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Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

What it is: An iconic primer that preps skin to create a perfect canvas for flawless foundation application. What it does: The silky blend of vitamins and antioxidants smooths and perfects skin, while the unique formula supports natural collagen and fills in fine lines and pores for a flawless finish. What else you need to know: Use after moisturizer and before foundation for complexion perfection. This skin-soothing blend of antioxidants, which can be worn alone or under foundation, works overtime to fill in fine lines and even out skin texture. “The first product we created at Smashbox Studios was Photo Finish Foundation Primer. We developed it to make makeup look better and last longer. We invented “the blur.” It’s still our best-selling product and the best way to start your makeup every day!” —Davis Factor, Founder and Photographer
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Which one?
I have very sensitive skin. It is also dry. Which one of the primers would be best for me? I use Bare Minerals makeup and Boscia and Caudlie skin care products.
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
jenluvsmakeup
(Franconia, NH)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
87 answers
Answers
answer 1
If you have sensitive skin, I would watch out. Got a sample, tried it out. Burned my face and made it itch like crazy. Took it off right after I applied it.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
bridalwreath
(Green Bay, Wisconsin)
answer 2
I have sensitive skin and the smashbox primers have not caused any irritation. Give it a try, Sephora has a wonderful return/exchange policy!
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
oohbaby
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 3
Without a doubt Smashbox Primer would be the right one for you. I have sensitive skin and this product has caused no problems. It may feel greasy in your fingers but it immediately dissipates into your skin without clogging your pores!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kristin222
(long island, ny)
answer 4
I am a Boscia skin care user as well and I use the light version of the primer. I have sensitive also and haven't had problems with the light version! I have also used the original version, and it worked fine, but I find that the lighter version works better with my skin type.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
fashionistaKris
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
answer 5
I also have very sensitive skin, and i use the Smashbox photo finish primer. It is light weight and does not have any effect on my skin. It does flawless work and i couldn't live without it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Marry
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 6
The Photo Finish Primer with SPF is really great!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
rose13
(Carson, CA)
answer 7
I also have dry and sensitive skin. It depends on what kind of effect you want, but I would suggest using the regular (clear) primer, but only on areas where you need it. For me, that's my undereye area. Maybe you need it just on your t-zone. Also - they do sell small "trial" sizes, try those before you buy the full size to make sure you like it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MakeupFanKC
(Chicago, IL)
answer 8
I like the original, the light didn't work for me. My skin is also sensitive. and I use Bare Minerals as well. It's a great product, you won't be sorry!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
redmeg
(Orlando, Florida)
answer 9
I have super-sensitive skin and I also use bare minerals. This primer is awesome! Keeps the shine down and I even notice that I get less irritation from the brushed when I use this stuff. Try it, you wont be disappointed.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
nichole
(Soledad, California)
answer 10
This primer was absolutely made to work with Bare Minerals!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dramaqueen124
(Sioux Falls, SD)
answer 11
i have tried a few and i love smashbox photo finish. it goes on so smooth and it's not drying. leaves your skin feeling awesome.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
honeybee3
(massapequa, ny)
answer 12
I also have sensitive skin and tried the clear primer since I was unsure of the others. It has been great and I love it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
maria3823
(Portland, Oregon)
answer 13
I do not have sensitive skin but I do have dry skin. The original primer works great for me. I haven't had any issues using it and I've been doing so for a couple of years. I do typically use L'Occitaine skin care with it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kristenk
(Ohio)
answer 14
I use the Pur line of mineral powders over the smashbox clear primer. I also suffered from very dry skin but have switched to a different line of products that now gives my face a glow and keeps it moisturized. I have not found Smashbox primer to be oily at all but rather just the right amount of moisturizer to keep the mineral powder looking good all day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Motherknowsbest
(Grosse Pointe, MI)
answer 15
I really like Laura Mercier's primers. They are botanical based.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ChristinaJJ
(Knoxville, TN)
answer 16
Any smashbox primer would do the trick
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
redfox5
(midlothian, Va)
answer 17
I would recommend Nars primer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Fuzzy
(Montreal, Canada)
answer 18
I think you might try Laura Mercier primer and/or Smashbox. Naturally, don't go for the oil-free variations.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
gypsytejas
(Sandpoint, ID)
answer 19
Hi,
I also use Bare Minerals make up. I use the original clear & have used the apricot primer. And, I also use a moisturizer under the primer. They both work great!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Jenn61
(New Providence, PA)
answer 20
BARE MINERALS PRIMERS WOULD BE BEST
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
CHRISTINAF
(BELLEROSE, NY)
answer 21
The original formula should be fine. I also have sensitive skin and it does not bother me.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SiobhanD
(Kentucky)
answer 22
you could try the Laura Mercier mineral foundation primer...
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sway88
(los angeles ca)
answer 23
I use the Photo Finish Foundation Primer w/o problem, do not find it greasy, goes on smoothly to soften complexion and all but vanish into the skin taking fine lines/wrinkles w/it. A little goes a long way; I dab it on forehead, between brows, at corners of mouth, under eyes, and blend in/out. I have fair, sensitive skin as well. And no, tried the "Lite" version and did not like it as well.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sjbrown
(Bedford, IN)
answer 24
Bare Mineral Prime Time Primer will work wonderfully for you. If you already use their foundation, you will love it!! It is very silky, put it on after your moisturizer and apply your Bare Minerals foundation just afterwards. Try it, you will love it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
meluvmakeup
(Columbia, TN)
answer 25
I have fair, dry sensitive skin (reddens easily) and have tried several primers. My favorite is Laura Mercier foundation primer. It is less "slick" than others, has no noticeable fragrance and dries quickly leaving a smooth finish. It's almost like a buffer between skin and make-up. Make applies beautifully over and stays all day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Lucky
(Ft Lauderdale, FL)
answer 26
The Smashbox primer will smooth out your dy skin and make your foundation look so glowing!! I am confident that you will love it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dharma44240
(Kent, Ohio)
answer 27
I also use Bare Minerals foundation but I prefer the Smashbox primer over the Bare Excentuals primer. SOmetimes Bare Minerals foundations can add to the dryness of ones skin so I think that this primer acts as the perfect slip for the makeup.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
msfebruary
(Concord, NC)
answer 28
This primer is very good and it makes your skin baby soft. My skin is combo/oily & sensitive. So I understand how annoying it is to find good products that don't irritate your skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SunnyCAgirl
(Sunny California)
answer 29
My skin is somewhat sensitive. I use the original Primer Smashbox.
It is clear. I think you'll love it. Before choosing this I tried Laura Mercier but liked Smashbox much more. I can't imagine not using it now. I like
mineral foundation too when I wear anything...I used to use I D but now use Belle Pierre...it's a little finer. Found it in California but now get it online.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
charlotte1
answer 30
smashbox photo finish foundation primer
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
subbrock
(GREENSBORO, NC)
answer 31
Although its kinda expensive, you can never go wrong with smash boxz photo finish foundation primer!

