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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.4

(based on 495 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (432)
  • Easy to apply (405)
  • Lightweight (373)
  • Long-lasting (278)
  • Blends well (254)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (80)
  • Too greasy (19)
  • Doesn't stay on (17)
  • Causes breakouts (16)
  • Poor coverage (9)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (149)
  • Mature skin (138)
  • Sensitive skin (136)
  • Dry skin (124)
  • Full coverage (113)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (240), Budget shopper (181)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (248), Medium (202), Deep (17)

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4.0

Foundation primer

By Baby girl

from Seattle, Wa

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Full Coverage
    • Normal Skin
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Never thought of using foundation primer but since i was already getting eyeshadow primer i thought i would try it out. And again like with the eyeshadow primer i saw a night and day difference. Again you get what you pay for.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    Fantastic Primer

    By Tanaek

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Excellent primer for use with any brand of foundation.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Great primer!

      By Alisa

      from Binghamton, NY

      About Me Budget Buyer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Goes On Smoothly
      • Increases Wear Time
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Skin
        • Normal Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        This primer creates such a flawless base for foundation and concealer. I have a lot of redness on my cheeks that I use a lot of concealer to cover. By the end of the day, the redness is usually visible again. When I use this primer, my makeup stays put flawlessly all day. No more redness, and this is the only step of my normal makeup routine that I changed! I have normal skin, and I do get a little oily in my T-Zone but I didn't notice significant wear there either.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        Amazing!

        By Cristina

        from Yantis, TX

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I got this through ipsy as a sample and I'm glad I did because I wanted to try it before purchasing it. After using it I'm in love! awesome product!

         
        4.0

        Not worth the price

        By BeautyQueen124

        from Midland, MI

        About Me Brand Buyer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        This is the best primer I've ever tried. It's the pinnacle of all primers, in my opinion. It blends so well and puts everything in soft focus. The price is what keeps me from repurchasing. Monistat makes a anti-chafing gel that works the same way, but is a fraction of the cost. Great stuff, just not the price.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Do not use if you're prone to acne

        By Kai

        from Chicago, IL

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Goes On Smoothly

        Cons

        • Causes Breakouts
        • Too Greasy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I had high hopes for this product. The first time I used it, it went on smoothly, however, i did not see a difference when applying my foundation. Somewhat good to control shine, but it causes acne to appear.

           
          5.0

          Super way to prepare your face for makeup!

          By Pam

          from Indian Trail, NC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mature Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Goes on easily and great for reducing fine lines

            • Skin Tone:
            • Fair
             
            1.0

            Not for me!

            By Holly

            from Conn

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Coverage
              • Pricey / Poor Value

              Best Uses

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                A dime siize does not cover and I saw no difference at all. WI return this product

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                4.0

                a classic

                By emo1573

                from Illinois

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Goes On Smoothly
                • Matte Finish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mature Skin

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  When I take the time to apply this primer, I notice how much better my makeup looks as the day goes on. Great for minimizing pores too.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Medium
                   
                  5.0

                  Love, love love

                  By Love this primer

                  from WV

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Love Smashbox and love this primer. Won't use anything else.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Fair

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                    • Q:

                      Can I use this primer as a eye primer too ? Or do I need to use an eye primer over it ?
                      Asked on 5/11/2015 by Rainy02004 from Las Vegas, Nv

                      1 answer

                    • 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
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