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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 406 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (362)
  • Easy to apply (336)
  • Lightweight (318)
  • Long-lasting (223)
  • Blends well (210)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (59)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (120)
  • Sensitive skin (111)
  • Mature skin (110)
  • Dry skin (95)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (193), Budget shopper (151)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (195), Medium (177), Deep (13)

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5.0

By far the BEST primer

By Rebamjr

from NJ

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Long-Lasting
  • Matte Finish
  • Noncomodegenic

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    By far the best primer I've ever used. Started using primers 25 years ago when I bought Laura Mercier primer. There were not others out there at the time. Then as time progressed and more brands introduced their primers I tried them. The only brand that made my skin look FLAWLESS was Smashbox. It worked and still works on my difficult complexion and provided a perfect canvass for my minerals makeup. I even wear Smashbox Primer w/o makeup b/c it makes my bare skin look really good.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    5.0

    Make foundation last longer

    By Jen

    from Kcmo

    About Me Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Skin
      • Full Coverage

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I used a sample and fell in love make my skin even out the foundation

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      5.0

      Amazing results

      By Mel

      from Altoona,pa

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Love the smooth as silk finish!

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Been hooked on this product for years

            By B

            from Ohio

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Normal Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I was introduced to this product when I had my makeup applied professionally before my sons wedding 2 years ago. My makeup looked fresh all day & evening. Have been using it daily ever since.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Daily necessity

              By Klo

              from Green Bay wi

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Makes Foundation Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Not greasy. Works great

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                5.0

                I use everyday!!

                By GiGi

                from Chrsterfield, MI

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Has Reduced Premature Wri
                • Reduced Premature Aging

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Staple in my daily routine
                    Can't live without!!

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By Bridget

                    from Fox Point, WI

                    About Me Budget Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Blends Well
                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Goes On Smoothly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Dry Skin
                      • Mature Skin

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      I first tried this when ulta sent it as a sample with an online order. I was soon addicted and bought myself a full tube. I use it on my forehead where I have mild frown lines. It does not make them disappear, but definitely smooths them out and makes them less noticeable. I can't speak to how it works to set foundation as I do not put foundation over it, but for the purpose of improving my skin's appearance, it is fantastic!
                      I have seen reviewers indicate that it feels heavy for them, but I have drier skin and so for me, it does not feel heavy or greasy at all - it is just right for me. I feel like this will be a permanent addition to my makeup collection!

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Medium

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The only one I use!

                      By kdis95

                      from chepachet, RI

                      About Me Brand Buyer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                        This is the only Primer that I use.I've tried a ton and this one's the best!

                        • Skin Tone:
                        • Medium
                         
                        5.0

                        The only primer I use

                        By Nurse Autumn

                        from Midwest

                        About Me Budget Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Mature Skin

                          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                          I've used Smashbox primer for what seems like years but probably hasn't been as long as I think. This primer makes my morning make-up routine go smoothly. Its matte which I love, it doesn't settle into wrinkles or lines and lasts all day. It's light weight so I don't feel like I have cake on my face. I'm in my mid 30's and I want to look as good as I did in my early 20's, quality products like this allow that to happen. While I would like to spend only $5 on a primer, that's not going to give me what I want. Smashbox is a pricier brand but well worth the extra expense, a little bit goes a long way so the bottle lasts a long time.

                          • Skin Tone:
                          • Deep
                           
                          2.0

                          Wanted to love this

                          By Mstiteler

                          from Bluffton, SC

                          About Me Brand Buyer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Apply
                          • Goes On Smoothly

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Pricey / Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                            I really really wanted to love this product. I have used a few of the different kinds (classic, illuminating, color correcting) and they all do absolutely nothing. If anything I feel like they actually make my foundation disappear faster. I do like the soft feel that it gives my skin but you can buy a drugstore primer that does that for 1/5th of the price. This doesn't make my makeup look better or last longer, doesn't fill pores or lines. It really doesn't do anything except feel soft when applied. Waste of money in my opinion.

                            • Skin Tone:
                            • Fair

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                            • 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
                            • 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
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