Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I no longer melt!!!!
Not to sound dramatic, but this primer made me cry tears of joy! Today was the first time in over 6 years that I didn't have to powder my face every 30 minutes while wearing makeup.
My face became quite oily in my early 20's (thanks genetics). We're not talking minor oiliness, but full face oil slick within about an hour of makeup application no matter what primers, powders, sprays, foundation, or skin care products were used (and I've tried dozens). Nothing worked well & to make matters worse, my office temp varies drastically which means every 30 minutes or so, I have to reapply powder so by the end of the work day I look cakey or like I'm melting. Add to that a chemical SPF sensitivity in a world where everything has SPF in it & your options become limited. This primer was a last ditch effort to remedy my extremely oily skin.
I went in with understandably low expectations. After prepping my face, I applied this primer fairly liberally and let it absorb. Within 30 seconds, I felt my skin start tightening & after it had fully absorbed I touched my face. to my absolute shock & amazement, my skin felt soft but not at all oily. it felt normal! Overjoyed, I applied the rest of my makeup but held off on using all of the oil control powders/sprays that are usually a necessity. After 3 hours, my matte foundation was still 100% matte! I didn't have to apply powder until the 9hr mark and only had to do so lightly! After 12 long hours of wear, my makeup looked the same as when I had applied it. It didn't look cakey and hadn't gathered in various creases. My matte foundation was shine free for the first time ever after a full day of wear & that alone was so liberating I cried.
While I'm a little displease regarding the high cost for such a small amount of product, this primer has changed the way I view makeup as a whole. Also note that if you have any textured skin, this product will make it pop out more. Still, if you have oily skin I'd 100% recommend this.
Most Helpful Critical Review A little bit doesn't go a long way
I've been using this product for one week. It's noticeably different in texture than the other Smashbox primers. Lighter feel than the original, not as powdery as the pore minimizer. It doesn't spread onto my face as easily as the others, it seems to absorb with one swipe of a finger. I need to use more of the product to cover my face than I typically did with the others. It's worth mentioning that this product does contain salicylic acid, so if you're using other acne products, be careful not to dry out your skin. I've noticed that my face it a bit less oily midday; my after-lunch oil blotting requires fewer sheets. I do like that it doesn't pill when putting make-up on top like the pore minimizer formula, and that might be enough for me to buy it again. I like it, I'm just not sure which formula I like best! I suggest trying the testers in an Ulta store before choosing a primer, if you're unfamiliar.
Reviewed by 3481 customers Love this
Pamela from Colorado Springs, Colorado
Youthful looking. I use a lot of oil products as I have dry skin, this eliminates the shine. Love it
Meg from Texas, USA
I am super oily and this helps so much to keep the oil under control!
I'm not crazy about it
Cat from New York
I was referred to the product by a staff while I brought it on a cheaper price somewhere else
Lakeisha from Oregon
Hides and conceals pores. Sometimes I even use without foundation, can't even tell. I love this stuff.
Gets rid of oil but…
Smash box Primer from Roseburg
Wanted to love this. I have extremely oily skin and have tried many primers, including Benefit and Mac, and they just make my skin even greasier. This stuff worked. And nothing else has so far. But within a few days after starting it, my skin started breaking out. Not really bad, but I find it unacceptable, and I will be returning this.
OMG!!! we finally have a winner!!
Kathy p from Miami, FL
I've been desperately seeking a product that actually works. I've purchased the smashbox primer/oil control and it didn't work at all. I've brought from the cheapest of the cheapest to the most expensive and always came out losing. Finally read the reviews on this and decided to try..... HALLELUJAH!!!!!!! Something that finally works!! I have SUPER oily skin and did it last ALL day... no, but it helped significantly and lasted several hours (maybe 5-6) which I'm happy with. it was easy to apply and no weird smells or stickiness.
