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Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer

What it is:An ultra-concentrated primer that works to erase fine lines, stubborn pores, and other complexion imperfections—all while absorbing shine for a flawless finish.What it does:Exclusively developed to target problem areas like the nose, forehead, crow's feet, and around the mouth, this advanced formula helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles via the Qusome delivery system, complete with antiwrinkle peptides.It also features Chinese mushroom extract for moisture and antioxidation, and silicone elastomer to reduce shine on skin. The unique tip allows for targeted application every time, exactly where you need it.Photo Finish mattifies the skin and absorbs shine, while filling in pores and lines for a natural, more youthful look.What else you need to know:This product does not contain fragrances or parabens.
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer

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Advice!! Which eye creams have people found to work well with this?
Ok guys, I'm desperate here! I started using this regularly (almost daily) about a week and a half ago & like so many of you, I've fallen madly in love with this silver tube of...cement...! =( lol But over the past couple days, I've noticed that the skin under my eyes is much drier than it normally is - so much so that my concealer (Benefit Erase Paste) cakes within an hour! Now, I'm still trying to master the application technique, so that could be it. I've also been experimenting with two new eye creams during the past 3 weeks - Philosophy's Eye Believe & Rare Minerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream - so that might be causing the dryness too (both contain Retinyl Palmitate & my previous one Dermatologica's Intensive Eye Repair did not). But I read that some of you experienced excessive dryness when applying this under the eyes as well and (sniff) had to stop using it.
Sorry for the novel but I really need some solid advice... I'm on a quest to find a super moisturizing eye cream so that I can combat this dryness and continue to use...! Price isn't really an issue however La Prairie, that is an issue!
Thanks guys!!
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
kristin212
(New York, NY)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
I use life extension products for my eyes and face. People think im 10 years younger than I am. Been using them for many years.
answered 11 months ago
SafariNight
(Austin, Tx)
answer 2
Even though $ is not an issue, you can use Vaseline and save yourself alot....No better moisturizer than plain old Vaseline. Believe it or not. Oh, and if you want to just give it a try.....you can gamble with a few pennies, not major bucks!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
auntiem11
answer 3
Try the SK-II Signs Eye Cream. I was using it when I started using this primer and I haven't notice any "climate" changes in the skin around my eye area .
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
caligoddess
(Los Agneles, CA)
answer 4
There is NO moisture to this primer, so to start: that combined with the fact you are now using eye creams that cause cellular turn over, you are seeing the results.

You can either switch back to what you were using for an eye cream, OR you can try Dermadoctor's wrinkle revenge eye balm. It DOES contain cellullar activating properties, BUT it is the BEST hydration I have EVER had for my skin (they make a face one too.) Both are sold on Sephora's website.

Lastly - you might consider trying a more hydrating less dry concealer.

I hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
westcoastb
(Port Orchard, WA)
answer 5
Kristin, I would go for the Smashbox Dermaxy Primer around the eyes, and just the Pore and Line Minimizer at the corner creases instead. The Dermaxyl Primer makes your eye area feel like its covered in silk. I also use the Smashbox concealer in the lightest pinkish/white tone around the eye area, and sometimes over the wrinkles above the mouth. It brightens beautifully and disappears. I have olive skin and it is not too light on me. I put it on over the primer, and then blend the makeup over it. I could not believe what a new lease on life it gave my face. Hope this helps you. I live in the dry desert where the sun has taken a toll on my skin. I'm over 50 and my skin looks like I'm under 40.(other people's comments, not just my ego!) ;)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
GUERRILLASHOPR
(El Paso, TX)
answer 6
I love Origins products-especially the Ginzing eye cream! I have always had dark circles under my eyes and now that I am getting older I see fine lines under my eyes. Ginzing eliminates both! Only eye cream I have ever used that does what it promises!! Good luck
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
mickohl
(Denver, CO)
answer 7
I have exactly the same problem. I did not find this product to correct that issue. I am currently using TNS Illuminating eye cream and then a regular smash box primer, sometimes I use the Nars primer SPF 20 instead. What seemed to work the best, is finding a very creamy concealer that is somewhat hydrating. I am currently using Bobby Brown corrector then Laura Marcier #4 concealer. I apply them with the Bare Escentuals max coverage brush, not the tiny tip concealer brush that everyone recommends to apply concealer, and blend, blend, blend...I do not use foundation. So I use mineral veil to set my eyes and then use transulcent powder over the rest of my face. It has changed my life.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
jj73
(Miami, FL)
Question
How long does the tube last for?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
dodoraemon
(Los Angeles, CA)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
typically it lasts about 2-3 months for me, and i only use it on my t-zone
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
juliae1234
(CT)
answer 2
not long for me
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
Gretnagirl
(Gretna, NE)
answer 3
About a month, but I use it over my entire face and neck.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
447217
(Saint Louis, MO)
answer 4
Depends on your use and need! They've made the opening of the tube very narrow to dispense very little product everytime because its to be used as spot corrector.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sxxd
(Woburn, MA)
answer 5
I bought my primer about 2 months ago, and I have about a half of tube left.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
fabfaces85
(Washington D.C.)
answer 6
Just started using for the first time but I can see it lasting for a very long time
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
americus
(Dallas Texas)
answer 7
tube will last a while as it only takes about pea sized amount for t-zone maybe slightly more for entire face, but I am telling you a little it goes a long way
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
lorilish
(Scottsdale, AZ)
Question
whats the best way to apply
finger or brush? is this an all oer product or a specific target area product?
asked 3 years, 6 months ago
chulent
(staten island, ny)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
I find that if I apply it with my finger on top of my completed makeup (how I normally would do my complete face) and then set it with a tiny bit of powder it works great! It does say that you can apply it over your foundation and I find that it stays on better that way.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
mstrixi
(Menifee, CA)
answer 2
Specific targets only, not all over the face. I usually use my fingers.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
sxxd
(Woburn, MA)
answer 3
Best applied with your fingers. This is a target specific product, not all over.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
megnmosmom
(Georgia)
answer 4
Use your finger to apply
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
gjodie
(Houston, TX)
answer 5
Apply with fingers, a brush would waste it. Use it in all the problem areas, not necessarily all over. It is best used in conjunction with the Smashbox Dermaxyl primer which is an all over primer. You can get excellent results on large pores on the nose, fine wrinkles over the mouth, and on the corners of your eyes.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
GUERRILLASHOPR
(El Paso, TX)
answer 6
Finger application give best results.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
fabfaces85
(Washington D.C.)
answer 7
finger
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
americus
(Dallas Texas)
Question
How do you use mattifier without having it absorb your moisturizer and/or sunscreen?
Can't get by without oil-free moisturizer and sunscreen combo
asked 4 years ago
eebs
(Middletown, CT)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
Only put it where you need it. Where you are most oily. Apply it with a sponge that is not to porous and that is soft so it helps with blending it onto your face.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
ceze
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 2
You should ALWAYS wait 5+ minutes (depending on your skin oiliness) before applying any cosmetics (mattifier included.) This will not only help the oiliness throughout the day, but help your makeup blend and stay better and longer!

Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
westcoastb
(Port Orchard, WA)
answer 3
I put this stuff over my moisturizer (once it's been absorbed) and before I put foundation on. I tend not to put it everywhere. Just the more oily sections of my face.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
mountainmole
(Danville, CA)
answer 4
Try applying the primer at least a half hour after you've applied your sunscreen and moisturizer. It works well for me.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
lahlahlah
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
I always finish my face with a quick spritz of sunscreen-- fine spray, let it dry and do not touch it
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
bobbieatqli
(Council Bluffs, Iowa)
answer 6
Hi!
That is a great question!. It seems to be that you have oily skin as well as me.. I could not go more than 3- 4 hrs.in the morning w/out getting my reading glasses oily because of my skin!.. But I found a great item that you might want to try. It's Murad Mattifier lotion w/sunblock. After you wash your face (I use Pears soap for oily skin) I apply the Murad Mattifier and after a few minutes my Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore and Line Primer. It's amazing to feel at 4 p.m. that you have almost not shine and your face is still flawless! Your foundation "stays put" (I use little for every day and mostly just pat little Make Up For ever concealer) and your make up does not run at all... And I live in Florida!
Hope this helps!
answered 4 years ago
Makeuphideaway
(Coral Springs, Florida)
Question
Why does my foundation not go no over this product/
I received a sample of this product from Sephora. I like the way my skin looks when I use it but my foundation will not go on smoothly over it. The sample I received is thick almost paste like. If it is ultra concentrated should I dilute it?