it goes with any type and brand of foundation and you can also use it as a moisturizer!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lovelymj
(San Jose, CA)
answer 32
It depends on your skin tone. First of all, I would moisturize and allow your skin to absorb that. Then you need to decide whether you want just the smoothing effect the clear primer will have or if you want extra adjustments to your skin:
Green: If you have rosacea or redness
Apricot (Blend) : Uneven skin tones/ under eye circles( I bought this one!)
Lavender: great for sallow complexions/ yellow undertones ( I tried this at Sephora and it made my skin luminous!!)
The Sheer Apricot is nice because it has SPF 15, dries clear and it is formulated to smooth wrinkles.

Hope this breakdown helped!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lexuphoria
(Cali)
answer 33
I always use a good moisturizer before using photo finish primer, but I have combination skin with some flaky dry patching and this primer still works great.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Simmons
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 34
Apply Smashbox's Photo Finish Foundation Primer after moisturizing your skin well. The primer is lightweight and non-irritating, and will smooth out your skin texture between drier and oiler areas.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
junko
(San Diego, CA)
answer 35
I think the original would be a good choice for you. I would still recommend you use your daily moisturizer before applying the primer, especially since your skin tends to be dry. I have noticed that the original primer is a bit too much on the oily side for me, but I still prefer the original over the oil-free version.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
opysoly
(Corpus Christi, TX)
answer 36
I use Smashbox Photo Finish under Bare Escentuals foundation. I have sensitive skin and haven't had any issues with this combination.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
KarenMc
(Olathe, KS)
answer 37
Try Clarins "instant smooth perfecting touch" and even though i have oily skin when i get dry patches it really smooths them out for makeup. it feels really luxurious on your skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
carrieb77
(Washington, DC)
answer 38
I've used the Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF 15 primer, but none of the other Smashbox primers. I've had no problems with reactions to it, but then I rarely have sensitivity to skin products. I have noticed that this primer makes the oily areas of my combination skin seem to become more oily, so I think it might be a good primer for you in that it would not make your skin more dry and/or it might stimulate (?) more oil production. I hope this helps you make your decision.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
AlkemieBlue
(Silver Spring, MD)
answer 39
definitely photo finish foundation primer by smash box
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
astounding
(sanger, ca)
answer 40
I have tried the Smashbox one, MAC one, Avon's new one, and Benefit's. My skin is usually oily but gets dry in the winter. I prefer the Benefit one called Dr Feelgood. Ask for a sample at sephora, try it out and see what you think.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MissMiaL
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 41
I would suggest the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I have high-maintenance skin, which is dry in places, oily in others and I struggle at times with rosacea. Photo Finish Primer ensures for hours that my makeup stays not only in place, but does not look cakey, dry or powdery. I was surprised my troubled skin could garner compliments! :-)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Betz
(Greensboro, NC)
answer 42
My daughter uses Bare Minerals and loves it over the Photo Finish Primer. She always looks great.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
a49ertrish
(Apple Valley, CA)
answer 43
I highly reccommend Smashbox photo finish. The silicone base forms a watertight barrier on your skin, keeping moisture in that could be absorbed mineral-based foundations. Sephora brand isn't bad at that price point, either.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Bon2blue
(Waldorf, MD)
answer 44
smashbox photo finish foundation primer
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ajfashiongirl
(Springfield,MO)
answer 45
I prefer Smashbox primer, because it glides on smoothly and a little goes a long way. It will feel a tad oily at first when putting it on, but vanishes into a nice glow on your skin. It doesn't have any strong scents that will irritate. I highly recommend this. It will make your skin feel so smooth you almost don't want to put on makeup.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Mits
(Minneapolis, MN)
answer 46
I love make up and have almost tried every brand, I do have to say that my all time favorite primer is Smashbox photo finish primer.I have some what dry skin and I actually feel that this product helps smooth out that dryness and it does'nt feel heavy... hope this helps....
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jenn1
(in)
answer 47
I use this product with Bare Escentuals make-up. It is so light-weight, I cannot imagine it would create any skin problems for you. Really, no fragrances, no residue... nothing. It's just an amazing primer and I NEVER let my supply run out!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
TheAndriconGirl
(Chicago, IL)
answer 48
Laura Mercier makes a great primer. Good for the skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
luckyis
(Syracuse NY)
answer 49
I have sensitive skin as well, and the Smashbox Foundation Primer does not irritate my skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
micky
(Boston, MA)
answer 50
My skin is constantly dry and very touchy as well. I use Smashbox photo finish light and it works wonders! You should try it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
YesItsTrista
(Elkhorn, NE)
answer 51
Hey girl, I am there with you! I use Bare Minerals foundation as well and was having the same skin challenges as you... until I tried Smashbox's Photo Finish! My skin feels smooth, looks fresh and Photo Finish creates an invisible barrier of antioxidants to protect your sensitive skin! An added bonus... your BM will look freshly applied all day, and I mean all day!
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answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mistyblue
(Clarksville, TN)
answer 52
My skin is also on the dry side and the Smashbox primer works really well. I moisturize before I apply it. I also use BE foundation and it works beautifully with it. Just glides on!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Trainermom
(Glendora, CA)
answer 53
Photo Finish Foundation Primer SPF 15 With Dermaxyl Complex ...you can get it in the travel size to try it out.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ready2move
answer 54
I would definitely reccomend Smashbox's Photo Finish Light Foundation primer its made especially for sensitive skin and works just as well as the original.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
thebrookelyn
answer 55
I, too, have sensitive skin that tends to be dry. I love Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.. I did try a sample of a primer by Bare Minerals that I liked. I believe it's called Prime Time. Since it was just a sample, I can't say how it is long-term, but I was pleased with it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Sugarplum
(Pensacola, FL)
answer 56
I have the same type of skin and I love Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
vegasmom
(las vegas,NV)
answer 57
I truly love Photo Finish but if you have sensitive skin, I would test any primer first. You just never know plus, sometimes it takes your skin some time to get used to the product. Luckily, most are available as samples.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
nickiw
(Vancouver, BC)
answer 58
You may want to try Smashbox's new light weight primer since your skin is so sensitive :-)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Luvlyjess
(Tampa, FL)
answer 59
If your skin is sensitive AND red, go for the green. It helps even out the red in sensitive and irritiated skin tones. It might seem odd to add green but it works. If you're just sensitive without redness then Light or even regular should be fine. Light is best for oily skin to keep you from breaking out. I haven't tried Light but I have used the green and the original. Hope that helps!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
answer 60
I have had great success with the original primer, at Sephora they will let you ryr products on, love this store....
