered on 3/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    what size is this product?
                    Asked on 2/29/2016 by covergirl from US

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish foundation Primer is 1.0 oz, and just a small pea size is needed per application!

                      Answered on 3/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Does this product contain soy?
                    Asked on 2/24/2016 by happy shopper

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      This product does not contain soy.

                      Answered on 2/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    I have used the Smashbox "green" primer and color corrector and like it alot. I think it blurs the lines and pores. I like to use with and without foundation. How would it compare to this one?
                    Asked on 2/9/2016 by Beauty product lover from Fort Myers, FL

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Please view Smashbox's primer comparison chart to compare the different available primer formulas and determine which one is perfect for you based on your skin type and concerns!

                      http://www.ulta.com/shade-finders/smashbox-primer-chart/

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

                    What are the ingredients and why are they not listed like other products list ingredients? I need the exact ingredients!
                    Asked on 1/24/2016 by Love Cosmetics

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Smashbox does not permit us to disclose ingredients for their products at Ulta.com, and instead they request that all ingredients inquiries please be directed to their Customer Care team at toll-free 1-877-698-4301. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!

                      Answered on 1/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                  • Q:

                    Will this product cause break outs
                    Asked on 1/17/2016 by Danielle

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Expert

                      A:

                      Photo Finish Foundation Primer features a lightweight, oil-free formula for all skin types.

                      Answered on 1/19/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
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