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Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Photo Finish Foundation Primer

SKU: 50004204



Martha Stewart Weddings Big-Day Beauty Awards Winner 2013

Create a perfect canvas for foundat

ion application with this silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A & E, grape seed extract and green tea. Worn alone or under foundation, our best-selling, oil-free primer helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores for flawless skin with a velvety-smooth finish.

Winner of Best of Sephora Award for Best Primer, one of Marie Claire's "25 Products That Will Change Your Life", & an InStyle Best Beauty Buy.


The first step to any great close-up is great skin - skin that's free of fine lines and pores. That's one of the reasons why primer was the first product created at Smashbox Studios. We developed a formula that diffuses the light hitting skin to blur out imperfections for an even, soft-focus look. It also makes makeup look better and last longer. Think of our primer as the original blur - and the best way to start your makeup every day. 
Apply a dime-size amount of PHOTO FINISH FOUNDATION PRIMER to clean or moisturized skin, using finge
rtips, for complexion perfection. Follow with your favorite foundation (try HIGH DEFINITION HEALTHY FX FOUNDATION). To tame frizzies, try smoothing primer through wet or dry hair.

Additional Information

Brand Smashbox
Ingredients No
Red Square | Skincare - Makeup - Fragrance

Ratings & reviews

Average rating

(12 reviews)
  • Karina

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Durban

  • No Complaints 9/5/2016

    This is definitely the most lightweight silicone based primer that I have ever used. It also has the best finish in terms of smoothing out the skin. It is not specifically geared towards reducing the look of pores, therefore I do not recommend it for that purpose. It does however ensure a flawless foundation application and does prolong the wear time. I am impressed!

  • Jess

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: JHB

  • Overrated 8/24/2016

    This is probably one of the most talked about primers in the market. I found it to be average. I didn't notice any difference in my skin with or without it, my skin wasn't smoother, it didn't hide my pores and it didn't fill in any fine lines. Very disappointed.

  • Ali

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Johannesburg

  • Flawless makeup 8/24/2016

    This primer works great under any brand of foundation. It doesn't make my skin feel dried out.l and my make up goes on smoothly on top of it and stays put for a lot longer than it does without a primer on. Very happy with this primer, I will be trying their pore minimizing primer next!

  • Thulisa

    Age: 21 and Under

    Location: Johannesburg

  • Preps Your Face for Flawless Application of Your Foundation 8/21/2016

    This primer is great for prepping your skin for your foundation. One can actually see the difference on their face once they've applied a pea sized amount as it literally smooths out your skin. It definitely makes your pores smaller too which is great.

    And what's not to love at its cheaper price?

    This product is a must in any lady's makeup routine.

  • Taryn

    Age: 35 to 44

    Location: Durban

  • Product split 8/13/2016

    This product melted and split a few days after I opened it. It disn't travel in a hot car and I don't keep my makeup near the sun or heat. It was gross and oily and I had to throw it away. Complete waste of money.

  • Jashna

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Durban

  • LOVE! 8/12/2016

    Without a doubt, the best primer I've used. I apply a pea-sized amount before I apply my foundation and it sets perfectly and stays that way throughout the day with minimal oiliness

  • Melissa

    Age: 21 and Under

    Location: KwaZulu Natal

  • A must for every vanity closet 8/22/2015

    I’m usually a huge MAC fan so of course when Smashbox make-up hit the scene, I was reluctant to give up my brand loyalty.

    That was before I tried this amazing product.

    I am not a big fan of foundation. I don’t have bad skin and I hate the feeling of clogged pores. Sweating through foundation is also another factor that turns me against it.

    But of course, you aren’t always coating on foundation to hide bad skin. It should be (and in my case is) to give you a flawless finish.

    Enter: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.

    My new favourite makeup necessity.

    Apply some of this cashmere silk (is that even a thing) to your freshly moisturised face before putting on any other makeup. Marvel at the smooth, soft touch as it glides seamlessly over your skin. Apply your foundation and other makeup over this.

    This is ideal if you have oily skin but even works magically for dry skin (as I do). It retails for about R395 and can be found at Woolworths, Edgars and Red Square Stores.

    I have worn this miracle makeup during peak summer and my makeup did not sweat through. I feel cool and confident.

    In my opinion, a definite MUST for your vanity closet.

  • Candice

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Cape Town

  • Love These 8/18/2015

    These primers are amazing. Everyone knows how great Smashbox primers are. Travel friendly packaging too. Creates a smooth canvas to apply foundation on.

  • Kerrie

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Cape Town

  • A makeup artists must have! 8/18/2015

    I always see great reviews of this product and in celebrity artists makeup kits. I absolutely love this primer and feel like it perfects your skin making it look smooth, soft and removes any fine lines. I feel that this is the perfect base before applying foundation. Also photographs beautifully. Definitely worth the hype.

  • Kristi

    Age: 22 to 34

    Location: Cape Town

  • My holy grail primer! 8/14/2015

    This was the first primer I ever purchased and even though I've bought and tried others, I still end up going back to this one! It just works for everything and all skin types. It covers up pores, creates a flawless canvas for foundation, and I love that it's clear so it's completely invisible once it's on the skin. My absolute fave and my holy grail primer!

  • Claudia

    Age: 35 to 44

    Location: Johannesburg

  • One of my favorite products 8/14/2015

    This is definitely one of my favorites! Works like a charm for oily skin

  • Rukshana

    Age: 35 to 44

    Location: Cape Town


    Excellent product. I have enlarged pores it makes my skin feel smooth, it makes my makeup look fresh and makes stays on longer

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