Smashbox Photo Finish Light

Smashbox Photo Finish Light

3.4

463 reviews

55% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Decyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oligopeptide-10

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on 12/2/2017 5:23:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

Well i read many reviews here and i will agree either you hate it or love it. Well for me i loved it, it moisturizes the skin, blurrs out perfections, did not break me out and you can also use it on eye area. And it does not have this silicon feeling which i hate. It perfectly moisturizes the skin and absorbs very quickly. I used it together with Estee Lauder Double Wear and the effect was simply WOW! The make up artist of Smashbox made me this combo and it was like so silky, my big pores were blurred, my dry patches were gone...i set it with the smashbox powder. Agree with other readers this primer do not control oilyness neither prolongs staying power but my skin felt comfortable all the time. I love this primer gotta say! I have oily skin with huge pores with acne scarring...and my skin is dehydrated as well! What is very important try your foundation with this primer, every primer acts differently with different foundation. Anyways never buy anything without trying product at least two times. I really liked this primer, i tried other primers from Smashbox and this was somehow my fave. Note-i tried this in wintertime. Cannot comment how will behave in warmer climate!

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Brown, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

VERDICT: This is an AMAZING PRIMER!

FOR REFERENCE:
-I use the NARS Sheer Glow foundation. Makeup wear time on me remains same regardless if I use primer (any brand) or no primer.
-I have acne all year round, but dry skin in winter and oily in summer. So, I skip primer in winter. And, in summer I only wear primer to even out my exacerbated acne skin texture.

PROS:
-satin finish: not dry flat matte but not oily. Very skin like finish for me and even glowy (for my oily skin)
-literally blurs out skin issues. I have acne all year round, so texture wise my skin sucks. This legit blurrs out texture issues and pores. I am amazed!
-very comfortable to wear: not dehydrating, not greasy or heavy, does not cling to dry patches (and i have them due to acne treatment), ultra-light consistency!

CONS:
-does not make my makeup stay longer (but to be fair, no primer I have tried has done that.. makeup usually lasts long on me anyway because I am meticulous about setting my makeup correctly with powder.)
-does not control oiliness to a great extent (again, no other primer I have found that does. I usually blot every 3 hours and am good)

CONCLUSION: I want to call this HG but before that I will try the many primer options in the market. Mainly to see if I find something that can give me oil control/ greater makeup wear WITHOUT sticking to dry flakey areas. But, this is definitely one of the best in the market!


Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I'm typically not a primer person but I was curious. I did tons of research before buying this LIGHT version and it fell short on my expectations...

I have oily/combo skin, prone to clogs if using wrong products, and can also get dehydrated if not moisturized properly. Upon reading reviews for this, many users said this product is very moisturizing due to it's lotion-like texture. I agree because I placed a big glob on my hand when I was at Sephora. It is very moisturizing without being greasy. I thought, hey, I like this product. Until...

The next morning, I put a pea size on my cheeks and it just glided on the skin and kind of disappeared. (I did not use any moisturizer prior to this primer). It left a dry feeling on my cheeks. Dry as in using something like a silicone texture. I then proceeded to use my MAC studio Fix and everything seemed ok. My face was pretty matte and I went on with my day. About 3-4 hours in at work, I could start to feel oil coming out of my pores and that heavy makeup feeling. Gross! It's one of those times that I really wanted to go home and wash my face. I truly believe this feeling is from using the primer. There really was no pore minimization or oil control. At first, your skin stays pretty matte and great but then the horror comes and your face just becomes an oily and splotchy mess. I looked really shiny too. It's expensive for what you get but if the product doesn't work, it's not worth keeping it. I'm going to return this. Some good things include the minimal ingredient list and that is it fragrance-free. Unfortunately, it's just not for my skin. YMMV.


on 3/3/2017 11:38:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I've been trying lots of primers lately and this is honestly the worst one that I've tried. It makes my makeup look worse than if I wore no primer at all AND it breaks me out. It does have some oil control, but not a lot. I would pass on this primer.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Nice primer for colder months not so much for summer .


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown







This is the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Light.
They have so many different Primers from the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer range that you can find your specific one!

The prize is a little expensive for me but it is an oil free primer and it's so soft and gentle to my skin!

Love it <3


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

When I first started using this primer, I wasnt convinced, but I think it was becuase I wasn't applying enough.. so I now apply more and really like the velvet finish on my skin creating a flawless base for my foundation, I have combination skin and the lady recommended this over the original and I still find my nose is very dry so I just make sure I pop more moisturiser on the dryer areas before applying this. I have noticed my makeup lasting a lot longer and think I will definately try this or maybe even the hydrating formula now we are in the winter months!


on 8/22/2016 12:09:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Blue

Accidentally purchased this while standing in line at Sephora. I meant to grab the original primer, but I got this and was sorely disappointed. It doesn't have that silky feel to it, it feels more like lotion. I believe this would be better for people who are prone to breakouts, as it is a very light primer. It doesn't do a whole lot for pores, but it does help your foundation go on more easily. Personally, I would not re-purchase just because this product doesn't do a whole lot of good for me. It's also not cheap.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have been using this primer for a few years now and to be completely honest it is the only primer I've ever used so I can't really compare it to anything. I purchased it in the hope that it would stop the oils from pouring through my make-up every day but it doesn't really stop them it just minimises the amount that comes through. I still have to use my Laura Mercier powder and my Skindinavia setting spray to be almost completely oil free through out the day. I use this primer every morning after moisturiser and before foundation, sometimes I even set it with Skindinavia and this does a very good job of setting it for the day. I love the texture of this primer and it creates a lovely smooth base for make-up but I would love to know if there are any other cheaper alternatives out there I can use. In the cold winter months when I don't need powder and setting spray it works very well, I just wouldn't rely on it alone in the summer.

It is a staple in my routine because it applies easily, sinks in quickly and does create a good base for make-up which I enjoy, I just wouldn't class it as a holy grail. The tube lasts me a good 5 - 6 months because I only need to use a small amount for it to be effective, and I do like the packaging because once you start hitting the bottom you can get nearly every last drop out of it! It is very expensive for what it does (£26.00) and I don't really think its worth that, I would rather spend less money on something that does the same thing. My skin is very prone to break outs and this product has never broken me out.

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on 11/14/2016 4:05:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I think its really vanish the pores but i still get oily in 3 or 4 hours specially around the nose so it doesn't control my oil that much

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