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Liliana
(Buffalo, New York)
answer 61
Oh I love Boscia!!! I sometimes have dry skin (I'm combo). I would recommend the light and wear your normal lotion over it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
madamemakeup
(Hastings, MI)
answer 62
Use the original formula- a primer won't make any difference in increasing hydration- its more to mattify your skin, minimize pore appearance. Use Yu-Be moisturizer (available on this site). I have insanely dry, sensitive, oily, acne prone skin and this works wonders!!!!!!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
saman
(hamden, ct)
answer 63
This primer works great on dry skin to! I have super oily skin and sometimes I overdue it on masks and my skin gets super dry, tight, and flaky. After washing my face and using a "Persol 1789" sunscreen for moisturizer (best sunscreen you can get for yourself. Just type it in the search box on this site and it will bring up all the moisturizers for you.) then use the Photo Finish Foundation Primer after your moisturizer dries. Put on makeup as usual and if you get a dry throughout the day like in the Winter season I recommend Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief by Clinique. Sephora thankfully sells that here too! Yipee.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jnmlovesnyc
(Santa Ana, CA)
answer 64
Smashbox photo finish original or light. If you're skin is dry this primer should help smooth our your skin. However, this isn't going to "fix" dry skin. It's just going to give you a smooth canvas for your makeup. I have sensitive skin and so far this product hasn't irritated my skin :)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ekim
(San Jose, CA)
answer 65
You must use a moisturizer first with this product and most important sunblock. Use Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Adjust is the one I use for redness.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Beauty1st
(Arlington, Virginia)
answer 66
I too use the Bare Escentuals & I love the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I've tried all the primers out there and this one is by far the best. A lot of the others seemed to sit on the surface of my skin but this one is non-greasy, smooths out the surface of the skin & prepares it for your face color. Initially it seems a little $$pricey$$, but you really just need one pump (maybe 1 1/2) per application (rub it between 4 fingers -2 on each hand- and apply).
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
alydais
(tampa, fl)
answer 67
My skin is the same way. I love the Smashbox primer. Best I've ever tried
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
amber448
(Cottonwood, AZ)
answer 68
Smashbox Photo Foundation Primer Definately.
I also use bare minerals and the primer keeps it looking nice all day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
CPhillips
(Cleveland TN)
answer 69
This product never makes my face oily.....it makes my pores disappear!
I love it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
LizzyM
(St. Louis, MO)
answer 70
I would suggest Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer! This is good for sensitive skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Kimberly13
(Columbia, PA)
answer 71
Smashbox photo finish is non-drying at all. I have combination skin, and on my dry areas, I don't feel it drying at all. I do, however, apply it after moisturizing.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Sylvor
(Edmonton, AB)
answer 72
I have fairly sensitive skin, too. I use the light formula and haven't had any problems.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sleeptodream
(Verona, NJ)
answer 73
I have dry sensitive skin as well, I find that The Present from Philosohpy is the best for dry skin. It's thicker than the Photo Finish, oil free but I always wear it in winter because it keeps my skin from getting flakey.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
loretta777
(San Mateo, CA)
answer 74
This product is fantastic. I also have sensitive skin and react to many products but have had no reaction with this! It is not drying to the skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
susieb
(Baltimore , Md)
answer 75
I haven't tried many different foundation primers, but I like Smashbox's SPF 15 type. And since you can use it with moisturizers, you can find a nice, light moisturizer to use in conjunction. If you already have some purchases to make at sephora.com, you could see if they currently have any samples of foundation primers. That's a great way to try products (for free!).
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
bridgett
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 76
Stila makes a hydrating primer. I have not personally tried it, as I am more oily.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SarahBeth
(Kansas City, MO)
answer 77
You must try Photo Finish! It is sily smooth and non-drying. It will make your BE glide on even better than it already does! There is nothing more natural than primer and then bare minerals! You will love it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jillivanilli
(Seattle, WA)
answer 78
photo finish foundation primer is perfect. the bare minerals will glide right over it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
itssandy
(Rocky Mount, NC)
answer 79
I have sensitive and dry skin. I recommend Smashbox Primer, with a small caveat: I have trouble with it underneath my eyes. It does not irritate at all, which is good. It does seem to dry out the area a bit such that my concealer looks a bit cakey. I suspect I might need to experiment with better undereye moisturizer. For the rest of my face, however, it's fabulous!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
genXer
(Salt Lake City, UT)
answer 80
you should definately try smashbox's photo finish foundation primer. its not to oily and absorbs fast, giving you that flawless look!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
xtabelle
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 81
I would use the light with a good moisterizer underneath. Hope that helps.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Pixiestix
(Questa, NM)
answer 82
I also use Bare Minerals foundation. I use the Light primer which seems to work best at keeping my t-zone shine to a minimum, but the dryness of my cheeks is unaffected. A good product and they sell trial sizes so you can test it out before committing to a larger purchase.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sieryu
(Austin, TX)
answer 83
I also have sensitive skin, and I feel that the Smashbox Photo Finish is perfect for me. I've used it with all different brands of makeup from MAC to Bare Minerals, etc.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Viola
(Chino, CA)
answer 84
I also use bare minerals makeup, and my skin is very dry. I use the original photofinish, and while I don't have sensitivity problems, I can't see it being a problem for you. I wouldn't use the one with SPF, as this might irritate some sensitive skin types.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
bbeauty
(Chicago, IL)
answer 85
I recommend using Smashbox Photo Finish Light. I have sensitive skin too with combo oil/dry, depending on the day. It fit all those situations well. I haven't used any of the products you are using.. but I highly suggest you try it! I haven't turned back and have used several different makeup brands but use Dermalogica facial/skin care products.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SarahEJ
(Franklin, TN)
answer 86
You may find this a little too heavy for your skin if it's sensitive. It is also fragranced, so you might want to take that into consideration.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
pattyb
(Greenwood, IN)
answer 87
Would wholeheartedly recommend Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
moxie
(Nashville, TN)
Question
What Is The Consistency?
Hi guys. I am of light-medium skin tone, and I have combination skin slightly oily T-zone, dry chin, and somewhat acne-prone. I have heard from many people that the primer is oily and greasy, but that the light version doesn't work as well. Is this true?? Please help!!
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
xoxJennaxox
(Sudbury, ON, Canada)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
72 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've used both the light and regular versions and I don't consider either one oily or greasy. I use this product everyday and have never had a breakout because of it, acutally I can't live without it! Just use a little, a thin coat does the trick and if you use mineral based powder you will never look oily in fact it keeps my makeup looking fresh all day. My friends always ask me what my secret is since I'm the only one who's makeup look fantastic in photos!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sil13
(Columbus, OH)
answer 2
I also have an oily t-zone. I have combination skin and tend to break out with heavy moisturizers. I tried the pink primer with Dermaxyl. It takes a long time to absorb and is very moisturizing. I couldn't use a moisturizer underneath it because it was just too much. It felt a bit heavy in my oily areas but was very nice in my dry areas. I don't recommend it for oily or combination skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SassyLashes
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
I'm not sure what is best for your skin type, but I know that this primer does seem greasy at first. This worried me because I have oily skin, but it really only seems greasy in your hands. Once you put it on your face, it is very lightweight and dries quickly.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
leslie421
(Lubbock, TX)
answer 4
I'd skip the Photo Finish. It's greasy, and I have the combination-skin dilemma as well. I'd try the Bare Essentials Prime Time it's fast absorbing, light, and lasts all day. You may want to try a good moisturizer that will control the t-zone issue before you layer on anything else. I use Origins Matte Science, and it rocks! Good luck~
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mailani
(seattle, wa)
answer 5
i used the one with the SPF 15, it didnt feel at all greasey to me, but i dont think it would help out much with the oily skin, it only controled my t-zone for an hour or so...maybe if it was used with a mattifying lotion? ....hope that helps maybe
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
millia
(Laguna Hills)
answer 6
I also have oily skin, but while it may feel greasy, I don't find this primer greasy - it's more silky than greasy. I haven't tried the light version, so can't comment on that.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
glory55
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
answer 7
Hi,
I can't answer for the T-zone thing,but I can tell you that it goes on very "dewy" and silky. Not greasy at all,(at least not for me). My face feels soft all day. go for it :+)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
glammy
(Londonderry,NH)
answer 8
Oh Contrare Mon Frare! The light one works great (unless you prefer to have your oily skin get oilier, then break out). The light is water-based, not silicone...so maybe you won't get that initial as-silky feeling as the regular, but rest-assured, your skin will be primed and grease-free throughout the day. As for your dry areas, this will not make it drier, it will help with that too! GO FOR THE LIGHT!!!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
shefly121
(Savannah, Ga)
answer 9
My skin can get crazy oily in the summer and I haven't found this primer to be too greasy at all. Ask for a sample at Sephora and give it a shot!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dsnylndmom
(Bakersfield, ca)
answer 10
Well, I have acne prone skin and I must say that the original Photo Finish doesn't break me out. I did try the light version from a sample I got and while I did like the texture alot more, I found it didn't make my foundation last as long as the original. While it did last a while, I'd say the original makes my foundation last about two hours more. It really does depend on the type of environment you are in (humid, dry, wet, etc).
