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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 507 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (443)
  • Easy to apply (416)
  • Lightweight (382)
  • Long-lasting (286)
  • Blends well (258)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (82)
  • Too greasy (19)
  • Doesn't stay on (17)
  • Causes breakouts (16)
  • Poor coverage (9)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (154)
  • Mature skin (141)
  • Sensitive skin (138)
  • Dry skin (127)
  • Full coverage (118)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (248), Budget shopper (183)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (254), Medium (207), Deep (18)

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5.0

You need this

By Glamgal

from Pittsburg, PA

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Evens Skin Tone
  • Goes On Smoothly
  • Helps Make Up Last Loneg
  • Lightweight
  • Matte Finish
  • Moisturizes
  • Noncomodegenic

Cons

  • Privey

Best Uses

  • Full Coverage

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

A bit pricey but worth it

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
4.0

Costly But Amazing!

By Han

from PA

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Goes On Smoothly
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
  • Normal Skin

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I have have extremely oily skin, so foundation tends to slide off halfway through a long day. On the days that I use this product my foundation does not budge! It does not irritate my sensitive skin or cause me to have a breakout. The only thing that I do not love about the product is its price, but a little dollop goes a long way.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
5.0

Love this product but a little pricey.

By Penelope pitstop

from Lakeland, Fl

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Normal Skin

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

This is a primer so it is used before applying my foundation. I live everything about it but the price. Would like to be able o use coupon on th premier products occasionally or perhaps BOGO had price....

  • Skin Tone:
  • Medium
 
5.0

Cannot live without this

By SarahLynne22

from Chicago

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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:

    I never had really oily skin, but as I've gotten older, I noticed that my T-zone was so oily, no matter if I went with just moisturizer, BB cream, powder foundation or liquid foundation, I was having to use pressed powder constantly throughout the day to get rid of the shine. Then, I received this as a sample and quickly realized that I cannot live without this. It goes on feeling kind of oily, so I did not have high hopes for it, but that first day, my face stayed shine free. For the whole day. With no pressed powder use. This product is wonderful and I will be using it for a long time to come.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love Love Love

    By Beautifully Flawed

    from Texas

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Goes On Smoothly

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        i love this product i first tried it through my ipsy bag and i fell i love with it and had to go out to get a full size

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        My go to primer

        By Katie

        from Belleville, MI

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            This is my go to face primer. Any foundation I have tried works well over this primer. I find it gives me a smoother finish and also longer staying power for my foundation. I will definitely purchase this again.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Smooth, silky

            By Kat

            from Washington

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              This is an amazing product

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Amazingly smooth

              By Ilovesiena

              from Birmingham, MI

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Covers blemishes
              • Smooths Out Lines
              • Velvety Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Great buy

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair
                 
                5.0

                Pure Magic!

                By macwop

                from Northern VA

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Skin
                  • Full Coverage
                  • Light To Medium Coverage
                  • Mature Skin
                  • Normal Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  This stuff is magic in a tube and therefore well worth the price! I have normal-to-dry skin but with slight T-zone shine by mid afternoon. Since using the Photofinish Primer, I set my foundation with a dusting of powder in the morning and it remains PERFECT until I wash it off 16+ hours later. No need to reapply powder or blot skin. My makeup stays perfectly intact with no touchups required. It also prevents foundation from 'settling' into minor lines/wrinkles. Maintains truly flawless coverage, and my weekday schedule means I'm wearing makeup roughly 17hrs a day. I've even committed the occasional sin of going to bed without washing my face (gasp!) on especially exhausting days and have never had any clogged pore or blemish issues as a result. I have tried using a light swipe of the primer on my eyelids to help keep eye makeup in place as well as face makeup; no joy. But that might be asking a lot of any product. I give this product 5 stars and it's now part of my daily routine vs. just for 'special' or photo occasions!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  5.0

                  my favorite primer

                  By makeupguru

                  from Long Island, New York

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Full Coverage
                    • Light To Medium Coverage

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    MY absolute favorite primer. I use this primer daily and it works with every foundation I own. This is a staple in my makeup collection

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium

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                    26 Questions | 26 Answers
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                    • Q:

                      Is this a clear primer?
                      Asked on 7/27/2015 by Corina

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, it is completely clear.

                        Answered on 7/27/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA Beauty
                    • Q:

                      Can I use this under BB cream?
                      Asked on 7/24/2015 by Kelly from Idyllwild, CA

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      Can I use this primer as a eye primer too ? Or do I need to use an eye primer over it ?
                      Asked on 5/11/2015 by Rainy02004 from Las Vegas, Nv

                      1 answer

                    • 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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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 Expert

                        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
                    • Q:

                      Can this be used on eyelids for eyeshadow?
                      Asked on 11/5/2014 by Meghan

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      Is Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox good for dry skin ?
                      Asked on 10/17/2014 by ARTI from United States

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, this primer is formulated for all skin types including dry skin. It is formulated with a blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. For best results on dry skin, we recommend moisturizing prior to application of primer.

                        Answered on 10/21/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Does this product have soy?
                      Asked on 8/21/2014 by cari from colorado

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product does not contain soy.

                        Answered on 8/28/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      I have Rosacea.. the Photo Primer ok to use for the redness?
                      Asked on 5/23/2014 by Barbie from Pompano Beach,Florida

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        You may prefer Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Adjust (Item #: 2233970), which features a neutralizing green tint to cancel out skin redness:
                        http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod3590053

                        For those with rosacea, we recommend spot testing the product on a discreet area of skin to ensure you experience no irritation before applying as directed, or consulting your physician prior to use.

                        Answered on 5/27/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      What are all the ingredients?
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by mstarrc

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product contains: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

                        Answered on 4/6/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      How well does this product work under a mineral powder foundation?
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by Deborah from Chicago, IL

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This primer works wonderfully under foundations of any formula and consistency, including mineral powder foundation.

                        Answered on 4/6/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Is this the oil-free one?
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by Jas from San Leandro ca

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, this product is oil-free.

                        Answered on 4/5/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Can this be followed by a powered foundation
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by Julie from Oklahoma

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Absolutely, this primer works wonderfully under foundations of any formula and consistency.

                        Answered on 4/5/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      How do you use this product
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by Patty from Louisville, ky

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Worn alone or under foundation to increase its longevity, this unique formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for visibly softer skin with a velvety smooth finish. Apply a dime-size amount to clean or moisturized skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation.

                        Answered on 4/5/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Does this product help witb oily skin?
                      Asked on 4/5/2014 by Linda from Atlanta

                      1 answer

                    • Q:

                      How long will it last. I mean years, months? Does it go "bad"? and if so, when?
                      Asked on 4/4/2014 by Rosebud from The Woodlands, TX

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product expires 24 months after opening/first use.

                        Answered on 4/10/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      Is this product similar to Smashbox BB cream ?
                      Asked on 3/22/2014 by GuruInTheMaking

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        This product functions as a foundation primer and pore minimizer, while Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35 functions as a primer, tinted moisturizer, and sunscreen in one.

                        Answered on 3/24/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                    • Q:

                      What is the size of this product? Is it one ounce, or??
                      Thanks you!!!
                      Asked on 2/28/2014 by Gail from United States

                      1 answer

                      • Staff Expert

                        A:

                        Yes, this product's size is 1 oz.

                        Answered on 3/3/2014 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
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