Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

3.2

1693 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


on 3/22/2009 6:26:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I'm glad to hear that they've changed the packaging, because the packaging that I paid considerably for was far from ideal. The nozzle gooped up easily, and you couldn't get the last bit of product out of the bottle. A change in the old packaging is a great move on Smashbox's part.


On how it works, well... it's okay. I notice a pretty big difference in how my foundation goes on, and the fact that my skin feels smoother is nice. It's not a miracle, though. It won't cover up dry flaky skin or blemishes. It makes it so I use slightly less foundation, which is a plus, but it costs more than my foundation does, so it's not much of a plus.


My biggest issue with this, and the reason for the 3 rating, is that after a few days straight of wearing it, my pores start to clog up. I have enough trouble with my skin as it is, I don't need to be constantly slathering on a product that's going to give me more problems.


Love the idea, love how it feels, just can't use the product for an extended period of time. The 'light' variation on this product is a little less damaging for me, but I'm starting to think that a primer is just not the answer to my problems.



Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I started using the regular Photo Finish and its a great product but i actually switched to the Photo Finish Light to help prevent my skin from becoming too oily. I work at Ulta and its our best selling foundation primer. I can notice a difference in my foundation when I dont use it. I can tell that it doesnt last as long and it doesnt go on as smoothly. Smashbox actually recently repackaged the product because it was getting bad reviews. The new vacuum sealed container is SO much better than the other glass pump bottle. You can actually use ALL of the product instead of wasting what wouldnt come out in the pump. :]


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought the travel size just to try it out because I heard it was a good primer. It worked the first few days, but after a week I noticed if I use my Mac Studio Fix Fluid it would look greasy however, when I used my Studio Sculpt it was fine. Could be the foundation was thick so it didn't cake as much because I use less product.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought the clear regular one which is good for oily skin because it gets rid of my shine. It helps my foundation stay on all day, I really like it. The price, on the other hand, is quit expensive. 36$ for a full. And if you buy the full size one, you would have to break the full bottle in order to get ALL of the product. Travel size cost less for 2 and has a little more of product than the full size. I would buy the product again, though.


on 3/18/2009 8:14:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I received this product as a sample and couldn't wait to try it. The next day I put the primer on - went on smoothly and silky - but the primer in areas that I already applied the primer - started to pill and come off.


Also during the day the forehead and nose starts to shine. Comparing this to my amazing DHC "primer" this didn't meet my expectations.


on 3/18/2009 2:39:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am in love with this face primer from Smashbox. It made my makeup wear last all day long and not only that, but my foundation and powder glided on so smoothly. My skin felt like a baby's bum, completely smooth and flawless. I only apply smaller than a dime size of the primer on my face after my daily routine of cleansing, toning, moisturizing, and a little goes a long ways. This primer is great for those of every skin type. I am normal-combination skin and this really helps maintain my oily-ness on my T-zone and keeps my skin soft and supple.


on 3/18/2009 11:04:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Tan, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I like this a lot. However, it has started to cake a bit. I dunno if I did not moisturize enough. I think it works better during the summer season.


on 3/16/2009 10:55:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This primer congests my skin and causes it to break out. I loved how it felt at first, but after a few weeks, I couldn't stand smearing this on my face anymore. Whenever I use this, I feel like I'm stuffing chemicals into my pores. It's also very expensive considering you're just going to wash all off at the end of the day, anyway.


on 3/16/2009 12:50:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

i purchased this from sephoras, i got the smaller version (.5 fl oz) it lasted forever!, i use about the size of a fat dime lol (everyday) It leaves a nice smooth base to start working on, i think it might have even helped with my oily skin but i cant be for sure as ive been trying new things for that. My makeup tends to be less cakey on problem areas. i would re-purchase this product but only in that small size, ive got alot of small primers i want to try before i stick to one brand. next up tarte clean slate!!


on 3/15/2009 3:26:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This primer gave me an almost flawless finish and helped keep oilies away for quite awhile, but it made me break out :(

It's too bad that my skin does not like this as I really liked the finish.

I ended up giving it to my daughter, who has very nice, but sensitive skin, (she wanted to try it out). It broke her out too and she promptly gave it back. So, it just sits in the bathroom mocking me :(

I will not buy again as I do not like breaking out. I am sure it was the product that caused the breakouts, as I have tried it a few more times (I was hoping it was not the cause and because I really liked the finish) and each time ended up with nasty bumps.

I liked the pump, but found the bottle awkward and the cap for it sucks -comes off too easily.


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