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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 383 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (348)
  • Easy to apply (319)
  • Lightweight (305)
  • Long-lasting (213)
  • Blends well (199)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (56)
  • Doesn't stay on (15)
  • Too greasy (13)
  • Causes breakouts (12)
  • Heavy (6)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (114)
  • Sensitive skin (105)
  • Mature skin (101)
  • Dry skin (89)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (84)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (183), Budget shopper (141)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (186), Medium (167), Deep (11)

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5.0

Smooth, long lasting and changed my skin

By Kimberland

from Lexington, Kentucky.

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive but worth it

Best Uses

  • Light To Medium Coverage
  • Normal Skin
  • Primer
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Use every day

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

Using Photo finish by Smashbox has changed my skin! My pores are smaller. Texture is more refined. Powder or liquid foundation glides on and does not settle into pores. Face is clearer. Light or heavy makeup stays all day. Even as a stand alone it diffuses nicely. Would love it in a larger size!

  • Skin Tone:
  • Medium
 
4.0

Overall Great Primer

By Brenda Vazquez

from Glendora

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I used this before my foundation routine it never fails to feel soft on my skin and has a great finish although it does not last as long as desired my skin still oils up a bit

 
5.0

Smooth!

By Carolzd

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Brand Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I love this product for a makeup primer. It makes your skin feel like silk and allows foundation to apply easily and smoothly. It also makes your foundation last longer, so a slightly more expensive product saves a bit in the end.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      A Must Have!

      By Sarah

      from Cape May Court House, NJ

      About Me Brand Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I am absolutely in LOVE with this product by Smashbox! This primer goes on so smoothly on my face and with my naturally oily skin, it keeps me feeling fresh and matte all day long! My makeup stays on perfectly every time I use this primer. Best primer I have ever purchased, can't go a day without it! A definite 'must have' in my makeup bag!

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        5.0

        Love it

        By Jrverb

        from Fresno ca

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I love it

              • Skin Tone:
              • Medium
               
              5.0

              Great Product for oily skin

              By Jeanna86

              from Long Beach, WA

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Pricey

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I have very oily skin, and have used many different primers all with high hopes. Nothing compares to the quality of smash box primer, and how well it keeps your make up from creasing, smearing, or wearing off. It is a bit more expensive, but you really get what you pay for on this product., and it lasts longer than average primers.

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Does not irritate

              By Kezemi

              from WA

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Prior to using this, I used the mac primer which didn't do too well for my skin. It took me too long to figure it out.. And well you know. Smashbox photo primer is great and I use this prior to my bare minerals matte powder.

               
              5.0

              Best primer

              By Jc

              from Midvale UT

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Have tried other primers but always come back to this one, simply the best.

                  • Skin Tone:
                  • Fair
                   
                  5.0

                  Can't be without it!!!

                  By Michele'

                  from Corpus Christi, TX

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

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    I cant go without this!!!! Allows my foundation/BB Cream to go on effortlessly and not settle in my pores or lines. Also minimizes the appearance of my pores. My face feels silky and smooth. Since I started using Smashbox products I have recieved alot of complements on my complection.

                    • Skin Tone:
                    • Medium
                     
                    5.0

                    SILKY SMOOTH

                    By KITTEN

                    from VISTA, CA

                    About Me Brand Buyer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    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:

                      ABLE TO USE LESS MAKEUP, WHICH IS GREAT. I BUY A GOOD MAKEUP SO I LOVE ANYTHING THAT MAKES IT LAST LONGER.

                      • Skin Tone:
                      • Fair

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                      • 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
                      • 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

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