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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 305 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (283)
  • Easy to apply (259)
  • Lightweight (248)
  • Long-lasting (176)
  • Blends well (161)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (41)
  • Doesn't stay on (12)
  • Too greasy (12)
  • Causes breakouts (10)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (92)
  • Mature skin (87)
  • Sensitive skin (84)
  • Dry skin (74)
  • Full coverage (71)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (151), Budget shopper (111)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (146), Medium (138), Deep (10)

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5.0

LOVE!

By Me

from South Carolina

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I use this photo finish with my foundation. It gives the most smooth feel and allows me to use less of the foundation. For this, my foundation last long and in turn I save money. The money I save I reinvest on other Smashbox items! Don't change a thing!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      1.0

      Not for sensitive skin!

      By Jen

      from Harrisburg, PA

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Causes Breakouts
        • Heavy
        • Too Greasy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I was recommended this product after telling an Ulta associate about my issues with primer (I suffered from a really nasty breakout on my normally clear skin after using Benefit's Porefessional). Sadly, this did not work for me either- I had the same breakout ALL over my face. Not only does it cause zits everywhere, they're really hard to cover and get rid of- not fun! I'm not sure what in primers is clogging my skin, but to those who have issues with other primers- proceed with caution.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          1.0

          Breakouts galore

          By Nixie14

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Goes On Smoothly

          Cons

          • Causes Breakouts
          • Heavy
          • Too Greasy

          Best Uses

          • Normal Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I decided to try this product after running out of Bare Minerals Prime Time. This was a colossal mistake. I started using this product around the time I changed my moisturizer and I broke out horribly. Thinking it was the moisturizer I stopped using that but the breakout continued and the pimples were huge! I would not recommend this product for people that have acne prone skin.

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Best product Ever

          By Moni_honey

          from Azusa,CA 91702

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I Love the usefulness of this product.would recommend this to anyone that loves makeup... truly the best invention ever!

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                4.0

                Does what I need it to

                By Nicole

                from Kent, Ohio

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                • Normal Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                First tried it when I got a starter kit from Smash Box. It's pricey but long lasting and I haven't had any problems with it

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                5.0

                Absolutely terrific. Not oily, fabulous

                By Nelly belle

                from Florida

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Goes On Smoothly
                • Lightweight
                • Noncomodegenic

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mature Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  This is a sillky lightweight product that

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  Never want to go without it

                  By Leslie the athlete

                  from Baton Rouge Louisiana

                  About Me Brand Buyer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Light To Medium Coverage
                    • Normal Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Sometimes I don't even use foundation I just use a little blush and powder perfect

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing product!

                    By KristiLane

                    from TN

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Pros

                    • A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY
                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Feels like silk
                    • Goes On Smoothly
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Mature Skin
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      I first discovered this as a sample size with purchase of a Smashbox foundation. It has quickly become a favorite and I will never go without it! My face tends to be t-zone oily and this primer helps me by making my foundation last longer. I love the silky feeling it leaves on my face. It does not feel heavy and I love that I can wear it alone or under my favorite foundation. If I could only recommend one product, this would be it. Thank you Smashbox for making an amazing product! I love it so much, I told my mother about it :)

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Medium
                       
                      5.0

                      Never Looked Better

                      By BeckyStar

                      from Snow Camp, NC

                      About Me Budget Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Light To Medium Coverage
                        • Mature Skin
                        • Sensitive Skin

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I first purchased Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox in October 2013, prior to my daughter's wedding. I planned on doing my own makeup that day, and I wanted to make sure that it would be perfect, or as perfect as possible. My daughter told me that I should try a primer, since I wasn't going to allow the makeup artist apply it. As with most everything else I purchase, I did a little comparison shopping. I found that this product was high on the list of every consumer report. My makeup was flawless that day, and it stayed that way, even through my crocodile tears. I've been wearing it on a daily basis ever since. No one, I repeat, no one, ever guesses that I'm 50 years old. Added perk, I always purchase the travel size and it lasts 3 months! Love it!

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Fair
                         
                        5.0

                        LOVE IT!!!!!!!

                        By RhiLeeSne

                        from Houston, TX

                        About Me Budget Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Kind Of Greasy

                        Best Uses

                        • Dry Skin
                        • Full Coverage
                        • Sensitive Skin

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I tried this product in the Smashbox Try It Kit and I LOVEEEE IT!!! It is a little greasy, but helps covers the pores and small fine lines that need to be covered. It definitely helps make my foundation go a long way. I am now buying the full size because they have it on sale for the 21 day Beauty Steal. Lucky me!!!

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Medium

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                        • 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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