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Orlando, FL)
answer 11
I have oily skin and I don't use but one pump of this product for my entire face. The problem with primers is that people have a want to use a primer like they do their moisturizer. As, a primer is to be used in smaller amounts than a moisturizer.

So, that is why some people probably are finding this product to leave their face greasy. As, they are using more product than is actually necessary.

I don't get any excess oiliness to my face with this product and nor has it ever broken me out.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Prettychic
(Reserve, Louisiana)
answer 12
In my experience what you've heard is correct. The original primer is veryheavy and not for acne-prone skin. And the light version did not even out my skintone, or provide much of a base for my foundation.

After trying several different foundation primers I found a high quality skin moisturizer gives you healthier skin and therfor and better base to your makeup.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
KMaz
(London, Ontario)
answer 13
The product is kind of a gel consistency, but very lightweight. I also get oily in the t-zone and have never had a problem with oil when using this product.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
columbiasc
answer 14
I have combination skin with oily nose and forehead and dry cheeks and this light/oil free primer work really good. I haven't developed any redness or breakouts while using this product. it does not leave your skin greasy.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Tizivamp
(Moss Beach, CA)
answer 15
I've used a sample of the regular photo finish, but usually buy the light version. I have the same oily spots as you and knew the light would be better for my skin. I didn't notice a really significant difference between the two and am absolutely in love with what the photo finish light does for my skin without leaving it greasy and shiny.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mllechanelcherie
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 16
I have oily, acne-prone skin too, and I tend to be really sensitive to even trace amounts of oil in my beauty products. However, this moussey primer goes on smoothly and mattely, and feel like vitamins for your skin. It's definitely a hit.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SFMakeup1111
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 17
I have the same skin issues, and I posted one of the reviews saying that the regular is greasy but light doesn't work as well. I can't seem to edit the review, but I've since figured out that my sample and the full-size I got are *both* light, and the difference was that I was inadvertently applying a lot more from the sample size than from the big container because of the different dispensing. Now I'm applying a moderate amount regardless of the dispenser, and it's great. It's so great, people at a reunion thought I was my boyfriend's daughter.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
texile
(Washington, DC)
answer 18
I have oily skin and it works great over my moisturizer, under my make-up. I use very little of it as a little goes a long way.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
msmonica
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 19
The original formula primer is only heavy and greasy if you apply heavily; this must be used with a light hand. A dime sized drop is sufficient for your entire face and I have found that if you let it sink in for a few minutes before applying your make up you will have excellent results.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Schweebles
(Lehigh Acres, FL)
answer 20
I also am combo- skinned and I use the regular clear primer. Always start with clean skin and you will never have a problem. Although at first the primer feels greasy, it isn't. Its highly mosturizing but absorbs very well so you never have that extra oil on your face feeling you can get from heavy lotion. It also works very well to smooth out acne and makes covering up pimples easier. good luck and happy makeuping!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
PaintedJ
(Yorktown, NY)
answer 21
I have the exact skin condition as you do (oily t-zone, etc) and I have to admit, the primer does feel oily (in a gel sort of way). However, in the 11 months that I've used it, I've noticed that my skin looks healthier, and my make-up, flawless.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
AdoreElise
(San Joaquin Valley, CA)
answer 22
I can't speak to the light version of this, but I also know that I have rather oily skin, especially in the T-zone. I love this product because I don't have the oily show when I use it and it doubles (for me) as a moisturizer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Smalls07
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 23
Hey, I have skin that sounds very similar to yours, and I did not find this product to be very oily. It isn't made to prevent oil build-up, so...during the day, sometimes I would find that I have a little shine. I can apply some powder to remedy the shine, and my complexion still looks very smooth and soft just like it did that morning.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kinolake
(Brandon, MS)
answer 24
I would stick with the regular primer. I haven't used the light formula but I have the same type of skin, combination and acne prone and I didn't find this primer to be greasy at all. All you need is a dab and it works for your entire face.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Azullica
(Las Vegas, NV)
answer 25
The light seems to work well and doens't make my oily skin feel greasy, even after hours of wear. I don't think the regular works better.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Once
(Chicago, IL)
answer 26
It's not oily so much as silky. And it dries to give your skin an even finish and feel. I would suggest the Light primer if your skin is oily. It works just as well. But if you're still apprehensive, I would try them both in the store.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
shelbylicious
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 27
The light one actually works pretty well. I've used it many times, and I prefer it over the regular blend. It'll help keep the moisture balance of your skin, as well as make your makeup look flawless, without feeling gunky, sticky, or cakey.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
arwen744
(Albuquerque, NM)
answer 28
If you have oily skin you might want to stay away from this product. As many people has said it cause your face to get more oily and breakout. Instead try the mattifying cream from laura gellar!!!!! This works awesome too. I use it on days I feel my face it a lot oilier than usual, and I have a nice matte all day!!! It goes on smooth too.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Julia
(St. Paul, MN)
answer 29
The light one isn't nearly as velvety, but the results are equal, plus no fear of breaking out.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
stardrop00
(Cincinnati, OH)
answer 30
No! Its not! I also have a very greasy face and every day before i apply my Bare Minerals, i use the Smashbox Photo Finish primer and it is light weight and a gel, that is not at all greasy. It does wonders. I couldn't live without it! I also, under my primer, use the clinique pore minimizer because that doesn't cloge my porse and absorbs the grease for the whole day and i can just reapply it over my make up without messing it up!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Marry
(Boca Raton, FL)
answer 31
I too have similar skin, and as a former user of the original Photo Finish (current light version user!) I think that both of them work equally well!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
fashionistaKris
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
answer 32
My skin is just like yours and I use the Photofinish Light and LOVE it. It is not greasy and it helps to make my skin look flawless.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sus78
(Dallas, TX)
answer 33
I think the light works great! i've never have used the regular one, but the light is great for oily skin prone to breakouts. I have the same skin issues as you, and I can't see myself going out without putting this under my foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
