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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 392 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (354)
  • Easy to apply (325)
  • Lightweight (311)
  • Long-lasting (217)
  • Blends well (203)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (58)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (116)
  • Sensitive skin (109)
  • Mature skin (105)
  • Dry skin (91)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (87)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (187), Budget shopper (144)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (191), Medium (169), Deep (12)

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3.0

It's good, but not THAT good

By shellbell_1

from St. Louis

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Light To Medium Coverage

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

This is a good primer. Nothing wrong with it but you can get the same performance from other brands for much less (i.e. ULTA). I thought it would be far superior for nearly 3x the price but it really isn't.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair
 
5.0

Satin feel

By Angelistarr

from NYC

About Me Budget Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Goes On Smoothly
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I bought a sample size of this as I'm looking around for something to prime my tinted moisturizers/bb creams AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS. it goes on smoothly, lightweight feel and it makes my skin feel like satin. I wish it were cheaper but I think it'll be worth the investment.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Fair

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love, love, love

By saltyprior

from Calgary, Canada

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Full Coverage
    • Mature Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I have been using this primer for at least a year and do not write reviews normally BUT I feel the need to with this product. I am a 40+ women with skin starting to show its wear but when I use this primer I feel that it takes years off of my face. To me that's priceless.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Awesome Primer

    By Stef

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      My skin changes with the seasons but every season I use this primer. For me having oily skin like I do I do A LOT to make sure that my skin does not become shiny while I have my makeup on and this product is a major help for that. This product is great for a full coverage foundation or just a simple BB Cream. It's great all year round and you only need a little for a major effect.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Deep
       
      5.0

      This is a staple in your daily routine

      By Bink

      from Las Vegas

      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
        • Dry Skin
        • Mature Skin
        • Normal Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I use this product everyday, even when I don't apply any make-up. It gives a very smooth finish and it acts as a protector to the skin.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        great primer

        By Sherri the Realtor

        from Gilbert, AZ

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Easy to use and makes skin incredibly smooth to apply makeup.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I don't get it.

              By gabsss

              from Florida

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Either I'm using this wrong but I don't think it's worth the hype? It sucked for me!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Product

              By Rhonda

              from Greenville, NC

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • I Love The Smooth Surface

              Cons

              • Cost More
              • More Than Other Brands
              • Than Other Brands

              Best Uses

              • Mature Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I am over 50 and I love the way it smoothes out my skin before I put my foundation on.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent!!!

              By The Brazilian next door

              from Sandy, Utah

              About Me Brand 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:

                  My favorite primer ever.It makes your makeup last and gives your skin an even tone. Completely satisfied with the look and feel of this product.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Smooth, long lasting and changed my skin

                  By Kimberland

                  from Lexington, Kentucky.

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Expensive but worth it

                  Best Uses

                  • Light To Medium Coverage
                  • Normal Skin
                  • Primer
                  • Sensitive Skin
                  • Use every day

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Using Photo finish by Smashbox has changed my skin! My pores are smaller. Texture is more refined. Powder or liquid foundation glides on and does not settle into pores. Face is clearer. Light or heavy makeup stays all day. Even as a stand alone it diffuses nicely. Would love it in a larger size!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium

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                  • 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
                  • 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
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