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Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting

What it is: An all-in-one primer and dark spot corrector. What it does: This revolutionary formula not only visibly reduces the appearance of lines and pores while creating the perfect canvas, it helps diminish the appearance of dark spots and uneven skintone. This formula instantly brightens and primes to smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, while also fading dark spots over time.Research results: When used twice a day for four weeks, 84% of women saw significant reduction of dark spots and improved skin radiance.
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Questions & Answers for Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting

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Are you supposed to use a moisturizer before applying the primer?
It says that you are supposed to apply this to your bare skin, but it seems a bit dry and I normally apply a moisturizer before my primer. What should I do?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
sherryrose21
(Oakon, VA)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
5 answers
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answer 1
yeah its totally fine to do that, i do it both ways i prefer to put my primer on first now than my moisturizer! i feel that your make up goes on better!
answered 8 months ago
RuuRu
(Brampton, ON)
answer 2
I have combination skin so I need to use a moisturizer every morning. That's my first step; I wait for the moisturizer to dry and absorb my skin then I apply the primer. I use it under my BareMinerals foundation and it works great.
answered 1 year ago
ChicagoCityGirl
(Chicago)
answer 3
I use it daily and I apply moisturizer first and then the primer. I love it and it looks great!!
answered 1 year ago
SiouxZQ123
(Escondido, CA)
answer 4
I always apply a moisturizer with SPF under the primer. Even though my skin is fairly oily, I still need it. I wouldn't use just the primer..
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
DancingGiselle
(Washington, DC)
answer 5
I think that you should try it with your daily moisterizer, I think that it will work just fine.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Kenniemac
(frederick md)
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First Impressions?
Is there any additional information about this product: ingredients, good for oily/combination skin, effectiveness at reducing dark spots? Couldn't find any information at smashbox website and chat operator said they would be posting new information in the near future - this year? Thank you!
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
rivera01
(Gwynn Oak, MD)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
3 answers
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answer 1
As a fellow consumer, hopefully my experience with this product over the past 3-4 weeks might help you?

I threw the box away as soon as I opened it up, so I don't have the ingredients on hand, sorry :-/
I had some previous acne dark spots which I've found this product really helpful with hiding instantly when used as a primer. If you read the directions though, it says to use twice a day even when not wearing makeup; so I've been wearing it on dark spots to bed in addition to under my makeup daily. I was totally skeptical when the Sephora rep told me that this product over time helps actually reduce your dark spots... but I must say; It REALLY works!! I'm totally convinced that this stuff does what it claims to do. Slowly but surely, my dark spots are beginning to fade away. Just 3 weeks of use and I'm slowly starting to ween my face off of the daily foundation that I've found necessary to cover up facial imperfections for so many years now! I luv this product!

Hope this helps!

