Smashbox PHOTO FINISH HYDRATING FOUNDATION PRIMER

3.7

41 reviews

56% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Glycerin, Stearyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-8, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol [+/- Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)] ILN38097


Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I debated between giving this a rating of 4 or 5 lippies, but finally decided on 5 because this primer really is THAT good if you have dry to extremely dry skin. I also have skin that is insanely sensitive and gets angry and red and blotchy (super irritated) if I use a product that it doesn't like. It's tough to find a primer that actually nourishes while making makeup last longer and look more natural. This primer does that and more. I purchased this after realizing that the Smashbox photo finish primer oil did not mix well with my damp beauty blender. I absolutely love the primer oil and I have a review for that here on makeupalley as well. I bought this thinking it would work much better with my water based products and beauty blender, and it works beautifully. I love how soothing it feels on the skin and how it really smooths my skin out making makeup application much easier. I also feel like it makes my makeup look more natural? it's hard to explain but it just makes things blend and melt into the skin so much better. It feels like a cooling, hydrating gel when applied and smooths out easily. Doesn't leave any sticky or tacky residue, just a smooth, hydrated complexion perfect for makeup application. Yes the price is outrageous, but for what this does to me it is just totally worth it. I also like that it doesn't feel heavy or overly silicone-y, just smooth, light, and hydrating. Absolutely love this primer.



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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have very dry skin and I was looking for something that will give me an extra booste in hydrating my skin before I put on my foundation. I was very reluctant on buying this because of the price. It's $42 which is insane for a primer, and this seems to be the only primer you have to buy in full size out of the SmashBox primers. So I thought for the price of the primer, it has to do wonders and I read reviews on it and they were mostly good, so I thought hey why not. I voted it 3 bc the primer works, but not as good as it should. The price is insane and there are other primers that are a lot cheaper and probably do the same thing. Don't buy it.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This comes out as a thin liquid fluid, with almost no scent. My dry skin can sometimes suck the moisture out of a foundation which will make my skin look dry and patchy. This will create a barriere between my skin and foundation, and my make-up stayed longer and looked fresher during the day. But I just can't justify the price at €37,00 european price it's way to high, it's nice but not "good" enough to come in that price range. So considering price and performance, I voted no I'm not rebuying. I feel there are more primers to create that barriere for a lower price and I'm still experimenting to find one that I really love.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I hate spending a lot of money of makeup especially primer but I have to say I really do love this primer it really does make my makeup stay all day long and it really does cool down your face.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Dry, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

this is great for dry skin
it is very light and straight away absorbs in the skin
it feels like youve just hydrated your skin and is a great foundation base.
it allows makeup to stay on all day and not get faded or look patchy


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I used this while I was on roaccutane and found that my matte foundation was not sitting great on my overly dry skin.
It's an amazing product, it's so light and felt very hydrating on my skin! Like I'd just splashed water all over. It's absorbed immediately and little bit goes a long way. Kind of reminds me a serum in terms of texture.
Not sure how this would go on oily skin but it is water based. I only used it when my skin was very dry.
The packing is good but I think $56 for 30mls is a little steep. (Australia)
Would re-purchase if I found my skin got too dry during winter.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I have dry-combination skin. This product was okay for my dry t-zone, but left the rest of my skin feeling very oily. I couldn't wait to wash it off. Perhaps better for someone with a true dry-skin.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

before i purchased this, i already owned the color correcting (adjust) primer (the green one) from smashbox. this one, in my opinion, is much better, especially considering that i have drier skin. it goes well with lighter, water-based foundations, and makes my skin feel moisturised. it's expensive!!! but i would repurchase, because it works well for me.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

Let me start off by saying I have oily skin as well as recently dry patches around my nose area which tends to make my akeup look flaky and all around terrible. When I use this primer however, my foundation looks great with it.

It's a very hydrating primer and sometimes I feel as if I don't even need to use a moistruzer because of how nice it makes my skin feel. Its smooth and gives my skin a hydrating feeling. It truly lives up its name as a hydrating primer. Another thing I love about this primer is how a little bit of the product can go a very long way. I will use about a pea sized about for my entire half face. I'll wait a couple minutes for it to dry and apply my foundation. I love how it makes my foundation stay in place longer than if I were to wear the foundation without it. It's an overall great primer and hydrates my oily skin very well! Once I put my foundation on, it makes my dry patches non exisistent. I love this primer and would definetely buy it again. The price of the product is why I would rate it four lippies, but apart from that it's great!


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I really like this. When I moved to WA state 4 months ago from So Cal my skin went berserk and I started breaking out really bad. I started using acne washes to combat the break out which in turn dried out my skin. The flakes made it almost impossible to wear foundation or concealer. The area under my eyes was the worst because makeup made those areas look majorly crepey. Even tho I have oily skin, my skin looked dehydrated due to acne washes and spot treatments. Since moving to WA I've become an avid ELDW foundation user because I needed full coverage to cover acne scars. Love that stuff.To help with the dryness of my skin and tohelp that foundation glide on better, I started using this as my primer ever since seeing eldw looking fabulous on another girl and asking her what she uses. She swore by this primer and eldw. Now what I do is moisturize, apply smashbox pore minimizer only onto the sides of my nose to fill the pores, then apply the hydrating primer all over(especially under the eyes). Wow, my makeup no longer looks cakey and gross. Under eye area looks hydrated and smooth even with my full face makeup looks. I do the triangle conceal/highlight technique and it looks smooth imo. I am so glad that girl told me about this primer. It really works for what I am looking for. I recommend it to all girls that have issues with their foundation looking dry and flaky. It is pricey imo but it does the job so I will keep purchasing.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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