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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 356 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (328)
  • Easy to apply (301)
  • Lightweight (288)
  • Long-lasting (198)
  • Blends well (183)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (51)
  • Doesn't stay on (14)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (11)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (105)
  • Mature skin (95)
  • Sensitive skin (94)
  • Dry skin (83)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (78)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (173), Budget shopper (133)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (176), Medium (156), Deep (11)

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4.0

Product true to its advertisement!

By Desk Lady

from Tonawanda, NY

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Goes On Smoothly
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Second time purchasing this primer . . . missed it when I ran out and tried another brand . . . mistake. Very happy to have it back!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Silky smooth primer!

      By Molly

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Pricey / Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        While the price is a little steep, it's worth it for the silky smooth feeling it leaves on your skin after. Due to the price, I don't use this EVERY day, but always when I'm doing a more finished look. I apply a pea sized drop of product on my fingers, and then blend it all over my face. I then let it set for a minute on my face before I apply any makeup over it. When I touch my face hours later, I'm still amazed by how silky smooth my skin is! A great piece to any makeup collection!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        The only primer I use

        By .

        from Phoenix, AZ

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

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        5.0

        BEST PRIMER EVER

        By DMF

        from GENESEO, IL

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Full Coverage
          • Mature Skin
          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I use this product every day. It is the best primer I have ever used and I have tried several
          high end primers. This primer keeps your make up
          looking fresh and just applied all day. It is very easy to use and I will never use another primer. It is a bit pricey but it is well worth it. LOVE THIS PRIMER!!!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Don't know how I did makeup without this

          By Wisconsin mom

          from wisconsin

          About Me Budget Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Well worth the cost!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              2.0

              Disappointed

              By Cindrella103

              from FL

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Goes On Smoothly

              Cons

              • Does Nothing For Pores

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Was looking for a product that would minimize facial pores, this is not the one. Feels good under foundation but still doesn't conceal pores.

                • Skin Tone:
                • Fair

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Love! Great for Sensitive Skin and Summe

                By Becky Boo

                from Daytona Beach, FL

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Goes On Smoothly
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
                  • Dry Skin
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I have tried several primers already. Either they felt super heavy, made me feel like I was just layering gobs and gobs of spackle onto my face, or they made me broke out, or they just plain rolled off my face when I tried to put any foundation on. But this stuff lives up to all of its claims. Recently I went on a medication that made my face break out like mad. So I have a lot of blemishes and dark spots and uneven skin to cover up. I just received a sample of this, and I was really hesitant to try it because of my prior track record with primers. Plus today was really hot, like makeup melting off your face hot. I went ahead and tried this anyway, and boy am I happy I did! It smoothed onto my skin, creating a a wonderful blurred effect. But best of all, it felt really great on my skin. I have patches that tend to get angry and stingy and flaky. Some primers and foundations make those patches even angrier. This actually made them feel better! Hallelujah! So I went ahead and put my foundation on over this. I used Revlon 24 hour liquid makeup, and put it on with a sponge. The primer helped it go on evenly, and after I was done, you couldn't see a dang pore on my face. I only needed to apply a little concealer under my eyes and on two or three pimples, which is WAY fewer than I have. Like I said, today was extremely hot. I had errands to run, and I walked my dog, but every time I checked my face, it was like I hadn't sweated at all. This stuff is a life saver. I am going to buy a full size of this for sure. Yay!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  4.0

                  Love this Primer

                  By NicoleO

                  from Knoxville

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Full Coverage
                  • Normal Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I bought this product after reading good reviews. I really love the way it works with my foundation to get a flawless look.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  4.0

                  Got Sample, and had to buy

                  By MJM

                  from Sacramento, CA

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Apply
                  • Goes On Smoothly
                  • Matte Finish

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Light To Medium Coverage

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Works great under power or liquid foundation. A little pricey, but you only need a pea size amount so it does last.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    BUY IT!!!!

                    By Cindy

                    from North Kingstown, RI

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        This product is fabulous. I am 62 years young. I have gotten so many compliments on my skin looking so youthful. You wouldn't paint your house without a primer, so why wouldn't you give the same care to your face?

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Fair

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                        • 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
                        • Q:

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

                          1 answer

                          • Staff Reviewer

                            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 Reviewer

                            A:

                            Yes, this product's size is 1 oz.

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