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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.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract , Propylene Glycol, Water\Aqua\Eau, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer
 
4.5

(based on 821 reviews)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (662)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Lightweight (608)
  • Long-lasting (407)
  • Blends well (403)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (124)
  • Doesn't stay on (27)
  • Too greasy (27)
  • Causes breakouts (18)
  • Poor coverage (15)

Best Uses

  • Sensitive skin (212)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Mature skin (185)
  • Full coverage (177)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (176)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (46), Classic style (20), Trendy style (11)
    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair (384), Medium (336), Deep (30)

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5.0

Favorite Primer

By AJ

from Ohio

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

My skin type is oily and I live in a humid climate so I'm very picky with my primers. I was pretty nervous to try this at first because even though it's oil free it felt very oily to me. once I applied it it felt great on my skin and makes my make up stayed put and look flawless! I use other primers but I always find myself reaching for this one when I want to look my absolute best! A little goes a long way so the tubes last quite a while for me. I use about a pea sized dot and it covers everything very well. I can't say if it controls my oil or not but it definitely doesn't make it worse which is good enough for me! If you're on the fence about this I highly recommend trying it out because you'll probably fall in love!

 
3.0

I'm not so sure if I would

By Golden lover

from Fontana California

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Blends Well
  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Good Pigmentation
  • Lightweight
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

  • Doesn't Stay On

Best Uses

  • Everyday

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

I like it but not that great. I bought because I hear so much great reviews on it. thought it was too pricey for not that amazing.... Good but not great.

  • Skin Tone:
  • Medium
 
5.0

Worth it!

By SammySosa

from Lakeland, FL

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    I use this everyday! It's smooth, lightweight, oil free, and works amazingly. It truly helps my face makeup stay on all day.

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    FAVORITE PRIMER

    By SH

    from Ti-Cities, Wa

    About Me Classic Style

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Smooth

    Cons

    • Expensive

    Best Uses

    • All Skin Types
    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This is the best primer I have found. It goes on lightly and holds my makeup all day!

    • Skin Tone:
    • Fair
     
    5.0

    You will love it!

    By Monica

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Classic Style

    Pros

    • Blends Well
    • Easy To Apply
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting
    • Smooth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Going Out

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I received a sample of this with a previous Ulta order; it goes on super smooth and will make your makeup look fantastic! I'm 31 and have acne-prone skin (as well as acne scars), and this product did not break me out. The first time I tried it, I was at a party for 6 hours in triple digit weather; my foundation stayed in place and did not break down (as it usually does). My makeup looked flawless! A little goes a long way on this product; so if the price tag scares you, remember that it will last you for awhile. I would definitely recommend this product!

      • Skin Tone:
      • Medium
       
      5.0

      Awesome product, really works...though pricey

      By Beauty Obsessed

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Trendy Style

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Easy To Take-off
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth

      Cons

      • Expensive

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday
      • Going Out

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      Love this primer, just wish they would bring back the Illuminating version of it! Really awesome and smooth primer though the price is a bit high. I hate paying for it every time, but it really is the best and highest-performing primer on the market.

      • Skin Tone:
      • Fair
       
      5.0

      Love this product

      By Pilar

      from CA

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Long Lasting
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Going Out

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        It makes your face feel amazing. I use to wear this a few years ago but the price was a little high for me. I don't wear a lot of makeup but decided I wanted to try it again. I got it and I've missed this so much much. The best primer I've used.

        • Skin Tone:
        • Fair
         
        4.0

        Must Have

        By Islandgirl1215

        from Fairfield

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Love this product

          • Skin Tone:
          • Medium
           
          5.0

          Love and more love for this

          By Sandy Pants

          from Esco, CA

          About Me Natural Style

          Pros

          • Blends Well
          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Long Lasting
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday
            • Going Out

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I have received it a few times now as a sample and I just had to get over the sticker shock and buy it. My pores are way less noticeable, I am less greasy in my T-zone, makeup stay on much longer and goes on smoother. Worth every penny. Helps even less expensive foundations look amazing

            • Skin Tone:
            • Medium
             
            5.0

            I love this product. I would buy this again and again!

            By Ryssa

            from Wareham,Massachusetts

            About Me Classic Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Easy To Take-off
            • Lightweight
            • Long Lasting
            • Natural Looking
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              This product is amazing! Goes on smoothly,clearly and wears great. I don't even remember I have it on! Highly recommend

              • Skin Tone:
              • Fair

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              • Q:

                My skin is very dry and red.(especially my cheeks and forehead) What primer is best for me without significantly making my face have a green tint? Thank you.
                Asked on 9/22/2016 by Marie from Huntsville, AL

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! We suggest using Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Adjust. The primer will even out redness on your cheeks and forehead without leaving a green tint. It even contains an Orchid Complex to calm and sooth your skin.

                  Answered on 9/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                I have acne scars will this primer help conceal them!!! I just don't like putting on foundation cause it just sinks into the scars and looks aweful
                Asked on 9/18/2016 by Marie from Ontario Canada

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! Yes, primer will help. Try using our Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Blend to smooth the appearance of texture and minimize the appearance dark spots or redness caused by scarring.

                  Answered on 9/22/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                Hi there, would this work if you use a moisture (Cetaphil) before applying the primer?
                Asked on 9/14/2016 by Jada from West Palm Beach, FL

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer can be used over the top of any moisturizer. Cetaphil is perfect!

                  Answered on 9/23/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                will this primer keep me from sweating through my foundation ?
                Asked on 9/7/2016 by rach from Ohio,US

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer won't keep you from sweating, but it will make your makeup last longer while you are sweating... the formulation is sweat and jeat resistant!

                  Answered on 9/8/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                Age 50, crepe under eyes when I smile, deep frown lines! What whole I use?
                Asked on 8/29/2016 by Ole gal from Pa

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! for the under eye we suggest using our Under Eye Hydrating Primer. It's like 7 hours of sleep in a tube! It will hydrate and brighten the under eye to make concealer last longer and look fresher. For the face we suggest using our Photo Finish Primer with SPF 20 and Dermaxyl. It contains a powerful peptide to help smooth and plump the skin.

                  Answered on 9/5/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                How long will my makeup last with this primer?
                Asked on 8/23/2016 by Bridget from California, US

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is designed to significantly extend the wear of your makeup. Try using it with one of our long wear foundations for a flawless look that will last all day... and night!

                  Answered on 8/25/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                Will it work for oily skin?
                Asked on 8/17/2016 by Rose from LA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types. If your primary concern is oily skin we recommend our Primer Light.

                  Answered on 8/17/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                My school pictures are coming up, would this be good to use under my foundation to make the photo not glare under the lighting?
                Asked on 8/10/2016 by Grace from Minnesota, USA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a good start. to deter glare, It really depends on the type of foundation you use. All Smashbox products have been tested at our Photo Studios. Our 15 Hour Wear Studio Skin foundation is 100% flash proof. We suggest visiting your local Ulta store for a color matching.

                  Answered on 8/10/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                Will this work with very dry skin?
                Asked on 8/7/2016 by jenn from Seattle, WA

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types. If your primary concern is dry skin we recommend our Hydrating Primer.

                  Answered on 8/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
              • Q:

                Does this work well under powder foundation? (Like the it cosmetics celebration powder foundation)
                Asked on 8/6/2016 by Sidfer from Florida

                1 answer

                • Brand Expert

                  A:

                  Hi There! Photo Finish Foundation Primer is good for all skin types and works well under any foundation.

                  Answered on 8/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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