Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Unlike Hollywood royalty, we only have cameras pointed at us when we’re taking selfies to post on Instagram. Nonetheless, we still want to look good for our next impromptu photo op. This award-winning primer helps foundation go on smoothly and last all day. It also minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines for a flawless finish. No wonder it has so many followers. Pros rely on this best-selling formula to create an ideal canvas for foundation, but you can also wear it alone if you want to reduce the look of flaws without the coverage of full-on makeup. It contains antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamins A and E, green tea, and grapeseed extract that help smooth and protect skin. Best of all, the lightweight, oil-free primer absorbs quickly, so you can move on to the rest of your routine without skipping a beat.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer
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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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So Soft!
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This product basically blew my mind the first time I used it. When I pushed some out to use, my first thought was that it was almost watery, and that there was no way I was going to like it. Then when you go to rub it into your skin, it is so silky soft it feels like baby powder.
My foundation goes on top so nicely since the primer eliminates all fine lines on my face.
LOVE!

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idk

This primer is not TOO bad. I like that it keeps my foundation in place but the smell is not the best. I initially ordered it thinking that it was the clear (matte) primer but I clearly ordered the wrong kind. The consistency is not as matte to my liking but other than that, it does the job.

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very nice
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I only use primers on big nights out and this one is particularly nice - smooth application and not too greasy feeling like some others can be, also absorbs quickly which is nice

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Love this primer. Makes my makeup go on smooth and looks great all day. Definitely worth it and 100% recommend for photo shoots.

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Love the product not the price.
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Smash box is a great product that does what it promises. Great foundation and can even be used alone. The price is really steep so next I'm going to try a product someone else suggested on here to see it could be substituted. That said I use this everyday so if I can't find a cheaper replacement I will still pay the money for this.

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Does what it says
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This primer definitely makes your face photo ready. This product minimized my pores and made foundation and concealer a breeze to apply. The only reason I would not buy this product is because 1) Smashbox is not cruelty free and 2) it's a little pricey.

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smooth and refreshing

most primers make you feel like your pores immediately clog when you put on the product but not this one. this primer goes on smoothly and doesn't leave any creases.

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Great

Really like this primer! Always heard great things and received a sample and now i see why. I like that it's silicony because you can really feel it gliding over the skin and prepping it for makeup. Super smoothing and gentle.

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