Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

3.2

1704 reviews

47% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.6

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Silica, Dimethicone/ Vinyldimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Extract, Propylene Glycol, Water (Aqua, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cola Acuminata Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This product is probably one of the worst - if not the worst I've ever used.
It made me break out SO much within the first 3 days of using it.
Made my face horribly oily, and was just awful.
I don't think I've ever broken out this much.
Would not recommend to anyone, don't waste your money.



on 4/18/2009 12:29:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

So this is basically my first review on any item but I just wanted to say that I do love this product. It feels a bit weird at first once you put it on your skin, but if you wait about a minute before slapping on your foundation .. it starts to feel a bit better. I personally love this item and I find it does the job. It makes my skin super smooth and makes my makeup stay on way longer than it used to ! It's a bit on the pricey side for my taste, but it's worth every cent.


on 4/13/2009 9:36:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I soooo want to like it. I am still wearing it and waiting for something to happen.....So far, no luck at all!!!!!
I am very disappointed. So I guess at some point I will stop using it and put it away...It does nothing controlling the shine, especially worn under foundation. It's ok with loose or pressed powder but then again powder is matifying in itself.
For me, it was a waste of money. But apparently there are two categories of reviews on that product! So my advice is: try it several times before buying.

EDIT: see my review about the Monistat chafing gel.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This product does a good job of prepping my skin for foundation, especially for mineral make up. I could also see using this as a stand alone if my rosacea didn't require constant concealer to hide the redness--actually, this isn't always true, a few days a month the redness is mild enough I can forego concealer.

This basically acts as a barrier over your skin that mattifies and minimizes surface flaws and pores. As far as breakouts go, I'd say I am about average, and this doesn't break me out--but you will likely have to avoid it if 'cones tend to clog you or break you out. I actually love the silicone based texture of it and it feels quite light.

It works well holding my makeup in place, creating a very light boundary between my skin and my foundation. It keeps my dry patches hydrated so I don't get those annoying flakies--esp. with mineral makeup. I'd say its about average for combating the oilslick from my T-zone.

I use it almost every day, for days I need my makeup to last all day as a primer, for underneath mineral makeup, esp. if I have dry patches, or on the rare day where I don't need concealer, as a surface perfecting layer instead of foundation.

I think the price is reasonable and although I hate having an added step in my rountine, the effect it has is worth the added effort because my face surface looks so much smoother and my makeup lasts much longer, so it probably cancels out the expense of using up makeup faster in having to reapply--so I look at it as a cost savings. I like the one with Dermaxyl better now that it is available,

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Lid unable to stay on - poor packaging design. My skin felt velvety soft and when I applied foundation over it, every flaw was magnified. I have large-ish pores and a few small scars; perhaps this product is better suited for someone with perfect skin. Also, my skin broke out as a result of wearing this product.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/8/2009 5:56:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

It did make it easier to apply my foundation, because it made my skin super smooth. But it settles into all my pores making them stand out more then when I didn't use the primer.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 4/6/2009 1:03:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Green

This product does a good job of prepping my skin for foundation. I don't really love the silicone-y texture of it, but it works effectively at holding my makeup in place, and sets up a weightless boundary between my skin and my foundation. It keeps my dry patches hydrated, and prevents my makeup from transferring on T-zone.

While I don't use it everyday, for days I need my makeup to last all day, it's a new must have. As much as I dislike the price and added step in my rountine, the effect it has is worth the added effort.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

A silicone based primer, the first available commercially. It does the job of giving your face a smooth finish and helps makeup last longer. The price tag isn't so great and for much less you can get the same results with Monistat's anti chafing gel.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This was the first primer I ever tried, and it certainly didn't do anything I thought it would. I tried it several times and I used a small amount, and it made my skin feel really soft and velvety.....for a while. Then my foundation would slide off and I'd be so completely greasy that it'd take several sheets of blotting paper to get the oil off. Then I had foundation caked into my pores, and none on the rest of my face. I've got greasy skin anyway, but not that badly! It also caused deep cystic pimples to form on my chin and cheek.

Perhaps this is a great product for someone with dry or non acne-prone skin, but it certainly did nothing to improve my complexion.


on 3/24/2009 4:56:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

There are much better, much cheaper primers on the market. Save yourself some money and get Laura Mercier's or the GOSH velvet touch primer. Both work better than this imo.


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