beautyaddict0528
(Piscataway, NJ)
answer 34
I have oily, acne-prone skin and I don't like the light version at all. I still use this one and love it and I don't have any problems with it increasing oil or acne - just try it!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Hannahsmom
(Harrodsburg, KY)
answer 35
I have the same problem and i found the light version works just fine and i really love the light version. hope that helps you!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Cheyah
answer 36
Thr light didn't work for me and I love the original. I'm prone to breakout, with sensitive skin and have lines (I'm not 20 unfortunately!)..How much more fun does THAT get? If you haven't tried a mineral foundation, you might want to try it. Cleared up my skin, I use it with this product and it's a great combination, even in humid weather!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
redmeg
(Orlando, Florida)
answer 37
I have pily skin and acne too and i use the regular one with no problems. Ive found that part of the trick is to was tone and apply toner first, then a dab of moisturizer before the primer. If your worried about to much you can use a sponge to apply it. Also, if you want to add luminizer, the combo primer, luminizer in flash works amazingly for my light/ fair combo skin :)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Windle
(Schenectady, NY)
answer 38
I have very oily skin and it works out great even on my kind of skin tone the primer doesnt make your skin breakout and works on oily skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ReneeO1900
(Seattle,WA)
answer 39
I have combination skin too and the normal product works for me. I apply it with a sponge and don't use too much. I make sure that it is completely dry before i apply my foundation or consealer. I hope this info helps.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Khakii
(Huntington Beach, CA)
answer 40
I have found that when I apply it, I wait a few minutes before applying foundation as I also have problems with my T-zone. It does seem to mattify and my skin has been less oily throughout the day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
maria3823
(Portland, Oregon)
answer 41
I don't think it's as much oil as it is the silicone that people feel. At first, I'll agree that it felt like something I didn't want to put on my skin, but it absorbs and does not leave an oily feel. I have combination skin with an oily t-zone also and I really like it. If anything, use the green one to help with redness and it will help you more effectively cover any acne. If you're not sure you can also try the travel size....a little of it goes a long way anyways... hope that's helpful!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
gracienads
(St. Petersburg, FL)
answer 42
I believe you would be safe applying Smashbox clear primer all over your face but with lighter application in the oily areas. You really don't need to use much. I also use a moisturizer under the primer because I tend towards all over facial dryness. I especially like how I can apply concealer under the eyes with this primer because it keeps the area moist and there's not tugging on the sensitive eye area.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Motherknowsbest
(Grosse Pointe, MI)
answer 43
I think the light version works great. I have oily skin and rosacea (and the acne that goes with it) and I love the light version of the primer. The original is just too greasy for me and because of the oil on my skin it seems to pill up like a cheap sweater!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lyndsey
(South Carolina)
answer 44
I understand, the original is greasy but the smashbox with SPF will do the job. I have oily skin during the summer. The Smashbox w/SPF is not greasy, will provide the coverage you need and the colorless is wonderful. I hope this helps :-)!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sephora1fan
(Oklahoma City)
answer 45
Not true, it is not greasy at all, just use a little
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
redfox5
(midlothian, Va)
answer 46
The Light primer doesn't have the same chemical make up with the silicone that the original has but it does still work just as good. I use both and honestly when I use the light my skin feels fresh and clean even with my makeup on and helps my skin stay normal and not look oily later in the day.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
BrennaS
(Incline Village, NV)
answer 47
I would not consider it greasy in the sense of an oil based foundation. It is more of a gel like consistency. It feels kind of greasy upon initial application but, once you set it with powder, it does not feel greasy at all. If you are having trouble with your skin the Laura Mercier foundation primer is more like an oil-free lotion and it works really well too. I hope this helps!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MereC
(Tennessee)
answer 48
To answer your question: The consistency is very gel-like. You can smooth it on. And while the product might feel oily and somewhat slippery, believe me it holds onto product even in humidity. Cannot guarantee that it will last through the rain, but it lasts. I generally suffer from dry skin, though, so the lasting power might differ on an oilier skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
aimie
(MD)
answer 49
I know exactly what you're talking about! My skin is exactly the same combination and I've used both the regular photo finish and the light version. In my opinion, I would go with the original clear version. You can actually feel and see a difference when using this product and as long as you use the right amount, it should never make your skin feel greasy. (A good trick would be to wash and dry your face before you apply!) I also never dealt with any breakout problems with this product. For some idiotic reason, I accidentally ordered the light version online and although it does feel nice on your skin, it acts as nothing more but a light moisturizer, in my opinion. I'm actually trying to use it everyday so I can run out and go buy the original photo finish. However, I have heard that people with sensitive skin use the light version. If this is the case, I don't think it's really worth the money.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sarahk
(Fort Worth, TX)
answer 50
smashbox is a great primer; however, may i suggest that you try laura geller's "spackle"? i found that spackle works better than any smashbox primer for oily skin. (i have a very oily complexion)
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
gezebel
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 51
I think you might like the Laura Geller Spackle primer. The smashbox oil-free isn't as luxurious as the regular version. Laura Gellers primer is like pudding.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
gypsytejas
(Sandpoint, ID)
answer 52
this product is not oil i love it i have oily skin and it makes it feel very smooth and soft and not greasy try it i use the reg formula
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Cybil
(Essex, CT)
answer 53
it did make me break out.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Berta71
(Mesa)
answer 54
I also have oily skin, which was oilier when I was pregnant. I've only tried the original formula and I love it! I also live in a year round humid climate and this primer never fails to slick away shine and keep my foundation looking flawless!!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lilu80
(Maui,Hawaii)
answer 55
When you put it on at first it feels jelly/greasy, but as you rub it in...don't ask me how...but it changes. When it is completely rubbed in it changes to a powdery feel. The greasy feel disappears.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ceruleansweater
answer 56
The regular version goes on light. It does have a little bit of a slick feel but it blends in well and is not noticeable after that. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
leaht
(Texas)
answer 57
if your skin is oily dont get this primer! is feels very greasy on, and might make you break out!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mangrunt03
(Mountain View, CA)
answer 58
I've found that Smashbox Foundation primer always goes on smoothly and really is like spackle, in that any imperfections my skin has is glossed over by the primer.
It's not oily...and even alone, makes my skin look better.
