Rated 4.17 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review THIS PRIMER IS... PERFECTION!
Once again Smashbox you've done a brilliant job in another great primer!! Having pore problems wasn't the main reason I was drawn to this primer, it also helps with oil control which I was needing so badly. Ever since I've been using this product I've noticed a huge difference in the oil control around my nose especially. I actually work at a makeup store and every single time I tell people I have oily skin no body can ever believe it. That's not only thanks to their Pore Minimizer but also thanks to Smashbox Products in general! I've recommended this product to so many people and I've always had a lot of positive feedback! It's amazing.. 100%!
Most Helpful Critical Review Didn't work for me
I was disappointed that this did not work for me. My pores were way more visible! It looked like the makeup was sitting in each pore and completely accented each pore! I really wanted this to work as it sounds like a great product. I tried many combinations of Smashbox primers and moisturizers to try to get this to work. I'm back to using the original photo finish primer that seems to work fine for my skin. It seems to work great for other people so I suggest trying a sample first...just mho :)
Reviewed by 723 customers love love!!
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.
Not For Me
SC from NJ
Not easy to spread, minimal pore coverage, very mattifying and drying. Color of the primer is nude-ish, with a similar texture to Benefit's POREfessional or Dr Brandt's Pore No More primer. Except it's more difficult to spread and occasionally clumps in areas such as my nose bridge. I don't have terribly large pores, but they are visible and often somewhat clogged due to wearing makeup daily. I saw little to no difference on my pores. Also made my liquid MAC foundation look thick and cakey in some areas, while dry and patchy in others. My favorite Laura Mercier setting powder actually made my face look worse when I used this primer. It certainly provides the matte look many are looking for, but be warned that it's also drying. By the end of my work day, my face was very dry and left my makeup looking patchy and flaky. MAC's Fix+ spray and tons of nighttime hydration masks couldn't even save me from the same patchy result. Not the primer for me.
Get a SAMPLE first!
ButterPecan PuertoRican from NY,NY
Received a Sample with foundation purchase I applied it and immediately noticed my pores were actually worse especially around me check to nose area. Didn't blend at all it was the worst primer Ive ever used. I washed it off and kept it moving but be warned samples First Ladies ;)
LB from chino
good primer does its job minimizes my pores and mattifies my skin
Kathryn from Winter haven, FL
I love this new product that I bought from Ulta. A great primer is hard to find! My makeup goes on better and my skin looks so smooth. The reason I am giving it four stars is because the first time I used it the primer was coming out both ends of it. Other than this, it's a great product.
Yrma from Dallas, TX
Was looking for a new primer since the one I used before was discontinued. I tried this one along with Clinique toner and instantly saw results in minimizing my pores as well as my deep acne scars. Highly recommend.
Sarb from Kansas city
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this but I'm very impressed. I usually use the original smashbox photo finish primer, but this one takes the cake. It actually helped with keeping my pores hidden when I put my makeup on. A little goes a long way so that's nice, but i still think it's too expensive for the amount of product you get.
Absolutely DID NOT minimize the look of my pores.
Bree from Huntsville, AL
This was not worth the money. It did not minimize the look of pores. It just made those areas drier looking.
Smashbox Pore Primer
Mature Makeup Junkie from Arizona
Been looking for this product and don't know it existed until the girl at Ulta steered me to it ! I trusted her opinion as her makeup was flawless and for me that's a positive sign
My favorite of all primers!
Princess Ashley from Texas
I have really oily skin and large pores. This product goes on so velvety smooth and helps to create an airbrushed finish. I was hesitant to buy it at first because it seems rather expensive! BUT.. it barely takes any product with each use, so it lasts forever! Totally my favorite.
Does not do anything it promises
Kel from Nashville
I read the reviews before purchasing and had hoped I would have better luck, but not so much. I rarely give a bad review because I always assume products like this will not work for me because nothing has yet, but this primer did not even work as a primer, hence the single star. It is thick and chunky, but as long as you rub it together before applying it goes on okay. It stayed matte for makeup application, but my face was as oily as usual within an hour. Until I signed on to do this review, I forgot it was even pore minimizing, which tells you how much it did nothing for my pores. My biggest complaint is the primer portion; I feel like it literally repels my CC cream from my skin, especially around the nose. Obviously it works great for some people, but I would highly suggest avoiding it if you have truly oily skin. The only positive I found was that it did not make my acne prone skin breakout. I have been using it for a few weeks, in hopes I would see better results over time but nothing has changed. It is too expensive for it's complete lack of results.
A MUST for me
Sesigisa from Bellingham, Wa
This is one of my favorite primers ever! I always have this one in my cosmetics drawer with a backup. I have mostly oily (sometimes combination), hormonal acne-prone skin. I need something that is pore-minimizing and reduces shine but still plays well with other products. In the past I tried the Becca mattifying primer but it did not play as well with my other products/foundation. That primer is also good and I use it sometimes but I think you have to have a more refined technique and be careful to not use too much and blend well because it dries fast. This one is pretty foolproof and is my everyday go-to primer. I also have the Tatcha silk canvas and prefer SB.
Ashley from Cedar park
The product is perfect
Aurora from Utah
It goes on so smoothly and makes my face look so flawless! It's seriously a miracle primer!