I love Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I think this product works fantastic. I have never had issues with breaking out or anything with this product. It smooths over all of your pores and imperfections and leaves behind a silky canvas to blend your foundation over. I find with this primer my make up does last longer and looks better. I have since looked for an even better primer but have yet to find one that even comes close. The only couple gripes I have with this product is the price is sort of high... And the way the pump bottle is makes it hard to get out all of the product. Other than that, I find this is one of the best primers out there.
I got a generous sample of this from Sephora. I have combination skin; acne prone; Oily t-zone. This is expensive but I thought it would be worth the $ if it got the "job" done. Now keep in mind that I haven't had any breakouts in over 6 months.
The SA applied it all over my face, and then applied foundation (MUFE HD). I came home and kept everything on for approximately 5 hours. My face started looking a bit oily after like 2 hours. I had no issues with the way it "felt".
However, the very next day, I got a few little pimples on my cheek! Other than this product, nothing else was "new". Needless to say that I will not be purchasing this.
I bought this primer when I first started buying high end make up and items other than *mascara foundation and gloss*. Needless to say it was my first primer. I was really excited because everyone as Sephora swears by this and this is one of the most 'famous' primers out there. I thought the silicone-like skin it gives you was a regular effect of primers. I have learned a lot since then and this is what I now think of this primer:
1. This is like melted plastic. So yes, it did smooth my face a little as I have dry skin and the flakes showed a little less.
2. It dries in the bottle very quickly and when there's a ton left you can't reach it because the pump will only go so high.
3. This gave me pimples on my cheeks, where I had NEVER had one. I figured the primer was clogging up my pores and I was right, I stopped breaking out as I stopped taking it.
4. It did not help my make up last any longer.
5. It's too expensive for what it actually does (nothing good). I was going to swear off primer until I tried the MUFE HD Primer in #7. So far so good!
I will never repurchase, and encourage you not to waste your money on this.
I dont really wear foundation, but you can wear primers without makeup, so I got a sample. It doesnt make my pores look any smaller, and doesnt get rid of any super slight redness. All it does is prime for foundation. It's kind of useless, especially for the expensive price! I think it's about $40. I don't recommend it.
I love this product! It makes you skin so sillky smooth! I couldn't imgaine ever putting foundation on my face again without putting this product on first!
I saw a .5oz tube while waiting in line to check out at Sephora, so for about $15 I decided, what the heck let's try it out. Am I glad I did! I picked up the tube in May and still have just under 1/2 left! You seriously only need the smallest amount for your face. I apply it mostly to my t-zone and then work in any excess to the rest of my skin. I let it set for about 3-5 minutes before applying MUFE HD. I can absolutely notice a difference on days when I skip this vs days when I apply it. It makes my foundation last just that much longer, apply smoother and makes my skin feel silky smooth. Yes, it is a luxury product but I think you can get away with he .5oz tube for about 1/2 a year so I think it's worth it!
This makes my skin feel silky smooth. It erases pores and makes my makeup last all day. The only thing I do not like is the price. However, I bought this in a value set at Ulta for around $50 (I think it was called the Day to Night kit). It included a primer, lip gloss, blush, and eye shadow trio (all full size).
As far as I'm concerned I no longer need to look elsewhere for another primer again, that is, unless Smashbox changes the formulation and I develop an unfortunate side affect. This is old reliable and always there for me. I don't use this when the weather is hot, humid and altogether oppressive. I wear this when the humidity/temp drops and my skin needs an added layer of slip to assist/enhance my foundation. I have no issue with greasiness or non adherance of m/u/ when using this primer. If you are oily, hormonally reactive or have significant complexion foibles you may want to forego using this. If your skin is combo/dry, non reactive and otherwise stable this is something that I recommend you keep in your stash. When I know I'm going to be photographed or otherwise want to look camera ready this is always on my face. This product makes my skin truly flawless. I can't say the same for MAC or Stila primers.
I've gotten samples of this twice from Sephora. They must really be trying to push this crap. That's what it is. Crap. It does *feel* smooth but that's because of all the 'cones. It does nothing for the texture of my skin. My skin certainly doesn't look any better before I put on my foundation. For the ridiculous price, you'd expect more. This reminds me of the Maybelling Age rewind or w/e its called. That sucked too, but at least it was cheap. No, I'll stick with my TF Primed & Poreless. That's pricey but WORTH IT.
I actually do like this primer. It has a nice texture and goes on silky smooth. It does help my foundation last longer but for that price I could buy 3 tubes of the Claudia Stevens Facial Prep Foundation Base, which in my opinion, works just as well, has the similar texture when you apply it, makes my foundation last just as long, and only costs $4.50 from Sally's Beauty.
I doubt I will be buying Smashbox Photo Finish Primer any time soon just because it's way too overpriced.