Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review | The Gossip Darling

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

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Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

Omg I'm sooo in love with Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer! It was recommended by Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls and she's always on point with her recs. 

I personally feel like this is a dupe for Hourglass' Mineral Veil Primer. Can a high end brand like Smashbox ever be a dupe? Haha. I'm not 100% sure but it's cheaper than Hourglass and I feel like it has the same texture and same feeling after application. I honestly can't tell the difference but my wallet can. 

Since my skin is very sensitive and acne prone, I needed to make sure my primer was oil-free and lightweight! I'm so happy to actually be using primer again! I stopped using it for 4 months because I was taking too many acne meds and needed to be lighter with the makeup. I'm back baby!!! 

I did read some of the reviews on Sephora's website and some people said this made them breakout. It's important to only introduce one new beauty product to your routine at a time. So if your skin starts reacting negatively, it's easier to pinpoint the problem! So I'm watching my skin so closely that if I notice just one clogged pore, I will stop using the primer. But thank far so good!

Let's get into the details of this primer...I ordered it from HSN so I got a larger size and travel size for $36???? Plus I signed up for email so I got an extra $10 off. Then I used my Ebates and got an extra 2% back. Hahaha I know I know! Budgetttttt! 

This primer smooths out line, fills in pores, and creates a flawless base before you apply your foundation. I mostly use primers to help control the oil buildup throughout the day. My skin can get very oily, especially in the t-zone area so this is really helpful! It also makes my makeup last longer and it still looks great after a 15 hour day! I just have to powder my t-zone around 4pm but after that, I'm good again! 

To start my day, I cleanse my face, apply my moisturizer, wait 5 minutes, apply this primer and then start my makeup routine. So far so good and my face has never looked better. This is my go to primer!

Do you use primer? What's your favorite?


  1. this primer sounds amazing, especially after knowing it'll last for 15 hours!

    1. You'll love it!!!! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo