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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 12,485 Reviews 12,485 Reviews
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I did not like this product. It was not for me. My current primer was better

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I gave this away. I don’t wear it. But I do like other stuff from smash box

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Foundation primer
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I will probably never use this product as I do not wear foundation very often. Should I decide to wear foundation I will definitely use this product prior to.

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Made skin smooth but makeup didn't last
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This made my skin silky smooth when I put it on and made an amazing base. But it actually shortened my makeup lasting time. 4hrs in and I noticed my makeup was just sitting on my face and it had rubbed off. This stuff just made me use more makeup during the day resulting in more money spent.

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No difference noticed, was drying
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I have combo skin and I don't have very large pores so I didn't notice any difference at all in how my pores looked and I definitely didn't notice any increase in longevity of my makeup. I wear it for a standard 8+ hour work day. Also this was drying to other parts of my face and didn't offer anything else like say luminosity.. So I wouldn't buy this or recommend it either.

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It's a no for me
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I wear skin-clearing mineral powder to help reduce redness, and I thought maybe this product could help it last throughout the day. I didn't realize until just now that using a primer before a skin-clearing powder defeats the purpose of the powder because I'm filling my pores with the primer.. anyway, speaking of pores, I did not notice any 'blurring' of my pores like the product description mentions. It didn't blur anything; my skin looked exactly the same as if I didn't use the primer. I'm not sure how I feel about the feeling of the product...I kind of like the smooth silkiness, but it also made my face feel a bit tight. Overall I'm not a fan of this product. Having a natural/minimal makeup preference, I feel that a primer is just an unnecessary product for me.

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Awful. Just awful.
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It made me break out the first day I used it. Painful rash. I don’t have sensitive skin so I was surprised by this. The product also has a strong chemical smell. Don’t waste your money and if you choose to try this as a sample I recommend you test it elsewhere on your body (not your face) in case you have a reaction like I did. Birchbox should be ashamed of itself for including such a terrible product in one of its boxes.

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Feels Gross
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I know this is a cult favorite, but it is not for me. The formula feels greasy on my face and my makeup slides right off of it/settles in pores.

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Not a fan
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I have multiple samples of this primer and do not like it. It does not work with my skin or my foundation.

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not again!
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Tried this product too many times thinking my skin was the problem, but I breakout and cannot see enough difference in my skin besides the synthetic feel.

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