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Photo Finish Lid Primer by Smashbox

Photo Finish Lid Primer

doesn't oxidize(6)
Variation: DARK
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staying power


it works perfect for bridal makeup where you need it to last all day

- Smashbox User

there is no way i can go without primer, since my eyeshadow and eyeliner melt off during the day (whether it's summer / fall / spring /winter) and this particular primer makes all the difference

- Ulta User



also, it's matte and quick drying which is good for people who have issues with creasing eye lids

- Sephora User

i've used this for over a year and it works perfectly over any eye cream (greasy, gel-ly, dry) and lasts all day

- Beautyboutique User

color accuracy

doesn't oxidize

never creases and eye makeup stays on all day and does not change color

- Ulta User

does not change the color of your eye shadow

- Ulta User
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Smashbox userJanuary 28, 2014

IN LOVE with this product!

As a younger individual with oily skin that also dries out easily, I have always found it difficult to find a primer that works well for me. After trying primer after primer- all seeming to work but being too oily for my skin and creasing not long into my day- I finally tried the Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer. This primer is clay based and it really helps to balance out the oiliness of my eyelids [skin]. Unlike every other primer I have tried, this primer lasts through the day and looks natural when applied. I've even fallen asleep while using this primer, and when I awoke my eyeshadow and eyeliner still looked as though they had just been applied! Love love LOVE this product, it is definitely worth your money!

- Smashbox
Beauty.com userFebruary 8, 2011

The Best Eyelid Primer of all!

I have been using this product for years, and will never buy a different primer, though I have purchased primers from almost every line out there. For me it works better than even Urban Decay, Too Faced, Tarte, Benefit, Bare Escentuals, etc. It goes on in a light nude color, is creamy to blend and then settles to a matte finish that simply won't budge. Shadows blend on it very easily and stay put ALL DAY. The colors of your shadow are magnified and the pigments are rich and true. You can blend with a brush easily but once you are done it won't move. I have oily eyes and they crease with other primers, but with this they don't crease at all, even 10 hours in. I use any gentle eye remover, and my eyes are never dry or irritated. For cons, I think this tint won't work on everyone since the product is thick - I am caucasian with fair/medium skin, so it works on me but probably not on darker skin tones. Note: there are a few products I feel are almost as good as this, and I'll explain their pros and cons: Too Faced (works perfectly and is more sheer; but is harder to remove; and creases itself, so you have to blend it); Bare Escentuals also works really well but is harder to remove. I personally don't want to use a harsher eye makeup remover daily. « less

- Beauty.com
ulta.com userJune 15, 2014

Tried not to love it

One of the lovely Ulta girls tried to sell this product to me and I passed. The applicater was such a turn off. I've been in love with MAC paint pots for years and enjoy Urban Decay primers for days I want a lighter finish. Anyway so when I made my purchase I received several free gifts that included a sample. Tried it and fell in LOVE! Such a great product! Yes it does dry fast, but if you know what you're doing this won't be a problem. I recommend photo finish lid primer for days or events when you want to look more dramatic, it goes on thick, intensifies your shadows and will keep them on all night! (and all morning) You'll get serious staying power with this product.

- ulta.com
mecca.com.au userApril 2, 2015

Makes a massive difference!

I have had trouble with under eye creasing for as long as I can remember (no matter how strict and pedantic I am about my daily skin care routine) so was a bit sceptical about this product as nothing had worked overly well for me before. I use a cream or liquid concealer under my eyes everyday, and it didn't matter if I bought cheap or high end brands, I always got a same/same kind of result under my eyes.So... I was pleasantly surprised that not only does this do an epic job of hydrating the area without making it over-dewy, it cut out my creasing almost entirely.Of course it is not a miracle product and I still do have a few fine lines as that's just life, but it has drastically improved my application and any makeup under my eyes lasts all day. I definitely recommend!

- mecca.com.au
sephora userMarch 14, 2017

Urban Decay changed their formula for the Eden eyeshadow primer so now it's super cakey and dries out your undereye/eyelids. The Smashbox photo finish lid primer in Light is basically everything Eden used to be, BUT BETTER!!! It's not as pigmented as the UD primer, and so it won't necessarily conceal discoloration as well, but that's not an issue for me. The Photo Finish Lid Primer is very smooth, moisturising, and blends into your skin like a dreeeeeam. It looks so natural and lasts all day without creasing. I mostly use Colourpop eyeshadows which already have great staying-power and pigment, but using this primer really kicks it into high-gear!!! P.s. please don't delete my review, Sephora. It's annoying to see that my time in writing a review has gone to waste.

- sephora


Overall safe Ingredients

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