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Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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Variation: 0.41 oz
0.41 oz1 oz1.7 oz

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staying power


it really helps my foundation go on more evenly and stay put all day

- Birchbox User

makeup always looks smoother and lasts all day when i use this

- Ulta User



i am absolutely in love with the foundation primer my makeup lasts all day and i love how smooth my skin feels

- Smashbox User

i was really surprised how silky smooth it made my face feel and how much better my makeup goes on

- Ulta User

color correction

color correcting

* bonus * it's a color corrector which helps cancel out redness ( it won't cancel red completely but it does helps a lot) but it actually helps with the shine/oiliness of my skin

- Ulta User

i got it in the green color to correct redness, and it is amazing

- Sephora User



enter the smashbox photo finish primer: unscented, mattifying, smooth, easy to apply texture, and my foundation in my t-zone area stays in place all day

- Sephora User

its great at blurring the skin and providing a great base that ha a good balance between providing moisture as well as mattifying

- Sephora User



oh my god i wish i can give it more stars i have oily skin and i used to use beauty revolution primer for my skin before applying foundation but during the day i could see around my nose area specially the foundation starting to go cakey and crease when i heard about this primer and with so many great reviews about it and with it being so popular i decided to give it a go and oh my god i wish i purchased this before my skin has never look so flawless with this under my foundation it makes my foundation stay better i don’t get any oiliness throughout the day what so ever it’s now my no1 primer i would recommend anyone with oily skin :)

- Lookfantastic User

i love this primer for face, its texture is very soft and absorbed completely, leaving a very light finish on the skin, when we apply the base is very accurate and perfect

- Sephora User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i love that it minimizes pores and helps with my texture

- Sephora User

i use this for a no makeup day and it blurs fine lines and minimizes pores

- Sephora User



i have oily-dry combination skin and this primer is honestly the best one i’ve ever used

- Sephora User

this primer feels great on my skin, makes my makeup last longer and i stay hydrated through the day

- Sephora User
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Sephora userSeptember 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
Sephora userMay 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
ulta.com userApril 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!

- ulta.com
Sephora userAugust 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. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>

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Sephora userJune 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


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Omg yes I’ve had this problem! Depends on your foundations and your base! So for example I use Laura merciers @Silk Crème Oil Free Foundation and it’s dewy applying but dries matte after a while! I use a nice matte primer @Photo Finish Foundation Primer that leaves this smooth residue that glides the makeup over it! I use a brush first then use a beauty blender to soak up any access! And of course little goes a long way. I use to apply so much at once and then just beat my face away with my sponge but now it’s applying little by little and layer by layer if necessary! Now I switched to FENTY and i notices how fast it dries and it’s definitely on the dry side when applied so now I would make sure my skin is super hydrated with serums and moisturizers and use a hydrated primer first to make sure the foundation is able to move and glide on my face right during application. Hopefully this helps :)
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I love the Makeup Forever photo finish primer :)
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I have large pores, and acne-prone & oily skin. This has been the only primer I’ve used so far that has not caused any breakouts !
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i love this primer , its great . i have sensitive skin and it’s good on my skin . its not super oily and it feels nice and looks good .
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I’m having a hard time when I apply my makeup it looks extremely patchy. I’ve tried so many different kind of foundations. I know I am possibly doing my makeup routine so wrong. I’m new to makeup 😩 help me with recommendations for beginners and a skincare routine for a super oily skin.
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I have been struggling lately on looking for a good primer. I have really big pores and my skin is SUPER oily. Someone please help!
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Miriam Alexis
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I LOVEEEE this primer. My sister has the same issue, but the primer covers all her pores without breaking out her skin. It gives a nice matte finish which covers a lot of the oil. If you're going for a dewy or matte look, this primer is the way to go.