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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.

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 1366 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (1116)
  • Lightweight (998)
  • Blends well (663)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Smooth (511)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (126)
  • Causes breakouts (49)
  • Doesn't stay on (42)
  • Doesn't work (33)
  • Poor coverage (29)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (391)
  • Sensitive skin (353)
  • All skin types (289)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Going out (195)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (254), Classic style (206), Trendy style (83)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

good!

By ari

from Davie, FL

About Me Classic 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

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    i just got this and i have oily acne prone skin with a ton of acne marks (hyper pigmentation) from previous pimples and it is frustrating to cover up all the time. this primer is good because in my opinion it helps my makeup stay on longer where it breaks apart the most. i would purchase again.

     
    5.0

    My favorite primer!

    By Holly

    from Sparks, NV

    About Me Classic 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

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

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      I have tried many primers and this one is my favorite! I work in a restaurant where I sweat bad and my makeup stays on all day because of this!

       
      5.0

      My favorite primer, I will keep using this product.

      By Bells

      from Reno NV

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Going Out

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I love that it doesn't make your skin feel caked on and the way it helps your make up go on smoothly! I love it!!!

         
        4.0

        Applies with ease and helps make up stay

        By Micki

        from St. Paul

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Lightweight
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Really good product. Very light feel. Helps my makeup stay put.

           
          5.0

          i LOVE THIS PRODUCT I WILL CONTINUE BUYING IT .

          By Sheryl

          from Dalton

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          This gives me the best finish and smoothest looking skin. I have complements all the time about my makeup and I just tell them what I use. I love it and would recommend it to anyone.

          Can't wait to get our store here in Dalton.

           
          5.0

          soft and smooth

          By silver

          from vancouver wA

          About Me Natural Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Apply
          • Easy To Take-off
          • Lightweight
          • Natural Looking
          • Smooth

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            helps foundation last longer

            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Matte in 80 degree weather

            By Anonymous

            from Chicago

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Okay so this is gonna be suuuuuper TMI so sorry if you get offended easily but had a lil quickie with my boyfriend in the back of a car with no AC in 80 degree weather I was sweating crazy but my face? MATTE! Oily T zone? I don't know her! Get this babes if you have oily skin it's gonna work great it's any situation

             
            1.0

            Would not purchase again

            By elle

            from Rancho Cucamonga

            About Me Natural Style

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply

            Cons

            • doesn't keep makeup on
            • Doesn't Stay On

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            Does not keep your makeup on. Just sits on the top of your skin and within a few hours your makeup glides right off. Would not recommend. Tarte poreless matte primer is much better and better if you have sensitive skin

             
            5.0

            This is a great product.

            By Dak

            from Pontiac Michigan

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I use it as a foundation, feels great on the skin.

               
              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Angie

              from Novi, MI

              About Me Classic Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Apply
              • Good Pigmentation
              • Long Lasting
              • Smooth

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Excellent product , use daily,makeup lasts all day

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                • Q:

                  Hi! I have extremely oily skin and tend to get hormonal acne around my jawline. What is a good primer for my skin type? I'm 39. Thanks!
                  Asked on 6/8/2018 by B from AR

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi There! We suggest using the Original Photo finish Primer, or Super Light Photo Finish.

                    Answered on 6/13/2018 by Official Answer from Smashbox US from Brand Answer
                • Q:

                  Is this primer silicone or water based?
                  Asked on 4/27/2018 by Kaylee17 from Washington,US

                  1 answer

                • Q:

                  why does the picture of the product say photo finish smooth and blur, but the bottle that I got just said photo finish foundation primer? Did i get sent the wrong one? is the picture of it new or old? I just want to make sure that I didn't end up with the wrong product.
                  Asked on 4/23/2018 by beachmom19 from dmv

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hi There! The picture you saw reflects updated messaging. Both products are the same and are both Photo Finish Foundation Primers. Their key benefits are to smooth and blur.

                    Answered on 4/23/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
                • 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
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