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Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer
Rated 1 out of 5 by Prairiegirl from Not Great I wanted so much to love this product and hoped it would do what it said - it didn't. A total fail for me. I found the consistency way too thick and it applied very streaky and kind of clumpy. It left a white residue on skin and while it does sink into the pores, you can see it through foundation. I tried it with my fingers, with a brush and with a sponge...nothing worked. You also can't wear this primer without foundation over it. It looks like dried up moisturizer on it's own. The other reviews were so good, but it didn't work for me. I'm sticking with my MAC Prep & Prime.
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by tklow from Does what is promises As with all foundation primers it feels a bit strange when you first use it, but it really does what it says. It smooths over pores and leaves a nice velvety finish to your skin. I was not sure if this would work for me because I use a powder foundation (Bare Minerals) and these products are usually intended for liquid foundation, but it actually works great. I just make sure to brush on my foundation with a light touch and I let the primer dry for a few minutes. I do not use this every day but when I am going for something more than my every day light makeup. I like all of the Smashbox products I have tried.
Date published: 2016-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alex23 from Favourite primer I tried many primers maybelline, revlon, makeup forever, even the Smashbox photo finish (the clear one) but I found I don't like the silicone based ones since they can be too slippery which on me do not make my foundation last as well. This primer is amazing! I have enlarged pores on my nose and my cheeks and this fills them in without having that slippery feel to it and I love it! The only thing I hate is the price I do believe it is slightly overpriced but I haven't found something cheaper that performs like this yet.
Date published: 2017-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by AndyP from Favourite Primer I don't often wear this as a primer under foundation as I don't really wear foundation everyday. Though when I do wear foundation, this is a great primer. Beware if your skin dries out easily. However, I use this everyday on my forehead instead of powder or foundation. It goes on very smooth, and provides a natural, matte finish. The matte effect lasts all day, too! I have fair skin, and this product contains a bit of peach pigment to it. Unfortunately, I don't think that someone with a darker complexion could wear this without a foundation on top. Just a guess, though!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by Canadianbeauty203 from Very very oily sensitive skin I have super oily skin and my hairdresser recommended this product to reduce oil and conceal pores. I do like how is smoothes out my skin and makes it soft but it doesn't keep the oil away completely. I still blot 2-3 times a day but it's not as bad as it once was and doesn't seem to block my pores too much (super sensitive/acne-prone skin). I would advise to gently apply it by sort of pressing with light strokes, as if you hurry it clumps up and you're just wasting product. I would recommend this far more than the clear primer, which seems to make my skin break out and has a very silicon-y/plastic smell. Not good. Price...not cheap but you don't need a lot, you might use half a pea size on your entire face. Definitely worth a try!
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by sandrunia from The best pore filling primer on the market This primer is one I have repurchased over and over again, simply because it’s the best I have found (and I’ve tried many) for oily textured skin. It’s the only one that fills the pores, mattifies and lasts all day. The texture is thick, so the trick of working with it is to press it into the textured parts of your face, because smoothing it over certain moisturizers may cause it to ball-up and slide off. However, once you learn to work with it, you’ll never look back. I have enlarged pores in my T-zone and this product gives me the closest thing to a smooth poreless complexion I have had since puberty.
Date published: 2019-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by CC2000 from Fantastic I've been using this product for the past 4 months, and I love it! It helps to smooth out the appearance of skin, makes pores less noticeable and provides a nice pallette for foundation to be applied to. It's important to ensure your skin is exfoliated (as dry spots will stand out) and moisturized (so that it doesn't get chunky). A little bit goes a long way. Love this product. I find it is better than PorePerfector by Benefit and Urban Decays pore refiner.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by AbbyBuh from Holy Grail I loveeeeee this primer. It's been roughly 2 weeks, I've been using this and I must say this is the BEST. I use to use the regular original smashbox photo finish primer and this is beyond better! This will fill in your pores and make the are around your nose, flawless! Beat of all, this makes my foundation last ALL DAY and I'm talking 9-10 hours ESPECIALLY on a hot humid day! Alittle goes a long way. Worth every penny
Date published: 2016-08-14