Hope this helps!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Snappi
(Nashville, TN)
answer 59
I tried the light because I had heard the same comments. It didn't work as well for me as I'd hoped. Tended to still get too oily in the T zone. Had to buy something specifically for the oil.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lillyn
(plainfield, IL)
answer 60
No it is not greasy, it is rather thick but not greasy. The product works very well for acne prone skin, my sixteen year old daughter uses it and loves it! Give it a try, at first the texture made me think of vasaline, but it went on very nice and did not feel thick.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ekhmnh1
(Greensboro, MD)
answer 61
I have dry skin but I don't find this product greasy at all. Perhaps these people were using too much of the product? I feel that it makes my skin feel moisturized but not greasy.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Dreaster
(Dumont, New Jersey)
answer 62
This one is not at all greasy, it makes your skin feel silky smooth
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
realtor
(Bloomington, IN)
answer 63
Hi,
I use the original clear primer & I've also used the apricot primer. They seem to work the same for me. I use moisturizer under the primer & have never experienced it being oily.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Jenn61
(New Providence, PA)
answer 64
I have somewhat oily skin and I am very acne prone. I have no issues with this primer. No breakouts and I tend to stay less oily throughout the day. Sephora also makes a great primer in their "tricks-of the trade" line with their anit-shine primer. Smashbox goes on smoother but Sephora works well too.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MakeupFiend
answer 65
Hi, I haven't tried the original version - but I've tried others and they have felt greasy and heavy, so I was reluctant to try this one. But the light version is great - I use 2 pumps instead of 1 as I too felt the coverage wasn't as good with just one pump. I break out very easily from products, but this one has not had that effect on me and it's literally made my huge pores disappear - I can't stop looking at my skin! You should really give it a try.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
borbee
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 66
I am 43 and have very oily skin and am very acne prone and I haven't had any problems with it making my skin oily. You have to give it a bit for your skin to adjust to just like any product that you use.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
spinner
(Edmonton, Alberta Canada)
answer 67
for you I would "spot treat" with any of the primers, using this product just on the tops of your cheekbones will give you a nice fresh look and keep your t-zone from getting and looking too oily. Primers are also something I would not wear everyday for you,just use them when you you need a little extra glow for a special evening or something. Seeing as you said you were acne prone wearing these primers everyday all day would be too heavy .
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sway88
(los angeles ca)
answer 68
I have combo skin also, and I only have to use a pea-sized amount for my entire face. I just use less in the oily areas. I haven't used the light. I use a powder mineral foundation so maybe that helps absorb it differently, but either way I still like this better than other brands. If I use too much though, definitely can get oily.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
stelbell
(southern illinois)
answer 69
The lighter version works wonderful as well! I use it in the summer months. You would love it. I also have combo skin. It is a different consistancy, but you cannot go wrong with this product. Definitely use the lighter version if you are acne prone. Hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
meluvmakeup
(Columbia, TN)
answer 70
My skin is also combination, slighty oily t-zone, somewhat acne prone. I absolutely LOVE this product (I use the regular one). It does feel a bit oily when I apply it. So when I'm wearing it, I go easy on the moisturizer and once I put it on, I wait about five minutes before applying makeup to give it a chance to dry and blend with my skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
LauraLovesPink
answer 71
I have combination/oily skin and have tried both primers. I use the lite version in the summer but overall I think the original formula works much better.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
tsgirl
(Carver, MA)
answer 72
I also have combination skin and this is the first primer that I didn't feel was greasy or that dried me out too much. I also like the sephora brand but this one smooths a little better.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dees3
(baraboo, wi)
Question
Use under mineral powder?
I use a mineral powder instead of liquid foundation. Will the Photo Finish Foundation Primer work under the mineral powder?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
phyly
(Salem, WI)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
38 answers
Answers
answer 1
Absolutely useful with mineral makeup. What I do is apply it after I moisturize and allow it to fully dry. Then I go on and apply my makeup. It makes my face look flawless. FYI I have combo skin and I'm olive toned. I use the green primer because I have some redness.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
jadorezrg
(Cerritos, CA)
answer 2
I use mineral powder as well. I prefer the Light primer because it is slightly mattifying. It keeps the mineral powder from looking too shiny. It also covers pores so that the powder doesn't settle into them to bring them out.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
answer 3
Yes, I use it with powder all the time.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Meody
(West Hollywood, CA)
answer 4
Yes, it works very well under mineral powder.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
cathjh
(New York, NY)
answer 5
Yes it will, I use mineral powder too! Best tip is a little goes a long way.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sil13
(Columbus, OH)
answer 6
I use mineral powder too. The primer does work under the loose powder but my problem is that it took too long to absorb. If you apply the powder before the primer is fully absorbed, the powder will give you uneven coverage and look blotchy. Plus, it will then add moisture to your brush and moisture harbors bacteria. I do like this product but I recommend that you wait until it is completely absorbed before applying mineral powder. It's a good primer but I can't use it when I'm in a hurry.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SassyLashes
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 7
I really wear this with no foundation, just concealer and powder on top, and it works very well.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
annah
(Dallas, TX)
answer 8
Yeah, I use it with BE and it works.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Alana4321
answer 9
Yes I use it with BareMinerals powder and it works great!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
AggieGirl
(College Station, TX)
answer 10
Yes it will.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Trendykel
(Chicago, IL)
answer 11
Yes, you can definately use it under mineral foundation...I actually encourage it. It fills in your pores so your minerals look flawless...my other advice would be to wait a minute after applying primer (to make sure it is totally dry), then apply mineral foundation. If you put on minerals before primer dries, foundation will appear darker and a litle cakey. Also, make sure you are using the best primer for your skin-type.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
shefly121
(Savannah, Ga)
answer 12
Hi,
I find that this is an excellent product when used under liquid foundation. I don't think it works that well with the "mineral products" all that well. They seem to slip right off,and it wastes your valuable stuff. I found this out by trial and error.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
glammy
(Londonderry,NH)
answer 13
I LOVE using this under mineral powder. It worked better for me with minerals than with liquid foundation. It's a great combination
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
dsnylndmom
(Bakersfield, ca)
answer 14
Yes! I use Bare Minerals foundation in the summer time and it works perfectly! I see no difference from when I put on my liquid foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Orlando, FL)
answer 15
I wear mineral foundations and yes it is compatible with mineral foundations. With makeup primers, you are to use small amounts of it at any given time. So, you are to take one pump if it and place it on the back of your hand. From that one pump, you will take a tiny bits of it and dab it on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. After this, you will then smooth it all over your face for about a minute. And, then after that you would apply the powder foundation to your face, okay.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Prettychic
(Reserve, Louisiana)
answer 16
Yes, I use it under mineral makeup.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lizlee
(Charleston, SC)
answer 17
Any type of primer will work for the skin. I happened to use the Photofinish under my BareMinerals and I loved the way my skin felt. I switched to CoverFX Primer because I felt that has more skin benefits (vitamins etc). But this primer still works for Bare Minerals.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sunshine2288
(Boca Raton, Fl)
answer 18
I use Bare Escentuals and this is the best primer for using any type of mineral foundation. Definitely give it a try.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
BBsMom
answer 19
Yes, I also use Mineral Veil as my foundation, & this product works great under any make-up, liquid or powder. Hope you try the Primer, You will Love it!!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
HotRod
