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Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

0.41 oz1 oz1.7 oz


A collection of superstar primers, each with a formula to help your makeup look better and last longer - whatever your skin needs.

Key Benefits:

  • Color Correcting
  • Mattifying
  • Longlasting
  • Smooth
  • Lightweight
  • Pore Minimizing
  • Hydrating


Camellia Oleifera, Safflower, Cola acuminata, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Grape Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Water, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, CI 19140, Glycine Soja Oil, Ultramarines, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower Extract, Manganese Violet, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chromium Oxide Greens, Caprylyl Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Hexylene Glycol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Oleifera, Safflower, Cola acuminata, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Grape Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Water, Ascorbic Acid, Camellia Oleifera, Safflower, Cola acuminata, Propylene Glycol, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Grape Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Water, Ascorbic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Water, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Carbomer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Palmitoyl oligopeptide, Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysilicone-11, Decyl Glucoside

Ratings & Reviews

4.382% of 4614reviewers recommend this product

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Sephora user
May 2, 2011

I've never written a review but....

I received a sample of the Photo Finish Foundation Primer with an order of BareMinerals goodies from Sephora about a year ago. I wish I'd tried it sooner!!! I ran out of my BareMinerals primer and rustled up my sample of the Photo Finish Primer to use in a pinch. I LOVED IT! I have combination skin (my t-zone gets really oily throughout the day but my cheeks and sometimes my chin tend to dry out a bit) and I also have larger pores....a combination that sadly makes my beloved BareMinerals settle into my pores and slide off my nose. Ew. The Photo Finish smoothed out my skin and left it feeling fresh, clean, and a little moisturized. I was nervous that it was going to make my t-zone even oilier than usual, but it kept my BareMinerals looking fresh and matte all day long without drying out the more sensitive areas of my skin. It also made my BareMinerals last much longer and also made it look much more smooth. This is definitely the best primer that I've ever used! I also like that you can buy it with different tints AND in different sizes which is really convenient and says a lot about Smashbox as a brand...they are very detail oriented and they aim to please. I'm a convert! Less

Sephora user
September 1, 2011

Lavender Primer = Awesome Primer

I purchased the Color Balance (Lavender) Color Correcting Primer. I bought this because I thought I'd give it a try since my go to primer was no longer in stock. I'll be honest I normally do NOT like Smashbox primers, and I know that is one of Smashbox's big sellers: primers.With that being said... I really, REALLY like this primer. I'm actually really impressed with it. If anyone is familiar with Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Pore Refiner, the texture and consistency of this primer is identical to it. Which is another reason I LOVE this primer.Although the lavender is meant for yellow skin tones, I personally have a neutral undertone but I lean to more pink undertones than yellow. I am also the fairest of the fair (practically casper the ghost!). This primer blends perfectly into my skin and in no way does it make me look like I have lavender/purple skin! This does somewhat balance my skin tone out but its no better than any other primer I have used when it comes to "evening out" and "balancing" my skin tone.Now, for the reason I am absolutely LOVING this primer. This fills in every pore and gives you the most flawless application. You only need a pea size amount for your whole face and thats plenty. Like I said, this is IDENTICAL to Dr. Brandt's Pores No More, except this is a colored primer. I just love the fact that I can skip that extra step and save some money (referring to the pores no more pore refiner)! I don't have wrinkles, I do have "expression lines" around my eyes from when I smile and this doesn't settle into them nor does it make them more noticeable.For reference I wear NARS Sheer glow foundation (in Siberia- lightest shade they offer) and this foundation works great with this primer. It does not ball up and stays put for 8 hours... which I normally only wear foundation for 7-8 hours a day and then take it off. So I can't comment on if it lasts longer than that.All in all I really LOVE this primer. I was using Laura Mercier's Primer and I was a huge fan of it... that is until I found and used this one and it completely knocked my socks off! Really happy I gave Smashbox another chance and tried their primers again. This primer is one of the bests and it does exactly what it claims. Less

