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Photo Set Finishing Powder


Photo Set Finishing Powder

What it is:A matte, translucent, oil-absorbing powder.What it does:This powder, suitable for all skintones, protects skin and absorbs shine while setting makeup to create a flawless finish, even under the brightest of movie set lights. The velvety-smooth, silica-based powder blurs fine lines for a soft and even look.What it is formulated WITHOUT:- ParabensWhat else you need to know:Can be worn alone or paired with foundation or primer.
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Photo Set Finishing Powder

Question
Does it keep make up on all day?
My skin make up tends to pull a disappearing act after a few hours and I need a powder that will keep it on all day. Is this a good powder for that?
asked 3 years, 2 months ago
arielc
(Vancouver, Canada)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
This is the only powder I have used that has all day staying power. I have very oily skin and my shine is reduced dramatically.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mommy2010
(Plankinton,SD)
answer 2
My days are long, and unless I perspire a lot this product works well into the evening hours.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
annjay
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 3
Yes it works great! When I get to the gym at night after work and remove my makeup with the Purity made simpke cloths, there is so much product on the cloth that it looks like I just put it on,
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
nikole74
(Napa, Ca)
answer 4
This powder is excellent for 3 reasons
1) Absorbs oil better than any other powder on the market. I'm a VERY oily girl and this stuff works like NOTHING else I've ever known. I actually put my finger in and "rub" this powder into my nose, large pored area's on my cheeks on the side of my nose and on my forehead and I'm just speechless at how it keeps away the oil. If you are a dry skinned person, just use it lightly with a soft brush for #2 below.

2) Softening your face to look...pearlized and smooth.

3) SPF. It has the most effective physical sunscreen, which is Zinc Oxide, because it blocks ALL THREE, UVB,UVA2, UVA1 ranges. Go to the skin cancer foundation web site. Plus physical sunscreens do not absorb into your body like chemical sunscreens do.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
sexycutie
(Houston)
answer 5
yes stay all day ..
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
mokka
(miami ,fl)
answer 6
I would guess that you have oily skin. It just seem to dissolve makeup. This should help by absorbing some of the oil. Brush on a bit over your makeup when you first do it in the morning, then more after you blot off the oil with tissues mid day.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
mjks
(Erie, PA)
Question
do you applie the setting powder before or after putting on foundation?
i am leaning towards buying this product, but i have never used any kind of setting powder, and i was just wondering if you apply the powder before or after foundation? and also what would be the best brush to use with the Photo Set Finishing Powder SPF 15? please respond ASAP, Thanks! ;)
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
turdhead
(NSL, Utah)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Use a fluffy big brush, also make sure to apply after your foundation (: Hope i helped!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
annabananaxo16
(Calgary, AB)
answer 2
I use my bare minerals kabuki brush to apply. I would definitely apply it over foundation. It should be your last step.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
lhursh
(Oklahoma City, OK)
answer 3
Hi apply the smashbox photo set finishing powder before your foundation your face will look flawless
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
scentedgirl
(Plattekill, NY)
answer 4
I apply this after all my foundation and power. It is a setting/finishing power. As far as a brush I use a blush/powder brush to apply it.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
hippiehannah
(North Dakota)
answer 5
This is my routine:
wash face
moisturizer
foundation primer
concealer
foundation
pressed powder
Photo Set Finishing Powder
makeup setting spray

So, use it at the end of your routine, AFTER foundation. It looks super matte and smooth!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
lunylovegood
(Columbus, Ohio)
answer 6
Apply after your foundation, it works best if you pat on your skin
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mommy2010
(Plankinton,SD)
Question
How does this photograph?
I was very interested in the MUFE HD powder until I read reviews saying that it shows up white in pictures. I found the Smashbox powder and have been researching and reading reviews. I have not found anything saying that it shows up white in pictures, but I want to be sure before I purchase it. Has anyone had any experience with this??
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
5 answers
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answer 1
I use this product religiously and have not had any problems with it showing up ashy or white at all. I reapply to the same areas several times throughout the day as well. I have a light skin tone, and think only very dark skin tones with several applications would even begin to notice any white buildup. See my detailed user review for this product on my YouTube channel, BeautyAndBrainsLA for more details :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWX-xLBnTs
answered 1 year ago
BeautyBrainsLA
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 2
Things with SPF in them generally will show up white in pictures :/
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
speaknow13
(Wisconsin)
answer 3
Unfortunately I have. At least when i've used it it did show up and it made me look like a ghost and I have medium toned skin. I immediately returned it. Both The MUFE HD microfinish powder and the Smashbox (at least in my experience) do the same white cast.

