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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 407 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (363)
  • Easy to apply (337)
  • Lightweight (319)
  • Long-lasting (224)
  • Blends well (211)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (59)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (120)
  • Sensitive skin (112)
  • Mature skin (111)
  • Dry skin (96)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (194), Budget shopper (151)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (195), Medium (178), Deep (13)

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5.0

Satin smooth flawless finish

By Fancy Nancy

from Sarasota, FL

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Skin
    • Full Coverage
    • Mature Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Would never travel without this in my cosmetic bag. I often use over foundation at end of day to refresh look for evening.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    By far the BEST primer

    By Rebamjr

    from NJ

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply
    • Good Pigmentation
    • Long-Lasting
    • Matte Finish
    • Noncomodegenic

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      By far the best primer I've ever used. Started using primers 25 years ago when I bought Laura Mercier primer. There were not others out there at the time. Then as time progressed and more brands introduced their primers I tried them. The only brand that made my skin look FLAWLESS was Smashbox. It worked and still works on my difficult complexion and provided a perfect canvass for my minerals makeup. I even wear Smashbox Primer w/o makeup b/c it makes my bare skin look really good.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Make foundation last longer

      By Jen

      from Kcmo

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Skin
        • Full Coverage

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I used a sample and fell in love make my skin even out the foundation

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing results

        By Mel

        from Altoona,pa

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Love the smooth as silk finish!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Been hooked on this product for years

              By B

              from Ohio

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Normal Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I was introduced to this product when I had my makeup applied professionally before my sons wedding 2 years ago. My makeup looked fresh all day & evening. Have been using it daily ever since.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Daily necessity

                By Klo

                from Green Bay wi

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Makes Foundation Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Not greasy. Works great

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I use everyday!!

                  By GiGi

                  from Chrsterfield, MI

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Blends Well
                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Has Reduced Premature Wri
                  • Reduced Premature Aging

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      Staple in my daily routine
                      Can't live without!!

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Medium

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great product

                      By Bridget

                      from Fox Point, WI

                      About Me Budget Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Blends Well
                      • Easy To Apply
                      • Goes On Smoothly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Dry Skin
                        • Mature Skin

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I first tried this when ulta sent it as a sample with an online order. I was soon addicted and bought myself a full tube. I use it on my forehead where I have mild frown lines. It does not make them disappear, but definitely smooths them out and makes them less noticeable. I can't speak to how it works to set foundation as I do not put foundation over it, but for the purpose of improving my skin's appearance, it is fantastic!
                        I have seen reviewers indicate that it feels heavy for them, but I have drier skin and so for me, it does not feel heavy or greasy at all - it is just right for me. I feel like this will be a permanent addition to my makeup collection!

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Medium

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        The only one I use!

                        By kdis95

                        from chepachet, RI

                        About Me Brand Buyer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        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:

                          This is the only Primer that I use.I've tried a ton and this one's the best!

                          • Skin Tone:
                          • Medium

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          The only primer I use

                          By Nurse Autumn

                          from Midwest

                          About Me Budget Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Mature Skin

                            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                            I've used Smashbox primer for what seems like years but probably hasn't been as long as I think. This primer makes my morning make-up routine go smoothly. Its matte which I love, it doesn't settle into wrinkles or lines and lasts all day. It's light weight so I don't feel like I have cake on my face. I'm in my mid 30's and I want to look as good as I did in my early 20's, quality products like this allow that to happen. While I would like to spend only $5 on a primer, that's not going to give me what I want. Smashbox is a pricier brand but well worth the extra expense, a little bit goes a long way so the bottle lasts a long time.

                            • Skin Tone:
                            • Deep

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                            • 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
                            • 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 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
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