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I am 51 with very oily skin will this product work for me considering my age and oily skin.
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Can this primer make your foundation and concealer look non-cakey?


Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

What it is: A hydrating foundation primer that leaves an immediate cooling, refreshing sensation on the skin.What it does: Hydration is essential for healthier, younger looking skin and makeup that just looks better. Give your complexion a moisture boost while creating a perfect canvas for foundation application with this lightweight, oil-free formula. It contains Hydraplex12 extract derived from desert plants, which allows the primer to immediately quench parched skin and seal in moisture for hours with a protective barrier that fills in fine lines and pores. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer

Question
do you apply berore or after moisturizer?
asked 2 years, 2 months ago
jackmo
(corona, ca)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
definitely after moisturizer! Good luck!
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
chaela
(Provo, UT)
answer 2
I apply after moisturizer, right before I put on my makeup.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ellenla
(Los Angeles,CA)
answer 3
I always put this on after my moisturizer. I think of it as my moisturizer needs to penetrate through to my skin and then this primer grabs my make-up and keeps it in place.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
Maribee
(Fargo, ND)
answer 4
Primer always goes on after moisturizers.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
consumer1
(Tigard, Oregon)
answer 5
I apply this after my moisterizer has absorbed into my skin.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
janetblush
(NYC)
answer 6
Best to use after a moisturizer. However... I would recommend using a moisturizer with a similar consistency... Clinique's moisture surge and Laroche-Posey hydrating light are both great.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
chisox
(Chicago, IL)
Question
acne?
I have dry,but acne prone skin. I usually do use oil-free products,but have had no luck with most primers with a silicone base. They tend to make my skin look drier and/or breakout. i am interested in this primer,but was wonder if it was acne causing?
asked 2 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(cincinatti ,OH)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
3 answers
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answer 1
Don't do it. I dont have acne (sometimes I do depending on the moisturizer) but I DO have dry skin and I learned the hard way that I'm allergic to it. It gave me chicken skin :(
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
kittideelux
(Downey, Ca)
answer 2
I have the same issues but working well for me!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lwpianist
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
I break out whenever I try new products! I started using the white, oil free primer but my skin gets drier in the fall/winter, so I thought I would try this hydrating version. (how do I have dry skin and still break out? i have no idea!) This is also oil free! I loved it and it didn't make me breakout! I don't wear it every day, maybe just 2-3 times a week, I highly recommend it. I feel like it helps smooth over my acne so my makeup conceals it better. It's also long lasting so I wasn't constantly going to the bathroom to see if my acne was showing!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
arcanada
(Lexington, KY)
Question
Which Primer should I use?
I have combination skin, Fair complexion, long, fine brown hair, and green eyes. I also have larger pores around my nose and chin. I am not someone who wears makeup often, like maybe once a month(if that often), but when I do wear it I would like it to look good. I don't want to spend a fortune on something that probably will not get used before I have to throw it out. Someone suggested that I try the travel size Smash Box primer. But there is even more choices then I know what to do with! I am a 30 year old novice when it comes to make-up!! Any insight would be much appreciated! Thanks!
asked 5 months, 1 week ago
Anonymous
(Ab, Canada)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
3 answers
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answer 1
I highly recommend the blue hydrating primer, the travel size is perfect if you don't use much, but the normal size won't expire or anything so it's up to you. I've been using the hydrating primer for a few months and it really does feel nice even without makeup on. Like a facial lotion really :). The green redness reduction is only necessary if you have problems with redness. And the original Smashbox primer is okay, but I find this one best of all.
answered 3 months, 3 weeks ago
vprincess14
(Houston, TX)
answer 2
The Smashbox primers are really nice because each kind is targetted on what kind of effect you want. I think if you don't have dry skin, or red-ish understone then go for the normal primer. If you have dry skin -> do the hydrating primer. If you have red skin -> do the green primer to balance it out.
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
beautyviewer
(New York, NY)
answer 3
this is perfect give it a shot you wont be dissapointed!
answered 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Mandaclaudette
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Does this work as a moisturizer even if a person doesn't use foundation?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
beverlyann
(Chicago, IL)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
3 answers
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answer 1
Personally, I think this is too pricy to be using as *just* a moisturizer. I have really dry skin, and I use this paired with my regular moisturizer (Benefit's Total Moisture) I actually would recommend the benefit moisturizer more than this, that is the holy grail of moisturizers for people with dry skin in my opinion. However, if you want your moisturizer to hydrate AND minimize the appearance of pores, I do recommend this alone. Hope that helps. xx
answered 1 week, 2 days ago
Etoilesama
(New York, NY)
answer 2
We call it the "lazy moisturizer" because if people don't use moisturizer this is a way to still protect the skin. I still recommend wearing one under, but I am also guilty of not moisturizing underneath sometimes :)
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
I would say maybe. The sephora consultant said I could use this as a moisturizer, however it depends on your skin type. I would say that if your skin is oily, this would probably work. But if your skin is dry, pair this with your regular moisturizer and you should be good to go. Hope this helps (:
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
mwuah908
(Honolulu, HI)
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combination skin
Is this good to use with combination skin?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
Anonymous
(Fort Lauderdale, FL)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
Yesssss! It evened out my dry patches but also stopped the oiliness in my T zone.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Yes! I have combination skin as well and it feels and looks great!
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
yarigisel
(Houston,TX)
Question
for the photo finish new smashbox primer, i dont wear foundation can i use this with just powder?
asked 2 years, 8 months ago
figaronme
(la puente, ca)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
This is AMAZING with there Halo powder! Did you know there powder is talc free and contains Hydrogel? Such a dynamic duo. You can even wear this alone and your skin looks amazing.

