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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, 9 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 2 years, 2 months ago
chaela
(Provo, UT)
answer 2
I apply after moisturizer, right before I put on my makeup.
answered 2 years, 2 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 2 years, 2 months ago
Maribee
(Fargo, ND)
answer 4
Primer always goes on after moisturizers.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
consumer1
(Tigard, Oregon)
answer 5
I apply this after my moisterizer has absorbed into my skin.
answered 2 years, 9 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, 9 months ago
chisox
(Chicago, IL)
Question
Does this work as a moisturizer even if a person doesn't use foundation?
asked 3 years, 3 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 7 months 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, 9 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 3 years, 1 month ago
mwuah908
(Honolulu, HI)
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 3 years 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 2 years, 2 months ago
kittideelux
(Downey, Ca)
answer 2
I have the same issues but working well for me!
answered 2 years, 10 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 3 years 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 1 year 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 10 months 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 11 months ago
beautyviewer
(New York, NY)
answer 3
this is perfect give it a shot you wont be dissapointed!
answered 11 months ago
Mandaclaudette
Question
ingredient listing?
what's in it? specifically any/what type of "cones" ??
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(east)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
he ingredients are; Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene, Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Cross polymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Glycerin, Stearyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Capryl Glycol, PEG-8, Carbomer, phenoxyethanol, [+/- Blue 1 (Cl 42090), Red 4 (Cl 14700), Yellow 5 (Cl 19140)] <ILN38097>
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Purplecat911
answer 2
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Glycerin, Stearyl Dimethicone, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-8, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol [+/- Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)] ILN38097
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
meezymeli
(Los Angeles, CA)
Question
combination skin
Is this good to use with combination skin?
asked 3 years, 3 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, 9 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Yes! I have combination skin as well and it feels and looks great!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
yarigisel
(Houston,TX)
Question
combination, medium
Is it non-comedogenic? I have adult acne that I struggle to control so would like to find out if this would cause breakouts. Thank you.
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
Anonymous
(LA, CA)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
It is! It is formulated without parabens, glutens and is a vegan product :) All of Smashbox is except for like 1 random lipgloss.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
I have always struggled with breakouts and have very very sensitive skin and have had NO issues with this primer. I would say it is hydrating, so if you don't need the extra moisture, pick one that is for oily skin.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
Question
How is this new Smashbox primer different from the Smashbox primer that I have been purchasing from Sephora and using for the last year?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
jaychak
(Clifton Park NY)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
It's less of a silky-silicone feeling texture. This is hard to explain, it's almost like a really light moisturizer but it creates this wonderful seal of moisture in the skin. I recommend switching, I am obsessed.
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
This primer is more hydrating than the other primer. So if you have dry skin, this will work wonders.
answered 3 years ago
koffee
(Mesa, Arizona)
Question
Ingredients?
What r the ingredients and is this good for aging skin?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
patri20
(staten island, ny)
on Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer
2 answers
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answer 1
As we age our skin gets drier.The beauty of this certain primer is that it is very moisturizing on aging skin. I love it !
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
consumer1
(Tigard, Oregon)
answer 2
I am 61 and it works wonders on my skin. It keeps skin moisturized all day!! I think you will love this product!! Don't sleep on it.
answered 3 years ago
koffee
(Mesa, Arizona)
Question
for the photo finish new smashbox primer, i dont wear foundation can i use this with just powder?
asked 3 years, 3 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, 9 months ago
electronicuhh
(Chicago, IL)
answer 2
Of course!
answered 3 years ago
kookiemonster
(Orlando, Florida)
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