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Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

This clear gel face primer smooths skin and blurs pores, blemishes, and fine lines. The brand’s #1 best-seller, the formula is lightweight and glides on easily to give you a silky finish on its own or an even base to make makeup last all day.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer
4.4 out of 5 stars, based on 12,464 Reviews 12,464 Reviews
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OK, but not really worth it.

This is a very solid foundation primer. It smooths over your skin, making pores and little lines much less noticeable and giving your skin an awesomely soft feel. It doesn't clog pores, smell gross, or feel heavy. A little goes a long way, and ultimately you'll look much better with this on under your foundation.

That said, Monistat's Anti-Chafing Gel, which you can get at the drugstore for ~$6, is the same thing. Literally the same thing.

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Best primer!
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I started using this primer over 10 years ago and can't recall why I stopped. This works fantastically under my foundation (I weat Estée Lauder Double Wear and Double Wear Light). My makeup stays in place and keeps the oil in check. I tried porefessional but it made my makeup slide which is never a good thing.

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Great Primer!
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I have always wanted to try this primer, but could never bring myself to pay the high price without ever having tried it on my sensitive skin. I was so excited to receive this, and it did not disappoint! I thought it would feel heavy on my skin, but it really is very lightweight and super easy to apply, and it does what it is supposed to do. I first tried it after my morning skincare routine without makeup to test how well it "smooths" and "blurs" on it's own. My reaction is simple, wow, it really does help to hide any imperfections and feels nice on my skin, not at all greasy or sticky just smooth and soft. I also tried it under a full face of makeup(after applying my normal serum/moisturizer/daily skincare products.)It made my makeup so much easier to apply and it even helped keep my skin moisturized, no patchy dry spots from powder, or caked on feel/look. I am extremely picky with makeup due to having such sensitive, oily/combination skin, but I'm extremely pleased with this primer, mainly for the fact that I can wear it alone or under makeup, with no irritation. I highly recommend this primer!

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The Holy Grail of Primers
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I adore all things Smashbox, especially this primer. It was one of the first primers that I ever used and I loved it! It really helps my makeup last all day, gives me a matte finish and goes on so smooth. They have a rockstar formula that I feel is unmatched. Hands down, it is the best!

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Love
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One of my all time favorite face primers. It really primes my face and conceals my pores!

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Primer is excellent!
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I received this sample months ago and am still using it. It last forever and works on my deep nose pores. I did purchase the full size elsewhere and will use it whenever my sample runs out.

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Awesome product
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Loved this product. Made the makeup go one so smooth. I bought a bigger bottle of this and use it everytime I apply my makeup.

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loved it
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this is by far the best product I have ever received from Birchbox. At first I thought this product didn't really do anything, however, after 1-2 weeks I could definately see a difference in my skins appearance. Great product if you stick with it. I actually purchased it again when the sample I received was gone.

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Make up stays!
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I really liked this primer and the application is such smooth gliding. My makeup made t even through my sleeping. I know shouldn’t of wore makeup to bed but it was one of those days

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yes yes yes!
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absolutely love love loved this one. bought a full size actually cause i loved it so much. smoothed our my face, hid my pores, basically made me look airbrushed.

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