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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 424 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (374)
  • Easy to apply (350)
  • Lightweight (330)
  • Long-lasting (236)
  • Blends well (219)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (64)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (127)
  • Sensitive skin (118)
  • Mature skin (117)
  • Dry skin (98)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (95)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (203), Budget shopper (153)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (204), Medium (183), Deep (13)

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5.0

Love Love Love this Product!

By barbo

from Cape Coral

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mature Skin
    • Normal Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Love this product for under makeup! Makes your face feel so smooth so makeup goes on evenly!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Love this

    By Jess

    from Long beach , CA

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Smells funny

    Best Uses

    • Full Coverage

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Works really well. It's quite expensive but you only need a little bit and it's lasting me a long time. Keeps my makeup on all day ! Does have a weird smell a little bit after applying.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    4.0

    I am very pleassed with this product.

    By Vikki

    from Harrisburg, PA

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Long-Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I am 68 & have large pores. This product decreases my pores so that my foundation goes on smoothly.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Non- greasy and all day makeup

        By Green eyes

        from Indianapolis, in

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Under foundation. On top of moisurizer

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          BEST EVER

          By Abby

          from NWA

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          This is the best primer I've used. I have combination/sensitive skin and this product is perfect. It's not greasy or drying.

           
          5.0

          Smooth!

          By Sunshine

          from So Calif

          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
            • Mature Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I didn't realize how important a primer is. Smash Box makes all the difference when applying my make-up for a flawless look!

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            5.0

            Hold Make-Up On Well

            By Lou Lou

            from Alexandria, Va

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Works well but a little pricey

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            4.0

            What a great product!

            By Marji

            from Washington, DC

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              This product goes on smoothly and is non-greasy. I apply it prior to using foundation or sometimes I wear it alone because it gives my skin such as soft, smooth feeling.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              1.0

              Wow, I just don't get it.

              By Ardea

              from Pennsylvania

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply

              Cons

              • Poor Coverage
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I bought this product after reading many rave reviews and I gotta say, I'm disappointed. I was expecting something that would minimize the look of my pores and fine lines (and they are very very minor). It did nothing for them. Maybe it helps foundation go on easier, but in my opinion, it is no better than moisturizer, and I find that it is absorbed into the sponge I use to apply foundation. Maybe if you are using a foundation that is very difficult to blend this would be worth it.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great primer.

                By Cec

                from Brownsville, TX

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I've used at least 4 other. Primers. This goes on even and light.
                    Makeup glides on with my makeup brushe. Smooth finish. Perfect.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

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                    23 Questions | 23 Answers
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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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