I use other smashbox primers and my foundation is HD Forever Foundation. Does it require special foundation?
asked 4 years ago
Notfakes
(Eagle, Id)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
I'm gonna quote the answer that was given by the Sephora staff at the Sephora Facebook page:
'The trick to keeping it in place is to apply after foundation, as heavy buffing will move around any silicone based primer that sits on top of skin. Squeeze a dab of product directly to the line you’re filling, press down with the tip of your finger and roll. The result is smooth & natural, and has been camera-approved by one of the largest photo studios on the West Coast.'
I think is a great tip! Hope it helps! :)
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
brianna22
(Lauderdale by the Sea)
answer 2
Do not water the product down. Just use a little bit where needed. I put on Photo Finish Light first, on most of my face. Then add this product where needed. Use it sparingly.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Frrrrrosty
(Costa Mesa, CA)
answer 3
I wait until the product has been on my face for a few minutes before I apply make up and that seems to work well for me. If you apply make-up before the product has settled it will flake up. However, I did notice that my powder foundation did not stick as well...used another primer over this and my makeup stayed on my face.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Ommastephie
(Vinton, Iowa)
answer 4
It is very thick but if you truly have problematic oily skin, there shouldn't be any problem applying it. You only need to apply a VERY thin layer. Take a dab and warm it up by rubbing it between your two middle fingers.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
lahlahlah
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
Try using a more "liquid" foundation-- the mattes tend to be to dry and pulls it--otherwise try tapping it on.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
bobbieatqli
(Council Bluffs, Iowa)
answer 6
We would suggest using this item extremely sparingly, just in the area of concern. You could try mixing it with their regular primer (also used in a small amount), or as a touch-up filler on top of your foundation.
answered 4 years ago
MakeupMaven
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
which goes on first, primer or moisterizer?
asked 4 years ago
likely
(queens, ny)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
Moisturizer
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
MandyGR
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 2
i put on my moisterizer, then the original photo finish, followed by the pore & line primer and my powder foundation. I also use the pore & line primer as a spot treatment during the day (only on my nose and chin, its too heavy for all over the face).
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
cdubmd
(Washington DC)
answer 3
Moisturizer goes on first, let it set in, then apply the primer.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
Tiffa808
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 4
It did not work for me at all.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
looking
(Londonderry NH)
answer 5
Moisturizer, then overall primer --basic smashbox primer, I use the green one, then this target primer, then foundation and HD powder to set.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
bobbieatqli
(Council Bluffs, Iowa)
answer 6
Primer goes on after moisturizer
answered 4 years ago
beebee
(San DIego, CA)
Question
Is this primer silicone based or not?
I have the TEMPTU and it says that if your going to wear a primer to wear a silicone based one. what would be the best primer for me? I also have very oily skin.
asked 3 years, 10 months ago
Brittniky
(henderson, ky)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
Best primer is smashbox
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
charleymua
(Los Angeles, ca)
answer 2
I have a Dinair airbrush system and was in the same boat you are..."what primer to use"...I use either the Smashbox Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer (I just discovered it and it is amazing) or before hand I was using the Victoria Secret primer which is silicone based as well.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
whitn82
(Columbia, MO)
answer 3
I cant answer if its silicone based or not, but I can add that i too have very oily skin, and alot of primers/fillers, just wont stick to my skin. This does! It fills in pores very nicely and stays put all day. If your like me, because of your oily skin, you dont have much wrinkles, or lines. It does work well on smaller lines, but larger forehead wrinkles have less of a result.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
baronanne
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 4
Hi- I have combination skin & this product made my face shiny & sticky so I would not recommend for oily skin. Please see my full review for further comments. Tamitrue2
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
TamiTrue2
(Orange, CA)
answer 5
I went to a Sephora in Las Vegas and the makeup artist that demo'ed the Temptu on me was who recommended this primer. In fact, another salesperson told me I wouldn't need a primer with Temptu, but this artist disagreed and said you always need a primer. she did a great job, and although i chickened out of buying Temptu, I bought the primer and LOVE it. I think you'll like the primer. It is not greasy at all. It feels a little strange going on--like my pores sweat when i'm applying it (?), but it dries in a few seconds and then leaves my skin feeling really smooth, even and dry--in a good way. Hope that helps!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
Lagringa
(Brownsville, Texas)
answer 6
You should try Dr. Brandt's Pores No More.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
JJanson
(Little Rock, AR)
Question
Does this actually "hide" noticeable pores???
