Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer Review

By Deblina Chakraborty

Skin type: Oily/acne prone
Skin tone: Medium with warm undertones

A big hello to all the lovely ladies!
This is my very first post on IMBB. After being a silent follower for almost 3 years (it’s a really long time I know), I have finally defeated my laziness and written about this wonderful product. As summer is just around the corner, I want to introduce this saviour to all those oily skin beauties who struggle to keep the makeup in place during the hotter months. One of the best sellers in Sephora, they call it “Makeup Insurance”. Now without further ado, I will move on to the actual review.

Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer

Price: $39 for 1 oz

What it is:
A perfecting primer that instantly blurs imperfections and reduces the appearance of pores for up to eight hours.

What it does:
This non-drying formula primes and absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin. Sweat- and humidity-resistant, this primer dramatically blurs and reduces the look of pores, while it mattifies shine and controls oil.

What else you need to know:
This product is an Allure Best of Beauty winner.


My Experience with Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer:

To start with, I have a very oily skin which tends to get oilier in summers; my foundation sinks into the large pores and trust me, it is not a very lovely sight. It becomes really hard to keep makeup intact even if I am using a long lasting matte makeup product from a high end brand. And the last thing you want is all your costly makeup melting and turning you into a grease ball.
I researched and found out that using a primer helps keeping the makeup intact for a long time and gives a smooth finished look. I picked this baby up from Sephora and all thanks to Sephora SA who recommended this to me. This comes in a handy tube packaging, very convenient and travel friendly. The tube packaging enables you to squeeze out only the little amount of product that you need each time.


This primer has a very light texture and it blends into the skin like a dream and creates a smooth canvas for the makeup. This magically covers the pores and gives a flawless finish to the skin. I apply it daily even if I am not wearing any foundation just to cover up my pores and it works perfectly every time. It’s just your skin but better. Apply this baby and some loose powder and voila, you have the perfect “No makeup look”.


Now one secret, you can use this product after finishing your makeup to set it. Yes you heard it right! This is something which is very unique about this product. This can be the very first and the last product in your makeup routine. When I heard this from the Sephora SA, I could not believe it completely. But you know this trick really works; it keeps your face shine-free and matte for entire day.

Pros of Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer:

• Magically covers up the large pores.
• Creates a perfect canvas for makeup.
• Gives a matte finish to the skin.
• Helps makeup stay for a really long time (more than 8-10 hours).
• Does not clog pores and does not cause any breakouts.
• Lightweight – does not feel heavy, hence does not cause sweating.
• Keeps face matte and shine free.
• Can be used to set up make up as well.
• Gets absorbed quickly, very easy to work with.
• A little amount is needed for each application, so lasts really long.

Cons of Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer:

• Nothing that I could find.

IMBB Rating: 5/5

Would I Recommend/Repurchase Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer?
This is definitely a super product and highly recommended. This product stands to every single claim that it makes. Though it is a little bit hard to find in India but nowadays online makeup stores keep Smashbox products. It is a little pricey product but I ignore the price factor because of its worth and the tiny amount that is needed for each application. This is already my second tube and this is going to remain a staple in my makeup routine. So ladies go and give it a try and trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

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