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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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#1 Face Primer Brand In The USA*

*NPD US Prestige Beauty Tracking Service, 12 months ending September 2017.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is a transparent face primer gel that smoothes skin and blurs flaws. It was developed to help makeup look better and last longer on set.

Benefits:
  • Makeup lasts hours & hours
  • Fills in fine lines & pores instantly
  • Glides on to give you a flawless finish
  • Lightweight & oil-free
  • Protects skin from environmental pollutants, damage & stress with antioxidants vitamin A, E and peptides
  • Ideal for all skin types
  • Cruelty-free

In a consumer study on 103 women after 1 week of use:
  • 93% saw blurred imperfections
  • 93% saw smoother skin
  • 91% saw minimized pores & lines
  • 95% said it helped makeup go on flawlessly
  • 94% said it worked well with their skin tone
  • 94% agreed foundation blended more easily

The first product developed at Smashbox Photo Studios L.A., Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer has been a makeup artist must-have for more than 15 years. It's still their #1-bestseller.

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

Click here to find your perfect Smashbox Photo Finish Primer!

Please note packaging may vary from image shown.

Smooth a layer over clean, moisturized skin. Let it set for 15 seconds. Wear alone or under makeup. Can also be used over makeup for touchups.

Studio tip: Try it in your hair to tame frizzies.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water\Aqua\Eau, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract.

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
 
4.5

(based on 1335 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (1094)
  • Lightweight (980)
  • Blends well (652)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Smooth (490)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (126)
  • Causes breakouts (47)
  • Doesn't stay on (41)
  • Doesn't work (33)
  • Poor coverage (29)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (373)
  • Sensitive skin (346)
  • All skin types (275)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Going out (189)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (244), Classic style (193), Trendy style (82)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

love.

By Manley

from Missouri

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

Blurs out imperfections beautifully. I don't wear foundation and it does a wonderful job at making me not have to. Will repurchase.

 
3.0

It's alright

By Rae

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

Feels like thick silicone and fills in pores to give my foundation a smooth finish. Makes me break out in between eyebrows and on temples if I spread it out onto my t-zone . Not the greatest, but does the job if I put it on just my cheeks and nose.

 
1.0

Returning right away!

By K

from Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pros

    Cons

    • Greasy
    • Heavy
    • Poor Coverage

    Best Uses

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I bought this product because of the hype and absolutely hated it. Right when I put it on it felt greasy and made my skin feel oily. I didn't notice a difference between using the primer on one side of my face and not using it on the other. Not recommended.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Photo not

      By N/A

      from Cincinnati ohio

      About Me Natural Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Easy To Take-off
      • Lightweight
      • Natural Looking
      • Smooth
      • step not needed

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          I really don't see the difference using it. Its a step not needed. Sorry!

           
          5.0

          My favorite primer to date. Used it for years.

          By Cat

          from Rockwall

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            I love this primer. It fills in large pores and scars on my face.

             
            5.0

            I love this product, your foundation go on very smooth!

            By Irma

            from Hart, Michigan

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Blends Well
            • Easy To Apply

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All Skin Types

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              Great product, makes foundation go on smoothly and looks great!

               
              5.0

              I love this product!!!

              By sue

              from newbury ohio

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Lightweight
              • Long Lasting
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                This is a must in my make up bag!!

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely LOVE this. Goes great w/the NARS bronzer.

                By Lucy

                from Panama City Beach, FL

                About Me Natural Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Blends Well
                • Easy To Apply
                • Easy To Take-off
                • Good Pigmentation
                • Lightweight
                • Long Lasting
                • Natural Looking
                • Noncomedogenic
                • Salesgirl, St. James, NY was awesome!
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  Goes great w/the NARS bronzer. Thought I'd never be able to wear powder foundations/blushes again. Have huge pores. These two together smooth everything out for the whole day! Wish I had started years ago instead of spending thousands on really expensive foundations/blushes/bronzers only to throw them out.

                   
                  5.0

                  Have tried several primers, and this is the best.....

                  By Pumpkin

                  from Grandview Texas

                  About Me Natural Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday
                    • Going Out
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                    Since I have been using this primer, I am getting alot
                    of compliments on how good my makeup looks.

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love Smashbox

                    By TT

                    from Mo

                    About Me Natural Style

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Apply
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Lasting
                    • Smooth

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday
                      • Going Out

                      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                      Use it under foundation

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                      • Q:

                        Is this a moisturizing primer?
                        Asked on 4/1/2018 by kee from US

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! For moisture we suggest the Primerizer. It's contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide! You'll love it!

                          Answered on 4/2/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I am a 52 year old Caucasian with very oily t-zone, but somewhat dry cheeks. No acne problems. Small pores. Pink undertones. Which Smashbox primer would work best for me? Any other make-up recommendations welcome.
                        Asked on 3/26/2018 by Prose from Minnesota

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hello Gorgeous! We recommend using Primerizer as your allover face primer. As your t-zone gets oily we suggest carrying the Primer Stick for touch-ups. It will control shine 12 hours. If you're concerned with dryness under the eye we strongly recommend ht eHydrating Undereye Primer - it's like 7 hours of sleep in a tube.

                          Answered on 3/27/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Hi , I was wondering if this primer can be used around the eyes or is it face only?
                        Asked on 3/26/2018 by Sam from Mishawaka IN

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There Gorgeous! We don't recommend using the Photo Finish Foundation Primer around the eyes. Instead, we suggest the Hydrating Undereye Primer... it's super hydrating and it's like 8 hours of sleep in a tube!

                          Answered on 3/27/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Did Smashbox change their formula? I just received a new bottle and it's more oily and thin than what I have been using. I had several sample tubes, I probably got them a long time ago, but the formula definitely seems different. I'm not really a fan of this bottle. So bummed!
                        Asked on 3/24/2018 by Amanda from Montana

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer can separate if it's not stored in a cool dry place before opening. We suggest taking it to your nearest Ulta Beauty store for evaluation by an expert.

                          Answered on 3/27/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        i don't wear foundation just concealer powder highlight etc. will this still work?
                        Asked on 3/12/2018 by ash from united states

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! Yes it will. Photo Finish Foundation Primer will blur imperfections and smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

                          Answered on 3/15/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Out of the smashbox primers, which one is the best for acne prone skin?
                        Asked on 3/4/2018 by Caroline from Orlando

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! We suggest Primer Light for acne prone skin.

                          Answered on 3/8/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        Is it frangrance free?
                        Asked on 3/3/2018 by Diane from Michigan

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! The Smashbox Photo finish Primer is fragrance free.

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

                        Is this noncomendagenic?
                        Asked on 2/28/2018 by Sophie from Glendora, CA

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! The Photo Finish Foundation Primer has been tested for all skin types. Smashbox does not make the claim non-comedogenic.

                          Answered on 2/28/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I have a lot of acne scarring and texture on my cheek area, will this primer help smooth that out for me?
                        Asked on 2/6/2018 by Lara from Massachusetts

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! Yes, the Photo Finish Foundation Primer is designed to minimize texture, smooth imperfections and blur fine lines and wrinkles.

                          Answered on 2/9/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                      • Q:

                        I have acne prone skin. Does this product clog pores or make you break out? Is there a primer good for sensitive and acne prone skin (preferably one without acne treatments on it)?
                        Asked on 1/31/2018 by Newbie Mom from Columbia, SC

                        1 answer

                        • Brand Expert

                          A:

                          Hi There! All of our primers have been tested for all skin types. If you are looking for good primer for sensitive skin we suggest Primerizer or Primer Oil.

                          Answered on 2/5/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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