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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 422 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (372)
  • Easy to apply (348)
  • Lightweight (328)
  • Long-lasting (234)
  • Blends well (217)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (63)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (126)
  • Sensitive skin (117)
  • Mature skin (116)
  • Dry skin (98)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (95)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (202), Budget shopper (152)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (203), Medium (182), Deep (13)

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4.0

I am very pleassed with this product.

By Vikki

from Harrisburg, PA

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I am 68 & have large pores. This product decreases my pores so that my foundation goes on smoothly.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      5.0

      Non- greasy and all day makeup

      By Green eyes

      from Indianapolis, in

      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
        • Full Coverage
        • Normal Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Under foundation. On top of moisurizer

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        BEST EVER

        By Abby

        from NWA

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        This is the best primer I've used. I have combination/sensitive skin and this product is perfect. It's not greasy or drying.

         
        5.0

        Smooth!

        By Sunshine

        from So Calif

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dry Skin
          • Mature Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I didn't realize how important a primer is. Smash Box makes all the difference when applying my make-up for a flawless look!

          • Skin Tone:
          • Fair
           
          5.0

          Hold Make-Up On Well

          By Lou Lou

          from Alexandria, Va

          About Me Brand Buyer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin
          • Mature Skin
          • Normal Skin
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Works well but a little pricey

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          4.0

          What a great product!

          By Marji

          from Washington, DC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            This product goes on smoothly and is non-greasy. I apply it prior to using foundation or sometimes I wear it alone because it gives my skin such as soft, smooth feeling.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            1.0

            Wow, I just don't get it.

            By Ardea

            from Pennsylvania

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply

            Cons

            • Poor Coverage
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I bought this product after reading many rave reviews and I gotta say, I'm disappointed. I was expecting something that would minimize the look of my pores and fine lines (and they are very very minor). It did nothing for them. Maybe it helps foundation go on easier, but in my opinion, it is no better than moisturizer, and I find that it is absorbed into the sponge I use to apply foundation. Maybe if you are using a foundation that is very difficult to blend this would be worth it.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great primer.

              By Cec

              from Brownsville, TX

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I've used at least 4 other. Primers. This goes on even and light.
                  Makeup glides on with my makeup brushe. Smooth finish. Perfect.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is an excellent product!

                  By Marcia cat

                  from Fort Wayne, IN

                  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:

                      This is an excellent product! I love the way it makes your skin feel. It makes your foundation go on so easily and gives your skin a flawless look.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Favorite Primer!

                      By Jennger

                      from Columbia, MO

                      About Me Brand Buyer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Pricey / Poor Value

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      Love this!

                      Awesome things:
                      has a velvet smooth finish that you cannot find in other primers that have a greasy lotion-like finish.

                      many primers -- that are the same price -- do not have any immediate effects. While I'm sure others may help set your makeup, you can immediately see how Smashbox Photo Finish makes you look poreless, smooths any acne, scars, dry skin, etc.

                      there are many options for whatever issues you may have -- dark sports, redness, etc.

                      creates a clear barrier between your skin and makeup

                      Not so awesome things: kinda pricey if you wear it everyday like I do.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair

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                      • Q:

                        Does this work with all skin colors, or is there different shades?
                        Asked on 3/23/2015 by Jess from US

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Photo Finish Foundation Primer is clear, so it absolutely works for all complexions.

                          Answered on 3/24/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        Can I use this on its own? What effect would that give by itself?
                        Asked on 3/16/2015 by Selena

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Photo Finish Foundation Primer dries down invisibly. You can certainly wear it alone, but most wear it underneath foundation for its wear prolonging and skin texture smoothing benefits.

                          Answered on 3/17/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        I am highly allergic to salicylic acid. I was shocked to see many primers have that in their product. It is not listed here, but I need to know if it is an ingredient before purchase.
                        Asked on 3/6/2015 by none

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          This product does not contain salicylic acid. The only Smashbox primer that is formulated with salicylic acid is the Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control (Item #: 2262318).

                          Answered on 3/6/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                      • Q:

                        Does it cover redness in my skin?
                        Asked on 3/5/2015 by Barbara from United States

                        1 answer

                      • 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
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