(Bonnerdale, AR)
answer 20
Yes it is a great base for powders.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MissTee
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 21
YES! I use a tinted moisturizer and a mineral powder for foundation and use this product under both - it works wonders.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
columbiasc
answer 22
I'm not sure to be honest; when I was using mineral foundation (Bare Escentuals Bare Minerals) I used their version of the product, called Prime Time (I think). It had a different consistency and worked fabulously under that particular product as it was designed specifically for mineral foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jszor
(london, ontario)
answer 23
you can definitely use mineral powder foundation with this primer. this primer works well by itself or with any type of foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Tizivamp
(Moss Beach, CA)
answer 24
Yes, I use Bare Escentuals and this works great.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
shoppernh
(Barrington, NH)
answer 25
I think so. My routine is the primer, blush and then mineral powder. It gives a soft natural skin look.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
aliangel
answer 26
This makeup primer works well with mineral powder, I do not use liquid foundation, I prefer the powder myself, so it is worth it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
flappergirl
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 27
Honestly, I've used it under both and found that, for me, it worked better under a mineral powder foundation. Before I used photo finish I always made sure to apply moisturizer before hand just to give myself a more even texture, but photo finish does the job 100 times better than any moisturizer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mllechanelcherie
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 28
Yes. you can definitely use this product under mineral powder. It works wonders and helps the minerals to stick evenly. It really smooths out any lines or imperfections and clears the way for ideal application of mineral-based foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
SFMakeup1111
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 29
It works really well under mineral makeup. It helps to quickly buff the mineral into the skin without look ashy or caky. It also helps if you have fine lines on your face by preventing the mneral makeup from creasing making your wrinkles or lines more apparent.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
VonS
(Tampa, FL)
answer 30
Absolutely! That's how I use it - under the mineral product - or alone
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Wojo
(MA)
answer 31
Yes! I used it under Bare Minerals and Now I use it under Sephora's Mineral make-up. Amazingly smooth!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
msmonica
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 32
I use Bare Minerals Foundations and Complexion Enhancers and they work well with the primer; I let my primer sink in for 5-10 mins (if I can) before applying my foundation and the rest. It will go on smoothly and not take too much to cover.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Schweebles
(Lehigh Acres, FL)
answer 33
ABSOLUTLY! this is exactly how my regime works. i find it works wonders with mineral powder. make sure to let it absorb for a minute or two, and then apply your foundation. Happy Makeuping!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
PaintedJ
(Yorktown, NY)
answer 34
This primer can be used for liquid, loose powder, or even the regular compact foundation. It works great. I use smashbox's halo foundation which actually crushes the foundation fresh for loose powder. And it works great.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Brina1980
(Fontana, CA)
answer 35
Absolutely. I find that it helps keep my mineral foundation looking fresh all day long.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Tulips
(Greendale, WI)
answer 36
yes yes yes you should use the smashbox primer light it is great with bare minerals!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
stephnj84
(las vegas nv.)
answer 37
Yes, i think it will work under mineral makeup. Just let it dry a few minutes longer because it does easily absorb into your face.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kinolake
(Brandon, MS)
answer 38
It def will work and look amazing. I use this and swear by mineral powder myself.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
hdubs
(Rhode Island)
Question
Do you apply before or after sunscreen, then foundation?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Sunae
(Palm Springs, CA)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
11 answers
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answer 1
I apply after my moisturizer which has sunscreen in it. Then the primer, then any other makeup you want. I find I use much less foundation and/or concealer when I use a primer like this.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
branda
(Bonney Lake, WA)
answer 2
After sunscreen, under foundation. Consider it the first step of your makeup routine.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
SiJCP
(Detroit, MI)
answer 3
With this and most primers, go ahead and put on your facial sunscreen first, then your moisturizer (if you use it), then the primer, then foundation.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
LilDiva
(Chicago, IL)
answer 4
I apply suscreen first, let it dry a little and then foundation
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
java
(Riverside, CA)
answer 5
I always apply sunscreen first, since absorbing it into the skin is a priority. Once It dries, I put the primer on, and then foundation. hope this helps :]
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
DiorDoll
(Acworth, GA)
answer 6
Personally, I use the Photo Finish Primer after sunscreen.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ccwee23
(New York)
answer 7
After sunscreen, before foundation.

You should wash your face, then moisturize, then put on sunscreen, then the primer, then anything else you want to put on.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
happyepsilon
answer 8
This is the last product I put on before foundation. I go with topical l-ascorbic, moisturizer, sunscreen then photo finish - been working well for me for over a year now.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
NewTexan
(Houston, TX)
answer 9
I apply this after sunscreen and before foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
angelyshis
(Costa Mesa, CA)
answer 10
Use this as the last step before foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
GinaS
(Poughkeepsie NY)
answer 11
You should put sunscreen on first, then primer, then foundation. 'Smashbox also makes a primer with sunscreen in it as well.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
judyd
(Rochester, MA)
Question
will this product work on very oily skin?
i have extremely oily skin that is prone to breakouts. I want something to keep my makeup in place and also cover my enlarged pores.
asked 6 years ago
ladybug
(asheboro, nc)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
7 answers
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answer 1
I have extremely oily skin, and any product that contains oil just makes my skin oilier and can cause unwanted breakouts. So I chose the Light formulation; it's the only Photo Finish primer that is oil-free. Honestly, it does work to some extent for controlling oil, but I don't really like it. I hate that I purchased the jumbo size in it, because now I'm just stuck with it since I've used it a few times. For me personally, I feel like the Sephora Smoothing Primer did a better job controlling my oil, and it made my makeup go on more smoothly than the Photo Finish did. The Sephora Smoothing Primer also does a better job for me as far as filling in fine lines. It is oil-free as well, so I don't get any excess oil or breakouts from using it.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
stanggirl
(Morganton, NC)
answer 2
I have very oily skin and acne- I use color adjust (the green one) because it makes my post-acne marks disappear. I have never broken out because of this product, and I just set it with powder to counteract any oiliness (I don't really find it oily, its actually kind of silky and mattyfying when you first put it on). Later on in the night I do get oily, but I can't say whether its the primer, my skin, or another makeup product.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Laurlaur
(Brookline, MA)
answer 3
Try the Photo Finish LIGHT. The original will probably be too heavy for you.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
persnickety
(NH)
answer 4
For more oily prone skin, I'd suggest trying the Photo Finish Light. It's specially formulated for that skin type while still acting as a great primer.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
peabodyrose
(Frisco, TX)
answer 5
It works well, but be careful if you're acne-prone.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MissD
answer 6
I have pretty oily skin especially my t-zone. I felt like this primer helped me with my oily skin. Usually when I put on makeup, it feels heavy and sometimes it doesn't feel like it's sitting on my skin properly. But I feel like this primer helped my makeup stay put and not feel so heavy.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kimc
(London, ON)
answer 7
Yes, but I recommend using the Photo Finish Light formula...it's less likely to cause more breakouts on your oily skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
cespence
(Indianapolis, IN)
Question
Could I use this as an eyeshadow primer?
I don't really use foundation primer- I'm a powder & concealer girl. But I'm looking for something to make my eyeshadow last more than 3 hours, and all the eye specific ones seem far too expensive for far too little.
Oh, and the concealer or concealer AND powder on the lids tricks don't work for me.
