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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 377 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (344)
  • Easy to apply (315)
  • Lightweight (301)
  • Long-lasting (210)
  • Blends well (196)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (55)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (112)
  • Sensitive skin (102)
  • Mature skin (101)
  • Dry skin (88)
  • Full coverage (83)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (179), Budget shopper (140)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (184), Medium (164), Deep (11)

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5.0

Does not irritate

By Kezemi

from WA

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

Prior to using this, I used the mac primer which didn't do too well for my skin. It took me too long to figure it out.. And well you know. Smashbox photo primer is great and I use this prior to my bare minerals matte powder.

 
5.0

Best primer

By Jc

from Midvale UT

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Have tried other primers but always come back to this one, simply the best.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Can't be without it!!!

      By Michele'

      from Corpus Christi, TX

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I cant go without this!!!! Allows my foundation/BB Cream to go on effortlessly and not settle in my pores or lines. Also minimizes the appearance of my pores. My face feels silky and smooth. Since I started using Smashbox products I have recieved alot of complements on my complection.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        SILKY SMOOTH

        By KITTEN

        from VISTA, CA

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Dry Skin
          • Full Coverage
          • Light To Medium Coverage
          • Mature Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          ABLE TO USE LESS MAKEUP, WHICH IS GREAT. I BUY A GOOD MAKEUP SO I LOVE ANYTHING THAT MAKES IT LAST LONGER.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Must have

          By Kim

          from California

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            This is my number one must have in my make up bag! I have tried several primers in the past and they don't even come close to this one. It goes on so smooth and takes away any shine for a matte finish. It makes my foundation go on smoothly and stay in place. It feels great on your skin and isn't oily or greasy. It is a bit pricey but I would say it is worth it.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            5.0

            All time fav!

            By Anna

            from Chicago il

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                This is by far the best foundation primer!!! My foundation goes on beautifully and lasts all day! I have tried many other primers and I have yet to find anything that compares to Smashbox. This is my holy grail primer!!!

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                5.0

                Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

                By Mature skin

                from Denver CO

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Goes On Smoothly
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Dry Skin
                  • Full Coverage
                  • Mature Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  This product helps my makeup go on with a smooth a even look. I think the product is fantastic!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Smashbox

                  By KC

                  from FL

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Combination skin
                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I like how it feels on my skin, very smooth, evens out skin, lasts all day, not greasy/oily. The only thing I don't like is that it makes my foundation crease around my eyes making it look dry, I guess I'll have to use a different primer for that area other than that it's all good. Not sure yet if I'll buy again though.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    Best primer I have ever used!

                    By Toniro

                    from Marion, Ia

                    About Me Brand Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Full Coverage

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      I use this everyday before I put on my foundation.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Medium

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Not my favorite

                      By BrookeSChristian

                      from Savannah, GA

                      About Me Brand Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                          I didn't find anything special about this primer. It works okay but doesn't last any longer than a lot of cheaper primers. Does make makeup last longer than without anything though.

                          • Skin Tone:
                          • Medium

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                          • 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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              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 Reviewer

                              A:

                              This product expires 24 months after opening/first use.

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