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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Item #: 2233964 Size: 1.0 oz

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Create a perfect canvas for foundation application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, Smashbox's best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

THE ORIGINAL BLUR
The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. That's one of the reasons why primer was the first products created at Smashbox Studios. They developed a formula that diffuses the light hitting skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look. It also makes makeup look better and last longer. Think of Smashbox's primer as the original blur - and the best way to start your makeup every day.

Formulated without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, oil, fragrance & talc.

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#1 FACE PRIMER BRAND IN THE USA*

*Source: NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending October 2015

Apply a dime-size amount to clean or moisturized skin, using fingertips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation. To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 715 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Goes on smoothly (612)
  • Easy to apply (577)
  • Lightweight (531)
  • Long-lasting (401)
  • Blends well (356)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (119)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Doesn't stay on (25)
  • Causes breakouts (17)
  • Poor coverage (14)

Best Uses

  • Normal skin (203)
  • Sensitive skin (193)
  • Mature skin (183)
  • Full coverage (173)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (172)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (338), Budget shopper (262)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (342), Medium (297), Deep (27)

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5.0

Love this product!!!!

By MamaT

from Lafayette, LA

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    Applies easily, feels good on skin. Perfect canvas for base makeup.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Medium
     
    4.0

    This is by far the best primer I have ever used!

    By Salinas

    from Upland, ca

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Apply
    • Goes On Smoothly
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone or Oily Skin

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      It's like applying nothing at all, very soft and goes on very well.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      4.0

      I would buy again!

      By Kelz

      from Fresno

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Goes On Smoothly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        Good product

        • Skin Tone:
        • Medium
         
        4.0

        Great Foundation Primer

        By Eileen

        from Overland Park, KS

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I love that this primer helps to make my pores less noticeable while making my foundation go on much more smoothly. It is pricey but it doesn't take but a little bit to get great results.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        5.0

        Makeup stays on longer with this primer!!!

        By Kat

        from San Diego CA

        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:

            I'm 48 with medium olive skin that is pretty normal on the dryish side. When I find a product that is good and delivers on its promises, I don't mind spending the money...this one is worth it.

            I never used primer before but got a small sample of the Photo Finish and couldn't believe how much better my foundation stayed on without looking different. I tried some other primers to see if there was a difference; and it was huge....not in a good way. The other ones which were more creamy looking changed the way my makeup sat on my face. They turned my foundation (Sisley) to chalk (like some of those matte lipsticks do to your lips) and it looked really weird and fake. This primer just makes my foundation stay on better and even smooths things out a bit: I can go out for the night and come home looking great still.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            3.0

            Currently indecisive

            By Rachel

            from Philadelphia

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I tried this product because it was recommended to me. Never using foundation primer before I was excited to try! However, for the first use it made my favorite full coverage foundation go on lighter and not smooth. My skin is never flakey but this product seemed to make it that way. But I continued to apply my face: this product, foundation, a light contouring, eyeshadow, mascara. And I like the way it all came together! So I'm currently indecisive as to whether I like this product or don't? Maybe it didn't mix well with my foundation. Maybe I didn't let it dry long enough. However, the finished product managed to look really good!

             
            5.0

            I love this product makes my face feel fantastic

            By peach

            from Roseville, MI

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • A little pricey but worth every penny

            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:

            I have never felt anything like it. I got a free sample and went out and bought it.

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            Flawless finish, really helps hide my blemishes.

            By Supermom

            from Edinburg, TX

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              After my toner and moisturizer I apply this primer, then follow with my foundation. Leaves my acne prone skin appearing flawless without a caked on look I will be a life long user!!

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair
               
              5.0

              Love the product! I would buy it again!

              By Edith

              from Palestine, TX

              About Me Brand Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Blends Well
              • Easy To Apply
              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Full Coverage

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                I love how my makeup looks after using the primer!

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium
                 
                5.0

                A staple in beauty

                By MrsShmixon

                from NY

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                LOVE this product! Found it as a freebee at ultra. Pricey but worth it!! My face feels like silk when it's on

                • Skin Tone:
                • Medium

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                43 Questions | 43 Answers
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                • Q:

                  How many ounces are in this product?
                  Asked on 3/2/2016 by Keleigh from Tuscaloosa, AL

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Photo Finish Foundation Primer contains 1.0 fl. oz. and just a small pea size is needed per application.

                    Answered on 3/3/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                • Q:

                  I'm looking to hide premature wrinkles. Does this emphasize lines like some foundations or will it conceal/fill them in?
                  Asked on 3/1/2016 by KT

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer smooths the appearance of fine lines and creates a perfect canvas for foundation with a lightweight & oil-free blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea.

                    Answered on 3/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                • Q:

                  what size is this product?
                  Asked on 2/29/2016 by covergirl from US

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Photo Finish foundation Primer is 1.0 oz, and just a small pea size is needed per application!

                    Answered on 3/1/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                • Q:

                  Does this product contain soy?
                  Asked on 2/24/2016 by happy shopper

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    This product does not contain soy.

                    Answered on 2/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  I have used the Smashbox "green" primer and color corrector and like it alot. I think it blurs the lines and pores. I like to use with and without foundation. How would it compare to this one?
                  Asked on 2/9/2016 by Beauty product lover from Fort Myers, FL

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Please view Smashbox's primer comparison chart to compare the different available primer formulas and determine which one is perfect for you based on your skin type and concerns!

                    http://www.ulta.com/shade-finders/smashbox-primer-chart/

                    Answered on 2/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  What are the ingredients and why are they not listed like other products list ingredients? I need the exact ingredients!
                  Asked on 1/24/2016 by Love Cosmetics

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Smashbox does not permit us to disclose ingredients for their products at Ulta.com, and instead they request that all ingredients inquiries please be directed to their Customer Care team at toll-free 1-877-698-4301. We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you!

                    Answered on 1/25/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Will this product cause break outs
                  Asked on 1/17/2016 by Danielle

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Photo Finish Foundation Primer features a lightweight, oil-free formula for all skin types.

                    Answered on 1/19/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  I've had zero luck finding a primer that meets and helps cover the many skin issues I have. With my very oily t-zone, blackheads on my nose and chin, enlarged pores and fine lines setting in combined with very dry skin, it seems like the primers I've tried only bring out those problems instead of reduce them. And since smashbox has a different primer for all of these issues which one should I try?
                  Asked on 1/12/2016 by Toni from Fort Worth, TX.

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Please view our primer comparison guide here:

                    http://www.ulta.com/shade-finders/smashbox-primer-chart/

                    For your concerns, we'd suggest either the Light or the Pore Minimizing. Please also note that primer should be applied only to areas of concern, so we'd suggest targeting your t-zone area and avoiding dry areas such as your cheeks.

                    Answered on 1/15/2016 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  How long does this primer last for? How many ounces is it? Trying to decide whether to get full sized or travel sized.
                  Asked on 12/17/2015 by Saharab from Sarasota, FL.

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    It is 1.0 oz, and just a small pea size is needed per application!

                    Answered on 12/18/2015 by Staff Expert from Ulta Beauty
                • Q:

                  Is the product good for an oily skin type ?
                  Asked on 12/3/2015 by haley from US

                  1 answer

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