Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Pretty good product
I first purchased this primer with a tad bit of skepticism. I use it primarily with either Make Up Forever HD Foundation, Estée Lauder Doublewear Foundation, or Loreal True Match LUMI. It makes your face very soft. It does help keep the foundation on, but not all day. It's about an 8 hour stay. It works best for me with the Make Up Forever Foundation. I wouldn't go out and splurge if you're on a budget or have really dry skin. It definitely has a matte finish and makes me feel dryer than my oily/combination skin usually does. As for the pore reduction, I can't really see where that happens. It's also hard to use a small amount. I find myself squeezing several times to cover my main areas. I feel like you have to use a lot to get results. Overall, it's a good primer, but it's not worth $40+
Most Helpful Critical Review Nope, left powder residue, hard to apply!
as a black woman it made my face feel like i had something on it, to me, all primers generally feel clean. Hated the feel to this one, dont like the way it looks - it left a powder on my face that even though i covered with foundation,i still didn't like it! I work in media, i may not try this again:(
Reviewed by 614 customers probably woukld
gramas from seminole, fl.
It covers well and its velvety smooth
REW from DC
it's a great primer but I just can't get over the fact that it smells like corn chips or Doritos.
yes it does it's job and it doesn't very well but the smell is just so bizarre.
Don't need foundation
Makeupislife from Austin
This is so great! It smooths fine lines and pores and leaves a soft, velvet, matte finish. Most of the time I just use this and nothing else but there are times when I want a full coverage face and then I top it with a setting powder and blush.
Sue from San Diego CA
I love it
Overall does it's job
Riss from Philadelphia
My skin definitely became poreless and felt smoother to the touch, but I noticed splotchiness with powder contour, and dry/flakiness elsewhere after sitting on the face for a bit. Also, I'm not sure if the product was old or if that is just the formula, but it was slightly think and chunky, and I wasted quite a lot from the product straight not clinging to the brush or face and falling to the floor.
DOES THE OPPOSITE
Gia from Sacramento, CA
This primer is almost the worst I've ever tried. I gave this the benefit of the doubt, but I soon realized it was making my makeup around my nose look SO CAKEY. And I know it was the primer because my makeup was not doing that before using this. During the day I would blot and look at my skin and the area that it claims to cover - large pores - looked SUPER cakey and pores looked big and gross. I would not recommend, especially for oily skin.
Best primer for large pores
Lisa Marie Tuscaloosa, AL from Tuscaloosa, AL
I have large pores and this is the only product that reduces the visibility of them! I highly recommend!!
I love the feel of this primer on my skin!
Sugar from Ohio
I use it before my makeup where I have a lot of pores. It smooths out my skin.
Not my favorite
Ally from Boca Raton Fl
This really did not do much
Original is better
midwesterngirl from Illinois
I tried the original which worked well, but didn't seem to control my oil as well as I wanted, so I decided to try this because it's oil free. Big mistake. My face gets so oily using this. I have to constantly blot my face during the day. I'm going back to the original.
I would buy again
Mesa from Mississippi
Morning before makeup
Best for under mask!
May102 from Texas
My makeup stays all day even while wearing a mask. I use this and then bake with my powder. I wear my mask for hours and my makeup stays and doesn't rub on the mask too much. Definitely recommend for nights out. Decreases oiliness even in hot and humid Texas weather.
Repeat Best Buy!
Lisa says from Keene N.H.
Bought it back in the fall, but used it roaringly until this spring. Been wearing it ever since under the masks... perfect! Bought another for me and one for my daughter.
gma from massachusetts
i've been through all of the Smashbox primers and this is the one that has worked best for my oily skin. i've always had a problem with foundation slipping off my nose but not with this primer!
I would not buy this product again
Frankie from Clovis, CA
Horrible. Leaves "flakes" of product all over face when applied.
Makes Pores Look Bigger
Jennifer from Gastonia, NC
I don't like this primer at all. It was recommended to me to cover my pores. It made my pores look bigger and the make would slide around. I tried two different brands of foundations and they are high end ones and both would not stay on because of the primer.
Great for oily skin
Angela from Ohio
This product is amazing with oily skin as well as covering huge pores. Highly recommend!
I would not buy this product again
Mature and cute from South Carolina
I thought this would be great as I needed to minimize pres but not so much. the product is pasteyand does not go on well. Not like the regular version.
Perfection from USA
I've tried a lot of pore minimizing primers, but this one always takes the cake!! Nothing fills in my pores more than this baby. I will never be without this
Awesome primer !
Rose from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
I was searching for a primer that is good for people with oily skin and large pores. When I read about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer I gave it a try. I am now completely hooked. This primer is absolutely the best. It looks thick and chalky but totally absorbs natural oils leaving a platform for easy foundation/concealer/highlights application. You can use it over a moisturizer but wait at least 2 minutes in between applying the moisturizer and the primer. My makeup looks flawless for 10-12 hours. I recently went to an outdoor wedding (hot and humid). No touch-up needed. So whether you have a 5 minutes or 30 minutes makeup routine regimen, this primer should be your go to primer.
I don't like
Rita from Longmont co
I don't like this primer it's make my skin dry especially my nose area.its said good for oily skin but not for my oily skin
Pricey but worth it
Indira from Dallas Texas
It's definitely worth every penny.
beauty obsessed from Duluth, Minnesota
I have huge pores and this product blurs them to almost nothing! I also have combo skin that can get super oily, and I've never been able to find a product that can actually control my oil. This product makes my skin virtually oil free for at least 8 hours! I barely use powder anymore and my foundation looks less cakey and much smoother!
Abracadabra... Pores Be Gone
Vanessa from Pickerington, OH
Best pores reducing primer I have used. Gave a very flawless finish that lasted all day.
NLT from Clinton Twp., MI
Really liked this product.