Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

3.2

1830 reviews

46% 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

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Have tried so many primers but this just works the best for me. It's only one that smooths my pores and keeps my makeup on all day

2 of 2 people found this helpful.



Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My favorite primer so far, after going through quite a few of the top ones (Lancôme La base. Benefit etc). It's the perfect base for foundation, fills in pores, fine lines, helps with the longevity of foundation and makes my skin look translucent. Oh and it knocks off 10 years instantly... what more can I say! I apply 1-2 minutes before foundation as this gives it a chance to settle in and work better. When using this I can usually skip the moisturizer totally as this has a hydrating effect (but keep in mind I can only get away with this as my skin is oily/combination). I always get compliments on my skin when I use this which is why I keep returning to it.
My only slight criticism is I would have preferred it to be in a pump dispenser rather than a tube packaging as it's hard to get out the last bit of product when you reach the end of the tube, so for that knocking off a lippie for 'packaging' but apart from that this is a winner for me.


Selena x


~ My HG list ~

(As I've sampled many 100s of skin, hair and m/u products over the last decade and a half, I thought it might be useful to share my top 10 must-have products, subject to change if and when I come across something more effective. I love constantly trying out new stuff - usually sample sizes via e-bay, also plenty courtesy of a friend who works at Sephora)


1. Hair Loss Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Hair Oil
2. Lip Balm: 'Nuxe' - Reve De Miel Lip Balm
3. Pigmentation + Anti-Ageing Treatment: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Facial Treatment Serum
4. Cleanser: 'Paula's Choice' - Skin Balancing Cleanser
5. Concealer: ‘Mac’ - Studio Finish Concealer
6. Lash Growth Serum: ‘Divine Herbal’ - Divinelash
7. Foundation/SPF: ‘Juice Beauty’ - Stem Cellular Repair (warm glow)
8. Face Scrub: ‘Sisley' - Botanical Gentle Buffing Cream
9. Moisturizer: ‘Antipodes' - Rejoice Light Day Cream
10. Hand Cream: 'Origins' - Make A Difference Rejuvenating Hand Treatment

3 of 4 people found this helpful.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I recently purchased a gift set with a bunch of Smashbox bestsellers in it, including the famed Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Turned out to be a huge no for me. My foundation slid right off my face within hours of application! My dehydrated yet oily skin does not seem to handle silicones well. I'm still surprised that foundation can stay put on ANYone after using a silicone-laden primer.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I wore this primer to an even on Saturday, it was all day 12 hours so I needed something to hold my makeup in place. This however didn't do anything apart from break me out in pimples on my cheeks and I never break out there. They are the small cluster type so I know this is the primer. Luckily I only had a tester so if you have rosacea sensitive skin beware!

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


on 5/23/2018 6:36:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Fine

Eyes: Brown

The worst primer ever!! Total greaseball two hours after applying. Too much silicone!


on 5/23/2018 5:38:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Didn't do anything for my skin. It did last quite a while, maybe because I wasn't using enough. I didn't know how much to apply because it wasn't doing anything maybe except making my skin feeling a bit greasy, probably also because it's almost clear. The saleslady at Sephora gave me a sample of it, glad it wasn't a purchase.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

For the life of me, I can't understand how this has below 50% repurchase rate!! It's my HG, I never found a better primer and I tried quite a few. It absolutely smoothes skin surface and gives an ideal MU application, it also helps foundation stay put. I always notice a difference when I use it and when I don't on my MU finish look. I'm on my second bottle.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

This is exactly like NYX primer for oily skin. At first, being an oily skinned gal, I felt that this might be too oily, but it did dry to a velvety soft finish once applied. My favorite primer is by Becca which really keeps my foundation looking fresh and holds it like crazy all day! This one made my skin slightly oily at about the three hour mark and though it did hold my makeup (with the help of my MAC Fix+ spray), I felt it emphasize my pores too much and made the t-zone oilier as aforementioned after several hours of wear. Is it a bad product? No, would I buy it again? Not so much. In my opinion, better for drier skin types and doesn't live up to the hype, at least for me anyway. Definitely not a re-purchase.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Dark, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I have no idea why the ratings and reviews for this product are quite bad. I am an obsessive makeup collector and own way too many primers, but Smashbox Photo Finish primer is the best one I own. It makes my foundation look the best and has a very noticeable difference. Without this primer my makeup just doesn’t look as good.

I have attempted to try other new primers such as the Lancome La Base Pro but that primer left my makeup looking so powdery each time even when 3 setting sprays were used. Smashbox primer just makes my base look so smooth and flawless. I took one star off because I am also a sweaty betty and this primer does not deal well with that, so when I sweat on my forehead it does not keep on the makeup on my forehead. But besides that, I have yet to run into another primer that leaves as beautiful a finish for my makeup and I have tried several.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


on 2/19/2018 2:48:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

I was really disappointed with the performance of this product. I have used smashbox primers in the past and loved them but this is heavy feeling and it does nothing for my pores. Many primers are just too greasy for me and I'm always in search of a good one. Unfortunately this wasn't it.

I got this as a sample size at Sephora and I'm glad I didn't waste money on the full sized version.


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