Birchbox Subscribe to Birchbox Subscribe to BirchboxMan Shop Birchbox Shop BirchboxMan Gift Birchbox BirchboxMan
Makeup Hair Skincare Fragrance Bath & Body Lifestyle Accessories Tools Nails Gifts with Purchase $25 and Under Birchbox Exclusives Best Sellers Limited Edition Boxes Birchbox Discovery Kits Value Sets What’s New Sale Brands for Women Latest Articles and Videos
Skincare Hair Body Beard Shave Fragrance Apparel & Accessories Gifts with Purchase Sampled This Month $25 and Under Best Sellers BirchboxMan Exclusives BirchboxMan Collections Gift Sets Sale What’s New Brands for Men View the Guide

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer

$36.00 Ships Free
1 oz.

Availability: In stock


This product is a Birchbox Beauty Award winner.

Birchbox Breakdown

No matter the scenario, we still want to look good for our next impromptu photo op. This award-winning primer blurs the look of pores and fine lines, helps foundation glide on seamlessly, and smooths the look of skin overall. In fact, in a study with 103 users, over 90% agreed—no wonder it has such a following. With the help of antioxidant-rich ingredients like vitamins A and E, green tea, and grapeseed extract, it also protects skin so you can even wear it alone without makeup. Best of all, the lightweight, oil-free formula absorbs quickly, so you can move on to the rest of your routine without skipping a beat.

How to Use

With your fingertips, apply a dime-sized amount to freshly washed skin. Next, apply your foundation, or just wear the primer solo.

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

More for You!

Product Reviews & Sample Feedback

11,758 Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
my profile
people who
Skin type
Skin tone
17 & under
55 & over

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No 56 of 59 found this review helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Best primer!

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.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No 12 of 12 found this review helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
Works but underwhelming

I like this just okay. I’ve used much cheaper primers thatare also much better and I really prefer COOLA SPF 30 primer, which has something nacreen so that’s a huge plus for it too.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No

I wasn’t one to use a primer but I did use this one and it was great

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No
This is a best seller for a reason...obvs

I finally decided to break down and try the Smashbox primer. Well, I guess apparently the masses are right. My BB cream just glided across my face and was supremely easy to apply. I barely had to try :/ Well, I'm convinced.

Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No   Was this review helpful to you? Yes | No