Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizer

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizer

3.6

62 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Hdi/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Methicone, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Water\Aqua\Eau, Coconut Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)

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on 4/21/2018 10:31:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I've always used Clinique's Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector in Invisible Light and it's been my holy grail of pore miimizing primers. I'll wait until Clinique has a good GWP and buy a couple. When I visited my local CCO last week they were having a 50% off sale so I decided to give the Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer a go because they were out of stock on my Clinique Instant Perfector. I'd always heard good things about the Smashbox primer but was always hesitant because of the price tag. Now, it's interesting to note in case anyone is interested in comparing the prices, technically when looking at full retail price the Smashbox is cheaper! The Clinique Instant Perfector is $22 for only 0.5 oz but the Smashbox is $39 for 1.0 oz. So I suppose the incentive for me to keep purchasing the Clinique is for the GWP?! At this point it doesn't really matter WHICH primer I buy because.....

.........I compared the ingredients between the two primers...they are almost EXACTLY the same, with only 1 or two slight differences. So not only is the price comparable so are the ingredients. And another interesting tidbit, NYX's Pore Filler has most of the same ingredients as well so that might be worth trying as well especially since it's a LOT less expensive than the Clinique or Smashbox pore minimizers. I also researched a few other primers...it's very interesting how so many of the same kind of products from different companies have so many of the same ingredients!

Overall, I really do love the Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, and if you like the Clinique Instant Perfector you'll definitely like this Smashbox primer as well. It wears well, stays matte for the day and doesn't have an offensive smell at all which is a plus for me. It does blur my pores a bit like the Clinique Instant Perfector and hasn't broken me out at all. LOVE!!!!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.



on 1/29/2018 2:24:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

It really helps the makeup cover the pores but it doesn't make them smaller. I think it lasts for hours and with my makeup(la roche posay for oil skin) my skin is smooth and looks nice and matte.


on 1/24/2018 7:52:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Works really well to reduce oiliness on my T-zone.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product clogged my pores on m t zone where I applied it unfortunately. It did seem to blur and fill my pores but it is not worth it to me if it breaks me out. Now have to try to get rid of the 5 bumps/zits it created. I have sensitive combo oily skin fyi


on 12/9/2017 3:22:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I have really oily skin(even though My profile says combination, I dont know how to change it) with a LOT of deep pores. I’ve tried a few primers and this One makes my skin smooth without pores and makes my makeup stay a lot longer! I recommend this to everyone with oily skin!!

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on 10/24/2017 6:59:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Really wanted to like this primer but it just wouldn't work for me. I'm a fan of the original smashbox primer but wanted to give this a try as I have oily skin and to smooth my pores. This primer made the texture of my foundation super cakey and made my skin really oily within a few hours. Plus it made me break out in spots. Won't be repurchasing.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Although this, like all SB primers, are AMAAAAZING (I honestly spend the whole day touching my face because I feel sooooo silky) it didn't have a HUGE effect on my pores. I noticed a small difference because I was looking for it, but generally nothing huge. Will defos buy SB primer again but maybe the green one.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


on 7/28/2017 12:41:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wanted to find a primer that would at least blur or hide the sight of my pores. This was a great option for me as it appeared to hide them without drying out y skin.

I do find that my pores are less apparent when I use this but unfortunately they do tend to reappear towards the end of a work day after much oil has penetrated through.

I still like this primer as many primers of this type do tend to block my pores. This one has performed well.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


on 6/17/2017 10:52:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Grey, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I bought this on an impulse together with the "color correcting" (green) primer and out of the two I definitely like this one less. It does make the pores look somewhat smaller but I find it very difficult to spread and I'm yet to find a liquid foundation this would work with - only powder seems to be fine, everything else slides around. I will use it up but don't think I will be buying it again, especially that it's rather pricey.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I liked this primer at first but not so much now.. it settles in weirdly?? It makes my foundation rub off doesn't matter which one and it looks like I swiped foundation over my face with a paintbrush streaky by the end of the day.


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