Hope this helps! :-)
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Celobelo
(La Crescenta, CA)
answer 2
This is a dark spot treatment, not necessarily a primer. It is intended to be used BEFORE your moisturizer like a serum. Once dried, you can apply your sunscreen and/or moisturizer. Immediately, you will notice that any products you apply to the skin after using the primer will change to a "primer" like consistency. This is because it was designed to make every moisturizer applied on top work as a primer so that you have a perfect canvas for makeup.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
takemenow
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
I typically have normal/combination skin, but during the summer it is more oily, iv had this product a week and have been using it every day. I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin being less oily throughout the day since iv been using it. I have two fairly dark spots on my face and they are slowly fading, typically these types of products take some time to be affective in reducing dark spots but I have already noticed a subtle difference.
answered 2 years ago
hmyers88
(Riverside, CA)
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Why twice a day?
I do not use primers but thought about using this one. I only do my makeup once a day and thought that's what their for, to put under makeup. Why would you put this on without makeup? Thanks
asked 2 years ago
darlenam
(Philadelphia,PA)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
A good primer should make your skin appear smoother and reduce the appearance of pores. And some primers have the added
benefit of lightening up scars or moisturizing your skin. That's why I would use a primer on a "no makeup" day.
answered 1 year ago
Anonymous
(Western Massachusetts)
answer 2
It is only suggested that you apply this product twice a day. The reason why is because it isn't just a primer. It's "more than primer" (hence the name). It acts as a treatment as well so you can use it as part of your skincare regiment at night without make up. For faster results, it's suggested to use twice a day. But if you use it once a day, the results will take a little longer.
answered 2 years ago
Forla
(New York, NY)
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Can this cause acne?
asked 1 year, 11 months ago
myblueheaven
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
I have acne prone skin and this has never given me any breakouts.
answered 1 year ago
ChicagoCityGirl
(Chicago)
answer 2
So far I have not had a problem and I have somewhat sensitive skin.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
gotsol1
(St. Louis, MO)
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Do you use moisturizer with this product?
The instructions say to apply to bare skin. As it's a primer though I assume it should go right under makeup. Do you apply this product or a moisturizer first. Or are you not suppose to use a moisturizer?
asked 1 year, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(chicago)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
I use it daily and apply moisturizer first then the primer and it works wonderfully
answered 1 year ago
SiouxZQ123
(Escondido, CA)
answer 2
I had this primer too (returned it because I started breaking out, pretty sure it was the product)... when I used it, I applied the primer first and let it set, then put my moisturizer on top (since it has spf).
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
Jemica
(Salem, MA)
Question
I'm confused how to use this at night!
I currently use serum and a night time moisturizer at night. Do I apply the primer before or after these things? If before, how long do I wait until I apply the serum and moisturizer. If after, how long do I wait until I apply the primer?
asked 11 months ago
DeeDeeDoodle
(Federal Way, WA)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
It's not meant to be used at night because it isn't a night cream. Primer is used before make-up application specifically. It doesn't have ingredients that prevents fine lines, but it helps reduce the appearance of it along with the aid of your make-up of choice.
answered 7 months ago
ChicagoCityGirl
(Chicago)
answer 2
You could do either over, ive tried both but i prefer using it first, then applying everything else on top just because i feel like when you apply this as your BASE coat which is it was it should be it keeps your make up on longer and i feel like it works better when on without other products so it doesnt need to fight everything else to get to your skin.
answered 8 months ago
RuuRu
(Brampton, ON)
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Will this primer work well under a mineral make-up (bareMinerals)?
asked 1 year, 5 months ago
Anonymous
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
It works great for me. I use BareMinerals, however if you sweat profusely- the make up will begin to fade slightly.
answered 1 year ago
ChicagoCityGirl
(Chicago)
answer 2
I've used it both with the bare minerals foundation as well as liquid and loved the outcome of both.
answered 1 year ago
SiouxZQ123
(Escondido, CA)
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facial hair
I am a trans person. Recently I had my makeup done at a department store and the artist asked me what I was most concerned with concerning my face in regards to primers and foundations. Without hesitating I said "dark spots," meaning my "five o'clock shadow." She recommended this product; however, I'm skeptical because I don't see any reviews making reference to this product lightening my nasty shaven face look. Can any dark spot remover/cover actually do this: lightening the facial hair or pores below the surface?
asked 1 year ago
suzyguy
(Lombard, IL)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
Most dark spot removers are not potent enough to remove very dark spots in a short amount of time. In fact a lot of products are meant to lighten gradually (usually acne spots). Photo finish has worked wonders when i have that one annoying blemish that leaves a mark but no primer is magic. I would pair using this with a good exfoliator (electronic brushes are convenient) and getting some face peels that way you're removing some of the surface cells that might be darker. Much luck to you! :]
answered 9 months ago
atomicbluesoda
answer 2
No, this product will not lighten facial hair.
answered 11 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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Appropriate for oily skin?
At 47 years old, I still have moderately oily skin and some post-acne red areas but also now have a few brown "sun" spots. I've tried the green anti-redness Smashbox primer but oil still broke through. The Light, colorless primer works great for me as a primer & mattifier (even over makeup to take down shine later in the day). Should I stick with "Light" or will the Dark Spot correcting variety even my skin tone while still supressing oil break through?
asked 2 years ago
julieum86
(Lansing, MI)
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
I usually have oily skin too, especially in the summer! My skin hasn't been as oily as it usually is since I started using this product. It's not going to give you an incredibly Matte finish, but I think it helps with oily skin.
I had some previous acne dark spots which I've found this product really helpful with hiding instantly when used as a primer. If you read the directions though, it says to use even when not wearing makeup; so I've been wearing it on dark spots to bed for the past 3 weeks; It REALLY works in fading those dark spots!! I'm totally convinced that this stuff does what it claims to do. I luv it!

Hope this helps! :-)
answered 5 months, 4 weeks ago
Celobelo
(La Crescenta, CA)
answer 2
The dark spot correcting is still the same oil-free formula. I haven't had any skin issues with it compared to the photo-light and I have oily skin that is very acne-prone.
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
sarardee
(Palm Springs, CA)
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Is it oil-free?
asked 1 year, 10 months ago
Maddie0818
on Photo Finish More Than Primer Dark Spot Correcting
2 answers
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answer 1
Yes, it is oil-free
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answered 2 weeks, 5 days ago
NurseJussie
(Argyle, TX)
answer 2
Yes! It's the best primer on the market. No parabens & all good for you ingredients! Give it a try, you won't be sorry. I don't say that lightly. I have super sensitive skin and have tried so many disappointing primers and great primers that had bad ingredients & ended up breaking me out. Not this tho. Trust me, you'll love it. The best oil free parabens free primer money can buy. Well worth it. It'll be your Best Product Friend. BPFF
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
niccinavy
(NY, NY)
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