I also find that it works amazing with any of my powders, it really softens the look.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Of course!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
kookiemonster
(Orlando, Florida)
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how is this primer compared to the original one?
I've been using the original Smashbox primer for years and I love it but I was wondering if this one will make me skip moisturizer. Is this better than the original one?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
lauradr
(Texas)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
I love it for winter! I used to use the light in the summer months for my acne prone skin, the women who recommended this suggested this is a great bet for acne prone skin in the winter months~
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
lwpianist
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
I like this primer much better. The original photo finish feels a bity greasy for me and it doesn't keep my face matte. I feel like I have to blot my nose all long. this ner primer is just amazing...so refreshing and really control the shine on my t-zone area. I hoe this answer your question.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
coincoin
(dayton, ohio)
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Would this product be too much for oily skin ?
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
avon
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
My nose gets shiny by noon or so, and I use this and haven't noticed it getting any MORE shiny. I don't know if that helps, but there you have it!
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
answer 2
I think this product will actually will help to matify your face. I mean, the main purpose of primer is to control oil so the make up will stay longer on your face
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
coincoin
(dayton, ohio)
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/Do you stil sell photo finish color correcting for redness? It was green.
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
Anonymous
(Plattsburgh, NY)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, there is also a purple one for canceling out yellowness. If you search the Smashbox primers, it should be under that list.
answered 11 months ago
kristinrose0817
answer 2
Yes they do.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
nothizrr
(Temecula, Ca)
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How to know if you've removed all the primer?
Currently using Clinique Creamy Cleanser to remove makeup, sunscreen and primer. Hoping I don't have to resort to an oil cleanser, but I'd like to know what everyone is using. Thanks. Oh, have combo skin. Using the Light Primer on t-zone, Hydrating everywhere else. Thanks for reading and look forward to your advice.
asked 1 year, 6 months ago
strada
(diamondhead, ms)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
I have used Smashbox primer for years and absolutely swear by it. (I use La Fresh makeup remover wipes and I've never had any problems removing it.) I was really excited to see this primer in a hydrating formula because my skin is sooooo dry. I was fortunate enough to get it in a couple of sample sizes, as well as trying it at a Sephora store, and I'm really glad I did. I don't find it hydrating in the least. It feels sticky, thick and lacks the silky soft feeling that I so love in the other Smashbox primers. It was hugely disappointing. I'll stick to the ones I already swear by! Perhaps you are experiencing the same sticky thickness that I did with the hydrating primer and maybe it doesn't feel like it comes off as easily.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
devos5775
(Defiance, OH)
answer 2
Washing your face thoroughly will remove it. Follow up with a cotton ball dipped in toner or witch hazel to remove trace amounts.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
nicky888
(Central Coast, California)
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