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Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

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Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

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Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer is an oil-free, mattifying face primer that instantly blurs flaws, reduces the appearance of pores and controls oil for up to 8 hours.

Benefits:
  • Dramatically reduces the look of pores
  • Mattifies shine & controls oil all day
  • Smoothes & preps skin for makeup
  • Won't clog pores or cause breakouts
  • Water-resistant, smooth-glide texture
  • Leaves a soft, even finish
  • Cruelty-free

In a consumer study on 99 women after 1 use:
  • 97% saw the look of pores minimized
  • 97% said skin felt smoother
  • 96% felt makeup went on smoother

In a consumer study on 99 women after 1 week of use:
  • 93% said it worked well with their skin tone
  • 90% said it helped makeup last all day
  • 90% said makeup required fewer touch-ups

Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. It works for all skin types but is ideal for oily and combination skin. It pairs best with liquid or cream foundation. This primer is non-acnegenic and ophthalmologist tested.

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

Please note packaging may vary from image shown.

Warm with fingers before applying. Smooth a sheer layer over clean, moisturized skin. Wear alone, under Studio Skin foundation or even over makeup.

Studio tip: Pat over or under makeup anywhere you need a bit of shine control.
Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Methicone, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Water\Aqua\Eau, Coconut Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

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 Pore Minimizing Primer
 
4.2

(based on 485 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to apply (364)
  • Lightweight (308)
  • Blends well (270)
  • Smooth (212)
  • Long lasting (166)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (40)
  • Doesn't work (34)
  • Poor coverage (25)
  • Doesn't stay on (22)
  • Difficult to apply (21)

Best Uses

  • Everyday (174)
  • All skin types (114)
  • Sensitive skin (95)
  • Going out (75)
  • Acne-prone or oily skin (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Natural style (133), Brand buyer (93), Classic style (72), Budget shopper (66), Trendy style (42)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4)

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5.0

Love this!

By Wendy

from West Virginia

About Me Natural Style

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Apply
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting
  • Smooth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

    My pores are covered perfectly! I'm so glad I bought this!

     
    5.0

    Miracle product! Don't ever ever ever discontinue!

    By Birdie

    from Northeast Arizona

    About Me Natural Style

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • May not blend well with certain face lotions

    Best Uses

    • Everyday
    • Going Out
    • Oily/Shiny skin may benefit

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

    When I first purchased this product, I used it alone on bare skin. Noticed that it can be drying. Then began applying over moisturizer, however, it may not blend with certain face moisturizers/creams/lotions etc. This worked better, but still found it to be a bit drying and I had to use quite a bit of the product to cover my face, so I began mixing the product with my daily face moisturizer. As in mixing together in my hand and then applying over my face. I love the look of this and it doesn't dry out my skin. I figure by mixing the product with my face moisturizer, I don't have to use a whole lot at a time and with the help of my moisturizer, I'm able to apply the product evenly all over my face. Then I finish with a finishing powder. I love it. I don't use foundation, concealers, etc. Just finishing powder over the primer/moisturizer mixture. I love it. It prevents my face from becoming too oily. Even if I begin to oil up a little, I can blot the excess and the primer acts as a matte barrier. So I still have lots of matte. I have very oily skin and this product keeps oiliness at bay and also breakouts.

     
    5.0

    Makes your makeup look flawless!

    By Makeup Junkie

    from Detroit, MI

    Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

    I am a huge fan of this primer! I tried other Smashbox primers and they didn't make my skin as smooth. This also doesn't make you skin oily by the afternoon. So glad I tried this sample! I usually have very dry skin.

     
    5.0

    Definitely.

    By LMR

    from Texas

    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 Pore Minimizing Primer:

      A must buy! I love their primers and this one really helps with the pores.

       
      5.0

      I love it

      By Sho

      from Carrollton, tx

      About Me Classic Style

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

        Does not make my skin oily.

         
        4.0

        Makes your face so soft

        By Jackie

        from GF, ND

        About Me Trendy Style

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Blends Well
        • Easy To Apply
        • Good Pigmentation
        • Lightweight
        • Natural Looking
        • Smooth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Everyday
          • Going Out

          Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

          Love how it makes my face super soft and covers up my pours very well!

           
          5.0

          Great coverage!

          By Wendy

          from PA

          About Me Classic Style

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

            I am glad Ulta Beauty referred me to this product. Well purchase again.

             
            5.0

            I would buy again

            By Theresa

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Natural Style

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Kinda expensive

            Best Uses

            • All Skin Types
            • Everyday

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

            This product works good but I've used other primers that are just as good and cost a lot less

             
            5.0

            YES!!!

