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Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer by Smashbox

Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

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Top Reviews



i've tried a lot of pore minimizing/mattifying primers and this is one of the best i've tried

- Ulta 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



i love how light this primer is and how smooth it makes my face for makeup application

- Smashbox User

this product is beautiful at doing just that; its smooths my skin, improves the appearance of my pores dramatically and makes me feel really confident in my own skin

- Smashbox User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

this totally blurs my pores

- Ulta User

best pore filler i've found

- Ulta User

color correction

color correcting

i actually add the color correcting adjust to this blend to perfectly correct my redness prone t-zone and all-over lightly freckled complexion

- Smashbox User

i will be purchasing this again and hope to try the color correcting ones as well

- Sephora User

staying power


stays all day and i look sooooo smooth

- Sephora User

if i use this in combination with the loreal pro matte foundation and powder, my makeup on my forehead stays in place all day, no sitting in those lines

- Sephora User



was so excited to receive the new vitamin glow primer in my 1st #voxbox 😍 i love the creamy, lightweight formula, it went on so smoothly leaving my skin soft and moisturized and glowing through my makeup

- Ulta 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



i have done an all day wear test and this actually makes my foundation (120 fenty hydrating) sir beautifully on my skin

- Sephora User

i have done an all day wear test and this actually makes my foundation (120 fenty hydrating) sir beautifully on my skin

- Ulta User
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ulta.com userJuly 22, 2019

Does not do anything it promises

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. Less

- ulta.com
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 userOctober 17, 2018


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!

- ulta
Smashbox userFebruary 3, 2015

Exactly as described

If you have visible pores and uneven skin texture, then this is the primer for you! You can see a difference as soon as you put it on, and a little goes a long way. Just like all Smashbox primers it helps your makeup go on smoother and stay in place longer, in addition to taking care of pores and rough skin texture. If you have dry skin, I would recommend a moisturizer underneath first, or to only use it in the areas where you need it most (nose, chin, forehead etc.). Overall, an excellent addition to the Smashbox primer collection.

- Smashbox
Sephora userSeptember 21, 2016

works great!

I didn't buy this product my pores, though it was a big plus. This worked great on under my makeup. I have super oily skin and I have a hard time finding a product that will last all day without shine. This worked so well. I was used to checking my face throughout the day at work to blot oil etc. I was very happy and surprised that I didn't have to do it while wearing this. My face looked great all day. This really worked for my oily skin. It does go on a little dry and seems heavy at first but with oily skin, that's OK. It blends in fine after. No problems. Had to get used to it at first after expecting something different. Love this product.

- Sephora


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I need some advice on primer for sensitive skin please
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I have really sensitive skin and a lot of products can easily give me a rash or flare up my acne BUT the primer I use everyday (photo finish pore minimizing primer~smash box) works wonders and it helps my makeup apply so well and makes for a gorgeous finish! It just melts and smooths over your skins surface and gives my makeup the best look out of almost all of the primers I’ve used. I’ve never had a single problem with it and a little goes a long way too!
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What are people’s favorite primers? Is it worth it to get a separate primer for your face and eyes?
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I love this one !
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Amina Imran
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Makeup and makeup application tips for minimizing pores? I have huge pores and sometimes I feel like my foundation and powder emphasizes it. #pores
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Haven’t tried it but heard good things about it
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Dorian Lewis
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I know this is like the MOST common question but please hear me out lol. WHAT IS THE BEST PRIMER?! I’ll list my skin type/issues. I’m also open to drug store and high end. Skin type/issues: Oily quickly Sweaty in summer Large pores Prone to mild break outs Textured
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Kaity Senczyszyn
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Any suggestions on primers and foundations for sensitive oily skin !?
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Sami J
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i use this everyday and its never made me breakout and has given me a great base for my foundation/concealer i recommend a billion!!
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prime before makeup
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What’s the best primer for oily skin and that covers pores? I use the milk makeup blur stick and it works wonders it really hours out my pores but it makes me oily quickly I also put some in a blotting sheet and the sheet became clear 😔
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meghan g.
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Not sure your routine, but because you are oily skin make sure to moisturizer before hand to prevent your oils over producing! Otherwise this is a great primer for both oily skin and pores!
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Space Ace
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Does anyone have any good primer suggestions for combination to oily skin? Every primer I've used so far makes me feel greasy and I find myself trying to wipe it away to get rid of the feeling. Even better if it cancels out redness!
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meghan g.
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SMASHBOX. period
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Daisy Quintero
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meghan g.
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Try this one!