Pricy but amazing
Tee from Texas
This product works WONDERS for controlling oil. It's not tacky or slick; it has a soft, velvety feel on the skin. I just wish it wasn't so pricy for such a small tube. I wear makeup almost daily and might get only 2-3 weeks out of the full size tube.
bmar from Bakersfield, CA
By far the best primer I have used! I tried high end and drugstore but this one was the best. I do use setting powder and setting spray along with this primer and my face stays looking fresh for at least 6 hours. I do have a really oily t-zone.
Drea from Brea
Ive always used the original photo finish idk why i never tried this one
The best one!!
Only primer that works for me
Kelli from Valparaiso, In
I have tried a few primers that say oil control. They either dry me out and then I produce more oil and break out or do nothing at all and I'm living off of oil blotters. I have had acne and it's hard to wear foundation to cover without then looking shiney.
I love how soft this makes my face and I love that it lasts all day, I work in an office so it's nice to be able to wear this and just concealer.
My go to!!
Maribear8 from Utah
Tried this out cause the gal at ulta recommended this for me cause I'm super super oily. This helps my make up stay on, and doesn't get oily.
Love how it feels on my skin!!!
Great for oily skin in Summer Time!!
BrPerfecto from Mound Minnesota
I've been trying all different types of primers. Moisturizers foundations and facial serums for my oily skin in the summertime. some worked more than others. OMG today was hot and I used this sample that I got from ipsy. Love love It works!!! All Day!!! WOW I'm so impressed I had to find the website to buy this product. 👍👌😘
Caused cystic acne, unlike other smashbox primers
Sea30 from South Lyon, MI
Hoped to love this as I have oily skin and I've had great experiences with other smashbox primers in the past. I hadn't bought one in a while because they're so expensive, but decided to treat myself and spring for this new version. Unfortunately, I've figured out that this is what has been causing my new cystic acne. Goes on smooth but definitely NOT noncomedogenic.
Dre from Brea
Been using the wrong one the entire time !!! Was using the original photo finish but this right here ahhmazing!
Liz from Aurora, IL
Use it for my makeup to stay but also love love the oil shine free part!!!
My new favorite primer
CarolinaShopper from High Point, NC
The Smashbox Photo Finish Oil & Shine Control Matte Primer is my new favorite primer. It goes on smooth, dries quickly, and leaves a matte finish. I have VERY oily skin and prefer a matte finish - not the shiny or dewy looks that are occasionally in style. This primer helps control my oil for a good bit of the day, even longer with a little blotting. I can wear it solo to keep the shine down on a clean face, or under make up. I do find I prefer this primer under a powder foundation. Powder seems to give me a smoother, more natural finish, while liquid foundations (including BB or CC creams, etc.) can cake a bit if I'm not super careful and extra light with application. I've bought this 2-3 times since originally trying it.
I would buy this again! Made my makeup 5x better 😍
Bri from Corpus
Used under my makeup for Easter and made my makeup look great in pictures😊
Really Works !
Gracie from California
I really have oily skin, I had tried other primers and the intact makeup lasted only 1 hour, I bought the travel size to test, and wow! ..... my face and makeup are free of oily ... at least 6 hrs. i will definitely buy the full size version
just doesn't work
No work from St Louis
No matter what :(
Shiny forehead minutes after application
I will continue to buy this love it
Dee from AZ
it is great love it
Mariaaa from New York, NY
I get oily around my nose and forehead areas and this is perfect for that. I love how it gives me a matte finish and its long lasting.
Does the job
Lina from Texas
I should of invested in the full size, for the price it's so tiny but I will say it does the job! It helped my oily and shiny t zone area and I plan on buying the full size don't waste money on this tiny sample size.
Best matte primer
Kiki from NJ
This is the best primer for my oily skin. I've paired this primer with maybelline fit me poreless foundation and estee lauder's double wear stay in place and it makes my skin look flawless!
This product is SMALL for it's price!
LOL from LA, CA
WAY TOO SMALL
Keep coming back...
Hannah from Michigan
I love this primer more than anything. It provides such a smooth base for my makeup and keeps my skin looking fresh and matte literally all day. I've tried to find dupes and less expensive alternatives, but nothing compares, this is the best 🙌🏼