Hope this was helpful.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mylifeasawife
(Granada Hills, Ca)
answer 4
This powder doesn't look white or powdery at all! I have a olive skin tone and combination skin so I tend to apply this often throughout the day and it never looks ghostly. And it photographs well! I just went on vacation and you would never know I had it on! It's definitely a good buy!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
xtaylor
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
This photographs just as nicely as MUFE's HD, and also just the same as Urban Decay's Razor Sharp and Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder. For any reviews you read saying HD or silica based powders showing up white it's because too much is being used.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lylysa
(Houston, TX)
Question
Do you use this before or after foundation ?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
d621
(New jersey)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
5 answers
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answer 1
I use this several times throughout the day. In the morning, I use it after I apply my primer/foundation/concealer. But prior to applying eyeshadows and bronzers, etc. Then, I touch up over my makeup at lunch and in the evening if necessary. See my detailed product review on Youtube channel BeautyAndBrainsLA, see link below :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWX-xLBnTs
answered 1 year ago
BeautyBrainsLA
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 2
After you foundation to set it.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Jarce
(Belton, TX)
answer 3
You would apply at the end of your make-up routine. The only thing I do after this powder is mascara so it won't leave a powdery finish on my lashes!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
jfoxx
(Nashville, TN)
answer 4
You can either use it right after you apply your makeup as a setting powder or you can just apply when your face starts to get oily.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
NeeNee87
(Glenelg, MD)
answer 5
This powder needs to be applied in a buffing motion with a powder brush as your very last step after your makeup and face products have been all applied.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
is this better than The Make up forever micro finish powder??
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
lolanozbest
(Queens, NY)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
3 answers
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answer 1
For the money, yes I believe it is a superior product based on my experience.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
annjay
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 2
I think it depends on your skin type and your own preferences. But for me? Definitely!! For me, this stuff lasts a lot longer, and it also looks much more natural. You don't need very much of it. I also found that this did a better job of mattifying my skin.
Also a plus -- the lid of this one is larger than the MakeUpForever powder, so therefore it's much easier to dip/tap your brush in it. :)
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hernamewaslola
(Ontario, Canada)
answer 3
Each finishing powder has their own strengths: the Makeup Forever Micro finishing powder has a better, silkier texture, and the Photo Finish has sun protection. I use the MUF micro finishing powder to set my eye makeup and more importantly, to keep the oil in check so my mascara doesn't run. However, I use the Phot Set finishing powder for the rest of my face for added sun protection. I hope this helps.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
ladytr0uble
(NYC)
Question
Does this really give sun protection?
Hello,
I know with this product, as with all finishing powders, you don't use a bunch of product. So my question is, would this really give sun protection when you just put a dusting on your face?
Thanks!!
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
andreaj421
(Honolulu, HI)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
3 answers
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answer 1
This product's active ingredient for sun protection is zinc oxide (this is the common active ingredient in sunscreens). However, it is usually not applied liberally or frequently enough to provide sufficient sun protection. I would suggest still using a moisturizer beneath this on your face, which contains a broad spectrum protection factor of at least SPF 15.
answered 1 year ago
BeautyBrainsLA
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 2
I would still use a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF in it under this. Most make up with SPF (though it's a nice touch/idea) rarely gives as full of SPF coverage as a skin care product because it's not applied as evenly as say a moisturizer or cream.

If you want to find a powder that gives SPF protection, look into Peter Thomas Roth, that brand has a couple of sunscreen powders that are more skin care rather than cosmetic so it would probably get the job done better if it's strictly sun protection you're looking for.

Also when silica based powders get layered on too heavily they can look chalky on the skin, so I would avoid overloading on this product.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lylysa
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
I have really fair skin and burn really easily, so I was also curious about the level of sun protection this powder would offer! For day-to-day wear (for me, at least) it's the perfect amount of sun protection and I have never burned through it. However, if you were going to be outside / sweating at all I would deeeefinitely recommend wearing something sun protective under it.
As long as you won't be sweating it off, you should be ok! This stuff is really great :)
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
hernamewaslola
(Ontario, Canada)
Question
Compared to MUFE HD Powder
How does this powder compare to MUFE's HD Powder. I love the way it sets my makeup and diminishes pores, but Smashbox has spf....so I'd like to know if this works as well. Thanks.
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
strmysony
(Albuquerque, NM)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
I WAS a Makeup Forever HD powder fan until this came out WITH SPF 15 and ZINC OXIDE. That ZO is the best physical sunblock because it blocks both uva and uvb, where most spf ingredients that creams and powders use mostly only block 1 of them but not both, and the one they don't block usually causes deep damage and sunburn. Zinc Oxide is good at blocking both uva and uvb. So I now use this. Now if they would only INCREASE THE ZINC OXIDE to allow for spf 30+. This would cause whitish shadows but tinting would help that. Then this powder would be PERFECT! Bare Minerals started in this direction, but removed the ZO from the ingredients on it's list and now there powder doesn't cover uva & uvb adequately.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
sexycutie
(Houston)
answer 2
yes this powder is their version of the hd powder. I feel like this powder is a little more silky, but it performs just as well as the mufe hd powder it's worth a try!
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
kevsminty
(rancho cucamonga, ca)
Question
brush?
I don't really use makeup but I want something that can control oil. What brush do I use?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
spoiledgirl05
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
2 answers
Answers
answer 1
Fluffy powder brush!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
Vivienne155
(Orlando,FL)
answer 2
You can just use one of the big poofy brushes if you have one.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
NeeNee87
(Glenelg, MD)
Question
Can I use this if I have mild acne?
I have extremely oily skin and mild acne. I have very light skin that is easily irritated. Will this help with the oils but not look cakey on acne scars?
asked 1 year, 7 months ago
RosyHae
(Houston,TX)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
2 answers
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answer 1
I would advise you to find a good moisturizer to put underneath this product. However, it would look fantastic on your skin, even with the acne/scars. Hope this helps :)
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
ALuckyWoman
(New York)
answer 2
I have a very similar skin type and it is not cakey when you only apply a light layer
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
lelaaaa
(charleston, sc)
Question
When will this powder be back in stock?
I have wanted to buy this powder for over a month, but it's been out of stock here and at the Smashbox website. What's going on? When will it be back so I can buy some?!
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
Sensitisma
(Augusta, GA)
on Photo Set Finishing Powder
2 answers
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answer 1
I found this product as part of a gift set or I might still be waiting.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
annjay
(Chattanooga, TN)
answer 2
Hi jesoli. Inventory shipping schedules are subject to change. To ensure you receive the most up-to-date information, we ask that you call us directly at 1-877-SEPHORA (1-877-737-4672) or email customerservice@sephora.com. A Beauty Advisor will be happy to look up the current status and let you know when we expect to have the product again. Thanks!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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