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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light is a super lightweight, transparent gel face primer that smoothes skin and creates a soft-focus finish.

Benefits:
  • Preps skin for flawless makeup application
  • Leaves skin silky smooth
  • Vitamin C & peptide blend protects skin from environmental pollutants, damage and stress
  • Cruelty-free

This water-based primer works for all skin types but is ideal for sensitive, acne-prone, oily or combination skin.

Formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Oil, Fragrance & Talc.

Please note packaging may vary from image shown.

Apply a sheer layer with fingertips before you start your makeup. Wear alone or under makeup.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Decyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol.

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

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SmashboxPhoto Finish Foundation Primer Light
 
4.3

(based on 356 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (307)
  • Lightweight (288)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Blends well (158)
  • Long-lasting (132)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (50)
  • Doesn't stay on (24)
  • Poor coverage (16)
  • Causes breakouts (14)
  • Too greasy (10)

Best Uses

  • Acne-prone or oily skin (129)
  • Sensitive skin (124)
  • Everyday (69)
  • All skin types (48)
  • Normal skin (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Natural style (56), Classic style (36), Trendy style (17)

Reviewed by 356 customers

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5.0

Great for oily skin

By Steph

from Avon, OH

About Me Classic Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      I switched to the light version for my oily skin. I like the original too but this works great for summer.

       
      1.0

      Returned It

      By V

      from Palmdale, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      Did nothing for me. Had to return it.

       
      2.0

      Suckss

      By Ksryaa

      from Anaheim

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

      After reading all the comments I wasn't too sure if I should get this primer but I ended up purchasing it . It's not for me . It makes me super oily more a than I was before . Considering its oil free i figured t couldn't get me oily but it does .. i still use it just cause it was $36 but i won't be purchasing again . It makes me look shiny and my foundationblends pretty well which is a good side but just isn't for me . Hope it works for someone else

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It keeps my make up from caking!

      By Ceci

      from Richardson texas

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Oily skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

        On a clean face before foundation! After

         
        5.0

        My first primer...ever!

        By JOjo

        from Farmington, NM

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

          Love this primer! It makes completely taking off foundation so easy. It goes on so smooth that sometimes I don't even use foundation over it. I've never used primer before this one, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I love this product! I did break out, recently since I got this primer, along with a cream foundation that I use over it. Also, it lasted through some outdoor basketball games, and my foundation was still intact! :)

           
          5.0

          Love this!

          By Sheba

          from Opelika, AL

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Lightweight
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

            This primer feels so good on your face. I wear it alone on the weekends or when staying in after showering.

             
            5.0

            Favorite primer

            By DM

            from Blackfoot

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

            This is my all time favorite primer. Smooths out skin leaving foundation flawless

             
            5.0

            Perfect for my sensitive skin

            By Nonya

            from Antioch, CA

            About Me Natural Style

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

              I Loooooove this product. My skin gets greasy when I wear makeup but since I've been using this product, I've not had a problem with that. Love it!

               
              5.0

              My go to primer

              By Itsnataliad

              from Arizona

              About Me Trendy Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Easy To Take-off
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                I had meant to purchase this same product in clear, but purchased in light and didn't want to go through the trouble of returning it. It's super lightweight and makes my foundation last longer. Definitely will be purchasing again

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                May be good for summer...

                By wyogirl

                from Gillette, WY

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Apply
                • Lightweight
                • Smooth

                Cons

                • Drying

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                  I've been trying different primers, looking for the "perfect" one for my skin. Unfortunately, this is not it, probably because of the extremely dry, high mountain desert air where I live and my own dry skin. This made my face sooo dry and flaky I couldn't wait to get home and wash my face! I will try it again in the summer, but for now will stick with the original Smashbox primer and the Smashbox primer oil.

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                  • Q:

                    i have normal skin and i have smile lines will this primer be good for my smile lines???
                    Asked on 5/9/2018 by yessix1 from US

                    2 answers

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hello Gorgeous! The Super Light Photo Finish Primer will help to Smooth and Blur fine lines and wrinkles.

                      Answered on 5/30/2018 by Official Answer from Smashbox US from Brand Answer
                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! We suggest using Primerizer to minimize the appearance of smile lines in makeup.

                      Answered on 5/14/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Is this primer water or silicone based?
                    Asked on 3/19/2018 by Ariana from El Mirage, AZ

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! This primer is considered a gel and is composed of 60% water.

                      Answered on 3/20/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Hii i was wondering which primer would suit me better i have an oily t zone and my cheeks are quite normal but can be a little oily sometimes i have alot of opened pores on my cheeks and nose and i have an acne prone skin and tend to breakout frequently so am not sure is this one better for me or the pore minimizing one
                    Asked on 12/9/2017 by Leeya from Australia, perth

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! If you have sensitive skin we suggest Primer Light. If you don't have sensitive skin we suggest Pore Minimizing Primer... it will fill in pores and control oil for up to 8 hours... and you can even use it under, or over your makeup!

                      Answered on 12/12/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Hi, I was wondering if this primer would work well to hydrate the skin and not dry it out, but at the same time keep the skin from getting oily throughout the day. Thanks!
                    Asked on 10/25/2017 by Smash box girl from undisclosed

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! We suggest using Primerizer if you want a primer that will hydrate the skin. In order to prevent your skin from getting oily we suggest using a longer foundation like Studioskin.

                      Answered on 10/26/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Hello! I was wondering, the start of my day my skin is fine but throughout the day my t-zone gets more oily. And it's only my t-zone my cheeks are normal/fine. So which primer would be best the photo finish foundation primer or the photo finish foundation primer light?
                    Asked on 8/2/2017 by Anja from Chicago

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! If you have sensitive skin we suggest Primer Light. If you don't have sensitive skin we suggest the new Primer Stick... it will control your oil for up to 12 hours... and you can use it under, or over your makeup!

                      Answered on 8/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    What's the difference between photo finish foundation primer light and the regular one that didn't have light on it
                    Asked on 6/14/2017 by Dani from Mexico

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Primer Light is made for sensitive skin, while the Original Primer is made for all skin types.

                      Answered on 6/15/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    My skin is combo... cheeks are normal .. Only my nose gets oily whenever i apply anything on it , whether it's foundation , primer etc
                    i dont have acne . I have some finelines .
                    What is the best Smashbox primer product for me ?
                    Asked on 6/13/2017 by Rudy from Egypt

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! We suggest the Pore Minimizing Primer. You can use it under or over your makeup. It's especially good for touch-ups.

                      Answered on 6/15/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    Can I use this product under my Bare Minerals original foundation? I use the lightest foundation - fair.
                    Asked on 5/28/2017 by kiki from Lansing, IL

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! Yes, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light can be used under any foundation.

                      Answered on 5/30/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    I have very sensitive and oily skin! I mean very very sensitive! Will this Primer cover my blemishes, and is it good for oily skin?
                    Asked on 4/3/2017 by beachluvr2 from Alabama

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! This primer is excellent for sensitive and oily skin. To cover blemishes we suggest a Smashbox foundation or concealer.

                      Answered on 4/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                  • Q:

                    I have oily, acne prone skin. I want something that can mattify and act as a barrier between my skin and my foundation. Will this product work best? I want to prevent clogged pores.
                    Asked on 2/17/2017 by Trey from Midland, MI

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Hi There! We suggest the Pore Minimizing Primer to mattify your skin and act as a barrier between your skin and foundation.

                      Answered on 2/21/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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