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on 5/17/2008 12:18:00 AM
More reviews by esmeraldas
Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium
I agree with another reviewer that said this product made my face smooth and soft but I didn't notice much else. I really wanted this to work as I spent $36+ for it & had heard all kinds of great stuff. Tried it for about 3 or 4 days - BROKE ME OUT. I did use moisturizer first, I did everything right as far as I know. I used one pump for my whole face, smoothed it on. Waited about 2 - 3 minutes for it to dry/settle. I have dry skin, would that be the problem? It kinda felt like it dried it out more & it claims to help your foundation stay longer b/c of the natural oil absorbing effects, so maybe that was it. Don't recommend it if you have dry-ish skin. Too bad I bought the whole bottle. >:(
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
on 5/13/2008 10:12:00 PM
More reviews by jsonnet98
Skin: Very Oily, Olive, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I'm still on the fence about this product. I bought the small size from Sephora about 2 months ago and have been using it faithfully every day since. I've used it over moisturizers, and just by itself with my Bare Escentuals Foundation, but the results seem to be the same. You should only use a small dab on each portion of your face; more and it'll start to flake off and make your makeup smudgy. But I have extremely oily skin (30 minutes after I apply my makeup, I have to apply powder b/c of the shine!) with acne-prone leanings, and huge pores. Right after I apply this, it seems to fill in my pores and make my skin softer and smoother, but it really doesn't seem to hold up throughout the day. Like I said, shortly after putting makeup on I'm blotting and powdering! I think my skin does look atinybit better with it (it's not as oil-slicky as it might be), but it's not the miracle product people seem to tout it as.
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 5/12/2008 8:20:00 PM
More reviews by LITEup
Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
The LIGHT photofinish works great for thoose like me who have combination to sensitive skin- its alos GREAT at contolling oil through out the day. There are so many diffrent primers on the market it seems evrey brand is "launching " a primer. try it you'll love it!
on 5/10/2008 1:20:00 PM
More reviews by browneyesthatkill
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
i have not used the full sized product however i used a deluxe sample. the first time i used it it seemed to make my skin smooth i didnt see a differance apart from that. the second day i used it however i put it on and it was gritty!!! it had chunks of the product on my face. im not new 2 makeup. i applied it properly however it caked on my face! I may try the full size and see if it works better...
on 5/10/2008 12:55:00 PM
More reviews by alba75
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
This product smoothed and perfected skin, as well as filled in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish by giving my face a matte pearlish look. Additionally, my face was not irritated or broke out. Still I have mixed feelings.
on 5/9/2008 4:12:00 AM
More reviews by Mirtilla
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
What it is:Smashbox makeup artists use this product to create a perfect canvas for foundation application. What it is formulated to do:The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smoothes and perfects skin, while the unique formula helps to inhibit the destruction of collagen, and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish.What else you need to know:Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection. This skin-soothing blend of antioxidants, which can be worn alone or under foundation, works overtime to fill in fine lines and even out skin texture. (Courtesy of Sephora.com)**My opinion**I use foundation primers EVERY DAY and I was dying to try Photo Finish as soon as I heard of it. Unfortunatly, Smashbox doesn't sell its products in Italy and I had to purchase this primer on an on-line English site. Well, I'm not very fond of it, compared to MUFE primers, Photo Finish isn’t equally good quality. Once applied, my skin feels softer but that’s all, I can’t really see any other kind of improvement. So hell no, I won’t buy this product again. continued >>
on 5/8/2008 4:20:00 PM
More reviews by MIJA_97
Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse
I like this product it minimizes my pores but if you don't apply it correctly it will flake..When I use it under the cream foundation it flakes but not when I use a powder foundation...hmmmm...I wonder why? In any way..is "good" product, it leaves ur face super soft.
on 5/3/2008 9:47:00 PM
More reviews by mml2145
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Dear Smashbox Photo Finish Primer...I am sorry, but I am going to have to say goodbye. I think we both knew that this was going to happen eventually. Also, to be honest..it is you and not me. I've been cheating on you with Laura Geller Spackle and it is great. She treats me right and I look forward to seeing her every morning. You on the other hand dry out my skin, make my foundation look all flakey and cakey and come in a stupid pump package that gives me a hard time! I have given you so many chances and I am done. I can't take the abuse anymore. You will no longer have a place in the my makeup case. Please, pack your things and leave. I don't want to see you tomorrow morning.Best Wishes.
49 out of 56 people found this review helpful.
on 5/3/2008 6:09:00 AM
More reviews by shu2307
I've tried lots of primers but i always come back to this. Plus you only need a small amt. so it lasts forever.
on 5/1/2008 2:40:00 PM
More reviews by slyo
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
I'm changing my rating of this product from 1 to 5. The original reason I hated this product when I tried it was because.. I didn't feel like it made my foundation last longer.. or apply more smoothly..and no matter how long it set on my face, I had trouble with the primer balling up as I put on my mineral foundation. Recently [a good year or two later] after reading more and more rave reviews, I decided to give it another shot since I have changed back to my vincent longo liquid foundation.. and I have to say, it is the best primer I have ever used. This time, I opted for the clear regular formula vs the apricot corrector. I don't know if it is because I switched foundations or formulas or what may have changed, but I notice a huge difference in how long my foundation lasts when I use sephora brand primer or BE Prime time vs this. I did not have trouble with the primer balling on my face either, but I do not apply foundation with a buffer brush anymore. As far as how it initially feels on my face====I didn't really like how greasy it kind of felt the first few times I applied it, but after just a few days I got used to it, and I don't even notice anymore. Especially since even with my naturally very oily/combination skin it has no trouble controlling my oil and leaves me a very sheer matte finish. throughout the day. I no longer reapply my makeup and only need to powder once throughout the day. no more blotting papers! yay!
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