Rated 4.59 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review A Love Story from an Acne Prone Gym Goer
PHOTO: The attached photo is after approximately 12 hours of wear on a naturally oily face, and an extremely sweaty workout.
I have fallen in love with this product as well as the eye primer. I went to Ulta in search for a new foundation because I thought that my Tarte, powder foundation couldn't handle sweat (I walk a mile to and from my office in Florida) because it would embed in creases and looked horrible. Boy was I wrong!
I asked an employee to recommend a new foundation that would work better for sweat, oily, and acne prone skin. She told me that my current foundation is what she would recommend, but that I should you a primer. I must confess, I thought she was a bit crazy, but now I am a BELIEVER in the wonder that is Photo Finish Primer.
How I use it and what I use it with:
I cleansed and moisturized my face, applied the primer with my fingertips, applied my foundation (Tarte Airbrush full coverage), blush, and Tarte Smooth Operator (this likely contributed to my good experience).
I went about my day, including the gym where I SWEAT WATERFALLS down my face. When I got to my car and looked in the mirror, I was in shock to see that my makeup was still fairly FLAWLESS! After all of the sweat my face had less of a matte finish and more of a dewy finish, but my personal results have been amazing. If anything changes I will update this review.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not for Oily Skin
This is the worst primer I have ever used.
I have an oily tzone, makeup slides off my nose very easily. I use Estee Lauder's Doublewear makeup and needed something to prime with.
Previously, I had been using Benefit's Porefessional, which is decent for dabbing on problem pore areas.
I bought sample of the smashbox primer, because everyone raved about it on Youtube.
I found it applied fine and made makeup apply smoothly. BUT It actually descreased the wear time I got from my Doublewear. My nose was an oil slick by 3 hours in the work day.
It also caused me to break out around my chin. I never break out and I'm not too sensitive to products, but this did cause small bumps to pop up.
I have found a primer that works, however. Loreal's Infalliable Setting spray is a dream. Spritz before makeup, apply face, spritz again. Done! It leaves your skin looking doll like, a plus for my heavy coverage makeup. It also set my nose makeup perfectly. No sliding.
Reviewed by 2512 customers The Very Best!!!
Meemz from SLC, Utah
This is truly the best primer! I've tried many to make sure...there isn't one that comes close.
Best Product for Makeup Primer
Tootie from Sun City West Az
This is one product I would not be without. It leaves your skin so soft and Makes your foundation go on so smoothly. It's the best primer I've ever used.
I've tried other brands, but always return to this one!
Khart from Boca Raton, Florida
Smash-box photo-finish pore minimizing primer sample size is great for travel and lasts several days to two weeks , depending on how much or how often you apply. Feels silky smooth and has been my go to staple for many years.
Pores still visible
JLew from TN
Actually enhanced pores rather than blurring them.
Only Primer I have found that works.
FordGirl from Maple Valley, WA
This is the easiest, most effective primer that I have ever used. There isn't another that I have tried that was worth the cost.
I would buy it again but this time the full size
Laura from Salina ks
I like the way my makeup looks
I tried it and i like like it
Mimi from Florida
I am just starting to use a primer so I have nothing to compare it to. I sweat at work so today will be the real test.
Best Primer for Oily Skin
Lauren from Perrysburg
I have never found a primer that smooths and blurs my skin like this one. When I don't wear makeup, it keeps me from being shiny and acts like a filter over my skin. When I do wear makeup, it goes in noticeably smoother and stays matte longer than before I used this primer. I will never use another primer in my life.
lils from AZ
This caused me to break out with cyctic acne, every single time I used it....i am very good about washing my makeup off at night and I still caused those horrid pimples deep underneath my skin that would take ages to clear up. Did not really keep my makeup in place and my face was very oily at the end of the day, definitely did not work for me.
NOT for acne prone skin
Cass from California
This is good for areas of my skin that aren't prone to acne, but it irritated my acne and caused small little bumps to form. My forehead is super textured now!
krnorman87 from MN
I wanted to love this primer but it caused me to break out. I loved how silky it felt and it went on very nicely. Helped keep foundation from settling into fine lines around my eyes and kept my makeup fresh all day. But two days in, I have little acne bumps all over my face. This primer is the only thing I changed in my face routine. It's sad because everything else about it is great. Just not worth the acne for me.
I WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN
Missy from Muskegon
Love how it makes my skin and makeup feel on my face
Ajay91 from Medford oregon
I LOVE this one, I have the purple pore min. Also but this one is my absolute favorite. It's non oily and once applied it doesn't take very long before it sets and you can start your foundation which is great in the mornings!
Natural Glow 101 from Laurel, MD
This product is awesome !! I've tried other primers but they caused my skin to become drier. I have eczema so, my skin is already dry. It's very lightweight and non greasy but, covers well
Caused Small Bumps On The Face
Sofia from Sacramento, CA
I loved how the primer set my makeup without smudging all day, but I noticed that after I'd wash off my makeup, I'd have small bumps on the face. I have sensitive, oily skin and this only made my skin feel worse. I'd apply a small dab of the primer, but my face still managed to feel a little greasy. I tried it out because of the the positive reviews, but you don't know if it's for you until you try it.
Abi from New Jersey
Felt really nice, light and smooth going on. Not really sure how much it worked though. I definitely still noticed pores so definitely didn't completely smooth everything out.
Great for dry skin!
Katie from Dearborn, MI
I have extremely dry skin and eczema, so finding a good primer to keep my skin moisturized and to even out the texture is difficult. This has more of an oily feel to it, but it glides on super smooth and doesn't feel oily on my face. I highly recommend for anyone with dry skin!
Great Product but...
Reasonable Reviewer from Canton Michigan
I have been experiencing tiny bumps on my forehead from using this product.
I have since stopped applying it to my forehead and these issues came to a halt. This is a wonderful product , probably not suited for super sensitive skin. I will look for something more for acne prone skin, but for folks with normal skin this is your holy grail!
I love this stuff.
Funny girl from Mississippi
I use this under my foundation.
Liz C from Black Diamond, WA
Who wouldn't LOVE this product! Best stuff since 'sliced bread' - an old saying! Feels great on the skin and allows any makeup to glide on smoothly, stay in place and wear wonderfully all day long! I work 12-hours+ a day and I no longer need to refresh my makeup during my break times.
Gave me little bumps...:(
EB from MIDDLETOWN NY
Really wanted to love this primer, it feels so good on the skin a glides on like a dream but I Kept getting these little bumps on my skin especially my forehead and cheek area I thought maybe it was something with my skin routine but when I asked other people who I knew used this primer they said that they had the same problem. Maybe it just doesn't work on certain skin types:(
would not buy again
Abby from Astoria, oregon
I have pores around my nose and it did not do anything even after my estee lauder foundation I can still see so many pores. So upset because it was pretty pricey
I love the photo finish primer! By Samshbox!
Chelle from Murfreesboro,TN
I love the line of Smashbox! I use the foundation and concealer so I had to try the primer. Awesome Line!
Carebear from Summerville, SC
This primer feels like silk on my skin. My foundation glides on top for a flawless look.
Shelby from Huntsville, al
I've been wanting this product for a while, and finally decided to purchase. Absolutely the best money I've ever spent on primer!! This made my skin look flawless and I received so many compliments on my skin while wearing it! Would absolutely buy again.