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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 478 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (419)
  • Easy to apply (392)
  • Lightweight (367)
  • Long-lasting (269)
  • Blends well (247)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (75)
  • Doesn't stay on (16)
  • Too greasy (16)
  • Causes breakouts (13)
  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (144)
  • Mature skin (134)
  • Sensitive skin (131)
  • Dry skin (119)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (110)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (232), Budget shopper (176)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (236), Medium (199), Deep (17)

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4.0

Perfect primer

By Rachel Ellyn

from Kansas City, MO

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    When I use this primer all my makeup goes on flawlessly and lasts all day.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    4.0

    Makes my skin glow.

    By DebP

    from Mason, Ohio

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • All skin types

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Helps keep your makeup from looking greasy by the end of the day. Makes your face look smooth and glowing.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    5.0

    Never leave home without it!

    By 2thlvr

    from Douglasville, Georgia

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply
    • Foundation glides on
    • Goes On Smoothly
    • Lightweight
    • Noncomodegenic
    • Shine Free
    • Silky smooth

    Cons

    • NON
    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This product has changed the way I look at foundation! It creates the most silky smooth texture to my skin, making the apication of foundation effortless and gives my skin a dewey, but non greasy look. I will absolutely cry if they stop making this product!! A must try, especially for dry or mature skin!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    4.0

    Pretty great.

    By Sofia

    from Illinois

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Goes On Smoothly
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I always had issues with concealer creasing under my eyes, and with this it has never happened again. Also makes my foundation look smoother.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Perfect Application

      By ktnaomi

      from Nashville, Kansas

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Full Coverage

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        This product went on smooth and made it so much easier to put my foundation on. It also helped with taking foundation off. My skin absorbs foundation so easily it takes forever to get it all off, this really made a difference!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        Super smooth

        By MsLex

        from Okc, OK

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Love love love this primer. It's goes on super smooth and blend so easily. A little truely goes a long way, I use maybe a pea size amount for me face and it helps make my foundation stays on all day. The velvety texture just make this primer feels that much more luxurious.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not worth the money

          By Shooting Frog

          from San Antonio, TX

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Does Nothing
            • Poor Coverage
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I got a sample of this with an order and it was amazing, it covered pores and made my skin feel so smooth. I was so excited when this went on sale that i bought two. The sample must have been different in some way because the full size did absolutely nothing. It was like putting water on my face, it didn't make my skin look or feel any different and my makeup didn't stay on any longer. Not worth the money for a product that does nothing.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My all time fav

              By t8rtot

              from Missouri

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Full Coverage
                • Light To Medium Coverage
                • Mature Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I recently tried a sample of this and fell in love! I was going to purchase some, but decided to buy the spray instead- after reading reviews about how awesome it was, and I deeply regretted it, so went back and grabbed me some of this! I definitely prefer the photofinish foundation primer! I love the way it makes my skin feel, it keeps my foundation from looking oily throughout the day (without having to powder) and it doesn't break me out. LOVE THIS STUFF!

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                didnt care for it

                By dolly

                from las vegas

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Goes On Smoothly

                Cons

                • Is Not Matte
                • Just Like Outher At A Dru

                Best Uses

                • Dry Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I really didn't care for this product just because it was like any outher you find in. A drug store

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great product.

                By Busy working mo

                from Beaumont, Texas

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Works great!

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

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                    • 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 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
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