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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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#1 Face Primer Brand In The USA*

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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 1356 reviews)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (1108)
  • Lightweight (992)
  • Blends well (659)
  • Goes on smoothly (619)
  • Smooth (504)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (126)
  • Causes breakouts (49)
  • Doesn't stay on (41)
  • Doesn't work (33)
  • Poor coverage (29)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (385)
  • Sensitive skin (350)
  • All skin types (284)
  • Normal skin (205)
  • Going out (191)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (346), Budget shopper (262), Natural style (250), Classic style (201), Trendy style (83)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

My new favorite

By Explorer76

from Rogers,AR

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Easy To Take-off
  • Lasts all day
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Natural Looking
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

    This product keeps my makeup on all day and matte. I have an oily T zone and it stops the oil all day. Goes on smooth and smooths our my forehead wrinkles. Love this product!!

     
    5.0

    Smooth application

    By I am Amy

    from Bentonville, AR

    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

      • All Skin Types
      • Everyday

      Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

      This product makes your foundation last all day. Confession, I've even slept with my makeup on and had to wash foundation off the following morning!
      It makes your skins surface feel flawlessly smooth and gives your foundation that base it needs to do its job.

       
      5.0

      Love this product under my makeup!

      By Jeri

      from Morgantown

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Blends Well
      • Easy To Apply
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • All Skin Types
        • Everyday

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

        I am 70 years old. Have worn makeup since my 20's. Love this product because it lets my makeup go on smoothly and my face looks nourished after I have all of my makeup applied.

         
        5.0

        Buy it again!!

        By JR

        from Salem, NH

        About Me Natural Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Apply
        • Lightweight
        • Long Lasting
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          Excellent primer before foundation is applied!!

           
          5.0

          the bomb.com

          By Meg

          from Chicago, IL

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

          this primer works great for all skin types. it blends smoothly onto the skin, blurring pores and fine lines without making your base slippery or weird. i find that this primer works better than Benefit's Porefessional even... love love love this primer!

           
          4.0

          I like this

          By Tx

          from Houston

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

            None

             
            5.0

            A must have for people with dry skin!

            By Laney

            from Chicago, Illinois

            About Me Trendy Style

            Pros

            • Easy To Apply
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry to Normal

              Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

              I am a big fan of primer mapping, so this primer is amazing for my areas with very obvious pores, dry areas, and anywhere that needs smoothing. This works very well for me because it does have a very silicony feel but is not drying, which is a problem that I find with most silicone primers. I love using this on my nose and on the sides of my nose, my center cheek area, around my mouth, and a little bit on the center of the forehead. This could even be good for more oily skin types if used in the proper areas and used minimally.

               
              5.0

              I definitely will continue buying

              By Veronica

              from Illinois

              About Me Natural Style

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • All Skin Types

                Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                Love this foundation primer it makes my foundation stay in place all day and doesn't make it look Cakey!

                 
                5.0

                Love smashbox

                By South Jersey Mom

                from Charlotte NC

                About Me Classic Style

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I use this under my concealer and foundation it last all day and is very easy to apply. I would recommend this for all skin types.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Really happy with it.

                  By Bree

                  from Huntsville, AL

                  About Me Classic Style

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Causes Breakouts

                  Best Uses

                  • All Skin Types
                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer:

                  I love this product, although I haven't had it long enough to discern if it causes breakouts. I have had some, but I'm not sure if it's the product that's causing them yet. But I do love the product.

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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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