Today’s review is going to be the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Face primer is something I cannot work without even if I’m doing a light makeup look that doesn’t involve liquid foundation. Being an oily skinned gal, silicone based primers are the only ones that work on me. I got this primer because it had the highest rating in the Sephora website. Without any further ado, let’s find out how the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer worked for me?

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

What The Company Claims?

A transparent primer gel that smoothes skin and blurs flaws. It was developed to help makeup look better and last longer on set.

In a consumer study on 103 women after 1 week of use:
93% saw blurred imperfections
93% saw smoother skin
91% saw minimized pores & lines
95% said it helped makeup go on flawlessly
94% said it worked well with their skin tone
94% agreed foundation blended more easily

Ingredients

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


QUANTITY- 1 oz/ 30 ml
PRICE- $36

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

How Did Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Work For Me?

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer comes in a sleek transparent plastic squeeze tube packaging with black lid and graphics. The packaging is quite sturdy and easy to travel with. Like all Smashbox products the primer is also cruelty free; it is also free of parabens and phthalates which is great. The primer is silicone based and is clear which helps in retaining the actual base color without altering it in anyway. You will need only a teensy bit every time to cover the entire face. I like to work it with my fingers as the warmth helps in melting the product and apply the thinnest layer that a brush or sponge cannot.

Smashbox Foundation Primer Review and Price
Smashbox Foundation Primer Review and Price

The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer helps my foundation or concealer apply much smoother and they stay put all day without smudging or creasing. As it is oil free, it also helps with controlling shine throughout the course of the day and the primer helps blur out the pores and fills in fine lines and wrinkles while magically smoothing out the entire skin texture. For all the times I have tried this it has never broken me out. If the price tag bothers you then a fairly similar dupe to the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer would be the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer, Kryolan Perfect Matt Primer. Another similar face primer around the same price tag is the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer. Overall, if you are looking for the best high end face primer then the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is the one I would absolutely recommend!

Silicon Based Foundation Primer Review
Silicon Based Foundation Primer Review

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Swatch-

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Swatch - Before
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Swatch – Before
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Swatch - After
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Swatch – After

Turn Ons-

  • Simple packaging
  • Sturdy and travel friendly
  • Doesn’t have any tint
  • Blurs out pores, fine lines and texture
  • Cruelty free
  • Suitable for all skin types and age
  • Free of parabens and phthalates
  • Oil free
  • Super lightweight
  • Foundation applies much smoother
  • Keeps the face shine free
  • Doesn’t break me out
  • Turn Offs-

  • Expensive
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    Would I Recommend Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer?

    Yes, I cannot recommend this face primer enough.

    RATING- 5/5

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    2 Comments on Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review, Dupes, Swatches & Price

    1. Renji Anooj
      September 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm (1 year ago)

      holy grail product. THis, benefit and NYX are my favorites

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      • Pavithra Balakrishnan
        September 14, 2017 at 8:29 pm (1 year ago)

        This and the MUFE Step 1 Smoothing Primer are my holy grails.

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