Sephora user
June 26, 2011


I've been using this facial primer for years now and have used up three tubes. This stuff is truly amazing. Why is a face primer so crucial? You apply it onto your face before makeup and after skincare so it creates a base between them. This makes sure that your makeup doesn't go on to moist skin which can ruin powder textures. Face primer also minimizes OIL, PORES, and FINE LINES. This is amazing if you have aging or oily skin - but works just fine for dry skin, normal skin, combination skin, etc. Finally (this is why I mainly use it) this keeps your face products staying on all day. It's blend of silicones causes my thickest concealers to apply like heaven and it makes sure that my foundation looks gorgeous, not a dark spot to be seen. I applied a pea size amount onto the forehead and a bit under the eyes and around the nose. I have normal/dry/slightly combination skin so I'm not as worried about oil. I also am relatively young so my skin has not gone through much of an aging process yet. Nether less this primer is crucial in any makeup routine if you want to achieve skin that looks and stays FLAWLESS ALL DAY LONG. Personally I like the packaging with the pump better because this allows you to use up every single drop, but for some reason I only saw this in a one ounce size in a tube. The tube packaging is good also, but you might end up wasting a bit that sticks to the sides of the tube. I like to use the shade Original, or the clear one but the tinted shades can help even out skin tones or brighten up your face, so notice those while choosing what to buy. Less

Sephora user
August 23, 2010


Product: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in 1 oz Original Shade: Clear What It's Supposed To Do: Prime your face for foundation application. Fills in lines, smooths out skin, cancels destruction of collagen, constraints pores, gives the skin a flawless effect. Pros: This primer comes in an easy to use pump canister. A little goes a long way so ignore the one ounce size for the higher price. Makes foundation and concealer go on smoother and easier. Keeps your facial products on longer and looking better. Light weight and fast absorbing for on the go usage. Cons: Expensive price and made with silica which might be a turnoff to some. Usage: I pump out a small amount of product onto my fingertips and dab it on areas I want to conceal. On the days I use foundation I just pump out a small amount and press it all over the face prior to application. Overall Recommendation: This stuff really does work at making my concealer/foundation go on easier. Personally I can't live without it! Plus if you have tons of fine lines or wrinkles this plumps them up and gives your face a fresh canvas for the day. « less user
April 4, 2017

Wanted to like this but made my makeup cakey looking

I received this primer in a beauty subscription box. I wanted to like it so bad, but it just made my makeup look horrible. I have dry skin and this accentuated pores I never knew I had. My skin is usually pretty clear and smooth, but this made it look bumpy and clumpy and cakey. Especially on my nose. My friends who have oily skin love this primer, but it just did not work for me. So sad. If you have dry skin or kp stay away from this product!

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Miriam Mazor
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Primer recommendations for sensitive, blemished, textured skin? Something that’s pore-filling, skin smoothing, but still hydrating? I have favourite products/holy grails for most of my makeup steps, except for primer. I’ve never really fallen in love with a primer, maybe because of my problematic skin. I stay away from mattifying primers because those tend to cling to my acne dry spots, and then my makeup starts flaking/peeling off in those spots. With hydrating primers tho I don’t get the smoothing effects, and all of my “face craters” can get enhanced. Maybe I’m asking for a miracle, but it be great if someone who has had similar issues can recommend a primer! #primer #problemskin #complexion

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Allison Hill
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Love this one!

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Tessa Kathleen
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Any foundation/primer recommendations out there?! I believe my skin is a combo -dehydrated/dryer on the edges but large pores and super oily on the sides of my nose. Makeup appears to keep caking and like slipping off. I’ve tried tarte Amazonian clay, it cosmetics, IL Makiage, born this way foundations I use a serum every night and moisturizer most nights. I use a gentle cleanser in the morning and moisturize with first aid beauty. Feel like I’ve been testing everything while I’m quarantine 😭

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Rocky M
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Porefessional by Benefit for the pores and smash box has a primer for oily skin! Everyone says the smash box one primer is really good for oily skin

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Daisy Quintero
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What is a good primer for pores and oily skin. I know to use a silicone base primer and foundation. But i like a full coverage base. Any recommendations? -my main area issue is around my mouth, and chin. My current foundation and concealer is from Juvias Place. Ive tired the benefit porefessional, smashbox photofinish primer, baby skin from maybelline and hardcandy pore-defense.

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Emily Tyszko
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