So, has anyone tried this as a solution for eyelids? If so, have you seen positive results?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
lexayy
(Santa Clara, CA)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
I wouldn't recommend using it as an eyeshadow primer. I use Stila concealer for that and it works great!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lyndsey
(South Carolina)
answer 2
Yeah it definitely helps. I always figured prime everything that makeup was going to go on. However; I never put it directly under eyeshadow. (All mine are powder.) I've always lived by the rule: Cream on cream. Powder on powder. Which brand of shadow has an enormous impact. Nars and Makeup Forever are amazing.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Razbardella
answer 3
I HAVE used this as an eye make up primer... while not claimed to be one... if you dab a small amount over the lids and allow to fully dry, does give a smooth finish for eye make. I also add a bit of loose powder over the lid when I set foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Lucky
(Ft Lauderdale, FL)
answer 4
I use it as an eye shadow primer along with the rest of my face and I've had no issues. It keeps my powder eye shadow going strong for hours longer than without it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
sandbaby
(Lehigh Valley, PA)
answer 5
Don't use this silicone based primer on your lids unless you're hoping to do a unintended eyelift. Best 2 eyelid primers I've used from Sephora are Urban Decay's (UD) Primer potion and Too Faced's (TF) (plain and with gold glitter for sparkle). Staff is happy to provide samples and makeup tests.. UD's is in a wand/bottle so likely you can try it in-store. Best long term value would be TF's but I find you have to really make sure to remove all traces otherwise it's a bit irritating (itchy lids next day).
Potion is very easy to use but you'll likely use 2-3 of these annually versus TF. It seems like a huge expense but if you use it and it does the job, think of it as having good tools to work with. Seph has annual disc sales so keep an eye out and also save a bit more indirectly with rebate programs. These definitely get used before they dry up and if it doesn't work for you, Seph is good about returns. Note reviews say those primers does not work for all skin types so ask staff (instore/online) for help in chosing.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
FireGal
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 6
It wouldn't NOT work as an eyeshadow primer, but it works better under creams/liquids (like foundation). It's meant to sort of sit on top of the skin, so it might not work well with powder eyeshadow. I use this product under my foundation (except on my eyelids), then I use my foundation to prime for eyeshadow, which usually works pretty well.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
cynthiammvm
(Binghamton, NY)
Question
does it minimize pores?
if someone has t-zone oily combination skin and really just wants alittle matteness and the biggest concren being that it looks like one has no pores? like almost airbrushed? does it live up to it ?
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
guccigirl
(ny, ny)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, this product is definitely great for smoothing the overall appearance of skin, including large pores, fine lines or wrinkles. It's also an incredible value considering a pea sized amount covers the whole face; the bottle will last forever. With covering large pores, it's important to use a primer to ensure your makeup goes on smooth and even!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
URBANgirl
(Avon, OH)
answer 2
I have fairly normal skin, but I like the matte look because I use mineral foundation, which has a natural sheen to it. I don't want to look too shiny. I like the Light primer because it tends to be more mattifying than the regular primer. Also, it does minimize pores. The ones around my nose are slightly visible, and the primer does not sink into the pores. For your needs, I would try the Light primer.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
answer 3
I think this product will make you very happy.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
amyjoe
(Huntington, WV)
answer 4
I have T-Zone oily combination skin. It works really well for me. My pores are barely noticeable and my skin stays fairly matte. Definately lives up to the hype in my book!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Toria
(Frisco, TX)
answer 5
If you have oily skin, stay away from this! After a little while, it will make the oil production seem much greater than previously.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
nosernggrl
(Chicago, IL)
answer 6
Yes it does. I have larger pores and it helps a great deal.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
turid
(Memphis, TN)
Question
I have combination oil & dry Skin. should I purchase the original or light primer.
I have fair skintone, blue eyes, 58 years old
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
(Vicksburg, MS)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
5 answers
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answer 1
I have combo skin and I'm acne prone. I've used the regular formula for two years without any issues.
answered 4 years, 9 months ago
jadorezrg
(Cerritos, CA)
answer 2
I also have combination skin. I have this primer in the Original version and it doesn't really do a good job of keeping the oil at bay (I have oily T-zone and cheeks). After about 2 hours, my face is like an oil can and my make up is melting off my face. I did initially like this primer but its performance declined after some time. I prefer Skinn Cosmetic's Orchid Gel Mattefying Cream. That product keeps my face matte (but not dry), yet my skin is glowing at the same time. It also keeps my make up fresh from morning til late at night. I never ever have to retouch my make up when I use the orchid gel. You should give that a try.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
kayce18
(Toronto, ON)
answer 3
If you break out easily, I would use the light. If not, and use just have a little bit of oil, I'd still prefer the original.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
SiJCP
(Detroit, MI)
answer 4
I THINK YOU SHOULD BUY BOTH IN THE SMALL ON THE GO PRIMERS AND DECIDE. I PREFER THE LIGHT MYSELF BUT I HAVE OILY SKIN. OR SEPHORA CAN MAKE YOU SAMPLES OF BOTH SO YOU CAN DECIDE. I HOPE THIS HELPS.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
divamom
(San Jose, CA)
answer 5
I would stick to the original - any iteration of this product I have purchased beyond the original has been a disappointment.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
NewTexan
(Houston, TX)
Question
Acne-Prone Skin
Is this product good for acne-prone skin. In the summer, my skin gets very oily and I do tend to break out. Will this just make matters worse?
asked 5 years, 3 months ago
cleanclear
(Austin, TX)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
5 answers
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answer 1
I have really oily skin myself, and this product does help to control my oiliness some. Just be sure to get the "Photo Finish Light." The light formulation is the only Photo Finish primer that's oil free.

While it does help my skin some, I actually found that for me personally, the Sephora Smoothing Primer actually does a better job of smoothing my skin and controlling my oil. It's oil free also.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
stanggirl
(Morganton, NC)
answer 2
I have very oily skin and I used the light version, which I found is actually pretty good for acne prone skin
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
dia13
(Monteral, QC)
answer 3
If you have very oily skin, this IS NOT the product for you - it feels heavy and doesn't do much to smooth un-even skin out.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
emrg
(Ellicott City, MD)
answer 4
I have extremely acne prone skin and this does not irritate or break out my skin whatsoever!
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
cloudpuff2007
(Prescott Valley, AZ)
answer 5
This product may actually help your oily skin. I tend to look extremely shiny..especially since I use bronzer..but I have noticed that after I apply this product and put foundation on my skin looks a lot less shiny! This product does not make your skin more oily at all, it absorbs extremely quick and makes your face feel very smooth. If I were you, I would try out this product..if it doesn't work or make a difference within the first week just take it back
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
amyj88
(Dayton, Ohio)
Question
can you use under bare minerals foundation
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Joanne
(Bradenton, FL)
on Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. The only thing you need to be careful of is using too much. A little goes a long way, especially under mineral or powder foundation.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
peabodyrose
(Frisco, TX)
answer 2
Yes, Bare Minerals is what I've used this with.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
MissD
answer 3
Yes you can. I do and it works like a charm!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
jesiann
(Louisiana)
answer 4
Yes, I do everyday! And it works beautifully...keeps everything in place all day :-) My only recommendation is that you use a bit less of the minerals than you would normally, as the primer will really "grab onto" it.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
cespence
(Indianapolis, IN)
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