Rated 4.45 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Best. Primer. Ever.
I adore this product. I started using primer when I became fed up with blotting paper (my face gets shiny very easily) and loose powder to keep my makeup looking fresh, and I will never go back. This primer eliminates the need for any powder to set your foundation and keeps your makeup on all day, even in humid, 90 degree weather (hello, DC summers)! I have acne-prone skin, and this primer has never made me break out. In fact, I think it's slightly improved my break outs because I don't need to reapply as much makeup throughout the day, and it keeps my foundation from getting stuck in my pores. Bottom line: wonderful product.
Most Helpful Critical Review Disappointing for me, but does work for others
I have very sensitive skin. This didn't irritate it. That's the only good thing I can say about the product for my personal use. That's why I gave it two stars; it did part of what it promised.
It did nothing to make my skin look smoother. For all the difference it made in smoothness, I could have skipped this product altogether.
The longer it was on my skin, the drier my dry skin became even with adequate moisturization as a base for it and moisturizing foundation and powder on top.
As a makeup artist, I have recommended this to women who need little help from a primer but do need help blocking oil breakthrough.
Reviewed by 583 customers New HG for my oily & textured skin
Bobcat2020 from Tx
This product has replaced The Primerizer as my HG primer. It's a combination of The Primerizer and Smashbox's Oil & Shine Control primer. It's lightweight like the Primerizer with the added blurring capabilities I get from the Oil&Shine control primer which is great for my textured skin and large pores. The texture is in between the two; just slightly thicker than a lotion but not quite a gel. I use it with both powder and liquid foundations and it works well with both. It's pretty pricey, but Smashbox has sales pretty regularly though I probably would just pay full price for it if I had to.
Smashbox primer is great.
None from KS
Granddaughter uses it under her foundation. She says it helps her foundation go on smoother.
Margie from Mcallen TX
As I age pores are more visible, this primer helped wonders and it's so light I can use it for daily use!
Koolade from Mexico
I would always buy this product.
Janie from Hartselle, Alabama
Love Smashbox because it makes my foundation go on so smoothly and evenly. Would never think of putting on foundation without using Smashbox first!
Only product I use!!! Amazing under your foundation!
Joanie from Alabama
Would never use foundation without Photo Finish Super Light!
I love it!!!
Moco129 from Maine
I love this product, it's light and doesn't leave my face feeling greasy! My foundation has never gone on so smooth.
Oily Skin Life Saver!
Shea from USA
I bought this by accident instead of the smooth and blur primer (which moderately controlled my oil) and I ended up loving this more! It is perfect for oily skin and it doesn't make me break out!
Would buy again for sure!
Anne from New jersey
Spreads easily over face. Feels light weight, never greasy or heavy.
Didn't see results
Kristen from OH
I've used and loved other Smashbox primers and thought this one sounded great. This one did not work for me. My skin was left looking oily and I felt like my pores looked more visible because of it. Sad this one didn't work well.
A must have
Sony from Corona ca
I've used many primers, and I like the results for this primer, it does help minimize lines and pores, especially end of the day you can see pores with makeup buildup so far I haven't seen this. I use this with my smashbox foundation, very happy
Good primer for my skin
Alicia J from Arkansas
I use this primer, along with a few Peter Thomas Roth eye & skin products (these are the BEST, full of Vitamin C). I like the Smashbox primer the best though. This is the first time I've tried the "light version" and I like it even better than the original photo finish! Because, if I haven't exfoliated properly, the photo finish is heavier and tends to "pill up" the skin on my jawline & under, especially if I have put off a Dermaplaning appt. I'll be using this light version from now on.
Not for me.
ConstructionKate from Fresno, Ca
The texture was nice but immediately when I put on my face the areas turned pink. I returned. This was one of the approved primers from the skin care line my esthetician suggests. Had to go with hourglass.
smooth & silky
Addict of All New Products from Indiana
LOVE this primer. Smooth and silky and not heavy or greasy.
Great for oily t-zone
Mary from Oklahoma
This primer is super great if you get oily in the t-zone. It's non drying and helps prevent oil production throughout the day. I definitely recommend this product
Cathy from Herriman, UT
Is tali smooth
NellieSue10 from Wyoming
I love this product. It doesn't matter what type of foundation I use, this product always makes my skin look good.
rocky from illinois
favorite primer i use it without make up too
switching to this!
kat from Naples, FL
I have been using this primer for a while and I HAD to write a review. I love it! I used to use Urban Decay's Optical Illusion but found the product to feel somewhat heavy. I lived by that primer until recently. Since switching, I noticed that I'm experiencing less breakouts and less dry patches on my skin, my makeup is staying in place, and my pores are being concealed nicely.
Not for everyone
Marcela from Thousand Oaks California
My friend and I purchased this primer. Yes my make up looked amazing but my skin was peeling. I went to the dermatologist and it was a chemical burn from smash box primer
Mrs. TRR from Mars Hill, NC
Favorite primer and I've tried a lot of them. Also my favorite Smashbox primer.
Love this primer!
luna from Ohio
I tried this primer when it was on sale for 21 Days Of Beauty. I'm so impressed! it keeps foundation on all day long and it works with pretty much any foundation. will buy again!
Not good for oily skin
Ccane from Dallas
I bought this after I read all the great reviews and I was EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!! My face was Very oily after I put it on. It looked like I had put olive oil all over my face I will definitely return this product!!
Prime for better look
Jammie from Arlington, /TX
Under moisturizer and foundation my skin looks better. Also seems to increase the life of the foundation bottle because I use less.
stockton209 from Stockton, CA
I absolutely love this primer!!!! I have oily/combination skin. I have been on a mission trying out different primers and I have found the one with this one. After using it for two weeks now, I can strongly recommend this product for people with oily/combination skin.
This primer holds my foundation all day. When I first use this product, my foundation looks matte.
After four hours, my face gets a bit oily but my foundation looks satin matte - NOT A BUTTERY MESS!!!! I am so happy!!!!!