I have some what..big pores on the part of my cheeks thar are right next to my nose. I had acne and a really bad habit of pinching them. so little scares have set in. they are not OH MY GOD, kind of pores. but if you stare at me for a bit you can start seeing them. So, I'd like to know if this product makes them less visible. and if anyone is willing to upload a photo would be amazing! thank you!!
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
lolitacallas
(mar del plata, ARGENTINA)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes it does. You only need a tiny bit where you have the large pores. Make sure you use a toner first.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
luvsmash
(Maryland)
answer 2
This product does what it says if used properly. I'm almost 61 and use it and love it. The secret is to slowly build the product up in the lines using a thin brush then use your foundation after it dries ( it does rather quickly)
answered 2 years ago
dlgd
(Boise, Id)
answer 3
I have extremely large pores on my chin and this did not help out with them - I gave it 1 star because it is not greasy/slippery like other primers. Still searching for a grease/silicon free primer.
answered 2 years ago
heidi51
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 4
It definitely fills and disguises large pores better than any product I've tried. I have a few really large pores. I just put a bit of this product on my finger and gently glide it over my large pores. Then I pat it down with powder foundation and ta-da! No pores!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
cameron7
(minneapolis, mn)
answer 5
I use this product for the exact reason you are considering using it. I have some larger pores on the skin by my nose and in the curve of my nostrils. The product fills in the open pores, then you just need a light dusting of powder to blend the cream in.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
jennipherh
(logan, UT)
answer 6
I don't have a photo to upload, but I too have large pores in the same area, mostly hereditary oily skin. This is the only product I use to hide the pores. It lasts a while, but I do re-dab on the area a 2nd time during the day as I get a little oily. Use only a little, a lot will look pasty if you use a setting powder. I find it works best under liquid makeup (not mineral makeup so much), but be sure to use about 5 minutes after moisturizing.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
NoBunnyHurts
(Petaluma, CA)
Question
would this be good for aging skin
I have defined quotation marks and small lip lines. Will this product work well for that? Age 51
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
giocapa
(Cranston, RI)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
I'm almost 61 and I love it. It's not quite a miracle, but almost. The secret is to slowly build it up in the lines then use your foundation.
answered 2 years ago
dlgd
(Boise, Id)
answer 2
probably not...did not cover well
answered 2 years ago
heidi51
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
around my lips you can tell that I am a smoker. This works Miracles for me..
I Highly recommend this product for you.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
1stella
(Dix Hills, New York)
answer 4
I use this for my oily T-zone and large pores. It also fills in wrinkes on my forehead and 11 lines between my eyes. You won't be disappointed but its thick and you only need a little bit.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
geratrude
(New Jersey)
answer 5
This product will definitely help. But the trick is to use your moisturizer first, then use a very tiny amount of this product to apply where needed. This product may have a thicker density to it so make sure not to over do it. Then apply Smashbox Photo Finish primer all over to smooth over the Photo Finish Targeted Pore product. Then apply your foundation on top. Hope this helps!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
catvo
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 6
It's definitely worth a try. I have some fine lines between my brow (furrows) and it erases them (temporarily, of course)!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
macki
(Milwaukee WI)
Question
Is this product oil-free?
asked 4 years ago
Anonymous
(SF BayArea, CA)
on Photo Finish Targeted Pore & Line Primer
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
minimizer
(Simi Valley, CA)
answer 2
Without looking at the ingredients, I can tell you it feels oil-free. It's very matted and feels great!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
Frrrrrosty
(Costa Mesa, CA)
answer 3
Yes, it is oil-free. Its purpose is to absorb oil, not add oil.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
lahlahlah
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 4
I don't know--feels like it
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
bobbieatqli
(Council Bluffs, Iowa)
answer 5
yes. I have very oily spots around my nose,the middle of my forhead, and around my chin. This helps to keep the oil away, all day too...
answered 4 years ago
borntoshop1
(Colorado Springs)
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