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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 350 reviews)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (303)
  • Lightweight (284)
  • Goes on smoothly (189)
  • Blends well (156)
  • 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 (123)
  • Everyday (67)
  • All skin types (47)
  • Normal skin (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (115), Budget shopper (81), Natural style (53), Classic style (35), Trendy style (17)

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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

       
      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.

         
        4.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Bobbie

        from Huntersville

        About Me Classic Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Easy To Take-off
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

            Everyday use

             
            5.0

            I would buy again

            By Brenda C

            from Minot, ND

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply
            • Easy To Take-off
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types
              • Everyday
              • Going Out
              • Sensitive Skin
              • Travel

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

              I received a sample size in my Ipsy bag and really liked how it went on. It seems to work better than other products I have used.

               
              5.0

              Really works to control oil

              By Liza

              from Texas

              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

                • Everyday
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                I use under my pur mineral foundation

                 
                5.0

                I apply it first before any foundation

                By Paola

                from 11407 Concho st

                About Me Trendy Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Going Out
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                  Amazing product!

                   
                  4.0

                  Will repurchase

                  By Amanda

                  from US

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                    I have tried multiple primers and most I didn't care for. I was using the japonesque velvet touch primer and I LOVED it, but it was breaking my face out like crazy. This isn't as velvety smooth but leaves my combo/oily face shine-free for about 8-10 hours. And no acne! Will repurchase (although I may try the Ulta brand primers).

                     
                    5.0

                    Love this product!! I use it daily!!

                    By LoB

                    from Southern California

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • All Skin Types
                      • Everyday
                      • Going Out

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light:

                      This is a lightweight primer, a thin layer of this primer goes on quickly, but makes a huge difference in the appearance and application of my liquid foundation and balances the color, leading to a smooth, natural look tgat wears well all day long. Your skin feels so smooth too!! It lasts me about 5-6 months, so it breaks down to less than $1/week for a flawless finish!!

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                      • 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
                      • Q:

                        Does this primer work well for mineral powder foundation? I only use mineral power foundation because I tend to break out and I have oily skin. I was wondering if this works well with that type of foundation.
                        Asked on 1/2/2017 by Makeup Lover from Charlotte, NC

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! Smashbox Primers work well with all foundations.

                          Answered on 1/2/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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