            By Heather L.

            from Chicago

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

            I almost never write reviews, but I absolutely had to for this. I have acneic, oily skin with large pores pretty much everywhere. I have never found a primer that has reduced the look of my pores and kept me matte without causing my makeup to slide around. The texture of this primer is not your typical silicone, slippery texture. It is much thicker and has more of a tacky feel. The product sinks into your skin and does not sit on top like other silicone primers. Your skin immediately feels smooth and matte and the size of your pores appear reduced, but it does NOT make your skin feel super tight and dry. I would recommend this primer for people with combination to oily skin. It really lasts too! Plus, it makes my smile lines appear not has deep as well. This product is definitely pricey, but it is definitely worth the investment. It doesn't matter what kind of makeup you put on, if your base isn't on point, your makeup definitely won't be either. Smashbox, you've found another loyal customer!

             
            4.0

            Bye small pores

            By Marissa

            from Chicago

            Comments about Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer:

            Summer time is the worst for my face. I'm super oily and my pores are extremely noticeable. I use this on its own and before my makeup. I have two huuuuuge pores on my nose and it made it less noticeable. Blurred all my others and some lines. I really enjoy how it feels and it last hours!

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            • Q:

              What powder would you suggest wearing with this product for very oily skin?
              Asked on 2/23/2018 by Betsy from St. Louis

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! The Pore Minimizing Primer is excellent for oily skin. You can use it under or over your makeup. It makes a great substitute for powder.

                Answered on 2/26/2018 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              I have used Smashbox products for many years and mostly enjoyed what I have tried and continue to use. I have extremely oily skin. I am exhausted from trying everything from low-end primers to high-end primers with poor results while wasting a lot of money and time. Before I throw more money away I need to know will this product help control my oil all day? Also, I use several different foundations from water based to silicone. Will this work with all foundations? Please don't say yes just to try to sell me a product. I need an honest review.
              Asked on 9/8/2017 by twilite2000 from NC

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! The Pore Minimizing Primer has been clinically tested to control oil for up to 8 hours. It is designed to work with any foundation. You can even use it over makeup for touchups.

                Answered on 9/11/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              i recently purchased this primer and was very excited to try:) When i removed the protective cover it was very runny. i shook it wondering if it had settled and it's definitely less runny but wanted to know if i should exchange it for a new one or is that just normal??
              Asked on 9/4/2017 by Melissa from Tulsa, OK

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! The Pore Minimizing Primer should not be 'runny' when you remove the protective cover. We suggest exchanging the product.

                Answered on 9/5/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              Is this product silicone free?
              Asked on 8/10/2017 by Olivia from IN

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Yes, this primer is silicone-based.

                Answered on 8/14/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              Does this have silicons?
              Asked on 8/2/2017 by Sharon from NORTH CAROLINA

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! The Pore Minimizing Primer does contain dimethicone (a derivative of silicone).

                Answered on 8/3/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              Hello. Is there a certain way to apply this primer? Like should I pat it on or rub on?
              Asked on 7/25/2017 by Keezy from St. Louis, MO

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! We suggest warming the primer between your fingertips before patting it onto the skin. You can use it over or under makeup.

                Answered on 7/27/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              is this product safe? do i need to wash my hands after applying itto my face with my hands? i have a lot of anxiety with chemicals and just would like to know if this will harm me if i leave it on my hands. thank you
              Asked on 7/11/2017 by melissa from kansas

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! This product is safe. It has been tested for all skin types. You can leave it on your hands.

                Answered on 7/12/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              Is this primer clear, white, or purple?
              Asked on 1/8/2017 by liv from nevada

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Hi There! The primer is white when it is extracted from the tube. It when turn clear when you rub it between your fingertips before applying.

                Answered on 1/10/2017 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              Will this primer work under Bare Mineral Original Foundation?
              Asked on 8/28/2016 by Mendy

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                Yes, all Smashbox primers are compatible with all foundations including Bare Minerals Original Foundation.

                Answered on 9/5/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
            • Q:

              I have very oily skin in my t zone I true the benefit poor less primer to see if it would help so my foundation does not crack up on me but it did not work for me is this good for oily skin to keep my foundation in place? If not what is the best product I'm very oily specially my nose area
              Asked on 8/23/2016 by Tania from Santa Rosa ca

              1 answer

              • Brand Expert

                A:

                This Pore Minimizing Primer is formulated for all skin types including oily skin. It provides a matte finish and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

                Answered on 8/25/2016 by Brand Expert from Smashbox Cosmetics
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