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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 373 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (341)
  • Easy to apply (312)
  • Lightweight (298)
  • Long-lasting (208)
  • Blends well (194)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (55)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (110)
  • Sensitive skin (100)
  • Mature skin (99)
  • Dry skin (86)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (81)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (177), Budget shopper (139)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (182), Medium (163), Deep (11)

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5.0

Must have

By Kim

from California

About Me Brand Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This is my number one must have in my make up bag! I have tried several primers in the past and they don't even come close to this one. It goes on so smooth and takes away any shine for a matte finish. It makes my foundation go on smoothly and stay in place. It feels great on your skin and isn't oily or greasy. It is a bit pricey but I would say it is worth it.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    All time fav!

    By Anna

    from Chicago il

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        This is by far the best foundation primer!!! My foundation goes on beautifully and lasts all day! I have tried many other primers and I have yet to find anything that compares to Smashbox. This is my holy grail primer!!!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

        By Mature skin

        from Denver CO

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Goes On Smoothly
        • Lightweight
        • Long-Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Skin
          • Full Coverage
          • Mature Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          This product helps my makeup go on with a smooth a even look. I think the product is fantastic!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Smashbox

          By KC

          from FL

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Combination skin
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I like how it feels on my skin, very smooth, evens out skin, lasts all day, not greasy/oily. The only thing I don't like is that it makes my foundation crease around my eyes making it look dry, I guess I'll have to use a different primer for that area other than that it's all good. Not sure yet if I'll buy again though.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Best primer I have ever used!

            By Toniro

            from Marion, Ia

            About Me Brand Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Full Coverage

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I use this everyday before I put on my foundation.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Not my favorite

              By BrookeSChristian

              from Savannah, GA

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I didn't find anything special about this primer. It works okay but doesn't last any longer than a lot of cheaper primers. Does make makeup last longer than without anything though.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  5.0

                  Holy Grail Primer

                  By Devoted Artist

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
                  • Dry Skin
                  • Light To Medium Coverage
                  • Normal Skin
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I am totally in love with this product. I received it as a sample in one of my ulta purchases in the mail and I was very impressed with how matte this made my face. I haven't tried out many other primers, but let me tell you that I don't think I need to. This stuff works wonders. I got online as soon as my free sample ran out and purchased a full size version of this. It was a bit expensive I do have to say. But, I really think it will last me a while. I mean, the sample packet lasted me a week! This product is the perfect layer to add before any foundation. 2 thumbs up!

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love It

                  By Kyla

                  from Macon Ga

                  About Me Budget Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
                    • Full Coverage
                    • Light To Medium Coverage
                    • Mature Skin
                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I have been using this under full make up. Foundation powder blush ect. My make up stays on all day I don't get that oily sheen to my face at the end of the day and my face hasn't broken out in new ache which was an everyday thing these past months.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    NOT worth the money

                    By abeauty1207

                    from Salt Lake City, UT

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Causes Breakouts
                      • Doesn't Stay On
                      • Poor Coverage
                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        I bought this based off of the reviews I read on Ulta. I was SO disappointed that I returned it shortly after. It does NOT help keep makeup in place. A few hours later, my make up was creasing. At first I thought it was my foundation, but I have tried several different brands and have had the same result. Not only that, but I read online this is great for acne prone skin. Couldn't be more false, it would break my out several days after using this product. Don't waste your time on this!

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Fair
                         
                        5.0

                        love this!!!

                        By eminton

                        from Alabama

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        This is the best primer I've used so far, it makes my foundation last a lot longer and makes my pores so much smaller. I will be repurchasing this item!

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                        • 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
                        • 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
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